WEDG’s Edgefest is tied to Buffalo in more ways than one. Case in point is opening act Pentimento, a four-piece alternative punk group based right here that is set to take the stage by storm Sunday. The quartet’s sound, energy and passionate lyrics bring to mind the real greats of the alt-punk scene like Taking Back Sunday, Polar Bear Club and fellow Edgefest performers Brand New. The band’s latest EP, “Inside the Sea” is filled with emotive and relatable words and powerful instrumentals that synchronize perfectly with the quartet’s breed of relatable and potent songwriting.
The EP and the band’s self-titled full-length album already have garnered significant praise across the board for those reasons. With the hype surrounding Pentimento and the anticipation for Edgefest reaching its boiling point, I recently sat down with lead vocalist/guitarist Jeramiah Pauly, lead guitarist Lance Claypool, bassist Vincent Caito and drummer/vocalist Mike Hansen to discuss what may be the band’s biggest show yet.
Question: Being based here, how does it feel to be playing what could be your biggest show ever in Buffalo?
Jeramiah Pauly: I don’t think any of us are going to get it until we get on stage on Aug. 10. It’s just going to hit us all at once about how huge this is.
Lance Claypool: This show is really great for our specific niche in the music industry. Bringing all these bands together that have a likeness to our sound is great.
Q: There’s obviously a huge amount of influence from Brand New, who are also playing Edgefest, in your own music. What’s it like to be playing the same stage as them?
Mike Hansen: We’ve been compared to Brand New a lot, and it’s cool because they’ve weaved in and out of our lives since our early teenage years, but it’s just amazing to be in the same ballpark with those kinds of bands, or even on the same poster or radio advertisements.
Q: This show seems like it could be a huge catalyst to present your music to a wider audience. What do you think?
MH: Just the alignment of all of this, with the advertisements and being on the Edge’s website to being on the radio … we’re just glad to be a part of it.
LC: This is a validation for all the work we’ve been putting in lately, and seeing that culminate into something great will be awesome.
Q: What does playing Edgefest mean to you?
VC: It’s Edgefest. We all went. I used to hear the bands from my backyard.
MC: It’s huge. It’s one of those things we get to check off our bucket list, and being able to play with these mammoth-sized bands is just a huge opportunity for us.