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.

Interview: Mason Summit

Mason Summit
Photo Credit: Kevin Fistanic

Mason Summit recently released his new song, “Catch & Release.” He took some time to answer questions about his music, what’s next, and more. Check out the interview below.

When did you first get into music and what made it appeal to you?

It’s difficult to pinpoint when I got into music… I’ve been singing along with stuff in the car for as long as I can remember. I come from a very musical family and music was always around, and then one day when I was about eight I think my dad decided it was time I learned to play guitar.  I started writing soon after.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself outside of music? Do you have any other hobbies?

My main hobby outside of music is camping. My family went camping a lot when I was little, and I got back into it a couple of years ago. I make a point to try and get a few days outside of the city with some friends a few times a year. In fact, I just got back from the Mojave desert today (the 30th)!

Your music video for “Catch & Release” is out now. What went into the making of the video?

That was a blast, by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a video. It was a low-budget affair, except for the fish costume, which cost like $80. My friend Kevin, who directed it, his girlfriend, my girlfriend (who’s in the video) and I just went down to El Matador beach and I flopped around in the sand. Definitely made a lot of people’s Snapchat stories that day. There was also a couple getting engaged while we were filming, so I might have spiced up the proposal a little.

When you were writing and recording Summer Cold, what was your process like?

Home recording has been an important part of my songwriting process ever since I started writing — a song just doesn’t feel finished to me until I have a demo of it. This time around, I started getting really attached to the arrangements and performances in the demos, and decided it would be kind of counterintuitive to try and recreate them in a studio.

With the album coming out so early in the year, what do you have planned after the release?

Good question! I’m not really sure. I’ve been writing a lot, but I’ve been making a conscious choice not to think too hard about arrangements and production, because I want the next record to be a live-in-studio kind of vibe with my band, a lá Neil Young’s “Tonight’s the Night.” And I’ve got a lot of shows coming up.

Do you have any albums that you’re anticipating this year?

I’m producing an EP for my girlfriend and collaborator, Irene Greene, which I’m really excited about. I’m also dying for a new Margaret Glaspy album; I heard her do some new songs at the Troubadour a few months ago and would love to hear them again.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow you?

Thank you! I’m @masonsummit on Facebook, Instagram and Soundcloud, and themasonsummit on Youtube. Also check out my website, masonsummit.com, for tour dates, etc.

SoCal Spotlight: Pacific Radio

Pacific Radio is up next on our SoCal Spotlight. Find out all about the band below!

Hometown:  Los Angeles, CA
When the band formed:  2015

PACIFIC RADIO IS:
Joe Robinson:  Guitar and Lead Vocal
Joe Stiteler:  Bass
Kyle Biane:  Guitar
Hyke Shirinian:  Drums

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

JR:  I’ve been in bands since high school but I’ve never been the singer, too much pressure, always the guitarist. One day I wrote some songs, put on galaxy tights and gold chains, and I’m the singer of Pacific Radio…what the f.

JS:  That’s a great question.  I got the itch when a buddy of mine started showing me songs he’d written, then later asked me if I’d play bass for him.  I looked at it as a fun and creative way to hang out with friends.

KB:  I was probably about 12, and an obsession with Nirvana kept growing and growing. Next thing I knew I had convinced my best friend to play bass and we scoured the middle school for anyone with a drum kit. We wrote 4 songs and started looking for gigs. Not to much has changed to this day.

HS:  hmm in a way it was never even a thought for me. I grabbed an instrument the second I could and asked my best friends in 5th grade if they wanted to start a band.

How did the current lineup come to be?

JS:  Me and JR knew each other from past bands.  When we started to play these songs we decided to record a demo, and were introduced to Kyle.  He engineered and produced our first batch of songs and when we decided to play live shows, we asked him if he’d be our guitarist.  Hyke descended upon us from the heavens a few years later.

KB:  I joined up after recording the band’s first demos. My original role was to play all the extra guitar parts we put on the record. It was not long after that group of shows that I became a full member.

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?

JR:  There’s always something happening in this damn place. You gotta pull yourself up and see the scene or you’re going to be left in your little box of self importance wondering why nobody comes to your shows. It’s rewarding to support other bands because I know their fighting the same battles.

JS:  It’s tougher than it seems.  We’ve had to scour the local music scene to find bands we wanna share a bill with; venues and bills change from night to night and it’s tough to find a consistent rock night.

KB:  I think it is pretty common that musicians gravitate to each other in cities. LA was that story for me. Having all my friends be musicians exposed me to all sorts of scenes. I also have to give the network most of the credit for me discovering new music here.

HS:  Being in the scene you get to meet a ton of cool players and bands. It just happens organically.

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

JR:  Favorite: Neverending stimulation. Change: I know social media numbers are important but I really wish “they” would listen to a damn song before passing judgement.

KB:  I love the amount of talent that is in this scene. In my opinion it is the most talented scene in the world. I do wish that the audiences were slightly more open to exploring musical tastes instead of coming for their one friend’s band and leaving right after.

HS:  My favorite thing is that there’s a ton of music. That’s also my least favorite thing.

JS:  I wish I could give the SoCal scene a hot beef injection of rock & roll.

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?

JR:  So many options, you gotta give em a reason to pick you. Great songs and an exciting show is our angle.

KB:  I don’t have a simple answer. For one, I try to keep posting on social media at a consistent pace. You are totally right, with so many musicians and bands, it can be hard to break through the noise.

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

JS:  I gotta shoutout my man Kyle for keeping our social up and running with cool, funny, interesting posts.

KB:  Thanks JS, but I’d say we share the responsibility of coming up with the content and try to keep it fun. Check it out! Insta: @pacificradio Twitter: @PacRadBand Facebook: Pacific Radio Band

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

JS:  We played a School Night last February at Bardot and it was buck wild.

HS:  I love the Troubadour. Good on stage sound!

KB: Troubador for sure.

What is the band working on right now?

JR:  Pushing this album, shows shows shows, and writing number 2.

JS:  Trying to get my bass to the next level.

KB:  Tour planning and laying out the battle plans for record two!

Interview: Buster Shuffle

Buster Shuffle recently released I’ll Take What I Want. Jet Baker (piano, vocals) took some time to answer a few questions about the album, their latest music video, and more. Check it out below.

With the band being around for a decade now, how do you continue to develop and come up with new ideas for the music?

We write all the time, on the road, in hotels, wherever we can and so that helps keep pushing it forward and keeping it fresh. That helps.

What was the process like when you were working on I’ll Take What I Want?

We took a good while writing it about 2 years off  and on as we were touring so much. The recording part we did fast. We cut the album in two days, vocals we did in a week and we mixed in just two days. We did it all fast so we captured the energy and rawness of the songs.

With a sounds that can’t be defined by one genre, which artists would you say have influenced the band the most?

The Clash, The Specials Ian Dury and the Blockheads are our home influences and also the likes of Little Richard and Fats Domino

Is there anywhere you’d like to tour that you haven’t made your way to just yet?

Yeah. Japan, South America and Australia.

Who do you work with on the music video for “I Don’t Trust A Word You Say”?

A friend of the band who offered to help out. We cut it fast one Sunday morning.

What can we expect to see from the band in 2018?

Lots of touring… we ‘ve just been announced for Punk Rock Bowling 2018 and we cant wait! See you there. Oi!

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with Buster Shuffle?

Website: www.bustershufflemusic.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bustershuffleofficial

 

Interview: Silence The Radio

Silence The Radio

Silence The Radio have a new release coming on December 1st. The band took some time to answer our questions about the new single, the music scene in Providence, and much more. Check it out!

With the band starting in 2015, it’s still relatively new. What was the main goal when you first started?

Our main goal has always been to pursue our passion, which is writing and performing music. That’s been everyone’s passion since we were kids.

How has that changed now that you’ve been at it for a couple years?

Most of the change has been in our writing style. We write a lot more now than we ever have before, and the songs we write have a lot more depth and a clearer style.

Being from Providence, RI, what is the music scene like there? Are there any challenges as a band that come from being from there?

The music scene in Providence has had its ups and downs during the years we’ve all been involved. All in all we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to work with some of the most amazingly talented people on the east coast, and we’ve developed a lot as musicians and as people by being involved in our local scene.

You recently worked on “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” with Chris Piquette. What was that experience like?

The recording process for “Friendly Neighborhood Nightmare” was a ton of fun. Chris is a great friend of ours, and he really helped us bring that song and that story to life.

You then did a video with Dan Fried for the song. How did that opportunity come about?

We knew Dan from his work with a lot of the other bands we had played with in RI. We got in touch with him and he helped us put together a solid concept for the video, then we filmed it all in about a day. It was probably the craziest experience we’ve had together as a band so far.

What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2017?

Our brand new EP, Friendly Neighborhood Nightmares comes out on December 1st on iTunes and Spotify. It’s a collection of the most powerful songs we’ve ever written and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

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

Thanks for having us! You can follow us on all our social media accounts.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/silencetheradiori

Instagram: www.instagram.com/silencetheradiori

Twitter: www.twitter.com/STRofficialRI

Interview: Trying

Trying
Photo Credit: Collins Laatsch

Trying recently took some time to answer questions about the band, releasing Halloween-themed songs, and more. Check out the interview and their new songs below.

What were the expectations when the band first started? Was it something to do for fun or a more serious endeavor?

I wanted to start a serious band with lots of practicing and thought. So I wound up just making demos in my bedroom alone. I would write songs on guitar, record them, maybe add another guitar, a keyboard part that sounded like violin, and put some glockenspiel and melodica over it till it felt full. After I had a handful of those I shared it with some friends and a few that were really interested—Brady Costigan, Kelsey Yappel, and Nick Michael—wanted to play with me, Zayn Dweik eventually joined. The band definitely tries to be fun, we play covers, have band date nights and sleepovers occasionally, but I try to make sure we’re always being thoughtful in what we do—the shows we play, music we write, photos we take, and everything.

You recently released a couple Halloween-themed songs. What went into making those?

Over a year ago, I was fooling around with public domain videos on the Prelinger Archives at archive.org and I stumbled on the Marathon of Fright horror movie trailer from, I think, 1953. The turquoise tint over everything and bizarre characters were so outrageous. I got inspired and made a little song using a keyboard to go with it, planned to share it the next Halloween, got busy and never did. I’m finishing up the debut album for Trying now and wanted to get some of the songs out early, so I’d finished up “Nobody Loves Halloween Like You Do” over the summer and wanted to release it. At some point it became obvious that I had a song about ghosts and haunting with Halloween in the title and that weird little “Marathon of Fright” song. I went back and tidied up “Marathon of Fright” and added in a melodica (that one creepy note that rises up at the end) and had Sierra Mollenkopf help me assemble artwork, and then it was done!

On the topic of Halloween, what makes the holiday appeal to you?

As a child, I remember so much excitement on Halloween night. It was spooky but in a magical sort of way, like you could be anything and anything could happen. Costumes were so fun. And the candy was great, though honestly I think I rarely ever finished all mine, but the magic was in going out with people and acting weird and odd and over the top. The pumpkin painting and all the fall stuff really warms my heart.

Can we expect some more holiday themed releases?

Oh yeah, probably. We put out a Christmas cover, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” I think the first year we were playing together on a friend’s compilation—we were called The Sports back then—and I absolutely love and adore Christmas. I still make the band play that song and I play classics like “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” “Silver Bells,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on my own or with friends. I usually write Christmas songs too but don’t release them. I want to make sure I do it right and not cheesy, but definitely count on me doing something eventually. Maybe even this year, but I doubt it.

What’s next for the band and what are you looking forward to most in 2018?

Oh, boy. There’s a new Wes Anderson movie coming out in 2018 and I’m really excited for that, I think it’s called Dog Island. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also coming to Broadway and I want to see it even though it was kind of fan fiction-y, I’m still a sucker for Harry Potter and will buy into the scam. Also, Trying will be releasing our first album! Unless things go horribly wrong or something. But it will probably have ice cream on the cover and it will have songs about long drives and childhood pets and moving to a city. I want it to be out in the early spring, fingers crossed.

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers follow you?

Our name is actually borderline impossible to find, totally our fault, but we tried to make it easier so everything is TheBandTrying, except for Spotify which is something random. Thanks for asking questions and listening!

http://thebandtrying.bandcamp.com/
http://facebook.com/thebandtrying/
http://instagram.com/thebandtrying/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/40AZmuCxZay3hRGSUBnRJg

Interview: Have A Good Season

Photo Credit: Brett Sweeney

Have A Good Season answered some questions for the site. The band talks about working with Jesse Cannon, their new single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in late 2012, did you have any goals you knew you wanted to hit?

We wanted to play house shows and build a local fanbase. It was what a lot of our friends and favorite bands were doing at the time so it felt like a good first step for us.

You have two EPs out now. How would you say the band has progressed through those two releases and now the new single, “Gum,” that recently released?

I think we’ve definitely matured thematically and lyrically. We’re also better at showing each other ideas and building off of them so each of us have a hand at finalizing a song.

What was it like working with Cannon Found Soundation? Do you plan to work with them some more?

Mike and Jesse at Canon Found Soundation were both really great to work with. We wanted to try something a little different for “Gum” so we went with Adam Chichocki at Timbre Studio. Adam had a lot of great ideas and his mixing/mastering helped us make “Gum” sound exactly how we envisioned it.

Being in New Jersey, do you travel to New York and Philly to play shows and expand your fanbase?

We’ve played a few house shows in Philly and some gigs in NY as well. Those are two places we definitely want to play more often in. Always a fun time. Our most recent out of state show was with Brian from Have Mercy. It was a really nice, intimate set in Brooklyn at this ballroom venue.

What is the hometown scene like?

Our hometown scene is amazing! NJ is and always has been a great place for music. Growing up, we all went to shows in Asbury Park and New Brunswick and Red Bank. Being able to play those same places when HAGS started really helped us build a fanbase in NJ.

What do you currently have in the works? Are there plans for a full-length?

Hopefully a full length sometime this year. Maybe a tour? We aren’t positive yet. Definitely gonna keep writing and playing shows here and there though.

Do any of the members have hobbies outside of the band?

I love to draw. I’ve been doing the artwork for HAGS for a while now. I love weird comics and old cartoons and that kind of thing so I guess that’s why my artwork looks the way it does. I’ve done all of our t-shirt graphics and the cover art for “Gum.” You can follow me on Instagram at boy_oh_boy_art.

Lastly, where can out readers keep up with the band?

You can keep up with us on:
Facebook: facebook.com/HaveAGoodSeason
IG: haveagoodseas0n
Bandcamp: haveagoodseason.bandcamp.com
We’re also on iTunes and Spotify. Cheers.

Interview: Faers

Faers took some time to answer some questions about getting involved in music, being on BBC Introducing, and more. Check out the full interview below.

How did you first get involved in the music scene?
Steven: Hi, thanks for having us. Ryan and Alex first got into the music scene a few years ago they have been in a few bands before FAERS. For myslef, Morgan and Sam this is our first band playing on the live scene.

When did things really start to come together for the band and you knew what direction you wanted to go in?
Ryan: I would say that things started to come together as a band when Alex joined last year. After he joined we started playing bigger shows and writing better songs.

What was it like having “Time” played on BBC Introducing?
Sam: It was great, lucky for us BBC Introducing have played a few of our single now. we are very grateful for their support.

What’s the best thing about being a part of the London music scene?
Morgan: The venues and the music lovers are the best thing about the london music scene. its important to keep these venues open…

Do you have a favorite spot to play in London?
Alex: We enjoy the shows in Camden they are always fun and sweaty. We have played some killer shows in Hoxton that we wont forget in a hurry

Where are you hoping to take the music next?
Steven: We are looking to do a small tour up the country next year with maybe the odd show in Europe. its important we play these shows in London but its also good to see if people enjoy our music outside our bubble

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?
Morgan: Thanks, check us out here: Facebook and Spotify.