Destin Cavazos (Bass/Vocals): After the drummer in our first band left we brought on another friend to play drums with Alec and I so we needed to change the name cause that first was called “adj.” using our initials – Alec, Destin & Jess.
Our new drummer was named Owen so the clever initial thing just didn’t work. So we started thinking up new names. We joked that adj didn’t work anyway cause people always thought it was going to be a DJ, not these three kids. But then AJR comes along using the same initials marketing strategy so maybe we were wrong to change it???
Alec Cavazos (Guitar/Vocals): Right when Owen came on, Destin had just got kicked out of this college named “Porter”. Our dad is also a huge Smiths fan and he’d seen a documentary on them that talked about their producer John Porter. So we became “Porter”.
Destin: Then Owen left too and Henry (Kish) came on to play drums with us. After our first show with Henry we knew this was the right lineup and started playing more together. One of the first things we wanted to do as this band was write more original stuff and actually record and release it.
We knew there was this band out of Mexico already called Porter. We’re huge Blink-182 fans and we knew about the hassles they had with their name so we figured it was best to change the name again before we got sued.
Alec: We thought about Porter182 or Porter-123 and a bunch of other names and finally settled on “exPorter”.
Destin: As far as influences go, there really are a ton of influences for exPorter. We’re a pop-punk trio so obviously you have Blink and early Green Day as influences – really the whole 90’s pop-punk thing.
But you also have our individual influences too. Like for me I have a lot of 80’s alt rock cause that’s what our parents always had on. The Smiths, Cure, Crowded House…most people know of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” but I had the whole Neil Finn catalog to pull from which really isn’t a bad influence.
Plus there was the emo bands when I got into high school.
Henry’s a huge fan of The Who and is also really into Turnstile now…all of that makes its way into our vibe which hopefully makes the band more accessible