Any Time Today! Nostalgic Sound for the New Scene
Any Time Today! is a female-fronted pop-punk band from Lodi, Bergen County. This past February, the band released their first full-length self-titled album featuring Kasey Viso on vocals, Pat Viso and Anthony Allegretta on guitar, Chris Viso on drums, and Jay Kshatriya on bass. Anthony gave Lamplighter some insight into the band, their release, and the recording process:
Now, are all of you from Lodi?
Yeah, but Jay moved to Elmwood park. I mean, we all grew up together. Kasey, Pat, and Chris are all siblings. Kasey and Pat are twins, Chris is older by about two years, something like that. I’ve known Jay since I was in seventh grade. And I’ve known Chris and all them since I was in fourth grade. I mean, we played hockey together growing up, stuff like that.
How long have you guys been a band?
Me, Chris, Pat, and Jay have been a band for four years. Kasey has been with us for a year and a half, maybe two years. But yeah, we’ve been together for awhile.
How did you guys come up with the name Any Time Today?
From what I remember, we were sitting at the Burger King in Lodi, and I think Chris (‘cause Chris is terrible at telling stories) was trying to say something, and then Kasey yells, “Any time today!” And me and Pat were like “Dude, band name.”
What genre of music would you consider yourselves?
Definitely pop, pop-punk.
Yeah, I hear a lot of pop-punk, but I also hear a lot of heavy stuff.
Oh yeah, ‘cause we all have different musical tastes. We’re very broad, so it’s cool to see it all come together. Like we’ll have a heavier song, then we’ll have a slower song, then we’ll have a catchy, upbeat song, like most of our songs are. But yeah, for the most part I would say we’re pop-punk.
Now, I don’t know how much you could speak for the rest of the band, but what are all your influences and favorite bands?
Jay’s gonna get mad at me, ‘cause he says it isn’t true, but Jay loves the Dave Matthews Band. He likes like John Mayer, stuff like that. My favorite band is Hit the Lights. I like more of today’s underground cool music. I’m edgy, man. But I like New Found Glory. We actually all share that. Fall Out Boy, too. That’s another big one. Pat and Kasey probably have the broadest musical tastes out of everyone. They like a little bit of everything. Pat loves blues. I mean, it’s always fun to jam out to the blues and stuff. We have a very broad sense of music.
What was the whole writing process behind your album like?
It was fun, but it was very taxing at the same time, both on our wallets and on ourselves. But it helped us grow together. It was the first time any of us had ever gone through, not the recording process, but recording a whole album. We had no idea what to expect. We knew the guy, his name was Will. The studio was Red Bird Productions or Recording, something like that. He was a really cool dude. He knows our style. We grew together with him. But it was pretty much every day we’d go to the studio from like 6 to 12 at night. And on Saturdays and Sundays we’d go in the morning, so it doesn’t kill your whole day. But it was fun – we got to see each other every day and just goof off when it wasn’t our turn to record. I actually hate recording. I can’t stand it, it’s such a pain. But to get the end result was just so much fun.
Yeah, what’s the sense of accomplishment that comes with putting out something like this?
Just the fact that you can hold it in your hands. It’s like, ‘Ah, I made this.’ It’s cool because we all thought that once we got the album out there, everything would start snowballing. It took a while, but it’s getting there. Like we’re actually gonna follow up with another one this winter. Probably a six or seven song demo.
I’ve seen you guys a bunch of times, and it’s always a cool, energetic live show. What’s the chemistry like on stage?
Our chemistry is that we just have fun. We love what we do. We wanna keep doing it. We love when people love what we do. That’s just our message to everyone, just have fun.
You guys have played a bunch of shows, not only in New Jersey but in several states on the east coast. What’s it like to be on the road?
Well, we only did one weekend tour last winter. We went to New Hampshire, and we actually drove three and a half hours in the wrong direction toward Boston. We played in Pennsylvania and New York City. We’re going on tour in November, but I don’t know any of the details yet. It’s gonna be interesting. Once you get past being tired and cranky, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a bonding experience.
Are you guys signed to any kind of label? Have you been approached by any?
No, not really. We have smaller labels that say stuff, but nobody ever follows up. It’s hard. We’ve gotten approached before, and we actually know someone who works for a label, but he’s more giving us pointers on who we need to talk to, what we need to do. But we’re still unsigned.
What shows have you got coming up?
We have a bunch in October. On the 14th, we’re playing in Boonton at an Elk’s Lodge. On the 15th, we’re playing in Boonton at a place called the Canvas Clash, and we’re headlining. Other than our CD release, it’s our first headlining show. We’re really excited. On the 22nd, we’re in Butler at this place called Architekt Music. On the 27th, we’re playing some place in Stanhope. On the 28th, we’re playing a CD release at Montclair Chill for a buddy of ours. On November 11th, we’ll be in Connecticut at a place called Trackside. And then we have the tour.
Any Time Today appeals to a nostalgia for N.J.’s pop-punk scene at its peak but still resonates with newer sounds. Their songs are reminiscent of the beginning of the millennium – The Starting Line, New Found Glory, and The Ataris. Whereas most new bands start with a lot of room to grow with a freshman release, Any Time Today gives the impression that they’re comfortable in their own skin, and that they know who they are musically. You can find them on their homepage, Facebook, and Twitter.