Long Island-based pop-punk emo band Approaching Troy started 2018 in style with the signing of their first recording and music publishing contracts as well as a new artist management deal with ChromeOrange Music •Media.
Formed in 2010 as lead singer Jake Salazar’s solo project, Approaching Troy has transformed over the years into a band that now includes Jay Sutherland on guitar and Joe Neglia on drums. The band took their exuberant live show on the road in 2015 and ended it with a summer nationwide tour, their first, which solidified relationships with fans and established new industry relationships. Thanks to that much-hyped 2015 tour, their first EP release, “Dear Sadie,” was met with plenty of industry buzz and the single by the same title remains one of the band’s top three releases. Their follow up attempt, “Best Intentions,” released in 2016, remains their best effort, with singles like “Sparta (This Isn’t Over),” “Wake Up” and “DDCM” remaining fan favorites. The band is currently in the studio with veteran producer/engineer Mark Gaide, working on new singles and an album—their first releases on the ChromeOrange Music •Media label.
In the past few years, Approaching Troy has opened up for legends of their genre, including Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Venetia Fair, The Ataris, and 2016 APMA nominees Creeper. and they’ve shared the stage with fellow Long Island idols, Bayside, at the 2016 LAUNCH Conference. They’re now taking to the stage as co-headliner of the Jumbalaya Stage at the Great South Bay Festival on July 15, 2018.
Lead singer Jake Salazar, the band’s founder, cites influences like Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance and The Used, whose passionate lyrics and accompanied catchy melodies are what catches Salazar’s ear. “For me, song lyrics have to be engraved with emotional passion, and that’s what listening to those bands taught me how to do,” says Salazar. “But, theatrical magic is also important—certainly, Too Close to Touch, Relient K and My Chemical Romance come to mind.” Salazar credits his former vocal coach, Zuke Smith, for his signature belt, which gives the band its ear candy vocal sound.
Rhythm guitarist, Jay Sutherland, studied guitar with a Spanish guitarist who instilled in Sutherland a sense of rhythm that is uncommonly found in pop punk emo bands like Approaching Troy. But, it is Sutherland’s sense of groove that is one of the sparks of the band’s rhythmic uniqueness. Among Sutherland’s musical influences are Underoath, Limbs, Bring Me The Horizon, Greeley Estates, Taking Back Sunday, The Used and Chelsea Grin. “Every band has their own unique sound to it that I enjoy, and that is why I have so many favorites,” says Sutherland. His wide range of musical tastes is evident in his guitar parts in Approaching Troy.
After years of watching his father play drums as a hobby, drummer Joe Neglia began teaching himself to play when he was just 10 years old. His influences are varied and include Breaking Benjamin, Neck Deep, Ghost, The Browning, Childish Gambino, Logic, The Beatles and Avenged Sevenfold, which he cites as his favorite band. “I strive for the same intricate and beautiful drum parts as in the music of Avenged Sevenfold,” says Neglia. The late Jimmy Sullivan, the original drummer in Avenged Sevenfold, is, perhaps, Neglia’s biggest drumming influence. Neglia’s work on Approaching Troy’s new material, slated for release in late 2018/early 2019, evidences that influence. Regarding his bandmates, Neglia says, “The chemistry and the brotherhood just clicks, and it clicks on a level that I never knew existed.” That “click” creates a level of energy on stage that is unrelenting.