Go ahead, call the Orange County (OC) skate punk scene a bunch of culture-less, lily-white suburbanites with a partiality to flip-flops and right-wing politics. Those kinds of labels never cease to amuse me. Things that instantly dooms most of the tired cliches ascribed to OC is the music–the one-of-a-kind frustration, aggression, soul, righteousness, “smartassery” and freaky hallucinations that erupt from niche pop culture’s ever-changing streaming playlists. Breaking barriers and surprising the shit out of people is just something these bands have always been good at. Whether some of them qualify as longtime legends or brilliant flashes in the pan; there’s no denying that the most influential acts in OC’s music scene are forever incapable of sticking to one kind of sound.…Bad Religion, The Offspring, Blink 182, Sublime and Pennywise are a few bands who rose to stardom during the 90s skate punk scene. All gaining popularity roughly around the same time…. ..Emerging from 2009, British “skate-punk” band, A Few Too Many (AFTM), produces high performance music that is useful for inspiration even in the dreary pandemic era that we have all been subjected to. Their new single “Someday” has a natural hard and crunchy sound. It takes off like a jet and never stops being brilliant until the record is over. After a mere two plays its already a stunning track for my playlist. “Someday” is flawless—it encapsulates the height of the band’s creative growth and inventiveness. What I am most titillated with is they have eschewed from goofball lyrics and oddball sounds. And at its core the song chimes in with enough soul that causes you to reflect on the vicissitudes and capricious nature of being young again.. It is one of those go-to tracks that can take you back to your high school and college days.You can see yourself reflected in the music and relate to it. And that is why I fuckin’ love it! I suppose for the purists AFTM can be considered spiritually enlightening for a depressed teenager or catchy music for a kick-ass party. Don’t be fooled… A Few Too Many are a great band, and they have a brilliant catalogue of songs. We can’t wait till they come to America!
In their homeland they have been receiving super press.. “Combining captivating melodies, deliciously infectious hooks and relatable lyrics in their songs, alongside an energy-packed live show, AFTM continue to enthrall audiences all around the UK and further afield. Cambridgeshire England’s, “A Few Too Many” are born from the ashes of the MTV /Myspace generation of OG pop punk.” We were lucky to get the singer from A Few Too Many, Danny Freeman for an exclusive interview..
Rock Bands of L.A.com:How could a band from England sound like they are from SO., CA.? What bands were you into while growing up??? Did your parents influence you? Have you ever been to L.A.? Do you ride skateboards?
Danny Freeman:I guess when you grow up listening to bands like Blink-182, Green Day, New Found Glory and Sum 41 on repeat, eventually that style and sound starts to really seep deep into you and resonate with you. We never really intended to purposely sound American but it kind of just happened, a lot of our influences come from the states, so I guess it follows that that core sound sticks with you. My parents grew up listening a large variety of bands, whilst my Dad favoured artists like The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and Bob Dylan, my Mum preferred the stylings of The Beatles, Huey Lewis & The News and Oasis, so I initially grew up with a very eclectic music taste and no specific direction, and then it was actually pop-rock bands like McFly and Busted that were my gateway into punk rock, from there I discovered Blink-182 and the rest and was sold for life… I have indeed been to L.A, it is one of my favourite places, I’m actually half American but you’d never be able to tell because I have one of the most British sounding accents known to man, but half of my family are out there, so we try to go out every couple of years or so to visit them. I used to skateboard in my mid-late teens but I felt like I sucked pretty bad so I didn’t stick with it for as long as I probably should have.
Rock Bands of L.A.com: You’re a punk band with a positive perspective.. Your songs don’t have a lyrical edge.. Do you ever write songs that are political???
Danny Freeman:I’d like to think we provide a mix, not all of our lyrics are positive but they are build from our own personal and collective experiences, sometimes those are positive and sometimes those are negative, it really depends what is happening in our lives at the time – we do have a politically charged song though called ‘The Pity Parade’ which is basically our disdain for politicians in general and the elite.
Rock Bands of L.A.com:You gotta come to L.A… it could be your new home! Imagine going to the beach and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time! You’ll love it here.. you won’t want to go home!!
Danny Freeman: Believe me, it’s on our band to-do list in the very near future, as soon as we’re able to get out there and play shows and share our music, we’ll be there.
We want to thank Danny Freeman for spending time with us….
Rock Bands of L.A.com: You’ve released a brilliant record.. is there an album to follow???
Danny Freeman: Thank you! Yes, Someday is just the 2nd track to be released from our upcoming unreleased and as of yet secretively titled new EP.
4. You gotta come to L.A… it could be your new home! Imagine going to the beach and seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time! You’ll love it here.. you won’t want to go home Believe me, it’s on our band to-do list in the very near future, as soon as we’re able to get out there and play shows and share our music, we’ll be there.