CRAVE: First and foremost, I am curious as to how the band came about. Who hit up who? Did you all join at the same time, or was it a gradual process of accumulating members? How do your relationships as band members influence your sound?
We all met in college! We started the band in a dorm together in the first semester of our freshman year. It didn’t take long for all of us to meet just because of how small Charleston is. We’ve now been living together for over two years so our tastes have become more homogeneous. We also spend A LOT of time together but we’re all different as people and have independent interests so it stays fresh and fun to make music with each other. We’ve also gone through a line up change in the past year with our saxophonist and pal, Pat departing. So that changed some things about the process too.
CRAVE: I know that you are about to embark on your 6th tour within the last year. How essential are your live performances to your identity as a band?
Our live performance is super important to our identity! We got our start at house shows in college, so playing live was how we got our name out there in the first place. I think we still carry some of that bouncy and fun college energy too.
CRAVE: As a follow-up question, what has been your favorite venue to play?
We like The Royal American here in Charleston, it’s a great home base. We also really like the Radio Room in Greenville, SC. It’s so hard to pick a favorite though. Recently we played a really great house show at the Nance Life Lounge in Atlanta and it was a highlight of the tour.
CRAVE: I know you hail from Charleston, SC. What kind of influence has South Carolina and where your from had on your music? What can you say about the musical scene there?
South Carolina is a pretty down to earth place for the most part. So it seems like there’s always work to be done to grow. There are also SO MANY great and inspiring bands here in SC and the southeast in general and it keeps everything so exciting all the time. We are super proud of the scene we are in.
CRAVE: Tell me about some of your musical inspirations.
The one and only Brett Nash is first to come to mind. Our taste changes all the time but our fav bands as a group are Car Seat Headrest, Tame Impala, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Pile, Future Crib, and Briston Maroney, to name a few.
CRAVE: What was the process of recording with Wolfgang Zimmerman like? How does recording at a place like Rialto Row compare to where you have recorded previous projects?
Wolf is a GODDAMN PROFESSIONAL and let us kind of do our thing. It was fairly relaxed and he had great insight and energy. He would never lead us astray. Previously we only really had DIY recording experience in bedrooms so having a studio at all was super nice. Plus it’s a beautiful place on its own.
CRAVE: Speaking of recording your new project, tell me about Ocean Fiction. What did the writing process look like for it? How does it diverge from the music you’ve made in the past? What are you most proud of on the album?
It essentially took 4 years to write so we had a lot to work with. We started writing some songs in college that just happened to stick around and then we kept writing up until the months before recording. The album is a good representation of our first 4 years. The repeating motifs are something we really like, aside from the songs. It’s VERY intentional in structure and the ideas come in a specific way.
CRAVE: With your upcoming tour about to kick-off, what are you excited for in this particular run?
Going back to Canada! It’s super cool there. We’re going out for our longest run so far is also really exciting. We also hope to grow some as we tug along in our little Chevy, it’s older than we are! Looking back on our first tour, it’s amazing to think we’re going to some of these crazy places for the 2nd or 3rd time now.