Here’s a selfie Colton posted on Instagram before the performance!
1. How does it feel to be called a “mix between Guns ’n Roses and One Direction”?
Red: It’s definitely exciting for us, because we started this band based on the idea of combining modern pop melodies and production with classic rock riffs and influence. That people are able to clearly realize our vision in our music is really great, and makes us feel like we are accomplishing what we set out to do!
Marshall: I mean let’s be honest, One Direction is pretty awesome, and you can’t complain about being compared to a legendary band like Guns ‘n Roses unless you’re shooting for sounding like Kanye.
2. How would YOU describe your sound/style?
Marshall: I like to think of ourselves as a pop band with the wild edge and guitar riffs of 80s rock bands. It’s like Katy Perry or 1D decide to buy a motorcycle and electric guitars and take a road trip to hang out with AC/DC.
3. Is there a story behind the band name?
Red: Telegraph Road is a popular road that Marshall and I used to have to take to get just about anywhere we needed to go. We wanted to take a piece of home with us when we were leaving Virginia to go to Nashville, and when Marshall threw out the name “Telegraph” it stuck with us.
Marshall: Band names have always been the hardest part for Red and I when we decide to collaborate on a project. I think we have learned from the past not to think too hard on it, and just go with something that feels natural and not too forced like we are trying to be annoyingly unique.
4. What’s the song writing process like for you guys?
Marshall: Red and I are the primary songwriters for Telegraph, and we find it very easy to get into a groove and feed off of each other.
The majority of the time I’ll either have a hook idea, or Red will have a guitar riff and we will show each other and a couple hours later we will have punched out something we are really proud of. Our newest single “Rhinestone Chapel” actually had all three of us collaborate to form a really cool feel that we used to help define our musical direction. “Rhinestone Chapel” is such a special song to us because originally Rocco had the idea and brought it to Red. When it came down to actually recording it we all put in our ideas to formulate awesome guitar parts and even a “doo-wop” part in the bridge.
5. If you were to head out on tour, what are three things you wouldn’t be able to live without?
Red: My laptop, Garnier Fructis Surfer Hair Power Putty, and my extensive collection of bandanas.
Marshall: A box of Cheez-its, a big jug of chocolate milk, and my phone because my mother gets upset if she doesn’t hear from me often!
6. Of the three, who’s the messiest?
Red: I am, without a doubt. I live with Rocco now, and he has been a good influence on my cleanliness, but I still am bad at leaving stuff lying around.
Marshall: Rocco and I have frequent conversations about how messy Red is… It has become quite the ordeal.
7. If you’re at a show and a fan catches your eye, how would you let her know that you’re into her?
Marshall: “Hey, I’m into you .” is one way.
Red: I asked a girl to homecoming from stage back in high school, so I guess we have pretty straight-forward tactics.
Watch their hilarious music video for ‘Rewind’ right here:
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We had a blast chatting with Switched At Birth‘s Vanessa Marano yesterday! She made an appearance at Times Square’s Planet Hollywood for a handprint ceremony! Check out the fun pics:
We chatted with Vanessa about some awesome makeup/skincare products – be on the lookout for that in an upcoming Popstar! issue!