Perfect By Tomorrow Interview: A Chat With Drummer Justin Dobbelaar
- Posted on March 6, 2018 at 9:21 PM by Joelle Cohen
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We all know the story. A few kids from a small town, all musically apt and naturally gifted join forces and take over the world. This just might be the case for the four young men of Perfect By Tomorrow who are aiming for the stars and smashing each one down with a baseball bat. The Washington / Seattle based Reggae, Rock, and Punk band is comprised of Turner Williams (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Morgan Williams (Bass), Justin Dobbelaar (Drums) and finally Joe Sunderland (Vocals/Guitar), a 6’7 lovable creature who writes the majority of the incredible lyrics you’ll hear in the band’s music. I had the pleasure of interviewing Justin Dobbelaar, the bands drummer on what to expect out of them.
Made up of a self-paying group of guys in their early twenties, these boys are still booking many of their gigs at the same places they started out in. In fact, this Friday March 9th, they’ll be playing at the very first place they ever played, Loco Billy’s in Stanwood, WA.
Turner (guitarist and lead singer) and Morgan (Bass) are brothers with an ace in their pocket. The young brother’s musical parents just happen to have owned a music recording studio for quite some time (jealous yet? Me too!). This played a huge part in making the band’s impressive, professionally mixed dirty, garage-esque sound.
“2018 is the year of the underground scene” Dobbelaar exclaims in excitement. He begins to unwaveringly explain their goal to show the people, the fans and other bands out there that you do not always need to “Pay out the ass to make music”. “All you need is a garage or a basement, some good friends and a shit ton of foam” – I didn’t ask about the foam.
Their main goal other than personal growth, health and success is to see others flourish!
One of the biggest influences is Ted Bowne of Passafire. Bowne saw the group’s potential and with the money they had made from their CD release party, they funded a trip to St. Petersburg, FL this past January so that Bowne could record and produce the new song “Shallow Waters” which will be out on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more on April 6th. Passafire’s front man was also featured on the track “Stoned” on their Album Ocean Dr. back in 2017. These tracks were, again, recorded at the family’s studio. I predict many more collaborations with these bands.
Another huge big up I have to give to these old souls in young bodies is getting a feature track with Casey Sullivan, formally of the California band Seedless. The guys flew Sullivan up for a few days and the song “Shelter” was born in Turner and Morgan’s dad’s studio.
Perfect By Tomorrow are set to headline one of their first festivals in Pasco, WA at the Columbian Basin Rock Fest on April 21st. They will also be joining my Florida jam-fam Kash’d Out, Seranation and Tunnel Vision at The High Dive in Seattle on April 14th.
Catch Perfect By Tomorrow on a California tour this summer, expected sometime around early August and for anything else just visit their webpage and stay up to date on all things PBT!