The Traditional are anything but ordinary. With a sound that is as hard-driving as rock and as heartfelt as emo, they have spearheaded something that is just as genuine as it is rare. These humble rockers are continuing to spread their honest and relatable message through their recent release, The Queen of Heaven, which has already touched the hearts of many across the world with its deeply emotive and cathartic feel. Artful and inspired, the Traditional are breaking norms with an EP that is not only pleasing to the ears, but also nurturing to the soul.

Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with The Traditional’s vocalist and bassist, Anthony Musior, via email about their aforementioned and highly acclaimed release, The Queen of Heaven; in addition to contemplating the future of emo, what’s next for the band, and more. Check out our full discussion below!

Hi, I’m Kristin from Currently Streaming. Awesome to “meet” you! First off, tell us a little about yourself and your band.

Hey Kristin! My name is Anthony and I sing and play bass in The Traditional. We’re a 3 piece rock band from Buffalo, NY.

Congratulations are in order, because you recently released your EP, The Queen of Heaven! How’s it feel now that it’s officially out there in the public and how has the response been thus far?

Awe! Thank you! It feels amazing for it to finally be out. We’ve been writing and demoing songs for 3 years for it so it’s great for people to finally be hearing it. The response has been great. Really receptive.

I have to say that when I first heard The Queen of Heaven I heard this strong blend of the past and present in terms of sound from earlier emo to more modern punk rock. It seems like you draw inspiration from all over the map. Who are some of your influences?

I’ve always been super into your run of the mill emo and pop punk bands. Brand New, TBS, ect.. Mike is really into rock, classic rock, and metal so he definitely brings a lot to the table, and Jon has always been really into early emo music. I think we all have something different that we offer and it really shapes our sound.

Kind of keeping it on the same topic, have you noticed these emo nights popping up everywhere? It’s almost like emo is now in some sense a nostalgic thing. What do you think the future holds for the emo/emo rock genre?

Haha oh absolutely! I actually play bass in a punk rock/emo live band karaoke group in Buffalo. I love it. It definitely brings me back to being an angsty teen and playing these songs in my room in front of a mirror. The future looks great for the genre though. So many great bands are out there carrying the torch.

I want to get deeper into the meaning behind the record, because there is a lot of emotion pouring through. What overall inspired the album and what do you hope listeners take from it?

I wrote a lot of this record in a dark place. Some songs are still hard for me to play. I just took what was going on in my life and put it into words. I really hope that listeners hear these songs and they can relate to these emotions I was having and realize that they’re not alone in feeling that way. This was my therapy and I want these songs to be therapeutic for others if they’re having similar feelings.

With such emotion, it also feels like an extremely cathartic record. How did the making of the record affect you personally?

It was such a releasing experience to finally lay these songs down. In a way it help me put all of these feelings behind me and move forward in a more positive light. I don’t feel so awful about myself anymore.

What albums are you looking forward to most this year or what have been some of your favorites thus far?

The new A Will Away is amazing. I’ve been non stop jamming the new Menzingers, All Get Out, Bungler, and Del Paxton records. The new Richard Edwards (Margot and The Nuclear So and Sos) record is also hitting home in good way. A band called Goodnight Forever from Syracuse is putting out a new record in May and it’s going to blow everyone away. I’ve been lucky enough to hear it and it’s unreal.

And finally, what’s next for The Traditional?

We’ll be doing some dates to promote the record this year as soon as I deal with some emotional stuff and hopefully we will be seeing everyone soon. Then non stop writing again. Hopefully not for 3 years this time haha

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me. You have a fan here at Currently Streaming, and I wish nothing but the best for you guys!

Thank you so much! It was a pleasure.

If you haven’t checked out or picked up The Traditional’s emotional and powerful new release, The Queen of Heaven, do so here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!