Interview: Andrew Minervini of Hundredth

Hundredth is a four-piece alternative band out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The band was founded all the way back in 2008, pushing their way up the ladder in the hardcore music scene. I talked with their guitarist/bassist Andrew Minervini about how he joined Hundredth, the transition out of hardcore music, and how he feels about the music they create today.

Clear Noise: When did music start to play a big role in your life? Were there any certain bands that really sparked your passion?

Andrew Minervini: I always got into weird music at an early age. My dad would travel doing stand-up comedy and would always bring CD’s home as presents. Some of the first few albums I owned at a young age were Smashing Pumpkins and Ozzy Osbourne’s Greatest Hits.

CN: You joined Hundredth all the way back in 2010 — how did you guys end up connecting?

AM: We grew up in the same town and I had jammed with Alex and some other friends before. I was graduating high school in the summer of 2009 when those dudes started hitting the road. So I harassed Chad about playing bass. The band already had a bass player, so I instead just figured out how to play guitar, then toured the remainder of that year.

CN: Hundredth originally began as a hardcore/metalcore band, but your sound has changed in your most recent album to a more shoegaze/atmospheric vibe. What made you guys decide to head in that direction?

AM: We all kind of got older and our personal preferences of what each of us listened to on a daily basis changed. It was kind of just a collective effort of saying, “Let’s write an album that us, as individuals, all wouldn’t mind listening to.” Some of the pre pro was really soft until we started playing it as a band and just continued to massage it from there.

CN: How has the feedback been in regards to your sound change?

AM: Of course there are the bone heads who are like, “You guys fucking suck now.” But it seems like more than that. More people are willing to tell us, “Hey, I knew you guys existed but didn’t really care about your band before, but I’m really into this sound.” That’s way more rewarding.

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CN: How was the crowd’s reception to your new songs live?

AM: We’ve only played them live on two platforms. Warped tour — which is an absolute zoo. So of course there were some true rockers there who just wanted to jump around in a mud pit. The tour we just did with Tennis System, Spotlights, and Gleemer, were small and intimate shows, but people really vibed out well with the band. It was tight.

CN: There was a B-side release to your newest album — what made you guys decide to release those two tracks? How come they didn’t make it on to the original album?

AM: Eh, they were like just some extra songs we did on the spot at Panda and felt like they really weren’t hanging with the other songs, but still weren’t trash, so we just released them after. I don’t know, it’s tough to listen to your own songs for a month and a half straight and not think they all suck. Probably just too much over analyzing on our part.

CN: Are there any plans for a follow up album in the near future?

AM: Not yet. Still trying to get Rare up and running, but we’ll be getting together to jam every so often and probably end up writing songs anyways.

Hundredth can be found on most music platforms, including Spotify and YouTube. Their music can be purchased on their website here.

 

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