New pop-punk band One Step Forward just released their first single “Through the Motions” this month, and will have a music video and album to follow. The five-piece easy core outfit just played Tin Roof with local metalcore band Agony and indie rockers Fraud, and they are bringing back the early 2000s not only in their sound, but also in their musical influences—you haven’t heard the names Papa Roach or Blink-182 uttered in too long, am I right? Let’s see what other names they guys will drop in this week’s Beat Juice.

1. What is your biggest creative inspiration right now?
Rhett: Charleston has always been a place where we’ve had the privilege to see the bands we grew up loving. Over the years, the pop punk scene has diminished pretty hard from what it was in the later 2000s. Our inspiration is to bring life back into this music scene that once thrived in Charleston, and to have a really fun time doing it.

2. Who is your biggest musical inspiration right now?
Rhett: Counterparts, Knuckle Puck, August Burns Red
Robert: Blink-182, Abandoned By Bears, Converge
Jeff: For the Fallen Dreams, Misery Signals, Deftones
Logan: The Story So Far, Oceano, Senses Fail
Jack: Papa Roach, Sevendust, Deftones.

3. What song is stuck in your head today?
Rhett: “Lock Meowt” by Carousel Kings
Robert: “Sleep Paralysis” by Fraud
Jeff: “Chasing Ghosts” by Calling all Captains
Logan: “Under the Sea” by Alan Menken
Jack: “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” by Alan Jackson

4. Last album you bought?
Rhett: Long John Silver by Jefferson Airplane
Robert: Phantom Anthem by August Burns Red
Jeff: Six by For The Fallen Dreams
Logan: Artificial Selection by Dance Gavin Dance
Jack: Traveler by Chris Stapleton

5. Recent musical discovery?
Rhett: Currents
Robert: Agony
Jeff: Movements
Logan: Anemoria
Jack: A Day To Remember

6. Fave local venue?
Robert: Currently, my favorite local venue is Tin Roof in West Ashley, because they’re always down to let us have a show. And we always see friends and have a great time.
Rhett: Does anyone remember The Oasis on James Island? That was my favorite venue!

7. What’s your best go-to T-shirt?
Rhett and Robert: Anything black, preferably with an illegible band name on it.

8. Your hangover cure is …
Rhett: An Aleve before bed and Moe’s the next day
Robert: Advil and Cracker Barrel
Jeff: Water before and after
Logan: Bojangles and Gatorade
Jack: Don’t drink.


9. Last show you went to?
Everyone: Fraud, Agony, and One Step Forward at Tin Roof in West Ashley on 4/20!

10. What station’s always on your radio dial?
Rhett: 98 Rock
Robert: NPR
Jeff: Chris and Chris Show
Logan: 98 Rock
Jack: Satellite Radio ’50s

11. Your musical style can be compared to?
Rhett: Our musical style can be compared to pop punk bands of the mid/late 2000s but with heavier, more modern and technical elements

12. What band have you been meaning to listen to?
Rhett: New Found Glory
Robert: Rivers of Nihil
Jeff: Can’t Swim
Logan: Sawce
Jack: One Step Forward!

13. What’s next for you? Shows, videos, song or album releases?
Rhett: We really want to begin working on a music video as well as an EP that we can release soon.
Robert: That, and playing live as much as we can and making friends along the way.

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