The second I heard “Nosebleed” by Quone, I was in love. From the beginning of the track which starts with an epic drum part throughout the heartfelt lyrics and all the way until the way the track fades out in the end, I was in love. There was something nostalgic about the sound but also something super fresh feeling. Bands like BoysNightOut and Turnover instantly came to mind when listening to this track but, again, there was something so much more about this track that had me hooked and I just had to know more so, as always, I spent some time asking Jay and Kevin some questions that had absolutely nothing to do with the music.
How would you describe your music to your grandma?
Jay: Uhh she’s dead so that might be tough.
Kevin: Reverb-washed, dreamy emo music while she stares with confusion.
What’s the most awkward date you’ve ever been on?
Jay: Everything was going great until I offered her a piece of apple pie, the best apple pie in the city. Instead of saying no, she just weirdly shook her head over and over until I stopped offering.
Kevin: We were having dinner and she had the strangest habit: she eats her peas one at a time. You’ve never seen anything like it. It takes her an hour to finish them. I mean, we’ve had dinner other times. I’ve seen her eat corn niblets, but she scooped them.
Everyone says that every crowd is their favorite but, what city has the best audience and why is it Minneapolis?
Jay: It’s the home of Gordon Bombay so they get a point.
Kevin: We haven’t officially played a show as QUONE yet, and haven’t played outside the Tri-State area with our previous bands, but we always love playing in NYC and Long Island and hope to play in Minneapolis one day.
What’s your go-to coffee order?
Kevin: Vanilla Oat Milk Latte from an overpriced coffee shop.
Jay: The coffee that’s not actually coffee, it’s a Java chip frappe from Starbucks.
Are you okay with unconventional interview questions? (too late!)
Jay/Kevin: Only if you’re okay with unconventional answers, and the occasional Seinfeld reference.
What’s your go-to purchase at a gas station (outside of gas) when on a road trip?
Jay: Sometimes you have to take a chance on gas station sushi.
Kevin: Almost always a coffee to keep me awake, honey roasted cashews, gum, and a snickers bar (which I eat with a fork and knife).
Favorite lyrics of all time? (it can be a full song, a phrase, etc. just please let me know who it is and what song!)
Jay: If the Seinfeld theme had any lyrics, those would be my favorite.
Kevin: This one is SUPER hard for me to choose because I admire so many bands and artists but I’ll give you one of my favorite songwriters. I always loved the unconventional/distinctive style and mystery around Adam Mcilwee’s lyrics, from his time in Tigers Jaw to his current project with WPSE.
If you were to rob a bank, what would be the song playing in the getaway car as you escape?
Jay: Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper
Kevin: Fazed Out by Turnstile
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Jay: Eminem’s Anger Management Tour. I was 14 and wore my baggiest shirt and disappointed my parents.
Kevin: Also SUPER hard for me to choose so I’ll go with seeing Title Fight/Balance & Composure for the first time in 2010 on the “Out With the In Crowd Tour” since it introduced me to tons of bands in that scene and most of my friends and musical influences going forward.
Have you ever been able to finish a Rubik’s Cube?
Jay: Here’s the thing about Rubik- he’s a racist. The objective of the cube is to keep all colors away from each other and we don’t do that anymore.
Kevin: Not even remotely close, even if I could take off the stickers.
What’s the worst concert you’ve ever been to and why?
Jay: I haven’t really been to any bad concerts.
Kevin: When the dude from I Set My Friends On Fire made everyone turn around and leave the stage at Warped Tour because he wasn’t feeling the crowd.
Favorite method of listening to music (i.e. vinyl, cassette, 8-track, etc.)
Jay: Vinyl because I want to be cool.
Kevin: When I’m home, vinyl for sure, but listening to my favorite songs on a bike ride around Central Park or on a road trip with my partner will always be the best experience.
What’s one thing I should know before listening to “Nosebleed”?
Jay/Kevin: It’s the first song we wrote as QUONE and helped us figure out the sound we wanted to create with this project. We came from both being in pop-punk bands 10 years ago, to a slightly heavier melodic emo band after, so we wanted to try to create something different that still had some influences from our roots.
When was the last time you got a nosebleed and how did it happen?
Jay/Kevin: June 29, 1980, and my previous nosebleed was June 29th, 1972. That’s why during the ’80 nosebleed, I was yelling: “Can you believe it? My nose is bleeding on June 29th again.”.
Seinfeld references, the mention of a Java Chip Frappe from Starbucks– I may have started out just in love with this amazing new single but I quickly fell in love with this entire band. Spend some time going down the Quone rabbit hole and make sure to check out their brand new single “Nosebleed” right now! (Links below, of course!)