Junior Doctor

Florida? Check. The world? Next. Cocoa Beach has been keeping their pop-punk secret for years, but finally today – it looks like the planet is ready to welcome Junior Doctor; a quad of best friends who are pulling together pop melodies and memorable guitar hooks that are catching on fast. Mark Hartman (lead singer and rhythm guitars), Jarrod Kearney (drums), Richard Peidro (bass) and Terrence Donnelly (guitar) started it off two years ago with their EP, “Take the Pain”, but today offer their first full-length record, “Clumsy Words and Bad Pickup Lines” (due out January 25!).

We asked Hartman to give us a little taste of the new album, and what to expect. He says “The rise and fall of a relationship told through catchy hooks… we try our best to focus on what we feel are ‘good ideas’ and try to be true to who we are. Our goal isn't specifically to be wildly different from anyone else, we just want to make music other people can connect with.” And apparently they’ve been doing just that, as views of their music video “What I Do” grow every day. The band has big plans for the future so keep an eye out and pick up “Clumsy Words and Bad Pickup Lines” on the 25th. There’s a whole lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Junior Doctor – Answered by Mark Hartman, lead singer

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

Mark Hartman (MH): Honestly I hate the idea of having to classify ourselves in just one genre, but I guess Pop Rock is the closest thing to what we do. As far as standing out, we try our best to focus on what we feel are "good ideas" and try to be true to who we are. Our goal isn't specifically to be wildly different from anyone else, we just want to make music other people can connect with. 

PEV: What kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

MH: We all grew up liking a lot of different things, but our common ground is in popular music. We all are huge fans of most of the music that was on the radio while we were growing up. My first concert was to see MXPX in my home town. I was in 8th grade and they played in a really small bar. Couldn't have been more than 100 people there. I freakin’ loved it!

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

MH: Honestly the music scene is pretty tough to break into anywhere right now. There are a lot of people trying to make music. Some of it's great, and some of it's not so great. The challenge is getting people's attention when there is so much music out there.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Junior Doctor show?

MH: They can expect to see four friends who love playing music, and who spend a ton of time making sure they play it really well. Our show is more than the music even. Our show is about hanging out and connecting with everyone there. Every show is just a really good time.

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

MH: Let’s Do This!

PEV: Having all been in other bands before how is playing with Junior Doctor different then those other works?

MH: We have all learned so much from the other bands we have been in. The difference with Junior Doctor is that this is our career. At times it can be difficult to mix business with something you love, but nothing worth having is easy.

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

MH: Every Junior Doctor song is about being in some type of a relationship. There are many extreme emotions that go along with being in a relationship with another person, and those emotions are at the core of every one of our songs.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

MH: All the time! I'm very happy with what we have accomplished and I can only hope it continues to get better and better.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Junior Doctor?

MH: All of us watch iCarly... religiously. 

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

MH: I was at a show seeing a band called Ghoti Hook when I was in 9th grade. They were having a blast up there and it looked like the most fun I had ever seen. That was when I decided that was what I wanted to do.

PEV: Tell us about your first full-length CD, "Clumsy Words and Bad Pickup Lines". What can fans expect from this?

MH: The rise and fall of a relationship told through catchy hooks.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

MH: Best part is meeting new people and seeing places I never would have otherwise. The worst part is driving.

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

MH: Japan, for sure.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

MH: We have an awesome support group of friends and family. Hometown shows are always my favorite. 

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

MH: Spending time with our families, or playing Angry Birds. 

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

MH: Elton John. What do you mean why? It's Elton John!

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

MH: Fit For Rivals. An awesome rock and roll band from Jacksonville Florida. Look em’ up!

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

MH: Terrence- Broadway Performer. Jarrod- Tour Guide at Willy Wonka's Factory. Richard- Family Therapist. Me? Probably President of the United States or something. 

PEV: So, what is next for Junior Doctor?

MH: Magazines, Movie Screens, And World Domination.

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