Hey thank you so much for taking the time to do the interview. Can you please introduce yourself?
The pleasure is mine. My name is Nick and I sing in Wise.
If I’m not mistaken you moved to California from Virginia. How do you like it out here?
I absolutely love it. I’ve met people that have welcomed me from the first day we met and it’s made going to shows as the ‘new guy’ a lot easier. Also the weather out here is perfect, especially compared to where I’m from.
I’m always interested in different scenes. How would you describe the hardcore scene back home vs Southern California?
Hardcore in Virginia, specifically Virginia Beach and Richmond, is a pretty tight knit community. Everybody takes pride in bands that come out of our state both past and present. Since I’ve been in California sometimes I get a vibe that some people do things a certain way to kind of gain popularity and it’s definitely weird to me... But at the end of the day hardcore doesn’t have any rules so do what you want as long as you’re having fun along the way.
The Wise demo was my favorite demo from 2017. My favorite song is Prisoner Of Light. Can you explain what the song is about?
Thank you so much man. P.O.L. was kind of inspired by one of my best friends back home. He has a bigger heart than anyone else I’ve ever met but I’ve seen people take advantage of his kindness and I’ve seen things kind of go to shit even if his heart was in the right place.
Next month Wise is set to hit the road. The Breakin’ Free In America tour. I noticed there are no Orange County or San Diego dates. Was there a particular reason you guys skipped those places?
I actually wanted to do a show in San Diego but we don’t really have a consistent venue down here currently which kind of sucks but Al (our guitarist) books shows in LA so we just went with that. But majority of our shows so far have either been in LA or OC so we were just trying to venture out more when planning the tour.
Also Summerbreeze in Texas is part of your tour. What bands are you looking forward to seeing?
Altered State, CoolSide, Dizzy T, Dress Code, Erupt, Glue, Gutz, Nosferatu, O.N.E., Skourge, United Races, Wiccans. God damn that’s going to be a glorious weekend.
Do you have any info you can share about the promo tape you have coming out?
Yeah we’re planning on putting out a two or three song tape before tour. We have one song ready to go and still working out the kinks on another.
Did you get a pair of the OFF-WHITE x Air VaporMax?
No unfortunately not. I haven’t been able to come up on any sneakers in general recently but I’m a big fan of the VaporMax Flyknits and even the VaporMax 97s. Definitely some good feets.
A long time ago I use to listen to this band Masterpiece from San Diego. Do you have any idea what happened to them?
Not at all to be honest. I personally don’t know any of the people that may have played in that band so I wouldn’t be able to tell you what happened to them or if they still come around or not.
What bands should we be listening to from your area?
From CA listen to Dead Heat, Diztort, Restraint, Soul Power and be on the look out for a new band called CONTROL. From RVA listen to Downfall, Division of Mind, and Enforced.
Last thing, if you have anything you want to plug the floor is yours..
Be! Yourself! It’s easy to get caught up in trends within hardcore but those are always passing phases. If you’re truly down for the core then do what you want while always being genuine.