"Adam is totally responsible for getting us together," Pratt said. "Without him, we wouldn't be a band."
Greene met Krofkcheck through his father. Krofkcheck knew Marion. Hager and Pratt went to school with Greene.
"Ryan and Matt had vocals," Hager said, "and we had instrumentation."
The five began playing together as high school seniors, and then managed to keep the band together when they parted ways for college. Marion and Krofcheck went to West Virginia University, while Hager, Pratt and Greene went to Marshall.
Most long-distance relationships don't work out, but the band members said being split into two locations probably helped them. During the school year, they spent weekdays in different parts of the state, and then met up for shows on the weekends.
"We practiced together on breaks and stuff," Marion said. "Ryan and I could represent in Morgantown while the other guys kept things going in Huntington."
Not being around each other all the time, they said, means they don't really get on each other's nerves. That might be changing, though. Hager and Marion graduated this past spring. Krofcheck has another semester or two at WVU. Pratt is back in school but might be considering a transfer to WVU, and Greene doesn't feel like his job delivering pizzas has much of a future.
"Everybody is moving to Morgantown," Marion said. "We're going to really give this a go."
"I think, it's what all of us want," Hager added.
Morgantown is a good jumping-off point to the clubs in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, D.C. and Richmond, yet it still allows the band to keep a presence in West Virginia. Being in close proximity, its members said, also would help further songwriting, making the process a little more efficient and effective.
Fletcher's Grove plans to return to the studio in August, once its members decide where to record. The record should be out sometime in 2012.
"Well in advance of the end of the Mayan calendar and the forthcoming apocalypse," Pratt joked.
However and whenever doomsday turns out, the band members hope to be playing.
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