What’s the first album you remember loving as a kid?
Chris: Let’s Dance by David Bowie. Great stuff! I still freak out to that disc on the regular.
Randal: Smashing Pumpkins – Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Jeremy: Probably Nirvana’s Nevermind or possibly Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion 1
Bart: Outside of my parent’s influences, I remember perking up my ears in 6th grade, when a classmate put on some pop music which I strangely liked: The Sign by Ace of Base.
What as the first album you bought with your own money?
B: Music Box, by Mariah Carey. No matter what I later came to think of “pop” music, I will ALWAYS have a soft spot for it.
J: A cassette single of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’ is the earliest music I remember buying (but it was probably Mom’s money)
R: Matchbox 20 – Yourself Or Someone Like You
C: Comfort Eagle by Cake. Couldn’t get enough of “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”.
What was the first local band you were a fan of?
R: Sent by Ravens
B: I was in 8th or 9th grade when a couple of the guys from Simple As were upperclassmen. I’d get in trouble for breaking curfew to see them.
C: Can’t Kids, when I was centered in Columbia. I never really cared about locals until I was an undergrad at USC.
J: When I first moved to town there was a band playing called Cassangles that I really dug.
What’s the most recent album you bought or have been listening to lately?
J: Infinitikiss’ latest album Productive Leisure. I think it’s an instant classic.
C: Tough one. Can I do three? No Better Time than Now by Shigeto, In Situ by Laurel Halo, Steam Days by Nathan Fake.
B: The new Ryan Adams record, Prisoner, was the first in awhile where I made it a point to purchase a hard copy the morning it came out.
R: Dance Gavin Dance – Mothership
Tell me a little about your plans for 2017 and your recent single.
We’re super excited to be putting out our first full-length together entitled learn to have nothing and you will have everything later in the year. Our first single from the album, “Maslow”, is about trying to become one’s true self in an era where one is constantly pressured by outside forces. We were very grateful to have Amy from Can’t Kids lay down some awesome cello playing on the track. We’re planning on dropping another single in April or May so look out for that. Members of our band are also involved with Autocorrect, Glowing Screens, Todd Mathis, Devil’s Playground, Shnoz, and RAVECOP, and all these projects are planning on releases or new developments in 2017 as well.