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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Interview: Miika of Only In Stories

From left to right: Jeremy- guitars, Mary- vocals, Miika- drums, Caleb- bass
Interview @ 4/11/2011
Follow Only In Stories on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/#!/oistories

When I first hit up Only In Stories, I knew that I was on to something good. With Mary Reeves vocals soaring over the music with uplifting lyrics and faith, there can only be good things coming for this band. I cannot wait till I can review their upcoming EP! I hit them up on Twitter and got a hold of Miika for this interview to find out their influences and a little about the history of Only In Stories.

RB: So how did Only In Stories first come together?

M: We met on eHarmony. The place of all good things. Haha. No, not for real. The three of us; Mary, Jeremy and Miika all played/play together for worship at our churches youth group. Mary knew Caleb from the school she used to go to and asked him if he wanted to play bass in our band. Not knowing Jeremy or Miika and listening to like one song he agreed. It's crazy though because he fits in and completes the band perfectly.

RB: What is the meaning behind the name Only In Stories?

M: The name; Only In Stories is based off of a simple thing that we believe. Us all being Christians, and this band being Christian we believe that the ultimate story is the Bible and the story of our savior Jesus Christ. So based off of that we came up with Only In Stories.

RB: What is the title of the upcoming full length?

M: We don't have a title yet. But it'll be good. haha

RB: What is the overall message you're trying to send out in your music?

M: The overall message that we're trying to send out is one of hope and that you're not alone. We just want everyone to know that no matter what you may be feeling or going through, that God is always there and that he loves you and cares for you no matter what and that He wants to know you and be your friend. It's just up to you whether or not you want the friendship. Also we want people to know that Christians, as a group of people are always here for you and only want to help and be a positive influence on people, through Christ. Basically we just want to be a positive influence on people, there's enough negativity, bitterness, hatred and hurt in the world as it is. We're not here to force anything on anyone. We just want people to know what God has done for us and what he wants to do for you.

RB: What songs do you like to play live? Any cover songs?

M: There's a song that will be on the EP re-release (which is coming up soon, can't say exactly when though, but either at the end of April or beginning of May.) that we've been performing for a bit called Dying to Be Alive that we really like playing.

RB: What are your biggest musical influences?

M: Well we all have pretty different musical influences. It's pretty wild, I don't know how we agree on stuff. Mary's biggest influences are Plumb and her big sister Sarah. Miika's biggest influences are; A Day To Remember, Four Year Strong, The Almost, Underoath, There For Tomorrow.. Jeremy's biggest influences are bands like; Underoath, There For Tomorrow and As Cities Burn. Caleb's influences are; As Cities Burn, and Emery. This question is ALWAYS a tough one to answer because in reality there are SO many different artists and musical styles that influence us individually and as a band. So the ones listed are just scraping the surface. It's safe to say that in reality anything that we hear and we like has influenced us, and continues to influence us musically.

RB: Are there any major tours or shows in the near future?

M: We do have some awesome stuff planned for this summer, but it hasn't been announced yet.

RB: So what comes first? the lyrics or the music?
M: When we're writing we always do the music first and then from the framework of the music we write the lyrics and the melodies. When we're writing the words and coming up with the melodies sometimes we tweak the music to better fit the lyrics. We always leave that option open. We want every song to be the best that it can be.

RB: Any shout outs you want to give?

M: First of all we thank Jesus for everything that He has done for us, and all of the blessings, gifts, talents, and opportunities that He has given us. We are thankful that He brought the four of us together to form this. Also we just want to thank all of our parents and families, because without them none of what we do would be possible. If it weren't for them none of us would probably being playing any instruments and we wouldn't be in this band with our best friends doing what we love. We also want to give a HUGE thank you to Ben Reeves for everything that he does for this band. Without him this band would not run, there would be no recorded music and there wouldn't ever be any shows. Finally, we'd like to thank anybody that has ever bought a cd, gone to any of our shows, listened to any of our music, watched any of our videos, talked to us online, followed our Twitter or liked us on Facebook, or told anyone else about us. We're talking about you guys, the fans, and we thank you. We couldn't do what we do without you guys giving us a chance.

RB: Any last words for your fans and other people who haven't heard your music yet?

M: Thank you again! and if you haven't heard our music yet you should definitely head over to our website, it's super easy; www.onlyinstories.com and from there you can listen to our music, see some pictures, read about the band and the members, you can see what we have for sale at the webstore, see upcoming dates and more. At the bottom left hand corner of our website there are links to all of our social media sites, please feel free to check them out and you should go ahead and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We would be forever great full! Also if you like our music please tell your friends about us, help spread the word, because without you guys and word of mouth it would be nearly impossible for people to find out about us. Thanks and God bless! :)

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