Q&A w/ Mange

Hometown and current homebase

Melody lives in Wintersville, OH, Greg lives in Moundsville, and Christine lives in Wheeling. We practice in Christine's parents' garage.

Either make up a new word for your genre, or give us 5 words to describe your sound

Alt-rock, rock, indie, grunge, emo

Members

Melody Petras sings and plays guitar, Greg Fahnestock plays drums, and Christine Kinneer plays bass

What are you listening to now? What would you have been listening to when you were 15? 

Melody: Now, I listen to a large variety of music, but some of my favorite bands are in the indie-pop and alternative-rock style. Two Door Cinema Club (who inspired me to write in the first place), Joywave (more recently), Beck, Pavement, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are just a few among many others that inspire me.
When I was 15, I had no idea that I wanted to write music yet and I had no idea what a 'scene' was. Back then I listened to Coldplay, Linkin Park, Yellowcard,  and Green Day, because I didn't know what else to listen to (and yet, I was still completely captivated by them at the time).
Greg: As of late, Leon Bridges, Pantera, Chance the Rapper, Pinegrove.
At 15, I was listening to Pantera, Blink 182, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CKY, Say Anything.
Christine: I've gone through a bunch of phases with music. When I was 8 and 9 years old, I listened to a lot of country, but that wasn't really for me. Tried pop radio because that's what most of the kids I knew listened to, didn't like it. When I was about 11 years old up until 16, I listened to a lot of metal, metalcore, basically a Hot Topic scene kid. I was then introduced to punk and hardcore and started going to local shows kids not much older than me were booking, and I think the empowerment in that and the rebellion in the fact that no one I knew listened to that kind of music drew me in. However I have always loved any kind of rock. Much more lately I've really only been listening to old 80s/90s hardcore/punk and 90s rock and grunge: Youth of Today, Supertouch, Rival Schools, The Lemonheads. l feel that's where my heart is when it comes to music.
 

What are you promoting/what are you working on now?

Currently we're continuing to promote our demo, as well as our fall tour in November. Right now we're working on new material for our second EP coming out in the spring of next year.
 

How do you write a song? 

Melody: For me, my writing style has changed drastically since I first started writing. Now, I think of, "what do I want to represent myself to the world as," instead of, "I just want to write a catchy song people will remember." And I think all of us in Mange would agree to that. That's as far as I want to go there, though. Because the logistics of how we write a song as a band are never the same.
Greg: Melody usually has a chord progression or most of a song written and brings it to us.  We usually co-write a bridge and work on transitions and song structure together.
Christine: As a band, we all take part in writing the songs. Usually one person will come up with something and we go off of that. We write all of our own parts and Melody writes all of the lyrics. 
 

What song do you wish you wrote? (Assuming money and credit is NOT a factor)

Melody: I wish I wrote the song "Marry Me, Archie." It's a song by a cool Canadian band named Alvvays. Putting the view of Mange's sound out of the picture, that song is absolutely perfect to me, because it defines my conflicting view of the idea of marriage into a perfectly rounded surfy, catchy, yet different, feel good song.
Greg: Any song that is so simple that an amateur player could play it, but only a genius could write it.  Tom Morello, Dimebag, and Tony Iommi's guitar riffs come to mind.
Christine: Ah, this is tough. I'd have to say either "Say Hello 2 Heaven" by Temple of the Dog, "Davidian" by Machinehead, any Supertouch song, or any song off Slayer's South of Heaven.

If there was one place in the area you could play a show, where would it be? 

Melody: On a boat in the river as the sun is setting, I suppose
Greg: I would love to play at Centre Market when they shut the street down.
Christine: I agree with Greg.

Are you "there" yet? (Interpret this in any way you see fit, but I really refers to your own assessment of your progress as a musician, songwriter, or band) 

Melody: I may never be "there." I always seem to want to do more and more everyday, and become better than I was the day before. In any way. I think as a band, we see ourselves someday sharing a larger stage together, but we all know that, not only may that day never come, but we need to experience our proudest moments of growth and learn from our worst mistakes no matter what level we are as musicians.
Greg: I’m happy with where we are.  Each song we write seems to be better than the last and that’s exciting.  We still have a lot of work to do and a lot of small things to figure out but I'm happy with the progress we’ve made in under a year.
Christine: As a band, I don't think so yet. We are just starting out, and we have a long way to go, but we're enjoying every second of it. I love what we are and since the start everything has come together so smoothly, it's almost too good to be true. As for myself personally, I'm definitely not where I want to be. I only started playing bass three years ago, and even still I'm not at the place I should be concerning ability. Overall as a musician, I'd like to be decent at guitar and be able to write my own riffs or songs. Music is the only thing I really connect with and I want to take any opportunity I can to make myself better as a musician and as a part of Mange.