By: Ian Maikisch
This Saturday, July 15, will be the last show Endless Pools plays. The local psychedelic-surf-rock band has been around for years, playing locally and regionally. After the release of the band’s debut EP ,”Make Waves”, earlier this year in January this comes as quite a shock. Which is exactly why we had to catch up with lead singer and guitarist Jacob Adams and ask him about the band why they are splitting up. Just to make sure that everyone knows this, Endless Pools’ farewell show will be at Heartwood Soundstage with special guest GUTS from 7:00 P.M. until 11:00 P.M., make sure you show up to this show.
How did Endless Pools, as a band, start?
I started writing the first Endless Pools songs in January of 2014 on my own at home. Around May of 2014 I joined up with my bandmate from Hi Fi Envelope Ryan Allen. Ryan played drums while I put together arrangements with guitar and bass using a looper pedal and inviting the audience to participate with tambourines and sleigh bells, etc. Around August 2014 Ryan moved to Bass guitar and we brought on Damian Caraballo to play drums. In December 2014 Thomas Deaton joined as our second guitar player. That line-up stayed stable until the Summer of 2016 when Damian and Ryan both left the project amicably to take care of their busy lives. At that point Lexi Braun (drums) and Tyler Glisson (bass) joined the band. Tyler left the band around April 2017 and was replaced by Samantha Jones, who will be joining us for our final show.
What is your fondest memory of being and playing in Endless Pools?
My greatest memories are all related to playing shows with the band. I always enjoyed our halloween shows. In 2015 we played a fundraiser for the Fine Print as zombie surfers and had a really great show playing for a huge crowd at a house show. Last year we played as “Endless Ghouls” in spooky costumes for a show at Boca Fiesta.
On your last run of shows over the summer, what was the most fun (or crazy) show the band played?
Our micro-tour of Tampa and Orlando was a blast and a blur. We played a set live in the studio at WMNF in Tampa and did an interview after the set. We then played a show at the Henao Center in Orlando the following night. We closed out the tour with an amazing show at Microgroove, a local record store. It was fantastic to meet great local bands and folks in central florida working hard to support and build their local music scenes.
I know you guys work hard to offset the band’s carbon foot print and even partnering with We Are Neutral. What gave you the idea to do this?
I used to work for We Are Neutral so I was familiar with what they could do, so it occurred to me that it would be a good fit for the band. We are all passionate about the environment and wanted to make whatever difference we could.
How did the band actually go about doing this?
We worked with We Are Neutral to calculate the carbon impact of electricity use at our practice space, at venues we play (we accounted for 8 shows a quarter, which we never reached, so we over neutralized) and travel to venues.
How much emissions and energy has the band saved over time?
I’m not sure of the exact number, but we paid for about 10 tons of carbon offsets a year over the life of the band.
This Saturday Endless Pools will be playing the band’s last show. Why is Endless Pools breaking up?
The project is coming to a close so that Thomas can move to Vermont and pursue some important changes in his life. We are all very supportive of him and the break-up is amicable. Thomas’ voice as a guitar player and writer is so unique that we didn’t feel like he could be replaced. For that reason, we have decided to retire Endless Pools as a project and move on to other things.
What is your favorite song that Endless pools has released?
My favorite Endless Pools song is as yet unreleased. It’s called “All We Do”. We’ve been playing it live for the last few months and it has been very well received.
What do you think the band’s great accomplishment has been?
I think that our greatest accomplishment is working through difficult times over the last 9 months and coming out with our best material ever. I really love our newest material and look forward to building on that momentum as we move on to a new project.
Is there anything the band would like to say to your fans before you go?
We would really just like to thank everyone who has followed us and supported us over the years. Playing live music is my favorite part of being a musician and those that came out to our shows made every performance that much more memorable and enjoyable for us.
Endless Pools will be missed
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