Scranton’s Anytime Soon finds support in music community, plays pop punk
Source: Brigid EdmundsScranton-based band Anytime Soon performing The Anthem by Good Charlotte
Adam Martin and Mitch Evans have been playing music together since middle school.
The two played off and on throughout high school at Valley View, but “nothing too serious,” Evans said.
After reconnecting over last summer, they started playing together again. Evans bought a bass guitar, tried his hand at singing, and they put an ad on Craigslist for a drummer.
Through the ad, the two found Rob Jones, and Anytime Soon was born.
“We kind of just clicked,” Evans said. “We’ve just been playing ever since.”
Since early October, the trio has been practicing regularly, and spent the fall building setlists.
“We bust our asses,” Jones said.
For Evans and Martin, there is a renewed energy in playing with a serious group, and they can pull from each other as artists.
“We all learn from each other,” Evans said.
The three musicians said they listen to and are inspired by a lot of different genres of music, but as a group they pull inspiration from early 2000s pop punk bands such as Blink-182, Newfound Glory and Good Charlotte.
“We wanted to play what we want to hear when we go out,” Martin said.
Evans said their audience is comprised of people around their age, who recently turned 21 and are looking for live entertainment in the area.
“It’s enjoyable,” Evans said. “It’s all upbeat.”
And the trio said they will also take other cover songs and adapt them to the genre, to give a variety of music.
Anytime Soon played their first show two months after forming, thanks to another local band, The Molly Pitcher Path. The Molly Pitcher Path had a show on Dec. 23 at the Wildcat in Sturges, and Evans asked their lead singer if Anytime Soon could open for them.
“They let us play not evening knowing what we were about,” Martin said.
The group said they can’t thank The Molly Pitcher Path enough for taking that initial chance to play.
The trio has been going non-stop since their first show.
“Word kind of spread like wild fire,” Martin said.
They credit the local music scene with helping get the word out. All three members said the support they’ve received from other area musicians has been amazing.
“The local scene has been really great to us,” Martin said.
“Everyone’s very supportive,” Evans echoed.
And it’s not just the music scene. Friends and family of the band have supported the trio since they started.
“It’s a big party,” Martin said.
Since their first show, the band has been “riding the wave,” Martin said, and playing more and getting set lists ready for longer shows. They’re working on original music as well.
The three said they couldn’t thank their friends and family enough for the support.
“This is strictly for our friends,” Evans said. “And anyone who enjoys it.”
Anytime Soon’s next show is May 19 at Thirst T’s for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Night Out smartphone app launch party.
Reach Brigid Edmunds at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds
IF YOU GO
What: Wilkes-Barre Scranton Night Out featuring Anytime Soon and Riley Loftus.
Where: Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant
When: May 19. Riley Loftus will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by Anytime Soon from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Additional information: There is no cover charge for this event.