Formed in 2012 by Brandon Millman, Brennan Stark and Scott Montgomery, 3PM is a pop-punk, rock band out of Baltimore, Maryland. A year later in 2013, the band released their debut “Change of Plans” album, with their much anticipated, follow-up album “Slow Me Down” dropping in 2014. Most recently the band spent their summer touring the country on Vans Warped Tour.
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Sean Ritchie: Coming from Baltimore, what are some of the sights to see when visiting for the first time?
3PM: The aquarium is one of the best things to see, the harbor too. If you’re at the harbor you have to go to a place called Fogo de Chão. It’s top-notch, Brazilian food, but it is expensive.
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SR: When you’re looking for a personal vacation are you searching for the beach, nightlife or a city’s atmosphere?
3PM: The beach. It’s so relaxing. Cities are too stressful. There’s a place called Ocean City about three hours from where we’re from. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s a nice, little city and the intercostal highway goes right through it.
SR: How does music and travel fit together?
3PM: You need to travel to get your music out there. We love music and we want to keep doing music, therefore you’ve got to travel and get your name out there. You can’t just keep spreading around one, small area. If you lived in a bigger state like California maybe, but Maryland is kind of small.
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SR: Are there any places that stand out in terms of crowd atmosphere? Was it inline with the city’s nightlife?
3PM: Definitely Texas. San Antonio was great and Dallas was cool too. The last one we played was Houston. The Texas cities were all really good.
SR: Do you like the south?
3PM: Yeah, it was nice. A little hot, but it’s cool. We like southern accents too, so that’s always a plus. We just like accents cause they’re unique.
SR: How does music bring people together and break cross-cultural barriers?
3PM: Anyone can relate to the lyrics and a lot of people can relate to the same meaning of a song. It brings people together that way and they talk about it. They can realize that they might not be the only person that feels a certain way. That’s the power of lyrics itself.
SR: You’ve recently driven cross-country. How was that experience?
3PM: Driving cross-country from our hometown in Maryland to northern California, which is the complete opposite of the country, was educational. We didn’t realize what we’d be feeling like while driving. We were getting exhausted and having trouble staying awake at the wheel before Warped Tour actually started. When the tour started and we were driving at night we cut our shifts down to an hour and a half.
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SR: How were the sights?
3PM: We passed through Utah and Denver and those were really pretty. Nebraska seemed to go on forever. When you’re driving cross-country you’re going 80 miles an hour, but nothing changes. It feels like you’re standing still.
SR: A lot of bands say they pull their inspiration from being on the road. Having that alone time provides a chance to regroup and think. Can you say the same?
3PM: We can’t say, because we don’t know what alone time is. At least for this tour. We retrofitted a college shuttle bus into a tour bus for us this summer. The most alone time we get is when we close our curtains. Closed curtains means something!
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SR: Are there any destinations, past traveling for music, you want to explore?
3PM: We were supposed to go to Toronto, but unfortunately our tour bus broke down. We haven’t been to Central America yet either. We’ve been in California, through the south and around the northeast. We’ve made a big U around the country. Now we have to cross through.
SR: Where did you vacation to growing up?
3PM: Disneyworld was a big one. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina too. We’ve missed our past few family vacations though due to band activities. It’s been a while since we’ve been on vacation. That needs to change!
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