What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
We all first started making music as teenagers. We were inspired family members that play music and the music itself. For me, it was my grandfather (a master of surf guitar), my uncle Tim (a master of blues pentatonic licks), and my next-door neighbor’s father Mr. Lord (a master of classic rock songs). They each helped mold me into the player I am today. From there, my best friend and I started writing around the age of 14 and there was this sort of competitiveness that drove us to each be better.
This current incarnation developed out of a cover band called Eleanor & The Roosevelts. It’s the same people as Haha Charade sans the old lead singer. When she left, we were at a crossroads: either continue to do covers and find another lead singer or let Alex and Justin sing while performing the songs we wrote in the 4 years playing covers. We decided to go with the latter. A decision that has immensely improved out lives.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Our latest release is a two-side single. The A-side is Casa Amor. Akin to Dolly Parton’s Jolene, the song is about a girl stealing another woman’s man. The lyrics were inspired by a reality game show where contestants attempt to find love. On the show there was this guy named Wes who was dating Laura. Then Meghan showed up. Wes fancied her more so he asked himself if he could be happier with Meghan instead. The song is Wes’s perspective as he goes back and forth between the two girls.
The B-side is All at Stake, which is about American political thought and how our elected officials put their own personal gains over the lives of the many they were sworn to protect when it comes to policy and decision making. This is a very on-brand subject for us. The climax of the song is the bridge where we beg the question of who is really blind to what’s all at stake. The politicians who understand foreign policy and how fragile the world’s governments really are, knowing the house of cards could fall at anytime (see coronavirus) believe the establishment is what’s all at stake. On the other hand, the people see the world’s ecosystems crumble in the wake of corporate greed. They see nature and the meaning of life as what’s at stake. Think of it like a heads-up poker game where both sides are all-in. We’re just waiting for the cards to fall. Obviously, we side with the people.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
John Lennon is my songwriting influence and overall guru. My style icon is Danny Zucco from Grease mixed with John Gourley from Portugal. The Man.
I love the way Neil Gaiman can pen a thought. Same goes for John Steinbeck.
JFK may be the greatest on the microphone delivering a speech, but Muhammed Ali was right up there with him. I like controversial thinkers, philosophers, and people that are ahead of their time. People that can embrace both their good and evil sides.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We have a very unique sound. It has made other publications scratch their heads when trying to place us with other acts. I consider that a good thing. Originality should be the first barrier of entry into the industry. If you aren’t doing your own thing, you’re just peddling someone else’s style and sound. Our music is different because it draws from so many influences. We all help write the songs and we all have vastly different influences. We call ourselves indie pop/ garage rock. Sometimes I don’t even know what that means. We play what we think sounds good.
You should listen to our music because it’s going to be the next big thing and I want you to be able to say you still knew us when we were underground. That and you’ll love the lyrics if you like healthy cynicism with a hint of snark on top of idealistic messages.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Jack’s Mannequin – Everything in Transit; Brand New – Deja Entendu;
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever You Say I Am I Am Not
(runner up: Supertramp – Breakfast in America)
Movies: I’m glad this island has electricity. I don’t rewatch a lot of movies.
Books: The Art of War – Sun Tzu; Aesop’s Fables; and then a book on which plants to eat and which ones are poisonous
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I prefer the studio because I love the writing and recording process. We start with bare bones and build upon a song until we have a serviceable demo. The demos are usually pretty good, but they don’t incapsulate the entire vision. When we take the demos to the studio, our producer helps us get the exact sound we were going for, and the final product is our vision laid out in front of us. There are times when I’ve cried tears of joy after hearing the finished song because it’s how I heard it in my head, and he captured it.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
“Casa Amor” is unique in that it’s a whole vide. The song bumps like a rap banger but it is a very guitar driven indie rock song a la old school Arctic Monkeys in the way that the main lick really takes over the song. “Seasons” is an alt-pop doo-wop song lol. Summer Sunrise is very original, it has three competing licks running through the majority of the song that are in different keys that somehow come together nicely. “Love of Loves” is a seven-minute-long opus that would hopefully make our namesake (Pink Floyd) proud but has a reggae undertone to it. A lot of the chord progressions we use are eclectic in nature. We didn’t want someone to be able to easily cover our songs.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
WORLD DOMINATION. Jk jk. We want to release as much music as we possibly can with the time we have here on earth. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re going to set out on an East Coast small tour when the quarantine passes. We keep writing and trying to perfect our sound. We released our first album in January 2020. We want our second album out by 2021. We’ve been instructed to release two-side singles and then release a compilation of the songs as our second album, so be on the lookout for new songs about every other month for the foreseeable future.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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