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WALKFORADOG IS AS EASY AS ITS NAME
October 14, 2016 9:51 am

Having to trudge through the overpopulated, polluted-as-all-hell maze that is New York City every day can be dispiriting. Shoulders are bumped, footwear gets dirty, and faith in humanity is questioned. Perhaps the one glimmer of hope most people here get all day is the moment a cute dog waltzes past them with a big smile on its face and no worries whatsoever.

Dogs have no idea that we’re all prisoners to capitalism, nor do they complain about being surrounded by concrete and steel barriers that are illegal for them to pee on. They’re just happy to be outside! It’s fresh air time. Dogs are the living embodiment of optimism and being able to see them throughout the day helps me treat others slightly better than I normally would have. Thank you, dogs. You inspire me to be a slightly less terrible person.

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More than anything, I want to show my appreciation for dogs and help out the ones not lucky enough to have a home yet. But because life, especially in the city, is just an endless cycle of work and commute, there isn’t much time to do that. This is why I got so excited when I heard about the app WalkForADog.

From a functionality standpoint, WalkForADog couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is set up an account, select an animal shelter you want to raise money for, keep the app open, and then walk. The more you walk, the more money you raise for that shelter. That’s it. Seriously, it’s the easiest thing in the world. Why aren’t you doing this.

You see? I shouldn’t have to persuade you any longer. Just download the app and start helping out some dogs in need. They already do so much for us!! It couldn’t be any easier and there is nothing stopping you from trying it out.

PARQUET COURTS: KEEPING PUNK ALIVE
April 29, 2016 10:49 am

In regards to Parquet Courts jittery, scratchy, and bombastic 2012 debut record Light Up Gold, Tim Hodgin wrote:

” [It] is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city – the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for.

Punk isn’t a new musical phenomenon, but it’s certainly proved to be an enduring movement. The Ramones’ self-titled album was released this upcoming weekend, forty years ago, which some would say was responsible for launching the punk movement into the mainstream; to say the least, times have changed. We have cell phones, the internet, Chipotle, and I’m sure a few other technological advances I’m not thinking of. And yet, a band hasn’t emerged since that’s cooler than The Ramones: if The Strokes were a distant second, Parquet Courts may be inching in quickly. Another thing to note here–or perhaps you might call it a bias: all of these bands are from New York. What’s up with that? **

Parquet Courts has released four albums up to this point. Their first release, American Specialties, was more or less a quick introduction in DIY punk fashion: a mixed bag of four-track recordings exclusively released on cassette tape.  Although it’s possible to find these tracks elsewhere now, the original cassette is something of a collector’s item, with roughly only 100 copies in existence, with it’s odd Chinese-American food inspired cover art, also designed by guitarist-singer Andrew Savage.

Courts breakthrough into the indie world came in 2012 with the aforementioned Light Up Gold, which received near-universal acclaim from the music press. The album showcased the bands raw energy and Andrew Savages poignant viewpoints on the dismantling American times we live in. On “Borrowed Time“, he sings:

“Was feeling nostalgic for the days when / My thoughts dripped on to my head from the ceiling / I remember the feeling of the muse less existence / Of the drunk, bored and listless \ Endless waiting for something that I knew wasn’t coming.”

As a fellow snake person, I could instantly relate to his feeling. “Stone and Starving” captured a similar situation: a young, starving artist, debating between roasted peanuts and Swedish fish. Parquet Courts followed suit with Sunbathing Animals, a project that landed the band a proper position on the US charts. Tracks like “Black and White” and “Ducking and Dodging” provided further insights, building on the same punk sound.

If you enjoyed their previous albums, their most recent Human Performance is a rewarding shift in gears.  They teased the record with groovy mural art. The albums focal point again is Adam Savages lyrics: discussing the anxiety of living in a city in uncertain times. However, They’re showing a divergence in style: an acute progression from their original street guitar rock content to a diverse range of sounds, instruments. Human Performance is a post-punk record.  If Light Up Gold was Wire’s Pink Flag, Human Performance is Wire’s Chair’s Missing.

Perhaps because of the atonal guitar noise, or the cynical nature of Andrew Savage’s lyrical content, Parquet Courts draws many comparisons to Pavement, a band that also showcased a raw DIY energy through the progression of their albums in the 90s.  However, not everyone appears to be so fond of this comparison. I tend to hear more of the early punk influences. They have the minimalism of The Velvet Underground. They have an all-around uncanny resemblance to Modern Lovers. In reality though, no one sounds just like Parquet Courts. They own their coolness all to themselves.

If you’re an avid Parquet Courts fan, now is the time to catch them on stage. They’re currently on tour and will be hitting most major American cities this Spring/Summer. They’re also touring with B Boys, who just released their debut EP No Worry No Mind, and will even do one show with Priests, for whom I got to see perform live at Philly’s Underground Arts and wrote about here.

** To clarify, AtypicalSounds is based in New York, but I’m from North Carolina, and write from Philly.  I’ve been to New York a handful of times, and it more or less feels like a giant theme park for rich people, but what can I say? New York has awesome music. And that’s all that matters.

SXSW SPOTLIGHT ON: NEW MYTHS
March 16, 2016 11:51 am

“We are an all-girl electronic power trio”

Occasionally it’s just easier to let a band introduce themselves.  Drummer, percussionist, and backing vocalist Rosie Slater couldn’t have summed it up better in an article featured in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Post-Punk revivalists New Myths follow a deep tradition of New York underground rockers that have payed sonic homage to their music idols while offering their own sleek iteration. You can make easy comparison’s to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who introduced a new indie-obsessed generation to the icy shriek of Siouxsie Sioux, or Interpol’s metro-polished take on Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.  New Myths’ guitarist and lead-singer Brit Boras summons the haunting vocal muse of Blondie, but injects it with grungy guitar-pop more akin to Paramore.

 

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New Myths quickly gained traction in 2013 after an endorsement by the late Lou Reed. The legendary Velvet Underground singer-songwriter/noise-rock-pioneer hand-picked “False Gold” off of New Myths self-titled debut EP and showcased the track on XM Radio syndicated “Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle”.  When New Myths convened a year later to record their full-length Give Me Noise, they were fortunate to collaborate with veteran producer Seth Glassman, who’s worked side by side with Paul McCartney, James Brown, Elvis Costello, and many others. You can check out the bulk of New Myths music on their SoundCloud.

We’re excited to announce that New Myths will be performing at our very own ATYPICALSOUNDS SXSW Day Party this Friday, March 18th, at Darwin’s Pub. We’ll see you there!

THANKS, LIKE A LOCAL
February 18, 2016 5:54 pm

You like to travel, sure, but you ain’t no tourist. You’re here to see the real city, not these smarmy tourist traps featured in your airport brochure. You’re not afraid of the road less traveled. Any city can be paradise if you know what you’re looking for. You do know what you’re looking for, don’t you?

If not, don’t worry, because Like A Local has you covered. The popular travel app has up-to-date recommendations from residents of cities around the globe. And when I say cities, I mean every single city you could possibly want to visit. From Amsterdam all the way down to Zagreb (which, it turns out, is the capital of Croatia), the list is truly staggering. Of course they know the skinny on Paris, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro–I mean who doesn’t, right? But what about Istanbul, Vancouver or Buenos Aires? Local recommendations out the wazoo. Boulder, CO; Phoenix, AZ; or Lafayette, LA? Make domestic travel your bitch. Even if you’re not actually traveling you can still find loads of activities in NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, and a handful of other North American cities. It’s all just a click away.

Don’t believe me? Let’s look at some examples.

By now you’ve probably heard that New York City has a lot to offer, but God forbid you actually live here to find out for yourself. What does Like A Local recommend? Given my location (off the L train) and time of day (afternoon), they recommend Roberta’s Pizza, The City Reliquary, and Beacon’s Closet (to name a few), three highly regarded Brooklyn establishments. So, pretty legit.

Did I hear somebody ask about Boston? No? Maybe it was just me. Anyways, Like A Local recommends the Arnold Arboretum, the Harpoon Brewery and the Coolidge Corner Theatre (to name a few). All of these places I have been to during my days as a local Bostonian, and all of them are awesome. Good work, Like A Local.

Okay let’s try international. I’ve always wanted to go to Vienna (mostly for the sausages) but I’m sure I wouldn’t know what to do once I got there. Well Like A Local has 130 recommendations grouped into categories like “Guide to Imperial Vienna,” “Most Popular Green Areas” and “Best Nightlife Spots.” Couldn’t be easier! Kind of makes me want to hop a flight there right now…

I won’t, but it’s nice to know that, if I did, I’d have cool things to do once I got there. Thanks, Like A Local (and also the hundreds of helpful foreigners providing insight into their respective cities), for optimizing my next vacation. Looking forward to it!

GOOD AFTERNOON (MEN)
January 13, 2016 3:47 pm

New Yorkers, feast your ears on the new kids (excuse me, men) on the block. They’re called the Afternoon Men, and they rock. They rock with a sound that is equal parts nostalgia and freshness. Their music bounces seamlessly between genres, touching on influences from Springsteen, The Hold Steady, Counting Crows, The Decemberists, Titus Andronicus, and more.

The five-piece stepped on the scene back in October of last year, releasing their first single, “Parking Lots and Basements.” The music is catchy, with that oh-so-pleasurable balance of 90s Alt-rock, 00s Pop-punk, and contemporary Indie-rock. The lyrics are painstakingly truthful, as the singer navigates the trials and tribulations of trying to land himself a lady as a broke musician in the country’s most expensive city. The song’s overall force is only magnified by the clever lyric video accompanying it.

The men have released a couple more tracks on their Soundcloud page. While these tracks feature a more toned-down sound and oblique lyrical message, the narrative established in “Parking Lots” continues throughout. The result is an overall cohesiveness to their catalog that serves as a refreshing deviation from today’s pop music landscape dominated by one-off singles.

Having already caught the attention of Deli Magazine and sold out the main stage at Pianos, Afternoon Men are gearing up for an exciting 2016. The men are set to release their fourth single with yet another lyric video, “The Books in Her Closet” in the upcoming weeks. They’re also gearing up to headline The Bowery Electric on January 22nd. You can get tickets here!

Sure, this band is new and they’ve got a lot to prove in a city riddled with fellow newcomers. But if what they’ve released so far is any indication, they’re certainly worth checking out live and keeping on your radar.

LIGHTS, PHASES AND THE MOWGLIS. OH MY!
November 19, 2015 2:58 pm

Wednesday night. 6:30 p.m. A crowd begins to fill up Irving Plaza to see Lights, Phases and The Mowgli’s. Time quickly fades to 7 p.m and a woman walks across the stage before the curtain has fully raised. All you can see are shiny golden shorts, longs legs and black velvet boots. Her hips begin to sway back and forth with a Jessica Rabbit type finesse, making everyone drool while simultaneously making them want to dance before the music has even begun.

The curtain raises even more revealing a stunning Elizabeth Berg (Z-Berg) backed by her incredibly talented and handsome band. It felt like a 70s disco that I couldn’t get enough of. They performed hits such as “I’m In Love With My Life,” “Betty Blue” and ended their set with their hit “Cooler” to which Z-Berg jumped off the stage to dance with the crowd and kiss an over-joyed fan on the head. There is no question that Phases set the tone for the night.

Following Phases was The Mowglis. Everyone raved and applauded as they casually walked onto the stage and unexpectedly went right into singing “Say It, Say It.” They surged all their music and vibes into the crowd performing hits like “I’m Good and “San Francisco.” I had never really heard the Mowgli’s before but after seeing them perform I wanted to learn everything about them while downloading all the music they’ve ever made.

Time strikes 9 p.m and the crowd gets wild as they realize that LIGHTS is about to come on. A purple glow envelops the stage, illuminating the silhouettes of each band member. Valerie Poxleitner (lead singer) walks out emanating everything a rock star should be emanating. Her tank, baggy, cut-up boy friend jeans and Calvin’s were just the tip of the bad-ass ice berg. Playing the synth while executing insane dance moves, she goes right into singing “Muscle Memory.” She shouts, “Feel free to dance and vibe!” This is exactly what happened.

A few songs and many dance moves later, a stool and some acoustic guitars were brought onstage and I was shocked. I had only seen this band do pop-electric videos with synth and pop ballads galore. This was my favorite part of the show. Valerie’s voice collided with the acoustic vibrations in the room and I became an eternal fan then and there. No questions asked. As a few pieces of loose confetti drifted through the air and onto an entranced crowd, I realized that we were all a part of a giant meditation. Everyone, in that moment, became blissfully aware of the raw talent exuding from the stage. No synth. No catchy tunes. Just a divine voice and sound that we all had the privilege of experiencing.

Lights finished off the show with insane electric guitar solos, immortal vocals resembling a musical lovechild of Ellie Goulding, Paramore, and Jewel, insane dance moves, crazy beats, stage jumping and all around electric frequencies at every second. Not to mention a cellphone getting thrown center stage to which Valerie responded by picking it up, and recording herself yelling, “Fuck yeah New York!!!”before throwing it back to the owner. Irving shook with excited applause and an envy towards the owner of that phone.

Lights, Phases and The Mowgli’s presented a show that was so special and endearing. It was full of light, love, hope and positivity; things that are desperately needed in this world right now. The line of the night was from LIGHTS when she said, “Sometimes you just gotta say fuck the madness and enjoy the moment. When we’re kids we don’t recognize the madness as much. And now that we’re older we just got to take moments like this and let them live.”

GAZING RIGHT BACK AT RIVERGAZER
October 22, 2015 10:09 am

Kevin Farrant (Porches) has a killer side-project you need to check out: Rivergazer. Thoughtful and introspective, this Brooklyn-based trio is seriously moving, but lighthearted enough not to get you down. Farrant, looking for an outlet for his songwriting, created Rivergazer with producer Hunter Davidsohn and multi-instrumentalist Kolson Pickard. Check out “Safari Jack” from their debut album Random Nostalgia:

Makes you forget they’re from New York, right? Fits right in along the Mississippi (well, except for the safari theme). No, in fact “Safari Jack” is by far their most upbeat song–everything else is much calmer, a brooding reflection of a difficult life. Themes of loneliness, alcohol and money problems permeate these mellow jams. Sounds dark, I know, but they come at it with enough laid-back confidence that it ends up feeling inspired, almost bohemian. After a long day of being broke and creative, the best thing to do is wrap your feet in some blankets and cue up some Rivergazer:

Although Farrant has been more involved with Porches lately, Rivergazer continues to be an active band around New York City. Look for them in Brooklyn and beyond, and stay informed by following us on twitter and instagram.

GOOD MORNING, CAKE SHOP
October 15, 2015 9:49 am

How far do people travel to perform at Cake Shop? From the other side of the world apparently, though the CMJ music marathon certainly qualifies as a special occasion. Tuesday night saw Aussie band Good Morning, who came all the way from Melbourne to perform in the best basement in Manhattan. ATYPICAL SOUNDS sat down with band members Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons for a chat after their brilliant set.

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This is my first show of CMJ, thank you for kicking it off with an awesome set! Is this your first time in New York?

SB: I’ve been here before.

LP: I’ve never been here before.

What do you think so far?

LP: It’s awesome. New York is the coolest place in the world.

Do you have more shows planned for CMJ?

LP: We have 7 more.

In the next 4 days? Is that exciting or terrifying?

LP: It’s exciting. We wish we had booked more.

SB: We tried to book as many as we could, so that we didn’t just come over here and do nothing.

LP: It’s like 36 hours on a plane.

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You guys are pretty far away. But now you’re here, and that’s all that matters.

SB: Exactly.

LP: We’re all jetlagged, but we’re feeling OK.

Have you gotten to do anything fun while you’re here?

SB: We’ve done heaps of fun stuff. We’ve only been here since Saturday…

LP: Just walking around is fun. Seeing shit.

It’s a great city to people-watch.

SB: It’s the best city, cause everything sounds like a sound bite from Grand Theft Auto. We went down the FDR the other day, and I was like “I know this street from Grand Theft Auto.”

LP: I’ve done terrible, terrible things on that street in that game.

Is that your favorite video game, or do you have another?

SB: I reckon that’s probably my favorite video game.

LP: It’s pretty great. It’s definitely top 3.

SB: I used to be really into Ratchet and Clank. That was a really good game. That was a big favorite of mine for many years.

LP: Goldeneye 007 was the greatest videogame of all time.

SB: Donkey Kong, Super Nintendo was genius also.

Have you tried the pizza in New York?

LP: We did. We went to this place on Broadway and 112th or something, and it was twice the fucking size of my head. And it was really, really good.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your audience?

LP: Sunbeam Sound Machine!

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What is that Facebook page, Boycott Good Morning?

LP: It’s run by us, but it’s like…I think people actually like it.

SB: It’s all about condensing a community of haters, and making sure we have this community of people that really don’t like us.

LP: You know how on Facebook, you can see how many people like you?

SB: You also want the “anti-likes”.

All publicity is good publicity.

LP: There’s also a group called Boycott Boycott Good Morning. That’s not us.

Do you know them?

LP: Yeah, we do. They’re friends of ours.

SB: What would you like to share [with the audience]?

I guess that I hope the rest of CMJ goes as well for me as it has tonight.

Upcoming performances:

Friday, 10/16 at Black Bear Bar (6pm) and Our Wicked Lady (7:30pm)

Saturday, 10/17 at The Delancey (5:35pm)

Watch: Good Morning, “You/On the Street”

Brooklyn Loves The Cribs
September 25, 2015 10:23 am

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I’ve tried to write this article a few times. But every time I start, I fangirl. The Cribs are just that good. Tuesday night saw the band take the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg for 90 minutes of loud, sweaty fun, and enough distortion to make My Bloody Valentine more than a little jealous.

This show was part of the band’s second trip to New York this year, in promotion of their most recent album For All My Sisters. On October 30th, they’ll be releasing their “Summer of Chances single as a limited 7’, with the deliciously grungy “Wish I Knew You In The 90s as the B-side.

For those of you unfamiliar with the band, it consists of Wakefield-born twins Ryan and Gary Jarman on guitar and bass respectively, and brother Ross Jarman on the drums. They’re the third most popular band that have had Johnny Marr as a member.

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As soon as The Cribs set foot onstage Tuesday night it became clear that there was a sizeable crowd from England that had come to see them. Intermittent chants of “Yorkshire” echoing throughout the audience lasted through the duration of the show, and served as a reminder that even rock stars are not immune to a good ribbing.

After performing the first couple of songs, Gary held up his bandaged wrist and explained to the crowd that his playing may not be as energetic as usual. This was followed by the band taking turns telling the audience how they toured with Aerosmith in 2010, but managed to piss them off by the end of it. The banter came to a close with the audience singing Happy Birthday to Ross. For the record, it was actually Ross’ birthday.

The Cribs stage show is pretty no-frills, relying solely on simple lighting and the frenetic stage presence of Ryan, often rendering him a challenge to photograph in a way that didn’t make him look like a colorful blur. Hell, that probably would’ve suited him. And it’s not like the audience cared. Whereas so many shows these days are dominated by kids taking endless photos of a band they’re only “meh” on, the audience was every bit as into the show as the band, moshing and even crowd surfing along with the best of them.

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The highlight of the night came when the curtains opened at the back of the stage, revealing a projection screen used to show footage of Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo along with an audio recording of his spoken-word vocals on the incredible “Be Safe. A week prior, Ranaldo had joined The Cribs live during their show at Montreal’s Fairmount Theatre for the same performance.

The show closed with “Pink Snow, the song whose lyrics gave For All My Sisters its title. At seven minutes and thirteen seconds long, it was a great way to hold on to a great show just a little bit longer. After that, they were gone. There was no encore; we were all spent.

Listen: The Cribs

 

Big Sound, Little Tybee
July 20, 2015 4:32 pm

Little Tybee is a big band with an even bigger sound. And when the 6-member group performed at Rough Trade last Thursday, ATYPICALSOUNDS was there to receive it. Before the show, we sat down with singer and guitarist Brock Scott to find out how touring was treating him, twelve shows in. 


 
You started your tour by playing 11 nights in a row. How are you still standing?

BS: Well I’m seated right now! We’ve done a bunch of U.S. tours in the past, and it’s always like 10-hour drives in between stops and it just kills us. But this tour, we intentionally booked 3-hour drives per day, so we didn’t stress ourselves out. This tour is really less about marketing, and more about us finishing up an album. Before we finalize everything we want to get the songs mature. When you tour with a song is when the little nuances of the songs come out.

Right, you want to make sure you can perform the songs live.

BS: Josh, our guitarist, plays an 8-string guitar and a lot of the time he’s recording part by part. His technical prowess on the songs is so advanced, he pushes himself to where he’ll write something and record it, but he can’t actually play it live yet. Then it’s like a challenge to progress his talents, to meet up to the recording standards.

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So, this tour is to practice the new songs? Did you get to tour with the last album?

BS: We did, but not as extensively as we would’ve liked. We all have jobs back home, so like July and August is kind of our touring month. A lot of the guys teach in the band, and summers are when a lot of their students are doing summer camp. This is just the time that we go on the road, but most of the time we’re kind of just focusing on online content and doing videos, and recording. I’ve been playing with some of these guys for like 15 years, so we’re not one of those bands who’s just putting everything into it and living out of our van, and then we burn ourselves out because we don’t get to the level we think we’re supposed to be or whatever.

It takes time.

BS: Yeah, exactly. I’m a firm believer in slow-build. Cause that’s when you get true, devout fans, and people that follow a kind of legacy, or a discography, as opposed to a Pitchfork, overnight band, where it’s like, “They’re awesome! Everyone’s got to see them!” But then after 3 months it’s like, “Who?”

We’ve messed up enough times in our career to know what not to do. It’s almost like things have leveled out on all sides, where we’re not wearing ourselves too thin. We’ve made it work. But to answer your question, we toured a good bit around the U.S., but really we’re trying to focus on online content and then potentially doing festivals. It’s kind of where our future lies.

As a folk band, what kind of festivals would you like to do?

BS: I think we fall into a lot of genres. Believe it or not, we appeal to the metal scene because of Josh playing the 8-string. He’s playing a lot of technically advanced things. The way we write songs, if you add distortion, a lot of our songs would be metal songs. It’s really kind of arpeggiated and classical sounding, but cleaner. We don’t really want to pigeonhole ourselves into one genre, we kind of want to be accessible to you and your grandmother, and everyone.

Similar to how ska is basically sped-up polka music, do you try changing up a single element in your music that turns it into a completely different genre? 

BS: I think we have a little bit of that in there. I think what we try to do though, is not be limited. In one song, we might have four different genres. On the new album we have this one song that goes from sounding like a funeral procession, a New Orleans-style ending part with a horn section, to rah-rah marching band kind of stuff. But then right before that, it’ll be really prog-y and almost sound like [the Yes album] Fragile. So we just kind of go wherever our interests lie. We’re just having fun.

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Do you get to do anything cool on your tour stops besides play? Do you get to look around, or do things? Or are you just trying to catch up on sleep?

BS: I guess the biggest endurance challenge is on your liver. Because you get to the venue, you get to the soundcheck, and you’re hanging out. They’re like “Oh, by the way, here’s a bunch of free drink tickets!” You need a lot of restraint, and there’s a lot of fatigue. It’s not tiredness, because we’ll get a full night’s sleep. But fatigue is a different kind of monster.

We just came from Richmond, and we hung out with some locals there. A lot of times we hang out with the bands, we have a lot of friends in all the cities we’ve played in over the years. We’ll make a plan to stop at the Crystal Cave on a drive if we see it, or Wizard World or something; as long as we have time for it and it seems interesting enough.

I noticed you’re going up to Canada on this tour.

BS: This is more or less an east coast kind of thing. We started in Georgia, and then went down through Florida, then have been working our way up the coast. But from New York, we’re moving to Boston, and then Maine, and then Vermont and Canada, and then down through Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and then making our way back down to Nashville and then home.

It’s about 36 stops in 38 days. It’s a lot, but it’s the only way. We’re not a band that gets gigantic guarantees, so the only way to make it financially viable for us is to play every night. And it’s what we want to do, because it allows us to get really tight, like that tour-tightness that you don’t really get normally. We’ll practice just before a show, but you don’t have the nuance of the songs down, so I think we’re just now settling in to how the songs are supposed to be.

Have you done anything since coming to New York? Have you tried the pizza?

BS: We haven’t really done anything other than sit in traffic for a while. But we’ve been to New York a whole bunch of times in the past, so we have friends in the area, in Williamsburg and Manhattan.

Nirvana, our violinist, is Dominican and her family lives in Teaneck, right over the bridge. And they’re awesome. They cook the best authentic Dominican food you’ll ever have. So we’re going to go there straight after this.

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Tell me about the new album.

BS: The new direction is awesome, it’s really 1970’s-inspired. Real direct-sounding. For a while, everyone was on a Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear kick, so reverb was cranked high on those albums. We’re going back to Harry Nilsson, Bill Withers, really 1970’s close drums, tight vocals, everything’s right in your ears instead of in a field. It’s real bombastic and I’m really excited. I think this is our first album where we actually figured out our sound and our writing process. We look forward to having it out, probably at the beginning of next year.

You mentioned you all work outside of the band. How do you find time to be a band?

BS: I work building sets for the movie industry, I’m a welder. I build props for The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games, and a bunch of other things. Some of the guys work at a brewery, a lot of the guys teach. They’re all jobs in which we can have a flexible schedule where they don’t mind if we take off for like two months or something. Traveling the country, playing music, doing the things you love, there’s nothing better than that.

Watch: Little Tybee, “Tuck My Tail”