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COLONY HOUSE; YOUR NEW HOME FOR ROCK
July 5, 2016 12:36 pm

When we think of Rock N’ Roll, a slew of different artists and styles enter our minds. We imagine The Beatles rocking out with thousands of screaming fans and Iron Maiden storming the stage with face melting guitar solos, or Queen’s poetic, slightly softer rock and Green Day’s heavy punk attitude. Rock encompasses a lot, but the band Colony House describes themselves as “rock n’ roll” with “stripped down instruments,” which couldn’t be more accurate.

Colony House was once a mad rock trio made up of Caleb Chapman (vocals/guitar), Will Chapman (drums) and Scott Mills (guitar), but recently added a fourth, Parke Cottrell (bass), creating an epic rock quartet. All four of these guys came from Franklin, Tennessee. The band name comes from a humble apartment complex in Franklin that all the band members have grown to call home in one way or another.

Colony House has that perfect simplicity and creativity that the world needs and you can hear it in their new single “You Know It.” Their music is fast, full of energy and purity. I love the straightforward formula, great chords on the guitar, varied drums and strong vocals, an easy hit for the summer. They are coming out with their second full album Only the Lonely on September 16th, so although we’ll have to wait a bit, it will be worth it.

If you can’t wait till then for the pure Tennessee rock of Colony House, check out their last album and EPs here. Roll down the windows, drive fast and blast “You Know It” for the whole summer. I know I will.

FAREWELL TO THE APACHE RELAY
February 8, 2016 10:55 am

You already missed your chance. The Apache Relay was here bringing the masses heart and soul with their indie-Americana sound. But no longer. On September 21st, 2015 the band posted this on their social media pages, explaining that they are going their separate ways. Let me tell you why that is too bad.

The group formed in a dorm at Belmont University in Nashville, and grew to represent much of what the “Nashville Sound” has become: Indie rock with touches of folk, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, and pop. Pleasant harmony sits in a bed of modern production, and highlights Nashville’s emphasis on song writing, as opposed to song making. While this sound is growing into a formula for some, The Apache Relay was on the front end of it. Though they never quite achieved the status of other artists in their ballpark, like Local Natives or Fleet Foxes, they showed strong promise that they might.

The Apache Relay gained notoriety after their second album American Nomad when they opened a number of dates for pop-bluegrass all-stars Mumford & Sons.  They also got some attention when their song “Power Hungry Animals” was featured in the movie The Way, Way Back. While not exactly a blockbuster, the film supported a pretty stellar cast, and shed an interesting light on The Apache Relay’s song. Look at it in the context of the promotional “music video” they made.

It’s essentially a trailer for the movie. The song plays while clips of video from the film plays over it. Yet it could totally work on its own. It doesn’t have the look of a music video, but with small changes in editing and color, it could. Take away the distraction of Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and a few other actors you’d recognize, and you’d be left with a music video that nails the feel of the song. We see images of a coming of age story. A teenage boy struggles through smattering of classic themes: loneliness, romance, body issues, family, youth, father issues, a summer away, friendship, etc…

The beauty of this is that these are exactly the kinds of themes that The Apache Relay should be reminding you of. The modern “Nashville Sound” is built on them. Bands like Mumford & Sons and Local Natives rely on this nostalgia to complete their music. Their songs are striving for an emotional power in addition to just sounding good. Pop and Dance music is escapist; It makes you forget about your problems and just feel good. Adele makes you cry. Indie-Americana has an element of memory tied to it. It’s a return to roots, a call home. The blend of folk and bluegrass style with modern instrumentation and production is the old become new. The past become present. It’s a return to youth, to summer. To that time that you did that thing that changed the way you think.

This is why “Power Hungry Animals” is featured in the trailer for “The Way, Way Back.” Prominently. It comes in at the end. At the time when the trailer is showing you conflict and tension and growth and love. When the trailer needs to say “This movie has warmth and depth and feeling,” it uses this song, and it is the song that takes your interest in the kid and turns it into care.

Yet The Apache Relay is gone. But do not dismay! Front-man Michael Ford, Jr. has made an appearance or two, and their parting message specifically says the members are looking to “explore new endeavors.” There doesn’t seem to be any news on this front yet, but in the meantime, there are three albums of Apache Relay to work through. If that well runs dry, check out some other Nashville indie-Americana acts, like Humming House,  Sugar & the Hi Lows, or Knoxville’s Cereus Bright. Hopefully that will hold y’all out until a reunion comes around.

HAVING FUN AND LOOKING FORWARD WITH DANIEL ELLSWORTH
January 20, 2016 11:06 am

 

Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes are making strides.

Building off the success of their first two records, Civilized Man and Kid Tiger, the Nashville-based indie rock band is gearing up for a whirlwind of activity this spring. Front man and keyboardist Daniel Ellsworth sat down with us and gave us the scoop on their new single and music video, their imminent EP, the recording of their next album, and his new side project.

 

Daniel, Thank you very much for sitting down with me.

Yeah man, absolutely.

So we’ll start with two questions I like to ask everybody I interview. First, how’d you get your start playing music?

I started playing when I was young. Both my parents play guitar. I originally got into through the church with them, they both were involved. Then when was I was about eight I wanted to start taking piano lessons. I think I’m the only kid that wanted to do that—that wasn’t forced to start taking them.

Yeah I wanted to play drums, but my mom made me take piano.

Ok, yeah yeah! You get it. That was it, that was where I got my start. The church was a big part of it. I never really thought of it as “church” because my parents played music there. Church was more about music than a religious thing for me. So that was really the beginning. Everyone in my family is musical. My uncle is a blues pianist, I have cousins that are also doing music professionally and things like that. So it’s just in the family.

OK, so the second question is the one I like to think of as the tricky one. What is your goal with the music you play now? What are you trying to do or accomplish by playing music?

I think the goal is spend every day making the music that we want to make. I hope that we continue to make music that resonates with people, but as long as it’s resonating with us and we’re still getting to do it every day… that’s the goal. To keep that up.

So you’re from Minnesota, and the guys are from all over the Midwest.

Yep. A couple guys from Ohio. Our drummer is from Kansas.

What brought you guys together and then to Nashville? Or was it the other way around?

Well school brought the drummer and I here years ago, that’s where we met. We didn’t start playing music together until long after school, but that’s what brought us here. The other two guys we met just through mutual friends as they moved down here. Our guitarist was down here for one summer and the drummer and I played in sort of a pick-up band together. So we ended up grabbing him after he finished his PhD at Indiana.

A PhD in music?

It was in Ethnomusicology. Actually he just walked for that. He just finished his dissertation.

So let’s talk about your newest single, “Always/Never.” Tell me a little about the song.

Sure! It’s the first track from an EP that we’re putting out in March. We made the EP with the same guy we did our last record, Kid Tiger, with. It’s kind of a continuation of that. It was tracked the same way, it was recorded at the same place—all those things. So it feels like a natural extension [of our last record]. We wanted to release something—we’re heading back into the studio in a week, so we wanted to be rolling out an EP while we’re not on the road.

“Always/Never”—funny story with that song. We wrote that and tracked it for our first album, Civilzed Man, and it just wasn’t right. The arrangement didn’t fit and we were just sort of done with it. I thought “Well maybe we can use it for something, someday.” Then we were working stuff up and decided to totally erase everything we did and build it back up. So it’s kind of an old song, but new now.

You did an EP as opposed to an album because you felt it was an extension of Kid Tiger?

Yeah. We had some additional songs and it felt like we should do them with the same person, in the same studio.

And you felt they didn’t belong on a new album.

Yeah I think so. It’s this group of songs where they’re each kind of their own thing. They fit together, but it didn’t feel like something that was part of an album.

I want to ask about the “Always/Never” music video because it’s very fun.

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What was the idea behind that? I watched a couple of your other videos and this one is much simpler, at least in concept.

Well, we did a two day video shoot, and ended up having to scrap it. Which happens sometimes. It was fine, we just decided it wasn’t the right thing for the song. We thought “Ok, we did this, and we spent this to do this thing, and now we’re left without a video… Do we need to have something by the time the song comes out?” We decided we wanted to and I just had this idea… I’ve always wanted incorporate animal masks into a video, because they’re always funny to me. It’s just always funny. So I said “Alright guys, just hear me out. Let’s try this. It might not work, but it’s gonna be easy.” And we could do it with like no budget, just do it on a phone. So that’s really what it came from. We did something like six takes. Someday I want to put out all the different ones, the video we put out is the one that’s the most… together. Uhhh… so you can imagine what the other ones are like. [laughs]

So there are five people that are in the video, as opposed to the four people that are typically in the band. Is that like a big secret?

It’s funny, I didn’t think about that at all. There’s actually only… maybe I’m giving away the secret here, but it’s an unintentional secret. There’s actually only three band members in the video. Our bass player lives in Ohio. He was down for the other shoot, but he couldn’t get down for this one—it was very last minute. It was like “Hey what’s everyone doing tonight, let’s go do this.” So for us, it was fine if it was two people, or three people, or eight people. We just decided to see who was around, and watch them do something.  It ended up just being two other friends of ours, and we didn’t think anything of it. But everyone just assumed it was the four band members and then was like “Who the fuck was the zebra!?”

It’s really a fun video. Seems like it was a lot of fun to make.

Yeah we just drank a bunch of whiskey and started filming.

Did you choreograph beforehand? Or just come up with it on the spot?

Yeah, I… I said… the chorus…. I’ll say it—I choreographed the chorus. I’ve never said that phrase before for anything! And then for the verse when every animal comes in I just said “Pick one dance move that inspires you, and do that the whole time. Don’t change it.” [laughs].

It does give a kind of surreal effect to it. They just keep going, and another comes up, and they just keep going…

[laughs] Yeah and then the end is a bit of release.

How is it playing with a bass player that lives in Ohio?

It’s good. It’s not too far. There are bands where people have much further commutes. He’s really good about getting down here pretty often. He meets us on the road, but he’s down here for writing and rehearsals and things like that.

So the EP comes out in March?

Yeah, March 11th.

Are you going to have more singles out before then?

Our second single will come out Feburary 12th. I think it’s a Friday…. [It is].

Are you doing a release show?

Yeah, March 13th at 3rd and Lindlsey. It’s the Lightning 100 Sunday Night, live-on-the-radio thing. And then we’re headed to SxSW straight from the show.

You also have a show coming up here in town on January 27th at The Basement East. Anything special about that?

Well everyone in the band is now working with BMI, who is putting on the show. It used to be two of us were with ASCAP, but now we’re all with BMI. Then there’s also the radio station Alt 98.3, the other sponsor for the show. They’ve been playing our song in heavy rotation, so that’s been great. It just worked out! BMI just asked if we wanted to play, and our bass player was scheduled to be in town for recording, so it just worked. We’re stoked about it.

So are there thoughts or plans for this next album? Any sort of new direction you’re going in?

Not really. For the past year or so when The Great Lakes haven’t been on the road I’ve been working on a side project with a guy named Kyle Andrews. He’s sort-of an electronic-alt-indie-pop guy. Artist and producer. I approached him with some songs that I’ve had that definitely weren’t for a four piece rock band. We’ve wanted to collaborate for some time, so we just tested the waters a bit to see what happened, acnd it went really well, it was a lot of fun. So about a year later now we’ve got a full record.

What’s that band called?

It’s called Chaos Emeralds. It’s cool. The first track we’ll be releasing later this month or February sometime. We’re playing our first show this month too, the 23rd at The High Watt [opening for Tanlines]. It’s been a lot of fun—doing something totally different. An electronic thing way out the realm of the four piece rock band. Kyle and I have worked really well together, and he brings really interesting perspective and sounds to songs. So The Great Lakes are going to go in with him at the producer wheel. He’s got a brand new studio that he just built, so we’re going in with him at the end of this month to try it out and see what happens. I’m really excited about it—to bring his take to more of a rock band setting.

Sounds very cool.

Yeah we’re looking forward to it for sure.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: BULLY
December 2, 2015 8:44 am

2015 is coming to a close, and another fantastic year of independent music-making is in the books. So what were some of the Beasts favorite things to have come out of it? Well, one thing for sure has been Nashville’s powerfully potent alternative rock band Bully. Though Bully formed in 2013, their first major release Feels Like was released through Startime just last june. Their music packs a punch to all the repressed heartbreak and forgotten angst in your gut, and twists it into a sort of nostalgic defeat.

Bully is the creative Brainchild of Minnesota native and studio queen Alicia Bognanno. Bognanno followed her heart to Middle Tennessee, where she spent her undergrad years studying audio engineering, despite her never having played an instrument. After college and a successful bout in renowned Pixies producer Steve Albini’s studio, Bognanno polished her skills and set out to Nashville, Tennessee. In 2013 she recruited guitarist Clayton Parker, bassist Reece Lazarus and drummer Stewart Copeland (yes, like The Police!) and so began Bully.

Their music is a raw collection of emotion. You can hear the struggle and passion for life in the at times scratchy yelling of Bognannos voice. The 25 year old has somehow found a way to recollect and include the entire spectrum of pain, joy and uncertainty that early adulthood throws at you. “I remember, I remember my old habits, I remember getting too fucked up, and I remember throwing up in your car/ And I remember, I remember showing up at your house, and I remember hurting so bad, and I remember the way your sheets smelt.”

Bully was given full creative control by Startime, under the umbrella of Columbia Records, which is partly why they decided to sign with the label. Feels Like was written, produced and engineered by Bognanno, and offers the listener a sonically candid image of what goes on inside her head and heart. It keeps a purist punk vibe, with a sensible amount of reverb, and buried but punchy drums. The album is an obvious result of passion and commitment, tempered with an impeccable taste for real.

The band is currently on tour in Australia and is booked through May, so they are definitely putting in their share of work. The BEASTS hope to hear much more coming out of Nashville in the following years, as something this genuine can only get better with time.

Make sure to tune into Bully’s new album, and catch them live in a town near you. You can find all their tour dates here.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH:  JULIEN BAKER
November 10, 2015 4:25 am

The first time I heard Julien Baker, it felt like someone ripped my heart out of my chest.

“I rejoice and complain.  Lift my voice.”

Her words are like a tiny knife across your heart and before you know it, Sprainked Ankle is telling too many stories that resonate with you and your broken soul.

Julien hails from Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she played in the Memphis based band, Forrister.

Baker finds herself in good company when she declares, “Wish I could write songs about anything other than death.”  Death, love, heart break, despair, awakenings, God, these are all things that Julien Baker touches on in her songs and in a way it makes you feel a little less alone.

This record possesses all of the things that I love musically rolled into one.  Elements of Folk, Country, Soul, Gospel all combined  with her haunting lyrics create songs that are filled with pain and beauty. Her voice at times fades and then soars with a chilling raspiness on moments that you would least expect it.  Each song becomes an unexpected emotional journey.

“I can’t think of anyone, anyone else,” she howls on “Something,” and I believe every word of it.

“I just left the park, you like swallowed me up
Choking you times, and kicking up dust
Asking aloud why you’re leaving
But the pavement won’t answer me
I just let the silence swallow me up
The ring in my ears tastes like blood
Asking aloud why you’re leaving
But the pavement won’t answer me”.

Julien Baker

I can’t wait to see what is next for this powerful lady. Regardless of where her music goes from here, this record is a testimony to Julien Baker’s artistry and talent.

Sprained Ankle is out now on 6131 Records.

Freaked Out Madness: Nomadic Firs
September 2, 2015 7:00 am

Over the last handful of years, Nomadic Firs have grabbed the attention of many within the independent music world. Listening to the music of Ryan Boos is like taking a psychedelic journey to the top of a mountain and watching the sun set over the town below. His songs seem to brush on almost every aspect of the human experience in a curious way, which somehow makes light of it all. From the layers of trance-like synths, to the folky picks of his guitar, to the abstract yet thoughtful lyrics, the Nomadic Firs have something really special to offer.

The story of Ryan Boos is a glimpse into the life of a true creative spirit, and one that any artist will recognize as real. There is no false sense of self here; His music is his own stripped down soul, like the lyrics say, “Flying forever in the yard/Once you’ve figured out who you are.”

It was around 2005 when Boos moved to Knoxville, Tennessee from Michigan leaving behind his pursuits of becoming a house DJ and picking up a guitar. It was there that destiny had called him, as soon enough he would be introduced to his future wife (now an art teacher) at a friend’s show. They would go on to move into a 100 year old southern home where Nomadic Firs was born. I was recently lucky enough to sit down and interview Ryan for all the beasts out there. Here’s what he had to say…

What can you tell us about your musical journey?

Ryan: I guess I grew up around music. My grandfather used to play in bands when I was a little kid. We would go to these huge conventions where they’d always play European jazz. I didn’t start playing music until I was 18 or 19 I guess. I started mostly with DJing and beat matching. At the time I was sort of learning how to be a house music DJ. When I got into guitar I sort of figured out how to co-mingle those things.

What’s your songwriting process like? How are your songs birthed?

RyanI start with a structure, like a beat, then start adding melodies and layering sounds to see if it all starts to make sense. I am trying to get away from that process though for when I want to start performing again. It’s sort of really hard to do; to translate that into a live set.

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So Are you ready to start playing live again?

RyanYeah I think I’m itching to do it. I’m just trying to formulate everything down to be able to stay true to who I am but also not relying on technology to simplify everything. I’m not a purist though. I’m actually working on two albums at the moment, and I’m trying to do it all with no guitar.

So how do you go about listening to music?

RyanI’d probably say the car. It seems to be where I’m wanting to listen and I’m paying more attention when I have a destination and the song’s gonna get me there. But I try to make time to listen to my vinyl collection too.

So I read that you’re in a self sustaining farm situation? Is that still going on?

RyanI think that was chalked up a bit, but you know, we have chickens we’ve been growing food for years. But we try to do our part. We’re definitely crunchier than most people. I’d love to go full solar, but maybe one day down the road when we’re older we can get a flat somewhere out in the country and sort of do these things from the ground up.

How has that situation impacted your creative pursuits?

RyanProbably all over the place. I mean, I feel like, before I moved to Knoxville I was kind of in a dark, depressed state. You know, heartbroken from a girl all the cliches of a 23-24 year old. Then when I moved, at the time I was listening to Pedro The Lion, Damien Jurado; you know all that sappy kind of depressing music. I love it but that was all I was listening to. When I came here I basically said to myself “If I’m gonna make sad music, I’ll at least try to hide it in happy sounds,” so that was the goal. And that kind of lead me to this green lifestyle. I’m interested in it, and I think it’s probably the best way to be in life. And if I can control it I’m gonna try to go that way, even if I’m not always happy and stoked about my compost pile.

Cool. So what’s been the best way you’ve gotten your music discovered?

RyanWell I started putting all my stuff out on Soundcloud and people took to it. The track that everybody seems to like, “Vines” I hated. That was off the first album, that’s what got people interested in my music I think. So once I saw people were liking it I thought well, let me send this to some blogs. I just sent it out and people started following more and downloading it. On some level I want to just keep going and going with it. I did something smart early on to squeeze as much as I could out of these sessions, I found people and invited them to do remixes for a remix album, which created this network within my own sound basically.

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That’s Interesting, must be cool to hear a different interpretation of your recordings also.

RyanYeah it is. There were several where I was like, damn I like this better than mine. So yeah, it was fun to do and I want to do more.

Is it hard to channel all that creative energy?

RyanYeah it can be freaked out madness where I can blow my top like I don’t have enough time or patience to do all these things. But the cool thing is once I swapped over to Ableton Live I could take my laptop with me everywhere. I have a regular job so on my lunch break rather than feed my face with a big sandwich in front of an I-pad, which I do sometimes, I just hop on and work things out on my lunch break sometimes. So I’ve taken it mobile a little bit. I’m not gonna let having time in my home studio deter me from being creative. Even if those things don’t turn into songs, it’s helping me tremendously to just cope with life in general.

Definitely. Is there anything in the future that you’d like to conquer as a musician or even as a person?

RyanIf I’m ever chilling in a lounge in Europe somewhere, and there’s like 90 people there to watch a few artists perform and I’m one of them, that would be the ultimate success for me as a creator. Just because it sounds mysterious since I’ve never been there.

Awesome. So what’s the best setting to be in to listen to a Nomadic Firs track?

RyanI would say any setting really. Maybe it’s great background music, and maybe it’s great one on one music too. I was fortunate enough for the last couple of years to have some free time, where I was able to just sit in my house, my wife would go teach art to kids, and I would have a few hours to just have the windows open, smoke out a little bit and just work on music. That wasn’t every day of the week but at least one or two days a week for a long time.

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Sounds like a good period of life.

RyanYeah, I’m still trying to hang on to it. *laughs

What’s been the highlight?

RyanJust coming to the realization that I was actually making something that I liked to hear too. You know, It’s something that if I heard I would want to have it. And that’s kind of how I approach making music entirely. You just know. I kind of feel like that’s been the highlight just getting to that point as a person. People find new music all the time and it’s great to be in a rotation that’s out there.

So who are some figures that you look up to?

RyanWell, I look up to my stepbrother quite a bit. He’s like a real farmer, out there doing his thing, surviving. And he’s an awesome guitar player and just a cool person. I should say my wife, not that I’d be in trouble but just that she lives with someone like me is pretty awesome. Not that I’m a horrible person but being creative on any level requires a pretty decent level of selfishness so…

Huh, that’s an interesting way to put it. What do you mean by that?

RyanWell, I think if you have this burning to be creative, just thinking about that and making anything requires a great deal of your self, ultimately all of your self. So It’s hard to share with other people. Or just the time. Holly, my wife, is also an artist and a super patient person as well. We’re trying to raise a family and be in their lives a lot more.

That’s awesome. So I know you have a young son, what are some of your hopes for the generations to come?

RyanHonestly, just simplicity in life. I’m not stoked on income inequality, student debt, those things piss me off. I mean our generation has basically been told “you just work all the time, don’t focus on anything, go to school, do the cycle, and also we’re not gonna pay you an adequate salary for inflation.” It’s bullshit, we should all have a cool place to hang out and live, and work enough to where we can all be healthy but also have money. Simplicity, not freaking out about these genial things that society puts on us and puts us in these boxes. You know don’t be crazy and a recluse, join the society and be in the community. But, rather than conform, be an example on some level for the things that you like and that you think are unique and personal to you. You know, a lot of people would learn from those things.

 

Great insight from a true artist. Be sure to Check out the music of Nomadic Firs and keep an eye out for their new album coming soon. As for now. Get ready for fall leaves and go chill out in the park with some Nomadic Firs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to bid your summer farewell. Enjoy Beasts.

Sol Cat Keepin’ it Trippy
July 18, 2015 9:00 am

If somebody’s going to name their band Sol Cat you’d think that they’d be a groovy, old school jazz orchestra…or at least have a liking for cats. “I’m super allergic to cats and I don’t like dogs either. I’m actually not an animal person for the record. Except fish, I love fish” lead singer Brett Myers tells me. Apparently the name was given by some “‘bohemian roulette dealer” that he came across while taking a vacation in the bahamas. “I could be hallucinating still, I still can’t figure out if it happened or not.”

This five piece band hailing from Nashville, Tennessee played a trippy show at Pianos and seemed to attract a wide range of fans from young hipsters to middle aged men in suits. They stay true to their dance-y psychedelic tunes and it’s clear that they’ve pulled influences from classic rock. Brett’s deep vocals echo through the room sending good vibes to everyone in the room who start swaying their body to the music. There’s something nostalgic about their sound that no other band has achieved so far, instantly bringing you back to the 90’s music scene.

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These kool kats met in college while Tom Myers (drummer) was schooling at a different location and eventually connected through mutual friends. “We were most like acquaintances in similar groups that kind of overlapped, so the band didn’t click until pretty much my last semester of college.” They originally envisioned Sol Cat as a World Music genre with “crazy, eclectic, Latin, African percussive influences with more contemporary pop American sort of things. So the original demos are very hilarious.” As much as we’d like to hear Sol Cat jam on congos and bongos, sadly, they are no where to be found on the interwebs.

They’ll be touring pretty much non-stop this month which means they’ll be spending most of their time in a van, sleeping and talking about “weird stuff.” “Jaan threw up a caesar salad on the way to New York [laughs]. We left really early and I don’t know why we had to be up here so early. That’s the most interesting thing that’s happened in the van so far.” Living their life in a van for a month seems pretty adventurous and fun, but Tom mentions the downside of it – “I miss my fiance. I should also plug in my dog, I miss my dog. I miss consistency, being home, and sleeping in my bed.” On the other hand, Brett seems to prefer the tour life. “I enjoy being on the road for the most part. I would say I miss being able to not have a schedule. I just miss waking up whenever I want to and work on music, be productive and just lay low.”

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Unlike every other band that writes music on the road, Brett prefers to write in the comfort of his home. “I don’t really do writing on the road thing. I hardly ever write anything when I’m on tour. My theory is that if I don’t write anything while we’re gone for two weeks, by the time we get home just by the nature of life, I have things that I need to get out after that. So it’s almost like – you’ll fill the glass up for two weeks, and then when you get home you just spill it. I find it really hard to sit in the van or venue and try to write. I think it’s awesome when dudes can go sit in the corner of bar and bring a notepad and channel it, but I can’t do that.”

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Being able to work as full time musicians now, he talks about another great job he’s had in the past working at a zipline when he was a teenager…Which turned out to be sort of a life lesson. “I loved pushing kids off that zipline! Think about it, this kids crying and you’re 40/50 ft up in the air and have a 100 yard zipline rolling down that makes them nervous, but guarantee every time they got to the bottom they came back and wanted to do it again. And that’s life. You just gotta push people ’til they fucking feel so uncomfortable they have nothing to do but have a good time and they come back for more.” So deep.

They released their EP “UNO” a few weeks ago and have another called “DOS” that should be out “August-ish.” They also have an appearance at Austin City Limits at the end of the summer, so don’t forget to give them some love if you come across them!

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