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.
Kyle: I got really inspired quite a while back by a lot of the more atmospheric & dreamy production I was hearing. It was something that really inspired me to explore making music in a new ways outside of a traditional band setting or just playing acoustic guitar which is really all I’d played around with. Connory had heard a few demos I was working on a few years back and wanted to do vocals over them. Now you have Acer.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Connory: Probably my biggest musical influence growing up was Justin Vernon- from Bon Iver acclaim. Turned me onto Steve Reich, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Colin Stetson, etc. Outside of music: my dad.
Kyle: I was listening to a lot of different stuff when we made this… One artist I usually fail to mention is Grouper. The way her songs pull me in emotionally had a massive impact on what I was going for. Non-music wise I’m always inspired by film… we talked a lot of Lynch (specifically Twin Peaks) while making this. That definitely provided us with lots of inspiration for how we wanted to make certain things feel.
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?
Connory: I think there’s a lot of artists making music that fits into a genre-form with relatively insular influence. We really tried with ACER to create a dream-pop/shoegaze band that didn’t feel like a dream pop band. Or at least didn’t have that sort of backseat, low-energy feel & borrowed from tons of external genre influences.
Kyle: the other thing we really talked about was Connory’s vocals, which I think differ from other bands/projects that are in other ways stylistically similar. He was referencing pop a lot throughout the writing phase.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Connory: Albums: Volcano Choir – Repave, The Blue Nile – High, M83 – When the Dawn Heals Us.
Movies: Police Story, Nowhere, Nausica: Valley of the Wind.
Books: Redwall by Brian Jacques, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, How Music Works by David Byrne
Kyle: this gives me anxiety but I will try:
Albums: Frank Ocean – Blonde; Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago; Kanye West – Yeezys (for before the hunt)
Movies: In the Mood for Love; Mulholland Drive; Solaris
Books: The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; The Red Book by C.G. Jung (I’ve hardly dived into this but I think I would need a lifetime to comprehend everything)
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Connory: After the pandemic, playing live. But for a long-time: I’ve been a studio boy.
Kyle: Studio. I love the freedom of being able to try out anything and nothing can beat the joy of creating for me.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Connory: I was almost a circus performer & magician before getting into music.
Kyle: I would consider my whole ‘career’ to be funny… maybe that I’ve been working for companies in the finance department this whole time?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Connory: Someone Else’s Dream
Kyle: SED for sure. I feel like it’s the perfect distillation of everything we were going for with this project and it’s a beautiful climax to the album.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Connory: Live show……
Kyle: We’ve got some singles on the way! I think. Hopefully soon.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Favourite fast food?
Both of us love A&W… the beyond burger is the ultimate vegetarian fast food.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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