Ink

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Members: Gavin Payne (vocals, guitar); Sam Andrei (lead guitar, backup vocals); Caleb “Cloob” Melfe (bass, backup vocals); Ian Carr (drums).

Where are you from and how did you meet?

We’re all from Hilliard, and we attend Hilliard Darby. Gavin, Sam, and Ian met in elementary school; Cloob met the rest of the band in high school.

If you could be a member of any band, past or present, which band and what band member would you be? Why?

Gavin- Johnny Ramone from the Ramones because they basically started the punk scene and they were rad.
Ian- Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters because he’s an outstanding musician and even after Nirvana crashed, he still rose back to the top.
Sam- I’d be Gavin Payne from Ink because I’d be the only ginger punk icon.

If you could open for any musician or band, who would it be?

Either Green Day or Blink 182, whichever puts Taco Bell on the rider.

What decade does your band belong in? Why?

90s-early 00s; pop punk was big then and grungy vibes were everywhere you looked. We’d get along with a lot of people there.

If your band was stranded on a desert island, what is one album that you’d all be happy to have with you?

“Enema of the State” by Blink 182

What’s your band practice must-have food?

Taco Bell. All of it.

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever played? Best gig?

Our worst gig was our first performance outside of school talent shows: a three-hour set at Otie’s in Hilliard. Our best gig was the New Year Kick Off at Skully’s.

What’s your writing process like?

We scream at each other with our instruments in a dark garage for 2 hours and 56 minutes, playing improvised jazz until we get a riff. Then we continue to build off that riff until we have an entire song. Then we take the song and refine that until it sounds like toilet paper. We then take that toilet paper and plaster it on a wall and call it art.

Any fun facts?

The band is Gavin’s longest running joke ever. He sent a group text three years ago that read “lol we should start a band jk” and the rest is rock history.