You, Me, and Everyone We Know

"A band is more so about making music than anything, and writing/recording that album was the most engaging, fun and rewarding experience I've had as a musician."

Have you ever listened to a song that put an instant smile on your face? You became suddenly happy? Well, You, Me and Everyone We Know’s music does just that. A band from Washington, DC, consisting of Ben Liebsch (singer), Augustine Rampolia (guitar), Mike Ghazarian (bass), John Farrell (keyboard/trumpet), and Kyle Gibson (drums). Their rock/pop music is bound to get a full crowd energized and clapping along to the beat. The bands big break came when Doghouse Records signed them and since then they have opened for such big acts as Just Surrender, We Are the In Crowd, and The Color Fred. One great thing about this band is that you can tell that all six of them are truly happy about what they’re doing and that shows when they play live. Their first full-length album, “Some Things Don’t Wash Out” is a mix of catchy hooks, vengeful lyrics, and witty humor. Get to know You, Me, and Everyone We Know better with a few questions for guitarist, Augustine Rampolia.

Q. Since forming in 2006, what has been the best experience of being in your band?

A. Man. Well I’ve made some of my best friends through the band. Whether it be my band mates or touring with bands and becoming homies. But all in all I’d say my best experience has been recording our full length record. Writing songs with Rico and Ben, and working with our producer, Trevor Simpson, was such an amazing learning experience. I love the traveling/touring aspect of being in a band, and I love the fun aspect of being in a band. But obviously a band is more so about making music than anything, and writing/recording that album was the most engaging, fun and rewarding experience I’ve had as a musician.

Q. If you could re-record any one of your songs, which would it be and why?

A. Well, we rerecorded the song ‘Livin’ Th’ Dream’ for our new album. But to make the question more up to date I think I would rerecord the song ‘Some Things Don’t Wash Out’. We wrote an alternate version of it last week at practice. It’s a lot slower and way more chilled out. It’s got a little fifties/doo-wop vibe to it. It’s cool. It’s the same song but totally different. We’ll be recording that for a live recording session we’re doing in December.

Q. You guys have toured quite a bit with some pretty big acts. Who has been some of the most fun to open for?

A. Forgive Durden was an awesome one for me as I was huge fan of Razia’s Shadow. Also, Cartel was fun just because I was in high school when Chroma came out and they blew up. So, that was pretty surreal. But yeah, we like to have fun no matter who we open up for. Playing with any band is awesome for different reasons. But we have fun with all of em!

Q. So often these days, bands are compared to other bands. If you could pick any band to be compared to, from either past or present, who would it be?

A. Hm.  Well, that’s a really tough question.  It seems everyone compares us to the band Say Anything. But a big part of me wants to say the Beatles (very cliche, I know). But I say that for the diversity in their sound, not because we sound anything like the Beatles. When they got into the mid-late sixties they really were pushing the boundaries of their sound by adding horns and strings and really just anything they could use to make a creative piece of music and get outside of that proverbial box. I think we tried to do the same with our new record. The album is half songs that are mostly “our” pop/rock and roll sound and then half that I think we pushed ourselves to get outside of the box on while still remaining us.

Q. You just released your first full-length album, “Some Things Don’t Wash Out.” in October. Besides more work, what was it like recording this album compared to the last two EP’s?

A. Time! Way more time. This time around it wasn’t just going into the studio and laying down songs as quickly as possible to make a product. But we had time to really stew in ideas and make changes as we pleased. We started recording a few songs off the record in November of 09, and ultimately finished tracking sometime in March. Not that we recorded straight through November-March, but we definitely had a lot more time to bask in song ideas and second guess ourselves and rearrange songs and add stuff later. It was way more relaxed i guess you could say. Trevor (our producer) is a relaxed dude, which I personally dig.

Q. Now that you have your full-length out, are you guys planning a tour?

A. Of course. We were out all of September-October with Take Cover, Man Overboard and Queens Club. We’ve got a few shows in November. Then in December we are heading out on tour with a cool rock band called Sparks The Rescue. And nothing official but lots of touring planned for 2011!

Q. What was one of the best memories from one of your shows?

A. Hah! Easily one of the most fun and memorable things to happen on tour was this past October, on our last day of tour with Man Overboard they crashed our set during our last song and smashed whipped cream pies in all six of our faces. I had pie in my eyes for days. Those guys are some of the best people on earth though, it was priceless. They could have made a great mastercard commercial from that tour/show.

Q. Have you ever played a show and saw someone you idolized enjoying your set? If so, who?

Q. Um.  That’s hard to say for two reasons. A-when I’m playing I don’t concentrate too much on other people because I find it distracting and I don’t wanna fuck up my parts, haha. And B-I can’t say I truly idolize anyone. Having said that, we played a tour with Forgive Durden, a show with HelloGoodbye and a show with Saves The Day. I really truly respect Thomas, Forrest and Chris Conley as songwriters. I wouldn’t say I idolize them, but I definitely respect and look up to all of them. So, to share a show bill with those guys was incredible.

Q. What has been one defining moment since being a band?

A. Releasing our new album on Doghouse Records. Hands down.

Q. Last question. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Hmm. I guess I’m gonna go with ‘The Next Twenty Minutes’ since that’s the most laid back and island-y song we have. That or ‘A Symptom’.

“Puzzle” off of their newest record. Enjoy.

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