Elite is a brand new New Jersey based Post Hardcore band looking to do big things in 2015. Previously known as In Other Words on Tragic Hero Records. Starting things off with recording three tracks with Joey Sturgis in the fall of 2014 and working on videos with Sam Link in mid 2015.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Jimmy Ruggiero - Vocals
Mike Williams - Guitar
Chris Alleman - Bass
Jesse Smith - Drums
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Elite? How long has the band been around?
Jimmy was in the band In Other Words on Tragic Hero Records prior to this band.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
The origin came from me trying to come up with a band name that would help people look at themselves in a greater light.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
We all contribute equally in the writing process. The main overlying theme in all of our songs basically is to just find strength in yourself to overcome depression, anxiety or whatever may be holding you down. Ignore what the bullys are feeding you. Rise up and become the best that you can be! I definitely think some songs further down the road will be getting into other topics but for now we're loving what we do!
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Basically we stem our main writing influences from the early 2000s emo bands such as The Used, My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday to name a few.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
The band Slipknot played such a major role early on. Musically and artistically I was hooked right away. Haven't looked back since.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect …
To prepare for shows I'll usually meditate, warm up my voice, have a beer and hit the stage.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
To be honest, this band started basically around 6 months ago, so we haven't had much time under our belts. But working with Joey Sturgis on our first couple of songs def was something to write home about and a bit of an unreal experience.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
If we could tour with any bands it would be the people we look up to, who constantly inspire us. The Used, My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, etc..
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for any of you that have taken the time to check out our music. It means the absolute world to us. <3 - Jimmy