Let’s talk about your album “All Boys Leave Home Someday”, is there a link/something that connects all the lyrics of the album?
Dan T: We were actually looking at this recently. They’re seemingly pretty fractured. But I think they share a common thread of someone’s self-image being shattered, and their finding a new way to put it back together. Another reason I’m glad “Baby Blue” is our first door forward. It’s maybe the best distillation of that idea.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
DT: Not to strangers. I have little to no fear of a stranger’s opinion of me. But friends and family is different! Karaoke with my friends makes me feel 100x more vulnerable than spilling my guts at a rock show.
What has your journey in the music industry been like so far?
DT: The most fruitful we’ve been artistically and even financially has been through our friends and their friends—throwing shows in bowling alleys and curio museums. It’s been a lot of experimentation: throwing a lot of ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks. I think the most consistent thing we’ve found is people want something new, fun, and moving. Give ‘em an experience, and they’ll want another!
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
DT: The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Talking Heads. I think that pretty well triangulates me!
What was the first record you ever bought?
Karter M: My cousin got me that Outkast double album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below when I was 9 or 10. I guess it doesn’t count since I didn’t buy it myself, but I still consider that the start of my musical existence in a way.
What is your favorite song (not written by you) lyrically speaking?
KM: Impossible to pick a favorite, but the first thing that popped in my head was “Rich Kids” by Adam Green. “I used to be friends with rich kids but all they talked about was me.” Doesn’t get much better than that.
What inspired “Baby Blue” ?
DT: “Baby Blue” came from a lot of different places. One I immediately recall was something I read by Jung. He was talking about his conversations with Native Americans in the Taos Pueblo of New Mexico. One man revealed to Jung that they had an indispensable duty in the working of the world: they themselves helped the sun across the sky every day. Without them, the sun would neither rise nor set. So I guess “Baby Blue” is somebody who has that purpose taken away from them.
What is the best show you ever played?
DT: Our first shows were at a now-nonexistent restaurant called Craft Hill. They didn’t pay us, but man, they treated us well. We would vacuum probably $200 of free food and drink, good stuff too! All we wanted to do was play a rock club, having no idea how good we had it at that little bar/grill.
What are your plans for 2018?
DT: #1 is releasing our album, All Boys Leave Home Someday. We’ve really gone above and beyond with this one. Personally, it’s the best piece of art I’ve ever been a part of! Plus we got 3 bangin’ music videos, all made by us and our friends. We are really lucky to have an insanely talented group of friends, and are really excited to show them off. After that, we’ve got 20+ new songs to learn and record! We’ve got our work cut out for us.