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Interview: The Take

The Take are back with Live For Tonight, a brand new EP due for release via Demons Run Amok Entertainment. I spoke with Scott Roberts about songwriting process, the message, musical influences, and other fun stuff. Enjoy! Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. How have you been? Scott: Extremely busy but […]

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The Take are back with Live For Tonight, a brand new EP due for release via Demons Run Amok Entertainment. I spoke with Scott Roberts about songwriting process, the message, musical influences, and other fun stuff. Enjoy!


Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. How have you been?

Scott: Extremely busy but very good.  Thanks for asking.

Considering you have been members of remarkable NYHC bands like Spudmonsters, Agnostic Front, Madball, Biohazard, Bloodclot, and Built Upon Frustration, how you came up with the idea to start a streetpunk band? 

Scott: We have all been good friends for years, and after I left Biohazard, I was looking for something new musically.  The original idea for this band was a hardcore power trio.  It morphed into something else later on.  I personally don’t think we’re an Oi! band.  I think we’re a mix of Punk, OI!, Hardcore and just plain old Rock and Roll.  We just play whatever we feel like playing and don’t try to be or sound like anything in particular.  It’s great having musical freedom. 

Can you tell us about your upcoming EP, “Live For Tonight”? What can fans expect from this release?

Scott: Just a natural progression of finding ourselves.  More of the mix I just explained, but maybe a little more dialed in?

Photo courtesy of the band.

How would you describe the songwriting process for this EP? Did it differ from your previous works?

Scott: It didn’t differ, songs come to me from somewhere in the universe.  It’s hard to explain.

What message or themes do you hope to convey through your lyrics and music

Scott: I don’t think I’m really trying to convey anything, I’m just writing songs.  If we like it, we use it.  Subject matter varies from song to song. There is no real general overall theme.

Are there any particular tracks on the EP that hold special meaning to you personally? If so, could you share the story behind them?

Scott: Maybe Comfort Crisis?  I wrote it during the hight of the pandemic.  It started out being about the pandemic, then turned into being more about how modern living is making modern man soft.

In terms of musical style, how would you say The Take has evolved since your earlier works?

Scott: I think the main thing that has evolved is my voice.  I was coming from Biohazard when we recorded the 1st record. They had me signing as hard as I could.  I tried to tone it down but honestly, I was a little afraid of sounding too wimpy.  After doing it for a couple years now, I think I’ve figured out how I should sing in this band.

Your new material carries some of the best qualities of modern streetpunk, hardcore, and rock ‘n’ roll. How do you maintain the authenticity of your music while still exploring new sounds or styles?

Scott: I don’t worry about trying to be anything, or trying to be authentic, If I write something and we all like it, we use it.  People’s perception of what is authentic never enters my mind.

Are there any specific bands or artists that have had a significant impact on your musical journey as The Take?

Scott: Probably every band I like, from 50’s Rock ‘N’ Roll to Hardcore.  I think they all seep in, in some way.

The artwork for this release looks divine. Who hides behind the artwork?

Scott: My good friend and someone I call a brother, Eddie Peralta.  AKA, Angry Eddie.

Are there any specific goals or expectations that you have for this EP? What would you like listeners to take away from it?

Scott: There are no expectations. Just make music we like, put it out,  and if other people like it, then that’s great.

Looking forward, what can fans expect from The Take shortly? Any upcoming projects or tours we should keep an eye out for?

Scott: We have shows coming up in Europe and the US. Finalizing more shows to be announced soon.  All the dates will be posted on our website thetakenyc.com

That’s it. Thank you so much for your time. Anything you would like to say to our readers?

Scott: Thanks for caring enough to read this, we hope to see you in person somewhere on the road very soon!

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