Viewmont High School has a very successful girls soccer team, which has advanced to its third straight 5A state championship game. The Davis County home of the Vikings is also where the rock band New City Skyline got together.
After moving from Utah to make noise in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas music scenes, the quartet this week released its debut album, "On My Own." The members returned home to prepare for the album's release and a tour, playing a CD-release show last weekend at The Complex.
Lead singer and guitarist Paul Rampton is joined by Devan Brown on bass, Chance Hutchinson on drums and Andrew Pemberton on guitar.
Rampton answered questions about the band's new record, Viewmont High and tacos.
How did the band get started?
Myself, Devan and Chance played in bands growing up together. After we graduated high school in 2007, we decided to try and make music our job. We went through various guitarists growing up, but we knew we needed a guy as passionate about this as us. Luckily it only took a few tryouts and we found Andrew. We found that us four being onstage together [had] a great chemistry, and [we] love to entertain.
How did Viewmont High affect the band?
All of us besides Andrew (who was an extremely accomplished artist) played sports at Viewmont, although music has always been at the top of our list. I think we even managed to make a few homemade CDs in high school.We played football growing up and through school, and I also played basketball. I had to make the tough decision to give up playing at the next level or pursue my music career. I think we were extremely lucky growing up in an environment where our families and friends were so supportive of whatever we wanted to do.
Fill in the blanks of this sentence: "New City Skyline __ as well as tacos."
New City Skyline has been known to live off of Top Ramen as well as tacos.
Why did the band leave Utah?
In 2007, right out of high school, we had recorded an EP in Las Vegas with Sean O'Dwyer, who engineered albums for the Black Crowes, Foo Fighters and Blink-182. We felt that we needed [to] prove to ourselves that we could make an album up against the vibrant L.A. and Vegas scenes. So, in the fall of 2011, we settled back down in Vegas with Sean again at Odds On Studio and began recording what would become our debut album, "On My Own." Since finishing up the recording, we have been back in Utah preparing for the release and tour. We have always been so proud to be from Utah, and I think there is an incredible music scene here.
Describe "On My Own."
Powerful, balanced, bombastic, dynamic. [Those] come to mind when I sit down and listen to the album.
When you return to Utah, what do you like to do?
We love our spots. Salt Lake City has one of the best downtowns. [We love to eat at] The Bayou, The Pie, MacCool's on Foothill, just to name a few. Going to summer concerts at the Gallivan is always a favorite thing. Park City is also a special place for us [with] Wasatch and Squatters, the slopes. This is home for us. We also hold season tickets to Ute football games: Go Utes!
What are your most memorable experiences in music?
One would definitely be playing the historic Viper Room in Hollywood. To play such a pressure-packed show and then walk right out on Hollywood Boulevard, thinking about all of the great musicians who had been there before, was a pretty cool moment. And I think our debut album-release show at The Complex on Oct. 13 [was] a great experience. We finally made our debut album, and to share that with our hometown [was] pretty special.
New City Skyline's first album, "On My Own," is available at Graywhale Entertainment and other local and online record stores.