Miss May I's Levi Benton on Playing Empty Rooms: "I Think a Lot of Local Bands Give Up Too Fast"

Metalcore band Miss May I, started -- like most bands -- in a basement, just a bunch of high school kids jamming out to cover songs. This fivesome from Troy, Ohio, never expected anything to come from it. But when they caught the attention of the Devil Wears Prada guitarist Chris Rubey, a fellow Ohio band hailing from nearby Dayton, that things really took off. 

A record deal, and a few tours later, brought success to a whole new level for the band, excited to be among the first underground metal acts to headline this year's AP Tour, which has typically chosen alt-rock bands to receive the coveted front cover of Alternative Press.

But it's OK, because Miss May isn't just another fad, and they don't want to be just another "scene" metalcore band. They want to endure, and are working hard to sculpt their unique sound to be even more metal than the rest. New Times caught up with Miss May I lead singer Levi Benton during the band's brief hiatus from the tail end of the 2012 Warped Tour, and before the October start of the AP Tour. 

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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