How would you classify your music?
Alternative rock. Our songs do have a bit of dynamic range to them and may not all fit neatly into “alternative rock” but genre classifications can be tricky and, frankly, we couldn’t really stand being nailed down to anything more specific than that. If we want to write a piano ballad we will. If we want to go balls-to-the-wall and scream through an intensely aggressive track we’ll do that, too, but I certainly wouldn’t want to be labeled as “metal” or “industrial swing ska-dubstep”.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
This answer could vary wildly depending on what mood I’m in but if we simply went by who I’ve spent the most hours listening to or the albums that I come back to again and again I’d probably go with something like : Silverchair, Stevie Wonder, Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Muse. Hell, let’s go ahead and throw Fiona Apple on the stack, too, because we’re pretty hardcore like that. Between the three of us this list could get very long and we all have interests in other genres as well which I feel helps us create music that’s a bit less ‘cookie-cutter rock’.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
Anything that makes them think a little bit, really. We can’t honestly pretend that our songs are going to save the world but if it makes someone take pause, think something, feel something… that’s about as much as we can hope for.
Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
Straight for the Sun will be released on February 20th. It’s our debut album with this band but is generally a much more honest representation of who we are as musicians and people than our previous bands/projects. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of trying to be like other bands and mimic their success but ultimately what’s most important to us is creating the music that we want to create without paying too much attention to the external response. If people gravitate towards what we’re doing and love our music that’s great but we’re not going to chase after them. Unless someone shows up with a giant cardboard check with lots and lots of zeroes on it and insists we all get hair cuts and wear smaller pants to market as ‘more indie’ in which case I’m going to pretend I never said anything about this. I prefer a bit more breathing room down there but we’d probably be willing to suffer some minor testicular discomfort for the sake of extra zeroes.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
We love the first half of “music business” and we hate the second half of “music business”. Maybe hate’s too strong of a word. We feel… mildly perturbed towards the second half of “music business”.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
We recently saw Tool and Primus. That was fun. We like flashy lights and loud rock shows. I’m not sure what it is about playing live that we love so much but we do know that we’re compelled to do it. We probably didn’t get enough hugs as children or something.
Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
Just like our musical tastes this would vary depending on our mood which is something we do strive to achieve with our music. Our songs explore a good range of emotions so we’ll have a song for “I feel angry” or “I feel pensive” or “I feel weird in my pants right now and I’m not sure how I feel about it”. It works for us. Our fans are generally people who don’t want to hear the exact same song a hundred times in a row from a band.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?
Learning more about the business side, mostly. I’m still catching up but I hear this whole “Napster” thing is going to be a bit of a problem for us.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Stillwater. They’re… incindiary. In…cendiary? Incendiary. They’re incendiary, man.