Band Interview With Ataxia

By Jake O'neil

What are your songs about? (attempting to avoid any cliche) But in life everyone experiences setbacks and let downs, what keeps them going is how the individual chooses to deal with the problem. They can either accept defeat or move past the obstacle and take their life into their own hands. Each person is responsible for their own path and we are trying to promote the fact that when you go down, be ready to fight to get back up and succeed.

Having dealt with a great number of these experiences as a musical group already, we've felt the focus hits us all on a very personal level and it is for that reason more enjoyable to write about. It definitely serves as a release for all of us.

What is your genre? We get asked this question all of the time. Instead of limiting ourselves to one magnified genre, we like to write what we think sounds good and what everyone in the band is vibing off of depending on our mood. Some songs are heavier than others, some are more passionate. If you want to throw it in a genre call it metalcore.

What are some of your band biggest influences? Musically, it would have to be As I Lay Dying, After the Burial, A Day to Remember, Slipknot, and Parkway Drive. Lyrically, the challenges we as a band face every day.

How long have you known each other? How did you guys meet and how did the band get started? Some have known each other for three years but 'Ataxia' as a whole formed one year ago. The lineup today was founded starting from Jordan and Brian who met at Walsh High School, and then bringing in Ricky from Revere High school. Devon was an older friend of Ricky's. We can confidently say that we are proud of how good our communication is with each other and that the pact we have formed would be close to impossible to break after the setbacks we have pushed through.

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