The Refrain Interview: Promise Game

New Hampshire punk outfit Promise Game has just dropped their latest track, “Any Reason To Party” ft. Joshua Herzer of Lions Lions. The modern pop punk track is an anthemic party song meant for the masses, with a great mix of scream and clean vocals, punchy guitars, atmospheric keys and even some gang vocals! Lyrically relevant, creatively bound, and harmonically emphasized. Promise Game is a Southern NH “multi-genre” punk rock band, that finds balance between early 2000’s & modern day punk sounds.

We had a chance to talk with Promise Game as part of our Refrain Interview series.

Refrain Music Blog: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. You have a new single out now. Tell us about it? What’s it called? 

We sure do! We released our latest single “Any Reason To Party” ft. Joshua Herzer of Lions Lions on July 23rd. This track is by far our best performing single to date as it stands even now, and we’re not surprised. This track truly shows the passion behind our music, as we take a giant leap towards a new sound that reiterates one thing – Promise Game is not afraid to make music we love without worrying about labeling ourselves under one single genre. This track mixes many different punk rock elements, staying true to our going of being a “multi-genre” band. It was also an absolute honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with Joshua Herzer on this track. His featured vocals and screams in the song’s bridge really bring in a special element that takes this one to the next level.

RMB: What’s the single about? 

The song is about coping with life’s hardships by straight up partying them away, something many people in this world can relate to. It’s not always a bad thing to party your worries away, but in this song we’re telling the story of someone who can always find any reason to hit the bottle or whatever else will take them away from what they are dealing with.

RMB: What’s the story on how it was recorded?  

This single came together pretty quickly, as we had a great team in place to get it produced. We recorded the track with the same producer who we worked with on our debut EP, Matt Blanchette at Revelry Studios in Manchester, NH. Matt is a magician, simple as that. We brought a great demo to him, and he helped us make it into something we are all very proud of.  

The track was then sent off to Kyle Marchant (credits with Silverstein, Seaway, Story Untold, Like Pacific, We Were Sharks, Boys Night Out and many more) for mixing & mastering. This was our first time working with Kyle, and let’s put it this way… we don’t plan on using anyone else for the foreseeable future. Same goes with Matt – we really do have a dream team that has proven to be truly invaluable for the PG sound. As for stories, I think the most memorable moment of the entire recording process was when Eric laid down the 80’s synth line you hear at the end of the track. Adam and Colin were there with our producer Matt.

RMB: Tell us a little about the band. Who are the members and what do you each play?

Colin VanDenBerghe – Vocals, Adam Elverson – Guitar, Backing Vocals, Eric Schneider – Piano, Synth, Matt Eisenstadter – Bass, Mark Elverson – Drums

RMB: How long have you been together? When and how did you form? 

We started Promise Game in the early months of 2020, right before the pandemic hit. The five of us have all been friends for a very long time, we’re all part of this group of pop punk friends that have been hanging out for what feels like forever. We’ve all played in bands, some of us have played with each other bands in our past lives – but we had never played as this group. Colin and Eric were talking one day and thought it would be awesome to write a pop punk album for our friends, and we knew exactly who we wanted to do it with. From there, we started playing “pop goes punk” style covers in Colin’s basement and soon realized we had something way more powerful than that and Promise Game was born.

RMB: What’s the one thing you are most proud of in your career so far?

We’ve had so many amazing successes since releasing our debut EP in February 2021, and the biggest highlight of our band’s career to this point is something we can’t really even talk about. We have a major announcement coming soon about our debut live performance, but have to keep that close to the chest for now. Other than that, I’d say getting to collaborate Joshua Herzer of on our latest single has been the biggest highlight to this point. Working with an artist that we’ve all bought tickets to go see play many times, someone who we all respect and look up to as a pillar in the Boston music scene – that was truly epic and now we’ve become great friends with Josh and plan to work with him more down the road!

RMB: If you had to pitch your music to a potential fan in less than 10 seconds, what would you say?

Promise Game is the type of band that will take you for an legit rollercoaster ride. We play fun music for people looking to have fun, not caring about things like genre or adhering to trends. If you’re looking to for some fun punk rock driven tunes that you can dance to, put PG on shuffle.

RMB: What’s one piece of advice you’ve gotten that you think everyone needs to hear or that has meant the most to you?

Don’t stop grinding. If you want your music to be heard, you have to get out there and do whatever it takes to get people to press play. That’s by far the best advice we got from day one, and with our dedication to the grind we’ve been able to hit our goals and create an amazing fanbase of people who genuinely like our music and continue to listen every single day. That’s what it’s all about – success doesn’t just fabricate itself, you have to go take it.

RMB: If you could go back in time, what’s a piece of advice you would give to a younger you?

Form Promise Game with this same group of guys before you graduate high school, plain and simple. In fact, we were all just talking about this very thing at band practice last night – we all wish we would have started up this band 20 years ago, when we were all in that prime age of maybe making music into a full time gig. We’re still grinding and have our goals, but man it would have been so rad to be doing this as PG back then.

RMB: What’s coming up next for your musical project?

We are planning to release our next single “Sleeping Weather” in early October, and we have to say, this is the best PG song yet. We mesh so many different types of sounds, add crazy layers and feature our most epic harmonies to date. We went a little more mainstream with the sound, but at the same time you’re going to hear that same PG twist throughout. We can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

RMB: Anything we haven’t thought of that you want to talk about? Now is the time!

We just hope everyone reading this enjoyed getting to know us a little bit more, and will go check out our tunes. We just dropped our new single “Any Reason To Party” ft. Joshua Herzer of Lions Lions on 7.23.21, which is now available on all streaming platforms, along with the music video we shot on our YouTube channel! We also launched our brand new merch store last week, complete with some awesome high-quality “not your typical band merch” swag! We appreciate everyone’s support, thanks for listening!


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