Answered by: Gabriel Ureno
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.
CJ has been in things like marching band and orchestra since he was little. Dank and i have been making music together since we were in high school. We had a brief falling out and i started a new band, We won a battle of the bands and started working closely with Dave Buckner. We had plans to cut a studio EP but drugs and shitty behavior kinda ruined that for us. When i started hanging out with Dank again we decided we wanted to start a new project. So we put out an ad for a drummer and CJ was the only one who turned up. We spent half the time in his basement rehearsing vigorously and the other half drinking for like 3 months. Once we were tight we began playing shows, put out an EP, and started sending it out to labels. Eventually one responded and we went down to San Diego to sign the contract.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Bowls” is a love song or at least the closest thing we’ve written to one. The hook is about last summer when we’d sneak into Rotary, our town’s skatepark and go drink in the bowls. It’s about last summer in general actually. “These are the days” as they say.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
We listen to everything, so we’re more interested to hear what other people hear in our sound. Non musically, It includes lots of things. Skateboarding, Hiking, Partying, Dank likes to ride the bike around the neighborhood. We also caught Fred Vogel’s “August Underground” a while back and that kinda indirectly influenced the grainy snuff film vibe of the music video accompanying “Bowls”.
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 couldn’t tell you that, but we find that in the style of music we play bands tend to have a habit of sounding alike. We try to get around this by incorporating sounds and sometimes structure you don’t hear often in the genre. We also record everything ourselves and that has its pros and cons.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Gabe – Probably some 60s compilation record, “A Light in The Attic” by Shel Silverstein, and “Adventureland”
Dank – it’d be “Remain in the light” by the Talking Heads, “Shrek”, and Andrew Shock’s biography “Yesterday Erased”.
CJ – “Badillac” by together PANGEA, “Catcher In The Rye”, and “The Breakfast Club”
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
We’re a live band in the truest sense so shows are definitely the way to go. It’s a hassle recording our music to the grid and until recently we’ve been pretty lazy about doing so.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
’Too many to count, One time CJ took a bunch of acid and started freaking out beating on Dank and i. We had to drive him around all night in order to get him to calm down. Dank and i have been drunk taking a piss in an alleyway and got cornered by a pack of little mutt terriers, those are just a few off the top of my head.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Probably “Sesh” off our EP, its definitely the furthest we’ve strayed away from our sound. Very shoegaze.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
We are currently in the early stages of making a record and we’re stuck at home with a lot of time to do it. It’s tentative but if all goes well and the curve flattens within the next few months our next show back will be with “Sad Park” and “Death Lens”, two great bands out of LA, so we’re looking forward to that.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Should everyone start a band?
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