Interview – Detention

I featured the song 56 Minutes by the rock band Detention earlier this year in a playlist. They have a great sound, so I decided to chat with Elliott Carter to find out a little more about them.

By Jane Howkins

Earlier this year you released a new track titled 56 Minutes, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

We wrote this song pretty much right at the beginning of the pandemic, we hadn’t been able to get together and practice for a couple months and then we hammered this song out on our first practice back, it kinda got us motivated again. It’s about wanting to see someone who lives far away when the world just isn’t allowing you to. The track is on all streaming platforms, and is part of our Patchwork EP, which is on Spotify and can be purchased from us as a CD!

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

We’ve been working on stockpiling tons of new songs, our goal is to have an extended LP of sorts that we can sell at our upcoming shows this summer.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

When we get this question, we always say that the process is different every time. It’s always someone different who brings ideas; sometimes it’s a riff, sometimes a melody, and sometimes one of us brings in a fully fledged song for everyone else to dissect. We just keep fleshing it out until everyone has a solid part we can bring into the studio, which is probably the hardest part of it because by that point we have to have everything down so well.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

I think we’ll probably release a song or two before we drop the LP (hopefully) this summer to get people hyped up for it, we definitely already have a couple we could record and get out, so stay tuned.

You’re based in Ohio. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

It’s been hard because of Covid, but since coming back from that this past summer and since then, it’s actually been amazing. Akron and Cleveland have pretty awesome music scenes that we’re really lucky to be a part of, everyone’s just been so hungry for live music since it’s been gone for so long. Every show we’ve played since coming back from the pandemic has been amazing, and more and more people are showing up. I’m really grateful we have so many good venues to play here.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

The biggest genres that have been influencing us as a band recently I think would be pop-punk and metalcore. We’ve been getting into new styles of songwriting and it’s really fun to kind of emulate the energy in the music we listen to. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of that music, seeing what I can take from those genres and mix it with how we write to create our sound.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

In the live music world, yes. In our own personal band world, not really. We used the time to make new merch, write new songs, and practice our asses off so we were ready to come out of the first wave hitting hard. I think it worked, our shows have just been feeling better and better every time since starting to play again. We were so excited to get back out and perform again It was impossible to really care about anything else, we just try to focus on having fun and playing like it’s the last show we’ll ever have every time.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We have an assortment of festivals that we’ll be playing this summer, but I’m not sure that all of them are announced yet, so those dates are yet to come, but I think we’re for sure gonna get some shows lined up in between then so watch us on our Instagram and website (detention.live) for announcements on all that stuff.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

They should just expect a whole lotta fun. I always tell the crowd don’t come if you don’t wanna party, because it’s always a party.

Any last words for the fans?

Stay tuned for show dates and music releases, and if we announce something get your ass to a show because you won’t regret it!