County Grind hearts the Gallery, a super-swell buncha fellas originally from rural Western Massachusetts who decamped to West Palm Beach a few years back. Though they're nominally based here in South Florida, the longtime friends spend most of the year on the road, chugging through endless national tours. Recently, that even included one in which they played unpaid, depending on merch sales to get to the next town.
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Your web site lists punk-derived acts like Thrice as influences. Was that a scene you were into when you were younger?Ryan Cooney: Yeah, we went to Thrice shows a lot when we were younger, we were going to some of those shows, you know, harder bands. I guess we were drawn to Thrice in particular because of the way they handled the band and themselves. Even though their music was harder and not so necessarily our favorite style of music, we really respected that they focused a lot on the songwriting and kind of made it all about the music.
Not all of the chat made the cut, though, especially the part where we got sidetracked and started talking about Florida. Read the interview over at Spinner first, and below, check out some outtakes from the Q&A.