Smashing Satellites have recently released the video for their latest single “Waterfall”. The alternative-rock group, which is fronted by Sal Costa (former guitarist for My Darkest Days), is also gearing up for a number of upcoming headlining concert dates and will also be playing some upcoming radio shows before announcing dates for a larger North American tour.
The band is out touring behind their SonicAluzion (A-Side) EP, which was released in September and earlier this week Costa took some time to check in to let everyone know what the band is up to and what they have coming up.
Q: You are gearing up for a March tour on the West Coast. What can people expect from these shows?
Sal: Honestly – just a lot of excitement. I have such a deep passion for songwriting and recording, but nothing beats a live show. Just being able to share your passion for something with so many people you don’t even know. It’s also really cool to get to a city for the first time and have people be there because they heard your song on the radio. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Q: Last time we spoke, you hadn’t had a chance to hit the stage yet as a band. Now that you’ve gotten some shows under your belt, how do you think things have been going? Has there been a live highlight for you?
Sal: Really amazing. When I look back on how this all came to be it is pretty cool to see how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. Smashing Satellites started with just myself in the studio writing and recording these songs with a producer. I didn’t even have a band name in mind when I started making this record, let alone band members. To see everything just unfold naturally is really an amazing thing. The whole idea of “starting something from nothing.” In terms of a live highlight, I’d probably have to say our first show ever as a band. It was weird because I just didn’t feel any nervousness at all. I knew we were all meant to be on that stage just doing what we do. We ended up having such a great show, so it was just such a great affirmation for what I already knew.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the “Waterfall” single and its accompanying video?
Sal: ‘Waterfall’ is a song I wrote when I was in a really dark place emotionally. I have a “zero to a hundred” type of personality. Somewhat of a bipolarity to me I guess you can say. I’m either higher than the clouds, free and elated, or drowning in my sorrows. When I get to these extreme lows they aren’t easy to get out of. I can’t just snap myself out of it, swim to the surface and take a breath. I feel like I’m just holding my breath until these feelings pass. I just don’t get over things very quickly, especially when I’m down. I really wanted the video to depict that. You know, life isn’t always grand… Sometimes you just need to accept living in a certain situation for a while until things get better.
Q: When can we expect a full length album release?
Sal: The album is completely done, however, we haven’t decided when we’re going to put it out just yet. We feel like we’re just getting started with the EP, but trust me, I can’t wait to get out the full length. I’m dying for people to hear it!
Q: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Sal: We’re going to take ‘Waterfall’ as far as it goes and then look into releasing our follow up single! With all of that comes touring and shows, so our fans can definitely expect that as well. Following that, we’ll be putting out the full length record.
Q: Do you feel that the band’s message has come across and connected with the fans on that higher level? Moving forward, where do you want to take the band next?
Sal: Yes I do. I think my mantra lies deep within the songs, sounds and words of the record. The deeper meaning to it all lies there. So although people can read our bio and get an idea of what my message is, it isn’t until you listen to the songs (maybe many times) before you truly can sink into it. I made this record for people who want to not only really listen, but really think. I posed many questions that I hope keep people searching and thinking for a long time. Ultimately, my goals with the band is to take it to the highest level we can… and to just make our listeners and fans happy and feeling their purpose.
Q: Do you have any words for those fans who have made this journey with you?
Sal: There are not enough words I could compose into a novel to describe my overwhelming love for all of those who have given me my dream. It is very easy to lose sight of everything that makes a band what it is. At the end up of the day, music means nothing unless there are people listening to it and enjoying it. Those are the people that make everything real. I want to thank all our supporters from the bottom of my heart for being there no matter what. We have true fans. Soulars.
Q: For those who still don’t know about Smashing Satellites, what would you like to say to them?
Sal: Not to buy anything of ours until they have heard it and love it. To listen deep. If the music strikes a chord then pick up a copy of our EP and let it take you somewhere.