Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Ashton Hammill Of Another Year Unknown

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Photo courtesy of Earshot Media.

Atlanta-based punk trio Another Year Unknown have dropped their new single “A-TT-I-C,” which is streaming on all digital platforms now.

According to the band, “A-TT-I-C” was inspired out of a desire to write a song that called back to early 2000’s summer pop-punk yet within their own style – to basically land on the “American Pie” soundtrack if they’d been given the chance.

Influenced by punk rock pioneers like Sum 41, Anti-Flag and Blink-182, Another Year Unknown formed in Fall 2018 and then released their debut EP ‘Stymie,’ which had two tracks placed on Red Bull Motorsports’ YouTube channel.

Another Year Unknown is Ashton Hammill, Andrew Reynolds and Chris Fail.

The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with Hammill about “A-TT-I-C” and more.

Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?

Ashton Hammill – I was sitting on the sofa one day trying to think of names that meant something, then the thought popped into my head regarding how many amazing and creative people that go through life unknown and another year just goes by being unknown no matter how hard you work. The band name derived from that thought and Another Year Unknown was created.


Music Bugle – What is the “scene” like in Atlanta?

Ashton Hammill – Atlanta’s scene is awesome. There are hardcore fans and supporters that even come from other band members as well! I know Atlanta isn’t the biggest for our genre, but everyone in it makes it feel like family.


Music Bugle – How do you feel your single “A-TT-I-C” has been received so far?

Ashton Hammill – So far, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from family, friends and fans. We’ve heard a lot of comments around how this song brings them back to a specific time and it was exactly what we were going for – so that feels cool!


Music Bugle – If you had the chance to talk one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would it be?

Ashton Hammill – Personally, Blink-182 is the first band I can think of that impacted my life to even want to play music. Growing up in San Diego, we would jam it all the time skateboarding or doing whatever, so Tom Delonge would be epic to meet since he’s the reason I started playing guitar.


Music Bugle – What was it like making your debut EP ‘Stymie’?

Ashton Hammill – The process of creating ‘Stymie’ blew my expectations and dreams. It was so much fun to be in the studio with the group. I learned a lot as well that I was able to take with me and apply to our new music going forward.


Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder for a band to stand out these days?

Ashton Hammill – I think it can go both ways. On one hand, it only takes one video to go viral in order to potentially change your career. On the other hand, everyone is looking for that one thing to go viral or to be discovered and be the “next big thing.” In today’s society, there are so many platforms with so much talent making it harder to be discovered. On the bright side, there are a lot of incredible artists and a platform for everyone to share their art.


Music Bugle – How were you guys affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Ashton Hammill – Due to the pandemic, we were able to slow down the process of our work. We were able to finely tune it and work with some great new people. Since most companies took a hiatus from work during this time, I used it as an opportunity to pour my heart and soul into the new music we were going to put out.


Music Bugle – Are you working on any new music at the moment?

Ashton Hammill – Yes – I’m always trying to write new music and think of new ideas. I probably have 1,500 videos on my phone of riffs that could work in songs! (Laughs)


Music Bugle – What was your hardest song to write?

Ashton Hammill – I feel like “Dark Places” was probably my hardest song to write. It’s so deep and has a lot of my real emotions and feelings in it. The song changed a lot in the studio, so we are going to put out a new version at some point to bring it back to my original vision with the song.


Music Bugle – What’s something people should know about the band?

Ashton Hammill – Another Year Unknown was founded on the idea of chasing your dreams. It’s so easy as you grow up to become content with your job, the struggle with bills and going from daily task to daily task. So many people put their hobbies and dreams on pause because they are not in a spot to take a risk. Well, Another Year Unknown is the voice for all these people. We all work normal jobs and said, “F it. We are going to make the time to play music and chase our dreams.”


*Band photo credited to Matthew Alexander*

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