The story of The Conflict is a complicated one, but the San Antonio, TX-based modern rock/pop quartet isn't too concerned with the past these days. Four years and an immeasurable amount of life experience since the release of the band's 2009 debut, Freeway Songs, The Conflict is now looking only towards the future.
The Conflict is vocalist/guitarist Javier Padilla, guitarist Mark Gray, bassist Jas Sawyer and drummer Aaron Montano-Teague. In addition to heroes such as The Beatles, The Clash, Cheap Trick and The Replacements, the band is influenced by a number of its contemporaries -- Green Day, The Killers, Taking Back Sunday and Foo Fighters among them. Pinning down the band's sound is not as easy a task as determining its influences, however. Frontman and principle songwriter Padilla says, "We all like a little bit of everything, which is great, because it's easy for us to gel musically. This band's goal is simple: to write the songs that we'd like to listen to. There aren't a lot of bands out there playing our particular brand of rock, so we're doing it ourselves. I feel like we've finally found our niche."
The Conflict has opened for The Ataris and Mike Herrera of MXPX, and is slated to provide support for Ghostwolf in San Antonio during SXSW 2013. The band is enjoying a successful return to the music scene, after being absent for nearly three years. Says Padilla, "In mid-2010, I was in a slump. A serious relationship had just ended, our original guitarist had left the band, and I felt like I needed a change of scenery. So, I took a business opportunity in Baltimore, MD for two and a half years, and when I came back to Texas this past October, I was inspired, with a fresh perspective on life. I feel like we're more ready to rock than ever. It wasn't easy to leave home, but it was exactly what I needed. It turned out to be a good thing."
A good thing, indeed. In 2013, The Conflict plans releasing a re-issue of Freeway Songs, as well as a new album, tentatively titled Far From Home, which will feature the band's irresistibly hooky new single, "Breakdown."