Owings Mills natives Brennan Stark, 20, Scott Montgomery, 18, and Brandon Millman, 24, are doing big things on the music scene. Their band, 3PM, which they describe as “pop-punk … evolving into more of a pop rock sound,” started in 2012 playing small local shows, sometimes in front of no more than 20 people.
Since then, the band has released two studio albums, opened for the nationally touring Baltimore pop-punk band All Time Low and has performed at two Vans Warped Tours, which 3PM called every band’s dream on its blog.
Currently, 3PM is in Los Angeles recording its third studio album with multiplatinum producer Matt Squire, who has produced breakout albums for bands such as One Direction, Panic! At The Disco, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and All Time Low, among others.
The JT caught up with the Baltimore-based band to discuss its music and its recent success.
How and when did the band start?
In the summer of 2012, our drummer, Brandon, decided he wanted to start a band. He reached out to the little brother of a mutual friend to ask him about playing guitar in the band, and Scott said yes. The two then looked to social media and found Brennan for a lead vocalist and bassist. We’ve been together almost four years now.
How did the opportunity to work with such a big name producer come up?
We were playing a show in New York City and an A&R [artists and repertoire] guy for Matt Squire caught our set and liked what he saw. He talked to us for a while and introduced us to Matt.
What has the recording experience been like in L.A.?
The experience has been nothing short of incredible. We lived in an apartment in the Hollywood Hills right next to Universal Studios. We immediately clicked with Matt and his engineer, Steve Tippeconnic, and we worked together to record what will be our third studio album. The creative process was incredible and fluid, and we’re excited to unveil it to everyone. Matt and Steve treated us like family, and at one point we had Shabbat dinner with Matt’s family.
Do you feel like your music has evolved during the recording process?
We’re absolutely evolving our music. As a band, we mature, and thus our music does as well. We can’t say too much about it right now, but we went into the recording studio with the intention to really perfect our own sound and find something that is approachable for people of all ages and tastes.
What long-term hopes do you have for the band?
We hope that our work ethic and determination allow us to live out our dreams of making music for a career. With this new album, we plan to make some major steps in the right direction toward our goals.
Any Baltimore shows coming up? Can you reveal an album release date?
We don’t have any shows [coming up] in Baltimore right now. We are currently very busy finishing the new album and ramping up for an eventual release, but we’ll be doing shows here and there throughout the summer. Our next show is at Launch Music Festival in Lancaster, Pa., on April 23.
For more information on 3PM, visit 3PM-music.com.
Meital Abraham is a senior at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and an intern at the Baltimore Jewish Times.