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Joey DiCamillo and Kevin Sardy of Batten Down The Hatches Speak Up.

Now this is a pretty long intense interview with NJ locals Batten Down the Hatches, so I’m not going to bother with an intro, just read up and enjoy. If you wanna go give them a listen yourself, links for their Facebook and assorted what not’s are down at the bottom. Enjoy.

Sam Acevedo: So first off, you guys just played a show with I Call Fives and Major League, how does did it feel sharing a stage with bands that big?

Kevin Sardy: Honestly, it feels amazing to even get the chance to share a stage with those guys. Not only because they’re great musicians and artists, but also because they are such cool guys and such big inspirations to myself, as well as all the other guys I’m sure.

Joey DiCamillo: There’s a bit of a story behind that show.  East Coast Killer Productions was getting a show together for We Still Dream and Challenges at our local VFW, and I Call fives wanted to hop on. We were invited to play that show (it being our hometown and all) however about the same time, Nick from major league hit me up about getting them a freehold date on the same day. Needless to explain I hit up the booking company and we combined both lineups into one big ridiculous event.  We couldn’t have been more stoked! it was such an awesome night, Actually playing on the same bill as I Call Fives was a first for us, and every time we play with Major League its ALWAYS a good time.  To round off everything our good friends in Giants at Large were on the bill too, and we got to hang with those characters again. Everyone in all the bigger touring bands were SO down to earth and cool to us. Mike from IC5 even took the time to show me stuff about his gear after the show!

Sam Acevedo: Batten Down The Hatches has started generating a real fanbase and following in Jersey, what does it mean to you guys to actually have fans?

Kevin Sardy: To me it’s not as if we have fans, it’s like we have friends that are joining us and pushing us to be better at what we do and come out with bigger and better things.

Joey DiCamillo: Honestly, Kevin said this best. It’s like we have a ton of friends that come out to support us in doing what we love, and continually give us motivation to do so. having anyone go out of their way for us is such an awesome, indescribable feeling. I’m never going to get used to anyone telling me they know my band or downloaded our music. We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone that helped us get to where we are today.

Sam Acevedo: Which has been the band’s favorite show so far? Best show story?

Kevin Sardy: Personally I couldn’t pick just one. Our release show for See This Through was incredible, our first trip out to Connecticut to play with our good friends in Casting Call was incredible, Philly with all our friends out there has been incredible too. There’s just too many to pick from, all were fun!

Joey DiCamillo: Dude … There’s a bunch I’d like to share about everything involving last minute lineup miracles, to having it feel like hurricane harbor on your body because the basement we were playing in was easily over 100 degrees, Fahrenheit that is. I definitely have one story that I’m never going to forget though.Over the summer, days before our E.P. release, our friends in Giants at Large needed a show in Freehold. We were planning on throwing a backyard show at my friend Alyssa’s house. As it would happen though, the day before the show was supposed to happen the weather called for a definite chance of rain. So LITERALLY the night before, I called up our good friend Katherine and asked if we can use her really nice, large, and particularly well furnished living room to host 5 bands and about 40 kids. Hysterically she said yes, and we all came over early that morning to move EVERYTHING out of the way. It was beyond a great time, house shows like that are ALWAYS a blast we played with no pants on, and this was probably the first show that kids new the words to our song too and went hard. Crowd surfing in a living room is something you don’t forget. Our boy Drew even filmed the whole thing from ABOVE us on a little balcony, here’s a link to the video!

Sam Acevedo: I can see on your Facebook that you have some out of state shows coming up, can you tell us more about those?

Kevin Sardy: I cannot wait to get out of Jersey and extend our fan-base. I haven’t traveled much before the band. I only went to NY and Philly and Rhode Island before the band came into my life so it’s pretty much obvious I’m stoked as hell to go make some friends in North Carolina, Virginia, West Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and upstate N.Y.

Joey DiCamillo: We’re always trying to play out state as much as possible, and hit the road hard on some weekenders. Our good friends in first Things First hit us up in Janurary about doing a weekender or two, and now somehow we have pretty much all of March booked up! Besides the first weekend that we’re going out with our dudes in Galleries, every date will be with First Things First, and Random Holiday will even be joining us for the last weekend! We’re  so excited to be out on the road with good friends, and can’t wait to play/hang/rage everywhere. We’re thinking about calling it “March Madness” and will have a poster up soon with all the info and a somewhat clever graphic! We hope to make a bunch of awesome new friends, and crash on your floors and stuff.

Sam Acevedo: “I Build Igloos Not Relationships” has over 4k plays on Facebook, what’s that song about?

Kevin Sardy: That’s for Johnny to say, I can’t wirte lyrics for the life of me. I don’t know how he does it.

Joey DiCamillo: It’s about building fortified structures out of packed ice and snow instead of forming nuturing bonds with other individuals. Most notably ones that screw you over. And that take your lunch money.

Sam Acevedo: A lot of bands aspire to be where BDTH is now, playing out of state shows, sharing the stage with bands like I Call Fives, do you have an advice for bands just starting up?

Kevin Sardy: Don’t do it to be “big.” Do it to have fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re in the wrong field yanno? Do something because you love it and believe in it.

Joey DiCamillo: Dude, we’re all just kids playing and doing what we love to do. Me and Bryan have been in bands since like freshman year of highschool and playing out since sophmore year. We’ve always looked up to everyone that we were so fortunate to share a music scene with, and back then and even now, more than ever I’m taking the time to talk and listen to other bands about what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Some of the most important and most constant advice we always heard was “keep playing” I’m always passing that lesson down to everyone and anyone we meet that’s a little younger or less experienced. The only thing I’ve ever been completely honest and sure about in my life is the love and desire to play music. I just followed what I loved and wanted to do it to every extent that I could. All of us actually used to be in bands that we felt nobody truly cared about, and that were just in the scene with a bunch of other more experienced dudes. But all of us “kept playing” and here we are answering all these questions because you truly care about all the things our bands been doing!  I never thought we’d be here, however I do believe that that transition for us holds a greater metaphorical lesson within itself about getting to where you want to be.

Sam Acevedo: Now you guys played a backyard show not too long ago in Perth Amboy, now that you’re playing bigger shows would you ever consider doing it again?

Kevin Sardy: Hell yeah! Perth Amboy kids treated us like family and plan on playing there again soon. You also can’t forget about the house shows in Freehold, Asbury, and Hamilton. House shows are sometimes better than venued shows, as long as everyone is respectful of where they are.

Joey DiCamillo: HELL YES! Dude, we always love playing backyard shows, and espicialy Buddha’s backyard! Kevin was totally right where he said everyone there treated us like family and it was such an awesome time. We’re totally looking forward to the next one, we’ll always be down to play and hang with the Perth Amboy crew!

Sam Acevedo: Finally, do you have any big upcoming plans, shows, album releases, merch or anything like that you wanna let us know about?

Kevin Sardy: Well I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but we recently put up a bigcartel. We’re also releasing a 3 song EP very soon. At the moment it’s called “Beginnings.” We plan on putting out a sweet live shot shirt designed by Brianonymous Merch Design. This summer we’re going to be putting together a Blink-182 tribute show, and this is on the down-low, but we’re planning on playing lots of out of state shows over the summer on something called a tour.

Joey DiCamillo: Oh man do we ever! Okay so first off we got a new E.P. dropping in about 2 weeks or so (we ALWAYS say that, but this time for real). We had a lot of silly delays and stuff, mostly cause Adam didn’t take his laxatives prior to recording. It’s called “Beginings” its got three new songs, and some freaking killer artwork done by our boy Kevin Gomez. We’re thinking about throwing in some extra surprises and stuff but you’ll see when it drops! We also just launched our bigcartel site to now sell all of our merch online! We will personaly send it out in the mail and spray Kevin’s perfume on it, so don’t sleep on ordering! And finaly definitely keep an eye out for all of “March Madness” dates, as well as the second round of the break contest on march 11th! If everyone makes it out then we can add Bamboozle to the next list of upcoming plans!

Sam Acevedo: Any final words or shout outs?

Kevin Sardy: I would like to make a few shout outs to some good friends of mine, starting with NJ-TownProductions. He’s a phenomanol photographer and videographer and does some amazing work. He’s been with us from the start capturing almost every moment along the way. He’s worth hiring and will not disappoint. Secondly I would like to shout out to all our friends who are no longer with us. Boardwalks and Sky Harbor. Our best friends. We will forever miss you guys. Lastly, I’d like to shout out to all the bands that are helping us out, Giants At Large, Casting Call, Major League, Coming Clean, Galleries, This Time Around, Touchdown Boy, and Natives. All of these bands are definitely worth listening to and everyone and anyone should check them out. Other than that, thanks for picking us to be interviewed! It was fun and I would gladly do it again!

Joey DiCamillo: Well considering that I’ve already shouted out and listed almost all of our friends bands in another interview, I’m going to have to shout out our boy’s who were in Sky Harbor and supposed to be filling the second half our E.P., we’re brothers for life and everyone should check up on what they’re currently doing music wise, and we definitely have to shout out our boys who comprise our immediate crew who help us with EVERYTHING whether its moving gear, running the merch stand our filming and taking photos of every step along the way. You guys know who you are. And most importantly we need shout Dunkin’ Donuts Mint Hot Chocolate, and our amazing hometown crew for some of the best fucking times ever and helping us get where we are today. We hope anybody reading this makes their way out to show and gets to experience what we’re talking about!

There you have it, Batten Down the Hatches don’t seem to be slowing down at all, make sure you check them out this March as they tour around the east coast. Later.

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