“Survivor is a rock band.
You can’t be anything else,” says guitarist Steve Van Zandt, who has written songs for a slew of rock bands.
The band’s self-titled debut album, released last year, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in a month and earned the band’s third No.1 on the country chart, and their fourth No.2 in the U.K.
The first two albums in the bands long-running, multi-genre, band-friendly career have sold millions of copies worldwide, including the No. 2 album on the Rock Band playlist in the United States.
The band also recently signed a deal with the Recording Industry Association of America to release another album, which will feature Van Zant as a songwriter and guitarist.
“We’re a band of misfits,” he says.
“We’re kind of a weird band.”
The band started with three brothers, two sisters and a brother.
It formed after one of them dropped out of school and became a musician in their hometown of South Bend, Ind.
The brothers formed the band after their mother dropped out.
They were playing music and playing shows together, and the older brother, an engineer, was the one who made the band.
“I guess I was kind of the first person to say, ‘This is kind of what I’m doing,'” says Van Zendt, a member of the band since 2007.
“So I kind of had the idea.”
The boys have been writing songs together for several years, and they were able to combine their talents with their father’s work as a computer programmer.
In the process, they became good friends.
“He’s a really, really great dad.
He’s really a good dad,” Van Zindt says.
He says his father is a “rock star,” which has helped keep the boys on their path.
“It’s just kind of like the perfect combination of things, being a misfit and having a dad who’s great,” he adds.
They’ve released three albums, including a self-produced version of “The End,” which they say has a different feel to it than their previous work.
Van Zendts sister, who is a musician, has played guitar and played keyboards in the rock bands Sweet and Verve.
She says the band is not a one-trick pony.
“You’re just playing music, and you’re making a band out of it, and we’re doing our own thing,” she says.
The three siblings are also good friends with a few other musicians.
“They’re very talented musicians,” VanZendts says.
But the band has been trying to reach a wider audience through social media.
The group has posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It has been doing some touring, but it has yet to release a new album.
In the meantime, the band recently wrapped up a tour of Australia, South Africa and India with singer/guitarist/songwriter Dave Womack, who also plays drums in the group.
The family is planning a reunion tour in early 2019.
VanZendt and Womacks younger brother, Jason, are in the midst of finishing their degree at the University of South Carolina.
“That was a very important step in our life, because it allowed us to really take our time, put our dreams and passions aside and just work at the same thing and learn from each other,” Vanzendts brother says.
The boys say the music they write and play has influenced their lives.
“My life has changed dramatically since I started playing music.
It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
I feel like I’m starting to really realize what I wanted to be when I was a kid,” Jason says.
Vanzendt says he hopes the band will continue to be a part of the music scene.
“As long as we’re making music, that’s going to happen,” he concludes.
“It’s a great thing that this band is doing, and it’s awesome.”