Alec Cavazos: Well prior to exPorter we were Porter and before that we were adj. (Adjective). adj. stood for all the original members Alec, Destin, Jessica. Then with our first demo release we changed to Porter, inspired in part by a college Destin was kicked out of in Santa Cruz. Then we saw a band already called Porter out of Mexico so we became exPorter.
Destin Cavazos: We really liked the name Porter for a lot of reasons. With adj. at the time we thought it was clever but also thought it was kind of weak. Then AJR comes out and totally steals our idea. But with Porter there really was a lot of meaning behind it. I got kicked out of this school called “Porter College” cause of a totally stupid reason. Porter also came from John Porter who was one of the first producers of the Smiths. Our dad plays the Smiths all the time and we thought it was a good fit. But once we wanted to start releasing music we figured we had to change it because of that band in Mexico…so we became exPorter right around the time Henry (Kish) joined the band.
AC: In terms of influences, I think there are a ton of bands you hear in our music. 90s pop punk is our style I think and Blink -182 is a huge influence for sure. Green Day, Jimmy Eat World. You can also feel the SoCal vibe as well…Social Distortion to Good Charlotte and so many other bands. Then lately for me at least I think bands like Modern Baseball or Joyce Manor have made an impact on me.
DC: Yeah, I think 90’s pop-punk is the core vibe of the band, we even have a sticker that says “90s pop punk – since 2017”. But bands like Social D or Smoking Popes I think you could also hear in some of our songs. And then growing up with parents who grew up in the 80s and still play a lot of that alternative music, a lot of those bands influenced us too. So the Smiths were always on, Crowded House, and I mean deep cuts not just the hits. Then take Kish joining and we know he’s a HUGE Who fan and also loves a band like Turnstile….I think there are just a ton of these bands making their way into our songs or melodies or themes. It’s what really makes exPorter tunes unique.