Test Of Time - "Inclusion" by WhereItEndsZine
Hey Todd, how are you doing?
I'm great, couldn't be better!
So tell me how Test Of Time started, what made you want to do a band after all of these years shooting shows?
I would like to think that everyone involved in punk/hardcore has something to say and has the desire to be in a band to express themselves. I'm no different it just took me a long time to find the right moment and right combination of people.
I had been talking about doing a band with Charles (our guitarist) for years but one thing or another had always gotten in the way. But one day we just said let's do this . We found the right combination of people we wanted to have in the band and everything else happen fairly quick after that.
And let me make it clear that just because I'm doing a band it doesn't mean I will stop shooting shows, if anything I'll be shooting more. I guess I just have to find a way to photograph my own band, ha ha!
So who else in Test Of Time besides yourself?
Well that mastermind behind the music is Charles who played guitar in No Harm Done, Offsides, and Make or Break. Jeff plays drums and has been in the bands Unsung and Masthead out of Providence. DJ plays bass and also plays guitar in Collision. And James plays guitar and sings for Collision he also plays guitar in Choke Up and was a primary member of The Effort. So basically I'm the only rookie.
Now you guys just played your first show, which was a show that you guys put together at What We Talk About in Allston, MA. It was the perfect first show for you guys, and it was truly awesome to see Bane in that place.
Yeah, I booked our first show it was just something we wanted to do. We wanted it to be in a small place surrounded by close friend and it was huge success. I wanted to have Bane, a band that is a true inspiration to me, play a really small just like it was when I saw their first show. Also I wanted to have DNA and Caught in a Crowd because they are newer bands that are kind of doing their own thing. Plus I love all the dudes in those bands.
Overall I couldn't have pictured a better way to kick off this band. Hopefully there will be many more memorable shows in the future!
Now you guys are playing a few shows coming up, including Edge Day in Philly with Youth of Today, and Anchors Up! in Haverhill, MA with Trial. What else is on the horizon for you guys?
Well on the horizon for us is just to play some more shows anywhere and everywhere. I believe in addition to the shows you mentioned we have shows in Vermont and Rhode Island in November. I just want to play with and for all the friends over the years. Also we are already writing new songs for a full length LP.
Now your debut EP "Inclusion" was pressed to seven inch vinyl, did you guys put those out yourselves?
Yes we put out the vinyl ourselves! It has become very clear to me over the years that unless you want to be associated with a certain group of bands or style of music that you don't really need a label. We are all perfectly capable of doing all this stuff on our own so that is what we decided to do. Besides if something doesn't come out on time or the way we like it we have no one to blame but ourselves. D.I.Y. lives!
Anything else you'd like to say?
I guess I'd just like to tell everyone that if hardcore/punk is truly valuable to you, you don't ever have to give up on it. I'm a 33 year old Architect and I'd say that this scene is more important to me now than when I was 16. It is possible to carve your own path!