interview by: Maddy Halpern and Krista Barry
When did you start the band?
Actually, we came together exactly two and half years ago in Boulder. We all met at the Sundowner on Pearl St. It’s the only dive in Boulder, really.
Are you all originally from Boulder, Colorado?
Noah and I (Bryce) are and Mike, too. Andrew is from Ohio and moved out here after college. We have known each other for a long time since college in Portland.
How would you compare the music scene in Denver to other cities?
“The only huge difference is in Ohio it is easy to play places that are one to two hours away. And book tours that are not that expensive, where you don’t lose a bunch of money. Denver is hard to get out of because we are landlocked. The closest places are 2-4 hours away so a little harder to find shows easily. We do shows mostly in Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins… Sometimes it’s like you’re playing in a living room or you’re opening for the War on Drugs.”
If you could play any venue in Denver where would you want to play?
Not the Fillmore. The Gothic or the Bluebird for sure. Maybe the Ogden, too. I just like the Bluebird because it’s right on Colfax which is the heart of Denver.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
I would just say post punk. Then a lot of people usually say what do you mean? Weird rock music, I don’t know. Joy division, even though we don’t sound like joy division at all. But that’s just the joke! It’s very polyrhythmic.
How would you describe your latest record?
That one is a little more accessible. It’s definitely got some pop elements to it and the song structures are actually pretty standard. IT’s kind of like a first course that feels a little off kilter. I don’t know.. It’s hard to judge your own music and say how you really feel about it. To me it sounds not that off, and then his parents are like "you guys play very complex music."
How long have you been working on the record for?
A long time. A lot longer than we wanted to, but that’s always how it kind of goes. We started some of those songs a year and a half ago. We have this collection of songs that aren’t available to people recorded. So we threw them on there. We finished it and had it mastered in August but we have been sitting in on it for a while. The whole thing took us just over a year because we did it all ourselves.”
Why did you choose to put it out on cassette?
“We wanted to put it out on vinyl but it was too expensive to produce and sell. It would have taken even longer. With our first EP it was mainly a digital and then we had like 25 CD’s that we ended up giving out mostly. We wanted to have more of a plan with this one.
There are more and more bands putting out cassettes. It’s a really cheap way for small bands to put out physical music and for people who want physical music to buy it. You can get the cassette and you will also get a digital download with a little picture of us on it!”
Tell us about the EP release show coming up.
We are playing with Normal//Eyes and Oko Tygra. We have played with Oko Tygra a bunch, they are wonderful and play really good dream pop. Normal//Eyes is Wilson from Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Zale from Hearts in Space. So, two guys that have been playing around in Denver for a very long time. Wilson actually mastered our EP and mixed for Oko Tygra. They are a cool dark electronic duo. They have a lot of samples and keyboards and it is a lot of powerful driving stuff. Syntax is a cool venue although we have not played there yet. It’s a nice red velvet backing with a stage box. They have a whole wall of old vintage fire arms.
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Treefort! We are trying to get into treefort and we will know by our release show. Any music festival? All Tomorrows Parties curated by Chad van Halen. ATP is awesome because it is actually curated by a band. Primavera is a festival in Spain or anything over in Europe, really.
Have you considered going on tour?
If we get into Tree Fort, yeah! We would like to go from Boise up to we want to do like little tours. 2-3 days out in New Mexico or Arizona but it’s hard to tour. We are trying to cut it down to a few shows a month in Colorado right now. We are playing our EP release and then we are playing up in Fort Collins at the Artery again.
Final question, what makes your band unique?
In the scope of the Denver music scene we are pretty unique. There are a lot of party bands in Denver and Boulder. It’s great because it’s lighthearted and easy to dance to. I think our music has a lot of movement to at the same time it’s but it’s pretty tense and kinda dark.