Chris Milan of PERFECT SCORE “My dad had this idea to make a jam band with our family”.
Perfect Score is a five-piece pop punk band from Sacramento, California. Formed in late 2016, we blend influences of rock, indie, and pop into our music. Gaining new fans rapidly and known for their high energy live show, we aim to create music that is fun but meaningful. Perfect Score is passionate about the music they have created together and are eager to show the world the emotion that is contained in their songs. Possessing a fun and intense live show with catching upbeat melodies, Perfect Score is set on proving they are capable of great things. Guitarist Chris Milan took some time away from his studies to endure our interrogation.
How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you onto punk rock?
We all discovered music differently, As a kid my brother and I would hang out in my dad’s van and listen to all of the CDs he had stashed away, my favorite CD was blink 182’s Buddha CD. The title track @”Carousel” was the first thing I ever rocked out to and still listen to today.
What was your local scene like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
We’ve all been a part of the scene before Perfect Score became a band. We’ve all had friends in other bands and connections so for us, starting up was kind of like stepping back into it after taking a short break. Some of our Favorite local bands that you should definitely check out are Apollos Key, Nerv, The Seafloor Cinema, Tides Of Tomorrow, Free Candy, Centersight, Ambers Wake, Something Heartfelt, Hi Mom, Zach Van Dyck, Demon In Me, Nosedive, Hard Feelings, City Mural, and Artisvns.
How did you become a guitarist ? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
I actually started with bass when i was 10, my dad had this idea to make a jam band with our family. I learned bass from a few family friends and then found out about Youtube and Tabs and started playing and learning a lot more on my own. I learned guitar about year later, and then learned cello and piano way later in college.
What do you call the kind of music you perform in Perfect Score?
We call it Rock but it’s also considered Pop Punk or Emo, we grew up listening to music in the 2000’s and whatever we think sounds good we play and try to incorporate into our songs.
You have a new music video for “High Street”, shot by Locust Garden and premiered on BVTV. How did that all come about and what kind of reaction has it received?
The High Street Music Video was our first really big release, we had a few lyric videos and songs released before but we decided as a band that it was time create something really interesting like a music video that could show off our live performance to engage/find new fans. The reaction has been phenomenal, the video is close to 37k views and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from it.
Should artists and other entertainers, such as actors and athletes keep quiet, about politics and social issues?
Depends on the Issue. We generally try to stay out of politics, because most of the time it seems more like an egotistical attention grab than anything else, but if something needs to be said you should be able to say it regardless of your profession.
What is the plan for recording new music, where, when and with who will be recording you?
We’re recording some new material in March. We’ve been working with Henry Dean (Anxious & Loud Recordings) with the last 5 songs and he’s great. We definitely would recommend him to any other bands in our area.
Who are your original influences and who are your current inspirations and admiration’s local and or national?
As a band we have a huge variety of influences. I’d say our top influences are The Wonder Years, Four Year Strong and Yellow Card.
Has music at all been therapeutic for you, is there a particular artist or type of music you go to for comfort?
Depends on the Mood. I’ll typically listen to anything, Pop Punk, Ska, Reggae, Lo Fi, RnB, Indie, Pop, and Metal throughout the day.
What was the first music you bought, what was the first concert you saw, where was it and who was it?
I grew up in Hawaii on Kauai (one of the smaller islands) so there wasn’t much going that I wanted to go to. The first concert I can remember was Cartel and Mayday Parade at Ace of Spades in Sacramento when I was 17.
Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?
Last 12 Months
Sister Cities-The Wonder Years
Proper Dose- The Story So Far
Beside Myself- Basement
In Spite Of Me- Like Pacific
The Greatest Generation- The Wonder Years
Tell All Your Friends- Taking Back Sunday
Enema Of the State- Blink182
Homesick- A Day To Remember
Is A Real Boy- Say Anything
What does rock n roll mean to you?
Rock n Roll is what we’re all in band for. We are all together pursuing our passion and hoping for the day when we can do just this.