7 Months Later

We like to think that PensEyeView proves a lot of things: there’s so much amazing undiscovered talent roaming the planet; no matter what you think, there is STILL someone out there creating genres and styles you’ve never heard or seen before; and lastly, that there are an unreal amount of creative folks out there. PEV honestly has no problem filling our pages every 48 hours, as difficult as it sounds. With that said, we are realists, and understand that not every single artist out there is fully developed. On occasion, we come across talent that has potential, still waiting to peak. It generally takes years to reach such a point, and they’re a plenty of young acts out there still climbing.

Today however, we feature a band that’s ahead of the rest. The gentlemen of 7 Months Later are young – really young. However, the Orlando, Floridasquad (Chris Ganoudis, Adam Sliger, David Whitmore, Nick Davila) is light years ahead of the crowd when it comes to discovering their niche – a mix of advanced lyrics, pop-alternative vibes and a bit of swagger that’s not easily realized. They’ve released a follow-up to their debut EP, “By the Light”, a collection titled “Time to Decide”. The band got into it for us: “You’ll hear hard driving rock tunes like ‘Disengage’ to a Pop Edge tune like ‘Just Pretend’. Then our artsy anthem ‘Time and Time Again’.  There’s a piano piece that Chris wrote and recorded on a 102 year old grand piano.” It’s a record that demonstrates the advanced state of 7ML – awesome, awesome stuff.

Check it out before the next record drops – the boys say “We are starting the writing process for our new album right now, which is slated to be a 6 song EP. The music we’ve written so far is just…how do we say it…just really good.” What I tell you about that swagger? Catch a show at some point up and down the each coast while you’re at it. There’s much more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: 7 Months Later

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

We would say we fall under rock/alternative. What makes us unique is first off, Chris’ voice, and our ability to be radio friendly rock and appeal to a large range of listeners from young to old.  You should see the old people in their 30’s come out.  Just kidding.

PEV: Based out of Orlando, Florida, what kind of music were the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

Most of us grew up listening to classic rock, probably because of our parents influence…My first concert?  Peter Frampton.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene is like in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

It's actually a pretty good music scene. Lots of cool bands and places to play. There is a great network of bands in Orlando that really work well together.  It was tough breaking into the scene at first, we were young and nobody took us seriously.  But…once they heard us live.  It started to roll.  Not unlike most cities... it wasn’t easy. 

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live 7 Months Later show?

Tons of energy, a more in your face sound (than the record), and just a lot of fun.  Our fans can expect to be surprised at every show. We rarely use the same set list twice, and we always have cool new things in our performance that are new from the last show.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

Excitement and the feeling that I can and will do anything to put on an awesome show for the fans.  Adam? The first thing in my head when I step on stage is usually something like "I really hope I don't mess up"…but after the initial nerves go away, it's all about having fun and making sure the crowd is doing the same.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

As far as our inspiration goes, it usually relates to the things teens would be going through.  Individually, a lot of my song ideas come from taking the point of view of some one in a relationship, or talking about the ambitions of the band.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of 7 Months Later?

Nick joined the band when he was 12.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

I think it more gradually worked its way into my life. At first it was just for fun, but slowly it became a bigger part of who we are.  The fans play a HUGE role in how we approach our future.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, “Time To Decide”. What can fans expect from this? How is this different from past works?

You can expect a variety of songs that are unique, but relevant. "Time to Decide" is more mature, cohesive and flows much better than our debut EP, "By the Light".  You’ll hear hard driving rock tunes like “Disengage” to a Pop Edge tune like  “Just Pretend”.  Then our artsy anthem “Time and Time Again”.  There’s a piano piece that Chris wrote and recorded on a 102 year old grand piano.  The recording studio came to his house and set up a portable studio.  I don’t think we’ve ever told that story.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

I think either California or New York would be a lot of fun. A few of us have been to Cali and we love it there. It looks like New York might be on our schedule for October. It would be an awesome thing to play our songs for people in all 50 states and even other countries.  It’s a great way to see the world.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

Some of my personal favorite hobbies besides music are photography and longboarding, and I also love hanging out with my friends and my band outside of practice.  Chris?  Well that's not often, but you'll most likely find me playing lacrosse.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

You’ll get different answers from everyone in the band but for me?  Definitely Coldplay. I think they are the most creative musicians out there right now. It's just ridiculous how relevant and radio friendly they stay while being so unique and different.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

One band that we would be on the lookout for in the future is The Well Reds, a rock group from Georgia. We got the chance to play with them at the Florida Music Festival and they really blew us away.  We are headed to Atlanta in September and we’re trying to jam with them one night.  Great guys.

PEV: So, what is next for 7 Months Later?

Well we are starting the writing process for our new album right now, which is slated to be a 6 song EP. The music we’ve written so far is just…how do we say it…just really good.  It’s exciting.  We will be testing a couple new songs over the next few months live when we play the House of Blues Orlando, our Atlanta and New York shows.  Then…We hope to get back in the studio in the winter.


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