It all started at a Starbucks.
UCF students Matt Walsh, a senior economics major, and Frank Palencia, a senior film major, both worked at the Starbucks at 4650 N. Alafaya Trail. After bonding while making lattes, they realized that they shared a mutual interest in music.
Flash forward to today. After countless jam sessions and rehearsals, the band Pathos, Pathos has toured all across the East Coast and is now about to release their second EP.
Currently, the core band is comprises Matt Walsh, who is the lead singer and plays rhythm guitar, Frank Palencia, who plays lead guitar and James Murphy, a senior event management major, who plays drums.
Pathos, Pathos is a self-described indie rock band that pulls influences from bands such as Miniature Tigers, Manchester Orchestra and the Spinto Band, with hints of Death Cab for Cutie and Vampire Weekend.
The band has been playing since November 2013. They played their first real show February 2014 and released their first EP February 2015. They are now set to release their second EP in July.
When making their first EP, they didn’t know what to expect.
“It was stressful,” Walsh said. “We had our songs fully written so we went to the studio and recorded them. Normally, you get them mastered, but we didn’t have enough money. We got our album artwork together, and then we used the website Diskmakers.com.”
After the EP was finished, the band did what most bands do to celebrate: They had a party.
“We did a house show, and we charged a ten dollar entrance fee. And from that we made almost all of our money back on the first night,” Walsh said.
When asked how they got the word out, Walsh responded, “friends, social media and begging.”
At first, they weren’t taken seriously as a band and had to find their way in Orlando's music scene.
“There is a ton of great, live, local music in Orlando, but the music scene is very cliquey," Walsh said. “We’ve definitely experienced that and were excluded from the local music cliques.”
All three members agreed that what surprised them the most about being in a band was how vital social media and marketing would be.
“When he first came over and had me play some music with him, I wasn’t thinking about the whole business aspect of it,” Palencia said.
Walsh said that marketing was the key to having a successful band. James Murphy agreed, saying that marketing can help propel a band to success.
“There have been a lot of different situations where there are bands that are good but not good enough to be in a position where they are in,” Murphy said.
When asked about their future plans, Walsh expressed their vision for the band has changed over time. “It’s slowly becoming more and more of a hobby. We've slowed down a lot.”
Last summer the band had a successful tour up and down the East Coast and plan on doing the same thing again this summer.
The band made stops in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, New York and New Jersey. They independently scheduled the tour and played 15 shows in 18 days. Sometimes new bands lose money on their first tour, but that was not the case for Pathos Pathos, which actually made a profit.
Although, it’s not all about the money.
“The goal is to make enough at one show to make it to the next show,” Walsh said.
Currently, they are in the process of making their first music video for an unreleased song that should be released in May. This month the band will have a new single, another single in May, and their official EP release in July.
The band will tour again from July 8 to Aug. 3 across the East Coast this upcoming summer.
Jillian James is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.