Being a pop-punk band in 2017 is no easy task. The genre is long past its heyday of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, but recently, pop-punk has seen a resurgence in popularity. New bands are popping up every day, and they are producing some stellar music. Capturing the frivolity of adolescence and young love, pop-punk is a necessary step for a lot of music lovers who are looking to find bands who can relate to their changing emotions.
While they don’t exploit their Christian influences in their music, faith certainly plays a large part in their music. “A lot of bands pull the ‘Christian’ card for money, or popularity purposes,” Paris says. “We don't even put out there that we are a Christian band. It's something that can have such a negative connotation. But we love Jesus and he has shown us a love we wanna pass on to others. We want our shows to be a safe place for all people to come and be a part of something bigger than all of us.”
Christianity is far from the only influence on ForeverAtLast’s music, though. They got their pop-punk and darker roots from another titan in the genre, My Chemical Romance. Paris, a longtime fan of the band even tattooed an MCR-inspired tattoo on herself to show her passion for the band. She found solace in their breakout album, 3 Cheers for Sweet Revenge, which she credits as her inspiration for getting into the music industry. “That record came out and I remember when it dropped, how it exploded,” Paris says. Every kid at school had it! It was all over the radio, videos playing everywhere and it was insane. I remember it sitting a bar, declaring a challenge to music. It still impacts me, and there is still nothing like it out there. It's my goal to write a record that calls a challenge to musicians to push themselves to write the best thing they can create.”
Through chance and dumb luck, and her side job of being a tattoo artist, Paris got to ink up members of the band The 1975, and they returned the favor. “It was a total freak thing. But essentially a friend of a friend sort of deal popped up, and next thing you know I'm off to Nashville to tattoo the mates. It was an incredible experience. They whole crew, the band, all of them are such amazing people. They were so good to me and I had such a fun time tattooing the band. Along with all that, Matty Healy himself tattooed The 1975 box on my leg. It was a blast. His first tattoo ever!”
ForeverAtLast’s next step after a hectic touring schedule and the release of their last album is to get right back to work on writing another one. “Our goal is to write THE record this year. We're excited to share with you guys what's next. Keep sticking with us, we're getting ready to walk through the Great Nothing; let's do this.”