2far2jump consists of vocalist Alistair Hynes, guitarist Rupert Barker, drummer Aaron Mann and currently session bassist Matt Munday. They have an exciting stage show, a debut EP due out in May and are excited for their plans for 2017. Having already gained notable attention with only three and soon to be four singles out prior to their EP release, there’s a lot to look forward to for the Surrey pop punkers and their fans.
How and when did 2far2jump form?
Our guitarist, Rupert, had the plan to put the band together way back in 2013. Then in early 2015, whilst playing with friend and drummer, Aaron they advertised for a singer and in April 2015 Alistair joined. Since then we’ve been setting and achieving goal after goal. At the moment they’re pretty small goals but it still feels rewarding to even get where we are now.
Tell us anything interesting about your hometown.
It’s ridiculously upper class for a pop punk band although there is a really big alternative scene. You’d walk down the road and instead of beer bottles on the pavement like you’d get in Leeds there’s Champgne bottles! But there are loads of alternative kids into good music and good vibes and that’s probably why our Guildford show has been biggest to date.
When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying?
Around about the time that Alistair joined in April 2015. We also became friends outside of the band and things started to click.
Who are your musical influences?
(Alistair) We love bands like Neck Deep, Green Day, Blink-182, All Time Low, Against The Current, As It Is, You Me At Six, Moose Blood, The 1975, Trophy Eyes, Real Friends, With Confidence and The Hunna. I am influenced by a lot of ‘90s Emo bands as well as Pop and artists like Drake, One Direction and the Vamps. Rupert loves guitar bands from a variety of genres. Aaron likes Linkin Park. And we all love music that is emotive, melodic, and means something when you listen to it.
What’s been your wildest moment as a band?
(Alistair) I was writing a song in a text draft that was in reply to some person I probably wasn’t going to reply to anyway, I wasn’t thinking and sent it by default when I finished. I’m surprised I didn’t get a restraining order.
(Rupert) My favorite moment was a show we played in Chelmsford a while back. It was one of the first times that the audience got really involved with the music and they wanted more when we finished. Alistair crowd-surfed an inflatable shark… Another really good moment was when we played Guildford recently. The place was packed even though we were on first. It’s nice to be appreciated.
Where did the name “2far2jump” come from?
It sounded like something cool kids say and we’re desperate to be relevant cool kids… Actually, Rupert came up with it. The name represents that feeling you have when you think that your goals are out-of- reach.
Where have you played or toured?
London, Croydon, South Coast, Surrey, Hampshire, Essex, Leicestershire. We’ve played shows with Cavalier, Reckless Intentions, A Few Too Many, True Heights, Varsity and Such Strange Arts.
In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there?
(Rupert) The thing that makes any band different is often not just one thing but a combination of things that together make it unique. In our case we have quite a bit of variety with the type of songs, all of which have melodic tunes, thought-provoking lyrics usually combined with up-beat rhythms. Also we started writing original songs from the beginning.
(Alistair) We didn’t start out doing covers, we started writing our own stuff. Also we put the first song we wrote on our debut EP – I don’t think many other bands have done or would do that. Whether it’s a wise thing for them to not do that, it probably is. It’s my least favorite song personally but it’s still fun to perform.
If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
(Alistair) It’s designed to evoke emotion: our songs talk about realness and real things. Some of our songs are a mix of melancholy and uplifting, some of them are fun and jumpy, at least that’s what I intend to put across and create when I write the lyrics.
(Rupert) In terms of movement, we have both calm and collected as well as hard hitting and energetic.
Do you have a tour on the horizon?
We can’t announce anything at the moment but we’ll be announcing a string of mini tours when the EP’s out and we may be appearing at some festivals this summer.