It’s a great day here at MusUK, people! I’m so excited for you to meet Everlit! An excellent Rock band hailing from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Everlit’s catchy, energetic songs are punctuated by fierce guitars, a beast of a drummer, and strong, appealing vocals. They’re super busy these days, writing and gigging, but they were kind enough to make time for this interview! Let’s meet the band!
1) Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us here at MusUK! Starting very basic, can you tell us your names and what roles each of you are playing when we listen to your music?
Jordan: Well Jen, thank you for having us. We’re happy to now be a part of the MusUK family! Here’s the lineup for Everlit: Ryan Panfil – Vocals, Jordan Panfil – Guitar, Anthony Michael – Guitar, Jacob Castro – Drums, and Kyle Wegman – Bass. To anyone who’s been following us since the start, you’ll notice we’re now a 5 piece. I was the original bass player but after recording ‘Renovate’ I moved over to guitar and we brought in Kyle. I think it’s been a great addition and makes for a more full sound when we’re playing live.
2) Four of the five of you were originally in the band Willpowerless. After a lineup change, Everlit was born in 2014. Listening to your song A Phoenix Will Rise, there’s a theme of brotherhood, bonds, and sacrifice, all leading to a new path. It seems very much to be about your transition from Willpowerless to Everlit. Is it indeed a narrative specific to your journey so far or are there other meanings behind that song?
Ryan: It sure is. When we were in the studio recording ‘Renovate’ the wounds were fresh. We had just lost our long time guitar player, we were taking a huge leap in changing the name of the band, our sound, our lineup, etc. A Phoenix Will Rise absolutely is about our journey and that Everlit was born from the ashes that Willpowerless left behind.
3) Renovate was Everlit’s debut EP (released June 2015). It was met with tons of amazing reviews from Loudwire and AXS, among many others, and the track Break Away received a lot of immediate radio play. What are you most proud of regarding that collection of songs on Renovate?
Jake: I think it would be how we made that salad out of a diverse collection of instrumentals and subject matter but still kept the new feel we were going for throughout, strong and fire feeding. Now is that the box we designed to put ourselves in? Hell no.. but it sure was a great stepping stone to get us up and going to wherever we’re going.
4) Live music is magical and people who love music never forget their first live show. What was the first live show YOU ever attended?
Anthony: The counting crows were the first concert I ever attended. I’ll never forget how Adam Duritz commanded the audience and keep them involved throughout the entire show. Definitely something that I learned from and try to emulate during Everlit concerts.
5) You hail from Philadelphia where I’ve heard the local Rock scene can be a bit difficult to navigate. What are some of the challenges you face when gigging around your hometown?
Kyle: Philadelphia is a tough city for the hard rock scene, although, most gigs we have played in Philly are generally met with a great response. We focus an enormous amount of energy into meeting new fans and developing relationships so when we do play our hometown, which isn’t frequently, there are always fans ready to come out and get their Everlit fix.
6) When Everlit is super famous and touring the world, what is the silliest demand you’ll be tempted to include in your appearance contracts?
Jordan: Hmmmm . . . If we’re talking “super famous” I’d like to require that 5 masseuses must be present and available at each venue. I mean if there’s only one masseuse, what if someone else is getting a rub down and it conflicts with my needs?! Not cool! LOL
7) The five of you contribute equally to the songwriting process. How do you avoid the pitfalls of “too many cooks in the kitchen” to get a song to the point where everyone feels his voice is being heard?
Ryan: Yea that’s always a tough thing to do. You want to always be concerned about whether everyone has a part in the songwriting and whether everyone is happy with the end product, but it doesn’t always work that way. I think we do a really good job of understanding that it’s difficult for 5 people to always see eye to eye, so as long as the majority is happy, we’re all willing to make sacrifices and to keep moving onward.
8) Everlit may be fairly new but you’ve all been working and gigging for years. What lessons have served you best in your careers so far?
Jake: Hmmm oh let me count the ways . . . pack plenty of blankets pillows and towels for tour (“always know where your towel is”-Mos Def), never leave home without baby wipes (for the potty and the baby wipe wipe down aka “the tour shower”), know who your true friends are and treat them accordingly, understand your band is your second girlfriend so don’t let the small things get in the way of the great things (boys will be boys.. especially after a fifth of whiskey and a month in on a cold tour!), keeping checking in with yourself to make sure you’re still doing music for the right reasons (some musicians get lost on their way), and trust no one on the road!! (Except for your true friends of course). There’s plentyyy other lessons learned, but I’m gonna be lazy and stop it there before I go on for days.
9) 2015 seems to have been pretty good to Everlit and I’m excited to see what’s in store for 2016! Can you tell us what we have to look forward to this year? (New music, maybe, I hope?)
Anthony: 2015 has been an unforgettable year for Everlit, we shared our debut E.P. Renovate with anyone who would listen, and received and overwhelmingly positive reaction, even charting on Billboard indicators. 2016 is our year to take it to the next level. You can expect to hear a brand new single in April as well! We also have studio time booked to record 5 additional songs with Taylor Larson of From First To Last who was the same producer we worked with for Renovate. Aside from music, expect many more shows and tours from Everlit this year. Make sure if anyone is not linked to us via Facebook, and Twitter, to stop what you are doing and like and subscribe to make sure you don’t miss these announcements as they happen!
10) Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you better! Before I release you back into the wild, do you have any last thoughts you’d like to leave us with?
Kyle: Keep an eye on Everlit social media for upcoming tour dates and new song releases. Make sure you catch a show and come hang with us. We absolutely love meeting new fans!