LA pop-rock band Sink In release catchy new single "Killing Time," featuring AJ Perdomo part of upcoming new EP release, Welcome To Phantomland, debuting August 12th.
Sink In. The phrase alone holds a lot of emotional weight. But to these DIY LA-based pop-rockers, Sink In is more than just a band name. It's a calling to fully immerse yourself in whatever you choose in life, to sink into the experience, and see where it all takes you. While the guys have not had the simplest road making it to this point, since 2015, their unrelenting desire to keep making music has kept them going.
"We all believe that everyone has some sort of calling or skill that is uniquely valuable. I don’t care if you’re called to be a musician, a teacher, or a garbage man. If something is tugging you out of bed every morning, you have an obligation to the rest of the world to chase after your impact calling. To fully immerse yourself, or sink into it. For us, sinking in met jumping back in the van and not giving up on music!"
If that meant jumping into a van and spending nights in parking lots to get there, so be it. Eventually, that determination would lead to their first EP Wide Eyes, which would garner some much-needed attention within the scene and would eventually lead to the signing of their first label. Freshly signed, the world began to expand for Sink In as they would release their 2017 debut album Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things, which hit billboard’s Heat Seeker’s Northeast chart at #1 during the first week.
While the pandemic may have postponed the momentum the up-and-coming band was achieving at the time, Sink In never gave up on the pursuit of their dreams. The band has recently signed to Theoria Records and those dreams have never looked more bright. While their infectious new single "Killing Time" featuring AJ Perdomo is but one of the few listening experiences they have unveiled so far for their upcoming August 12th EP, Welcome to Phantomland, the mint pop-rock trio has found their direction forward, with a positive future on the horizon. With an inventive cocktail of pop-punk, indie, and post-hardcore soundscapes, Sink In is bringing a catchy and colorful sound to the pop-rock genre that is unapologetically their own. Catch them on tour this Summer!
What made you guys want to start Sink In? What is the story behind the name?
We all toured in different bands before Sink In. We actually all met while on the road. We started writing together with the common agreement that we knew we weren’t done with music quite yet. That’s where the name came from! We all believe that everyone has some sort of calling or skill that is uniquely valuable. I don’t care if you’re called to be a musician, a teacher, or a garbage man. If something is tugging you out of bed every morning, you have an obligation to the rest of the world to chase after your impact calling. To fully immerse yourself, or sink into it. For us, sinking in met jumping back in the van and not giving up on music!
What are your influences? I know you guys ride the pop-rock vehicle, but there is a lot more on instrumentally underneath the service.
I always say that the UK scene is always 4-5 years ahead of where the American scene is headed. We’ve always been influenced by those bands across the pond. Enter Shikari, Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco, Mallory Knox, etc. There’s a reckless chase for originality in those bands that I LOVE.
What was the creative process like for the EP Welcome To Phantomland? How was it different from your 2017 album release, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things, and Vibes: I?
Most of Welcome To Phantomland was written and recorded during the pandemic. It was the first time we’ve really had nothing going on in our lives except writing music. We also had an original version of the EP that we scrapped and rewrote in a different studio. It was an all-new experience for us to have fully mixed versions of the songs that we could tear apart meticulously and rebuild from there.
You guys are now signed to Theoria Records! Congratulations on that. How has this new journey been for you guys? How has that impacted the recording process?
The Theoria guys have been great to work with! The record was fully written by the time they got involved. They just let us do our thing and have been an exciting force behind the rollout.
In this new single, "Killing Time," you got to work with AJ Perdomo. How did that come about? What was it like working with him?
Shout out to featuredx.com! A few hundred dollars during a pandemic can go a long way haha. The cool thing about AJ’s feature is he recorded his parts over the original version of the song, which is almost an entirely different structure. We had to chop the takes up a ton to make it work in a new section of the song.
"Killing Time" is part of the Welcome To Phantomland concept EP. Can we talk about how this song's message fits into the EP's larger story?
The song is about feeling complacent during the pandemic. The EP dives into the themes of the literal “demons” we carry. For me, one of my main demons over the past two years has definitely been the mental complacency that I fell into during lockdowns.
Welcome To Phantomland is a concept EP that sends the listener into the world of Phantom land, an amusement park where the listener's thoughts and emotions come to life. What more can we expect from this experience?
The structure of the record is rooted in classic hip-hop albums that were full of skits telling a separate story from the songs themselves. Welcome To Phantomland will do just that. You’ll hear a whole new story outside of the songs.