Your new single “Dive In” opens up a new era for Brookline. Can you talk about what changes you’re about to go through as a band?
The biggest change is that Mikey is leaving but all of us are seeing a lot of things change in our lives. No matter where all of that takes us, though, we will always be so grateful for our time in Brookline.
You have an EP dropping soon, which will serve as the band’s final release for the foreseeable future. Does it feel bittersweet?
Oh most definitely. When we started writing this EP we had no idea it would be our last for a while. We’re so proud of the music and videos we made for it but we wish it was coming out under different circumstances.
How does your new music compare to previous releases?
It’s definitely a lot more polished. The writing process for our last EP was pretty sporadic and this time there was a lot more collaborative effort from all members. I think that really helped move us forward both musically and conceptually.
What have been some collective favorite memories for Brookline as a band?
Taking our broken van down to Long Island this past summer. We had to limp it back to upstate only using 2nd and 3rd gear. Shoutout to Daeron for being the best mechanic this side of the Mississippi. That whole trip was an adventure honestly but we had a blast. Playing with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was also just a really fun day for all of us. Lots of jokes and great energy all around.
Do you feel that your upcoming EP is the best representation of Brookline? Which track in particular do you think best defines your sound as a whole?
That’s such a loaded question. I (Mikey) think Brookline, like the people in it, has evolved and grown. The first Brookline song ever written was ‘Crossroads’ and I wrote it in my room all on my own when I was 20. It took me years to find other musicians to play with and thus the whole concept for what the band would sound like has changed so much. Also changing singers early on, and having Daeron switch from bass to guitar has made a huge impact on our sound. I would say this EP is the best representation of who we are right now. As far as a track from the EP that best represents our sound I’d have to go with Transparent. It’s melodic, yet powerful, I absolutely love the lyrics Tommy wrote, Chris’s drums in the verse are fantastic and the bridge is probably a culmination of some of our best writing to date.
Is the door open for Brookline to come together in the future?
Yes. It’s wide open. We’ve already chatted about how much we’re going to miss everything and each other over this next year that Mikey will be gone. If things line up we will definitely be back, if not we just want to once again thank everyone who’s supported us on this journey. It’s been amazing and we wouldn’t trade it for the world.