Formed in the summer of 2012, Baltimore’s 3PM took their love of bands like Blink 182, Green Day, New Found Glory and Yellowcard and created their own melodic pop punk sound. An energetic, young group, their attitudes and outlook on life show through in their catchy and upbeat lyrics and their close friendship creates a unique and undeniable spark in their music. The band was established when (drummer) Brandon Millman found a friend’s younger brother, (lead guitarist) Scott Montgomery, and the two began playing together. The duo then turned to social media to find Brennan Stark (lead vocals / bassist). The group recorded their first album, Change of Plans, in early 2013, which featured the single, “Perfect For Me.” Currently in studio recording their third album — their second with producer Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail, The Dangerous Summer) — 3PM just released Slow Me Down earlier this summer.
Weeping Elvis sat down with Brandon Millman, Scott Montgomery, and Brennan Stark of 3PM and discussed their origins, inspirations, and nascent success.
Weeping Elvis: Tell me about how the band formed — what were some key moments in 3PM’s start-up?
3pm: Brandon wanted to start a band and he turned to a friend’s younger brother (Scott) and asked if he was interested in maybe starting a band. The two of them clicked and then turned to social media where they found Brennan who had a dream of playing music for a living. Once they all started playing together, they hit it off and two years later, here we are!
What are some of your inspirations?
3PM: Our big three stylistic inspirations are All Time Low, Blink-182, and Green Day.
If you were to inspire someone to continue doing what they love during a time of doubt, what would you say?
3PM: Just never give up, and always strive and work hard for what you want. In a band, there are constant roadblocks and you have to be able to get around them if you want to be successful at what you love. The one and only way to guarantee that nothing will happen is if you don’t try.
Why 3PM as the name of the band?
3PM: Don’t worry about it!
Tell me about the lyrics in your new album, what is the album about? What message do you want to send your audience?
3PM: All of our songs are about true stories and events in each of our lives. Our main goal is to be able to relate with our audience and connect with them. Seeing somebody smile when they listen to your music and sing along is a great feeling.
Take me back to the album release — what were some of your favorite moments from that show? From your stint on the Warped Tour?
3PM: We worked incredibly hard for both of the shows and it paid off. The coolest part about the release show was seeing people line up in their 3PM gear an hour before we arrived at the venue! We were able to obtain a bunch of new fans and play our music to many people. It’s really cool to think about how far we’ve come and that we’re already on our second album. We all had a moment before just to talk about how cool it was to be releasing that.
Favorite animals? Band mascot?
3pm: We were thinking about a T-rex for our band mascot…not sure yet.
What are your plans for the future in regards to touring and music?
3PM: Throughout the rest of 2014 and early 2015 we plan to do weekend tours to work around school, and then in the summer we have our eyes set on playing a handful of dates on Warped Tour, putting together week-long tours with other bands, and possibly some other larger festivals. We hope to be able to make new music for many years to come!
Anything else you’d like to add?
3PM: The older the 3PM member, the shorter he is.