Interview: If Walls Could Talk Discuss New Album, Detroit, and More

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk released a deluxe edition of What Would They Say? recently. Tony Burke and Nick DiStefano took some time to chat with us about the band, the Detroit music scene, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in 2013, what were your expectations?

Tony: Well, we like to set our expectations pretty high. Not to mention, all of us are in it for the long run. So, our short term goals were simple like playing with well established local acts, creating our first professional EP, and putting together an entertaining live set. But, in the back of our minds, I’m pretty sure all of us have been just waiting to play at Soldier Field with Coldplay one day.

Have you met or exceeded them so far?

Tony: Now that I think about it, we’ve been pretty consistent with both meeting and exceeding our goals. Not only do we have our first EP out, but we have a deluxe version coming out.

How did the Detroit music scene impact your sound?

Nick: I feel that the Detroit music scene is prominently pop punk and alternative. I know for a few of us here, we started playing making pop punk music originally. I know that has seriously influenced my music personally, and you’ll see a lot of that in Static. Lots of octaves and power chords!

What is the local scene like there?

Tony: If I had one word to describe the local scene in Detroit, I would way it’s definitely a community. Everyone knows each other and is very engaged in the scene. It doesn’t really feel like bands are competing with each other. Everyone just wants to see the other band succeed at whatever they are doing.

What has been the most challenging thing about building up a local following for the band and then having it expand beyond Detroit?

Nick: At first it was just about getting in front of the right audience. In Detroit, we’ve expanded greatly and have now sold out multiple shows here. There have been a few markets that we’ve broken into well, like Grand Rapids and Chicago. However, we’re still getting our foot in the door in others more east of Detroit.

When did you know you wanted to release a deluxe edition of ‘What Would They Say?’ and what does it include?

Nick: We grew so much from the release of the initial EP, and we had so much more content we wanted to share with everyone. This includes music videos, songs, and renditions of songs. So when we started talking about our next steps, it felt so natural to end this cycle of our band with a deluxe version.

What is the band focusing on next?

Nick: Right now, it’s writing. We want to be able to improve our live show so much, but also really make our music stand out on a recorded track too.

Outside of the band, do you have any other hobbies?

Tony: I’m a lover of the arts. Outside of music, I like creative writing and even dancing. Most people probably don’t know this about me, but I’m actually a professional ballroom dancer.

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Nick: It’s our pleasure! You can find us really anywhere. Here are a few links:

https://www.ifwallscouldtalk.band
https://www.facebook.com/ifwallscouldtalkband
https://www.twitter.com/iftalkingwalls
https://www.instagram.com/ifwallscouldtalkband
Snapchat: iwctband

Also follow us on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play music!

SoCal Spotlight: Swerve

Swerve

Swerve is the latest SoCal band to grab our attention. They’re playing The Bootleg on June 26th with support from TEST to celebrate their EP release. Check out more information about the band and how they got their start.

Hometown: Los Angeles
When the band formed: 2015
Members:
Greg Mahdesian – Vocals, guitar
Ryan Berti – Guitar, vocals
Brandon Duncan – Bass, vocals, production
Mark Garner – Drums, jokes

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

GM: I think I’ve always wanted to be in a band, but didn’t know how to put myself out there until a few years ago. I started off doing solo stuff with my acoustic guitar and then it kind of organically became a band once we started playing live. It’s more fun that way and the music is better, and no one ever asks “who’s your favorite solo artist?”. It’s always “what’s your favorite band?”.

RB: I’ve always thought that music sounded better when there was some synergy between the people making it, and figured that’d be the goal.

BD: Wait, I’m in a band?

MG: When Titanic came out, I saw it and thought, “man, I never want to be on a boat like that” and bought a drum set. The rest is history.

How did the current lineup come to be?

RB: Greg asked if I played guitar, and if I could show up on-time to practice, and I said yes to both.

GM: Brandon produced the first EP and since he knew the songs so well I asked if he could play bass while I put together a live outfit, and he’s been in it ever since. Ryan and I were buddies from school and he asked if he could join the band after several margaritas at Las Perlas in downtown. Mark just kind of showed up one day.

MG: Greg said he had dirt on me, and I didn’t really want to take the risk.

BD: I’m pretty sure it was all an accident.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

GM: Friends will invite us out to check out their band or their friends’ bands- it’s like a way less lame version of corporate networking. We get asked to support some bands and then we do the same, and hopefully you like each other and become fans of one another and make a connection.

BD: I just wait for the youngsters in the band to tell me what’s cool, and also where to show up for gigs and when.

MG: I don’t know anyone outside of the music scene so it’s basically all I do.

RB: All of the local bands seem to have some network of friend-bands, so it’s just a matter of going to shows and learning what’s going on outside of your own friend-band-network.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

RB: The number of great local/national/international bands that play in Los Angeles on any given night of the week is crazy. I wouldn’t change a thing.

GM: I like how surprisingly welcoming it is. We kind of showed up late to the party and have still found a home, made friends and all that. It’s probably a little too dispersed to really feel like a proper scene though- there’s a lot of micro-scenes. I don’t really have anything else to compare it to, but I like it.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

GM: The competition probably forces you to be better. There’s a million different things going on every night, so it’s always easier for someone not to see you than to check you out. Maybe it forces you to think too career oriented as well, and you can end up getting myopic and thinking that LA is all that there is. I mostly think that if you show up and play well, get better and be open to new ideas without sacrificing what you are, and put in the hustle, you’ll at least bring people to shows.

BD: Greg asks me that same question every other week….

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

RB: It’s usually an amalgamation of our individual pictures and videos, and we have friends that help us find a common theme/color in that mess.

MG: I try to really take the reigns and approach everything with a hands-off, but controlling vibe.

GM: We know who we are, so we try to just be ourselves when we post and interact with others online…with help from people that know how to post and interact with others.

BD: Also leave that up to the youngsters. But after all, we are a band, so what we’re really interested in are listeners!

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

GM: Playing the Troubadour was an amazing experience, and I’m stoked to be headlining the Bootleg for our EP release show. I’ve always wanted to play there and to be the main attraction feels good.

What is the band working on right now?

GM: Tons of new music. We’re expanding our sound, going heavier and also prettier. Headlining the Bootleg June 26th, and then getting out of LA to see what we’ve been missing.

BD: Mostly I’m trying to galvanize these youngsters’ livers so that when we go out on the road they can keep up with the old geezer!

MG: I’m not entirely sure… there’s a ballad in there though. And experimenting with feedback.

RB: Fuckin’ bangers.

Interview: The Molice discuss their influences and touring in the U.S.

The Molice

The Molice hail from Japan and have been touring in the U.S. lately. We had a chance to ask them some questions about their music, how the scene differs here and in Japan, and more. Check it out!

When the band first started, did you know exactly what you wanted your sound to be like?

Rinko: Of course, I always know what I want. But it also happen to get unexpected sound and song in the band. I really like the moment. And in addition, I only know what I want.

Yuzuru: It is not exactly, but what I wanted to do was very clear. It still does not change.

Paro: No… but I always believe my feelings. So I know I can always get what I want as long as I am honest with my feelings.

What led to the blend of 70s, 80s, and 90s influences?

Rinko: I can say for sure is that I really love a lot of 70s, 80s, and 90s music.  Actually I’m not sure what is happened in my brain. I don’t have how to. But I really feel to connecting to SPACE when I make songs.

Yuzuru: I think rhythm does not get old. Rinko is an excellent rhythm guitarist. Although, there is a fashionable beat by the era, I think that fundamental groove will not change in any era.Our music is based on it. In my head, all kinds of favorite music of every era are packed. Classical, Jazz, rock, hip hop and electro music. I express such a lot of love for music in the music of THE MOLICE through my guitar.

The band is still fairly new to touring in the U.S., so what has that been like?

Rinko: We have a really wonderful touring. I am very happy to be able to know that our music can make audience enjoyable in U.S.!

Yuzuru: I am very excited to receive a lot of stimulation. I feel that the audience has taken our music.

Paro: I feel people has a big heart in U.S. They can accept all kinds of values

How would you say the music scene in the U.S. varies from Japan?

Yuzuru: There are a lot of things I think, and as I start talking, I’ll need many pages!  Both USA and Japan have major and indies, I think it is the same that there are artists of various genres such as rock, hip hop, and  electronica in USA and Japan. I think the music scene is what the audience will make it. The American audience is very natural and clearly enjoy music. And it is very energetic. Such an audience is making up the American scenes. That’s the biggest difference.

What was it like recording “Round Round Round” in Buffalo, NY?

Rinko: We made it with the same team at GCR studio in Buffalo from 2015. It was very smooth recording. I was relaxed at the studio, so I could let my mind have many ideas. Keyboard phase of ‘Round Round Round’ is good example.

Yuzuru: It was wonderful. I was able to make the sounds as they imagined.

Paro: I am hung up on beating four beat like marching through Earth. It fits with the music video, too. And I was easy to record it in Buffalo, NY!

What’s next for the band after you wrap up your current tour?

Rinko: We are always interested in making new sound. It is our core part.

Yuzuru: To create new music. To prepare for the next tour. And I want to find new creative things.

Paro: We keep on trying to do what we want to do. Anytime!

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

THE MOLICE:  Please check out the band’s website, instruments, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube channel and more.

Interview: Modern Whale talk new single and what’s next

Robbie from Modern Whale answered some questions about the band’s expectations, their recent single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When Modern Whale first started, what were your expectations for the band?

I make my living as a record producer and typically compromise for the sake of the artist. Modern Whale was simply something I was doing for myself, something that was freeing from my normal creative environment.

Has it exceeded those expectations?

Modern Whale has certainly exceeded my expectations! Initially I had no plan of releasing anything as it was just something I was doing for myself. It has been amazing to be featured on Vevo and Spotify playlists and reach a larger audience.

For your music video for “The Dirt,” you worked with Raviv Ullman, Martin Spanjers, and John F. Beach. What was that experience like?

Raviv, Marty and John are a very talented team and their work speaks for itself. I’m thankful that they were available to make time to share their creativity. I think the video is wonderful. 🙂

You just played a show at The Bowery Electric, how did that go?

The Bowery Electric show felt like a family reunion. Modern Whale shared the bill with War Twins, Micky James and The Worst Humans – all friends of ours. The show was a success and thankfully packed.

Your sound can’t really be pinned down to one genre. Who are some of your biggest influences?

I really love Phoenix, Led Zeppelin and Fela Kuti. My taste is pretty wide.

How would you say the band’s sound has progressed over the years?

Modern Whale is technically not even a year old yet! With this said, the live shows and each single release have taught me valuable lessons about everything form production to how a song can evolve outside of the studio.

Any plans you can tell us about for the rest of 2018?

The plan is to release at least 3 more songs this year!

Thank you for your time! Where’s the best place to keep up with the band?

Modern Whale on Spotify and @modernwhalemusic on Instagram.

Interview: Josh Wheatley talks Nottingham music scene and new single

Josh Wheatley took some time to discuss his new single, the Nottingham music scene, and more with us. Check out the interview and his new single “I Know You.”

When did you first get into music? How did it all start for you?

I started playing music because I was bored with college. My first ‘gig’ was Acoustic Rooms at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. As first gigs go it was pretty good. Band of Skulls were playing in the main room, when the gig finished many people came out and stayed to watch my set.

What is the music scene in Nottingham like?

The music scene is great! Very diverse, with many different genres. It’s a fantastic place to build relationships with fellow musicians.

Where is your favorite spot to play a show?

Undoubtedly the Bodega in Nottingham. I’ve supported some of my favourite artists there.

Who are some of the other local artists we should check out?

Definitely Felix M-B. He’s just released a brilliant EP. Daudi Matsiko. Beautiful sounds! Big fan of Silver Wilson too. Their new song Let It Go is excellent. Also, my good friend George Gretton. He’s releasing new music soon (I hope).

What was your writing and recording process like for “I Know You”?

Writing-wise it happened pretty quickly. Recording was a little longer, but still a smooth process. It’s a song I’ve sat on for a little while.

What can we expect from the rest of the upcoming EP?

More songs like “I Know You.” I had the absolute pleasure of working with Josh Rumble (from Anteros) on Worry and Saviour, and they’re great fun to play live too.

What has it been like getting the attention of people at places like BBC and Clash Magazine?

Absolutely mad! I’ve read a lot on Clash, so to see my name featured was just a little bit cool for me.

What else can we expect from you in 2018 aside from the EP?

I’m heading on tour with New York Tourists in May. Very excited about that. That and just working on more music.

Thank you for your time! Where is the best place for our readers to follow you?

Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud – @joshisok
Facebook – Josh Wheatley

Interview: Capital North Talks Hobbies, Recording Process, and More

Photo credit: Paul Morgan

Anthony of Capital North took some time to discuss their new EP, the recording process, hobbies, and much more. Check out the interview below.

How did you two go from Lights In The Sky to making music together as Capital North?

When LITS ended we took a good 2 year break and when we decided to come back together, so much had changed. The idea and concepts that made up LITS were almost too far gone. The new music was a different style and the band members except for Jonathan and myself, were totally different. It was time to reinvent ourselves, and we decided a name change was in order. The transition honestly seemed seamless enough because Jonathan and myself had always been the primary songwriters and the new songs,to some extent,  are just a reflection of our lives and growing up. Capital North is really just another chapter in our lives, Chapter one was LITS and now chapter 2 is CN.

What was your writing and recording process like for Sea To Sky?

We wrote the album over the course of almost two years – from coming up with concepts, demoing, pre-production, recording, and post-production. It definitely was not a quick process and as far as the songs go, we just wrote what we were feeling and what was relevant to us at the time. There was no grand plan for the album. It is merely a reflection of our own lives and what was going on around us. I think that a lot of bands use a kind of formula when it comes to these things and honestly, it shows. They say you have your whole life to write your first album and I think that is apparent in so many of my favorite bands growing up. I won’t name names, but how many times have you heard a debut album and thought to yourself “oh my god this album changed my life” just to be let down with follow-ups. I once wrote a long-winded email to one of my favorite post-hardcore bands growing up BEGGING them not to release their newest album because in my eyes it was so anticlimactic that it would discredit the albums that made them timeless. Needless to say, they released it anyway and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even read the email and, with all of that being said, it flopped so hard. For reasons like that, I try not to have some set predetermined process because I feel it takes away from how genuine the music is or should be.

The video for “Glass Houses” is great. Who did you work with on it?

Jesse Lynch from the band Alistair Hennessey, who really does amazing work and is an awesome friend of ours. We really enjoyed working with him and definitely plan to again many more times in the future! The video also features our friends Joseph Biagas from “Setting Sunrise” and Andres from “Andrés”, as well as a bunch of our friends and family.

What has the lead up to the release been like? Are you excited for people to dive into the new music?

SO SO SO SO busy and so expensive lol. From getting our live stage set and all of the goodies we have for you guys that just add to our aesthetic, to getting CDs pressed and merch made, we are certainly busy and broke haha. We have also been planning our release schedule and working with PR to make the biggest splash we can! Honestly, we have been non-stop busy, but in the best way possible. I’m so excited to hear what people think of the album as a whole piece of work. I think that people will really relate well to it and that makes me excited to see that hopefully. I can’t wait for people to really pick the music apart and try to apply the themes to their lives. It’s always fun when people ask you what something is supposed to mean or what it refers to and you tell them to figure it out on their own. Not because it’s some great secret, but more because we write it in such a way that we really want it to apply to the listener’s own life in some capacity.

With the EP coming out in the early half of 2018, what are your plans for the rest of the year?

I would say a few tours should be in order and you should definitely keep an eye out for that! When we took our break to write the album and to start getting everything geared up for the new project, we sold our van (RIP Bernie) so it wouldn’t just be collecting dust as well as costing us a bunch, and I think it’s about time to get a new one and put it to good use. Other than that, we don’t like to rest and I wouldn’t count out some new music. We also have a few really exciting/interesting projects going on right now with this music that will be a lot of fun to share with everyone.

Aside from music, do you have any other hobbies or jobs?

We both love hanging out with our dogs, road trips, traveling, camping, going to shows, cooking (you’ll often find us barbecuing on tour instead of eating fast food), getting lost, exploring dangerous places, hanging with loved ones, and having unique new experiences. I love working on cars and has been known to do oil changes in the middle of the parking lot at Walmart on the van at 2 AM as well as surfing. Jon loves to work out and do Yoga and Pilates. But overall, we really like to just have fun and enjoy life and make the most meaningful memories we can! Ultimately, that is what we draw our songs meanings from ☺.

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

All of the usual suspects! Twitter/Instagram/YouTube/Facebook (@capitalnorthca). <3

Interview: Kylie Hughes Talks Plans for 2018 and More

Photo credit: Shalon Goss

Kylie Hughes took some time to tell us about her plans for 2018, filming a music video, and much more. Check out the interview below.

When people think of the LA music scene, they largely think of Hollywood venues. What is the scene like in other areas of Southern California? Is it a totally different vibe from the beach to downtown to OC and everywhere in between?

I think you bring the vibe with whatever kind of show you present. The crowds can be different but it’s all about capturing people’s attention and being honest on stage. Giving a good show and sharing the music rather than just going through the motions of performing.

How do you prepare for a live show?

A couple days of rehearsal. I was just explaining to someone how if me and the band haven’t played in a while, it usually takes at least one sacrificial Rehearsal to shake the rust off. I usually come home from the first one like, “idk, we sound pretty off… I hope we can pull it together, no one knows their parts…we’re gonna get boo’d off the stage” (very dramatic, I know). Then after the second rehearsal, it’s all smooth sailing and everyone eases into the material and we sound amazing. It’s a vicious cycle haha. And then I like to keep my “day of” before a show pretty light schedule-wise. Maybe get a workout in and be alone for a little bit to conserve energy but also get my nervous wiggles out.

You released your self-titled album last year. What was the inspiration behind those songs?

Two years of livin’! I was inspired sonically by musicians and co-writers in LA and Nashville, so that album has a spectrum of pop to country to folk.

The music video for “Leave It Alone” clearly has some Halloween influence. Is Halloween one of your favorite holidays?

Coincidentally, no. I wasn’t even allowed to celebrate Halloween when I was little so I think I now seize every opportunity to dress up! And maybe be the villain for fun.

Who did you work with for the video?

My fiancé DP’d the video and I directed which was really fun as my first stab at directing. I also enlisted my cousins to help out, too! They did the choreography, helped with the set design. It was a family affair. Gotta pull those favors when you’re indie, but I think it makes the video even more special because it has all those personal touches.

You’ve shared the stage with The Beach Boys and have quite the list of accomplishments. Is there anything you’re aiming towards next?

Radio charting would be really really nice.

What’s your plan for 2018?

2018, I’m still promoting my album but near the end of this year I will begin the next big project. I’m also doing lots of promotional giveaways to bring awareness to a couple songs, mainly sending people free pizzas. You know, the gift that keeps on giving. 🍕 But there should be maybe one more video in between. 🙂

Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with you and your work?

Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook at @misskyliehughes.

Also, check my website for updates.

Interview: Whale Bones

Nathan Kane of Whale Bones recently answered our questions about the music scene in Indianapolis, their music video for “Backyard,” and much more. Check out the full interview below.

Being from Indianapolis, Indiana, what type of music scene did you grow up with?

I didn’t grow up in a music community, really. The majority of my exposure to music, when I was younger, came from my parents. They showed me a lot of grassroots folk, which I think had a strong influence on my songwriting and my choice to take acoustic guitar lessons. I’m also grateful to have grown up in the internet era, because I was exposed to a lot of alternative and emo bands from the early 2000s. I had a few friends in high school who showed me cool bands that I wouldn’t have otherwise learned of, but I never experienced an overarching community of music in Indianapolis.

What led to starting Whale Bones?

I’ve been writing music since I was in high school, but only started taking it seriously in college. Once I moved to a town where I didn’t know anyone, I began spending time writing alone in my room. At the time, it was only meant for my ears, and I used it to focus my energies on something productive and positive. Once I met my friend, Paul, we immediately connected through our mutual love of various bands, and our love of playing music. We started playing on the street in order to make a little money. Over Spring Break one year, we took a road trip to Florida and spent the week relaxing and playing music. I wrote five songs during that week that later developed into being The Seaside EP. It sort of just fell into place, and Whale Bones became the vehicle for those songs to come out.

The Seaside EP was inspired by a trip to Florida. What inspired the band’s upcoming release, Island Fire?

My grandfather built a cabin on a lake in the middle of nowhere, Canada. The closest sign of civilization is a 30 minute drive away. My family goes up there every year to get away from the world and to reset. There’s no electricity, and we use propane in order to light the cabin at night. Paul has been up with my family before, and we had a blast exploring islands and enjoying the solitude. A few of the songs on the new record were written up there.

One summer, we saw smoke on the horizon, and took a boat out to see what was happening. There was an island that had caught on fire due to a campfire that had not been properly doused. The embers slowly ate away at moss in the rock and eventually spread to cover the whole island. There were firefighters that were able to stop the fire. After they had taken care of most of the island, I climbed on to take a few photos, which ended up being the album art for Island Fire.

Who did you work with for the “Backyard” music video?

My friend Joe Etemadi filmed the music video. He approached me about working on a music video together, and after a year of talking, we finally started working on the project. We collaborated on storyboard and executing the shoot. After it was shot, we both worked on editing and coloring the final product.

My friend John agreed to be our character for the video. He once spent time traveling the US and living in the back of his van, so he felt like the perfect person to take the role.

What is your focus leading up to the album release?

Right now I’m focusing on making a new music video, and getting everything else ready for the release. Doing booking, management, and press on your own is tough, but it gives me control over the whole product. I’m trying to set aside time for writing and creating, because that’s what gives me fulfillment.

What are your plans after the release? Are you heading out on tour?

We have a short tour being planned for right before the release, and my intent is to tour the record with some frequency throughout 2018. I plan on doing some solo stripped down tours, and also larger tours with the full band. Traveling is such a fulfilling experience. You get to meet some of the kindest and most interesting people on the road. It’s also great to reconnect with old friends!

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

I’m really interested in hand-painted signs and other forms of visual art. While I wouldn’t consider myself a visual artist, I do enjoy making art and discovering other artists. I also like hiking and exploring state parks that are near me. there than that, I like trying different beers with my friends!

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

Thank YOU!

You can keep up with what music we’re listening to on our Spotify Playlist.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whalebonesmusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/whalebonesband
Instagram: http://instagram.com/whalebones
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/whalebones
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/whalebonesband

Interview: Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette

Con Etiquette took some time to answer questions about their latest EP, what comes next for the band, and more. You can check out the interview below and listen to The Company We Keep over at Bandcamp.

When the band first started, what were the expectations?

Consistently write good songs and fun. We lucked out, Antonino had an ep that was released a few months prior to the original lineup. We used that as a platform and sculpted our sound from there.

You released The Company We Keep in December 2017. How was the EP received?

TCWK has been getting overwhelming positive feedback. Excluding ourselves, there have been approximately 8 people who have listened to it, 7 are direct relatives. Some of the responses have been, “cool”, “aight” and “not bad!”.

Who did you work with on the EP?

We worked with Greg Thomas and Chris Yeti at Silver Bullet Studios in Burlington,CT.

You’re playing a show with Fossil Youth in February. How did that opportunity arise?

One part internet and one part luck, we got an email and we’re stoked, that entire bill fucking shreds.  We’re also playing with Have Mercy and Household March 12th at the Webster Underground in Hartford.

What are some of the band’s goals for 2018 now that the EP is out?

Play as many shows as possible.

What’s the favorite show that the band has played so far?

Probably our record release show last December with Such Gold and Wess Meets West. Every band had a ton of energy, and we all thrive off that, it gets us high, with the assistance of marijuana of course.

Do you have any hobbies outside of the band?

Yes! Vin enjoys meatball subs. Antonino paints pictures of cats in outer space. Wes enjoys fantasy basketball leagues. Dan excels at enjoying the San Diego sun while we answer these.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?

facebook.com/conetiquette
conetiquette.bandcamp.com
instagram.com/con_etiquette
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4vPjePy8yPPybC8tc4jBNP

SoCal Spotlight: Glaare

Photo Credit: Nedda Afsari

Glaare took some time to answer our questions for our SoCal Spotlight. The band released To Deaf And Day in October 2017, which you can check out on Bandcamp. They’ll be playing a show at the Resident on January 17. Grab tickets for the show here and check out the feature below.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed: Late 2012
Members: Rex Elle (live bass/synth), Cameron Carlin (guitars, programming), Brandon Pierce (drums, programming), Rachael Pierce (vocals, merch-maker extraordinaire)

When did you first know you wanted to be in a band?

Sometime between The Downward Spiral and Antichrist Superstar.

How did the current lineup come to be?

Misery loves company.

With all the little pockets of music scenes in SoCal, how do you go about checking out the local scene and finding new bands to listen to or even perform with?

I can’t say that I actively seek out new bands. They seem to appear when they’re supposed to.

What’s your favorite thing about the SoCal scene? What’s one thing you wish you could change about it?

Southern California/Los Angeles is home to a lot of immensely talented people, some of which I get to call friends. This is something I try to remember when I’m on the hate side of my love/hate relationship with this part of the world. That being said, we need more venues and I wish the sun would go out.

There’s no doubt that this is a crowded place. So do you ever find it difficult to build up even just a solid local following? How does the band go about doing that?

We’ve been very lucky to have friends and family that have supported us from day one. A lot of blood and tears were put into this and I don’t think that goes unnoticed. Don’t play a show if you’re not going to try and shake people up a bit.

How do you handle the band’s social media presence? Where can the readers follow you?

@glaaremusic

Do you have a favorite SoCal spot to play? What makes it your favorite?

Zebulon is a fantastic, newer venue. I was thoroughly impressed with the sound, both onstage and off, and their fine selection of snacks.

What is the band working on right now?

Not losing our minds while preparing for tour and remembering to drink lots of water.