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With the next few months already announced and full of touring with Hellogoodbye, Gold Motel and The Ready Set be sure to catch them live as soon as you can and as many times as you can. The six piece band creates for an incredible live show and definitely one that got me interested in talking to the band. We talked about everything from how long the record has been in the works, their dream tour (or maybe a festival) line up to what's coming up for them. Read on for everything you need to know about the band and catch them in your town soon!
We did, well it was just an email interview, before the record came out.
Feel like I remember that.
Do you actually? Yeah? Music Remedy!
Okay yeah! Music Angel? They're also coming today so I just saw two different musics.
Yeah I'm not them.
So it's Music Remedy?
Okay perfect so it was your first full length. You've had this band for four years being yourself. I know you've gone through a few member changes but how excited are you to finally have like a full length record?
It took basically three years to write. I don't like to rush songs and I feel like a lot of the songs on this record I started writing when I hadn't had enough writing experience so it sort of solidified my thoughts in each song. So we kind of went through it and it was like well you have this little section. I experienced enough of life to write the rest of a bunch of songs but it worked out really well. It was pretty cool how it happened. There were a couple that were, you know, like 'A Bigger Part of Pride' that we wrote in two days and because we were under a deadline (laughs). MTV hit us up about a show and they were like 'we're looking for a theme song' and we were like oh we don't know about this. We were like let's just see if we can write a song in two days. So we did and it's there and yeah it turned out to be a really good song. I'm the kind of guy who's very big on not writing something that's not directly related to my life. I can't like imagine other people in situations. Why are guys walking around in Santa Clause outfits? It's strange! I know it's almost Christmas but..oh is there a pub crawl going on? Interesting!
You're like 'I'll see you later!'
'Oh ah I'll be back!' I actually have a Santa suit in my backpack just in case. I have zombie make up too for Halloween but I'm very excited. I'm very proud of it. I think that everybody else who was involved with writing are also very proud and I think that the guys that are playing now are going to be around for a long time and are stoked to be playing the songs. So it should be a good reaction. We did exactly what we wanted to do with the record. We're very comfortable with who we are. I think people are seeing that. It's kind of like knowing somebody who's very comfortable with who they are and it's something where people are kind of like attracted to it. I think that's what's going on with the record. We know who we are. If you don't like it, it's fine by us.
That's kind of different from a lot of the bands like the poppy stuff.
Yeah you know there are a lot of bands catering to others to make a quick buck but that's not us. You know we're in it for the long haul and we know there's not much money in this. There's really only life experience so you know at the end of the day are you going to have stories to tell your grand kids and your children or are you just going to be like 'Yeah I was around nineteen when I got a office job and then I started gaining weight. Mostly around my ass then I went bald at twenty three'. You know we're living a life that, most people don't realize, is very rare and we are fully aware of that and grateful.
Then how did it go for this record? Obviously you've grown in age alone since you started with your EP's. How did it go for this record like the writing process?
The writing process, well nothing really changed. Like I said it was a very organic thing. I've always essentially brought very basic ideas to the band because I'm not a very good musician. Like I can play power chords. I can probably play anything that Blink 182 could play. That's as far as I can take it. I know a little Johnny Cash (laughs) but I'm terrible with like good quality chords and like musical construction. So I'll start it out with the basic stuff and they'll come to me with an idea. You know it will all mix together and then songs will happen. Some in, you know, twenty minutes. Some in three years. Like it takes a lot of filtering through but I'm very stoked for the record then we had our long time friend and producer Trevor at Raywright in Maryland. He's always been into the bands' like whimsical side like when most bands are asking why are we adding something dramatic to a song, I'm like why the hell aren't we doing this. Yes let's do fifty five dudes shouting or nine harmonies here. Like why not? So our philosophy for writing songs is entirely different then I think a lot of other bands and it shows.
Perfect then maybe is there anywhere really strange that's ever inspired you. Like maybe someplace that you write or something some one said.
It shouldn't really surprise that if you pay enough attention, most of the hooks I write are like antiquated clichÃ©d phrases. You know like, 'Some Things Just Don't Wash Out' I saw in a movie. I heard that phrase. 'Pick yourself up by the bootstraps' is an old like line like you got to work hard for yourself. I wrote a song, started writing this song, about a puzzle that's on the record. I was literally on the phone with someone and they were like 'what are you up to?' and I was like 'Nothing. I've been working on this giant puzzle'. Literally it sounds so very goofy but I was like obviously I'm just picking apart this puzzle. I had one of those like 'what? Argh?' moments so weird stuff like that. It's nothing too like strange. It's just very, I guess, serendipitous moments that occur.
Then like you said, you've toured with a bunch of bands that aren't exactly like you guys. Like the Glamour Kills tour and that kind of thing. If you could take any three past bands you've toured with out, who would they be? You don't have to be necessarily headlining or they can be huge bands.
Oh hell no I wouldn't want to headline. I'd be embarrassed to play after them. If it was for me, it would be Paper Rival, The Graduate and well I can't just pick three.
Okay you can pick a handful.
It would be a long day show. It would be The Graduate, Lydia, Anarbor, Dear and The Hunter and Paper Rival. We've played with a very wide range of bands. I mean you can't imagine the selection we've had. From bands like Sparks The Rescue and Amely who we are on tour with right now, we tour with those bands and Forgive Durden and bands like Isetmyfriendsonfire.
Did you really tour with Isetmyfriendsonfire?
Yeah we opened up a tour for them and I think that shows, I guess, our sound that we reflect pulls from all of those audiences which is neat and we're able to be like 'alright we're playing this kind of tour. Let's play this song because this kind of reaches out in that direction' and 'let's play this song because it reaches out in the other direction'. It would be a long show (laughs)!
I did not hear about the Glamour Kills tour yet but that's after the Hellogoodbye tour?
Yeah we stop the Hellogoodbye tour around February 12th!
Yeah I think you're here right at the end of that. Like the tenth.
And then we have two weeks off just about to practice what's going to be like a five song set on the Glamour Kills tour and then we start on March 1st in Poughkeepsie and then finish out the rest of it. It's going to be like two thirds of the tour. It's going to be a good time!
Perfect then they are a little varied though. Like Gold Motel and Hellogoodbye, they're a little bit-
They're way more indie rock!
Oh they're way more indie rock yeah so what do you think is going to be like the biggest difference between the two tours?
Hellogoodbye's going to be a much smaller show, like smaller venues because Forrest loves playing small rooms and it's great. You know we played a house show with them a couple months ago and that's the kind of energy you want at shows like that. You don't necessarily want to be playing a room where everybody's standing around being like 'Should we get into this?'. It will be real rad, a hot tour. It's going to be starting in California and going through the south like Texas, Florida which is cool during the winter. It's crazy here in the winter. Too cold right now! But yeah and The Ready Set tour is just going to be, I think, more closely replicating our experience opening for Never Shout Never and The Maine in Chicago at the House of Blues. Just really big venues and having just twenty minutes to win over a crowd. You know it's going to be very enthusiastic and you're either going to have to get on board with us or not but I like to think that more people will get on board then just get weirded out by what we do.
There were a lot of different sounding guys on that tour though like Ace Enders and Carter Hulsey. They're a bit different!
Carter is amazing.
Carter is so rad.
Carter's fantastic. Man we did a couple shows with him on our headlining run back in October and I was genuinely bummed that I hadn't seen them and they weren't playing more dates. We're kind of a stupid band that loves playing with bands that are better then us. Seriously just bands we want to watch which is kind of a great thing for us and a bad thing for us (laughs) because we look bad when we play but you know we don't care. We don't care about being the worst band. As long as we're having fun you know and everybody else is.
Well obviously the record's been out for at least two months now I think.
About. Maybe two months and a week now.
So how has it been doing? Like with the kids, not necessarily sales?
I think it's been great you know. Like I said, we did exactly what we wanted to do with the record and people are aware of that and people I guess are satisfied I think. We have several different kinds of fans and depending on what kind of fan you are, there's a song or two on this record you don't like but the majority of the record you like and for the most part, people like it from front to back which is very flattering. Something really cool is happening I think. We're kind of hitting a point where things are returning back to the old ways of this genre. Indie didn't always mean hipsters who fucking sell their music to Ford or Chevy for car commercials. For a while, this was a very small and independent genre and it's getting back to that. Money is drying up really quick and I think that we're a part of I guess people starting to appreciate blue collared bands. I'm very excited about that. We've, I guess, asserted ourselves in that position.
And then these two are kind of strange to end it off, but they can be influential. What was the first CD or cassette you bought and your first concert?
First concert I went to I was fifteen years old. It was a local show at the Outer Banks off of Banks Street in Baltimore, Maryland. It was a band called 'Little Orphan Dusty' who played. They were named after a pornography which was a parody of 'Little Orphan Annie'. Super Giant MD played. A band that I eventually played for at some point of time in my very young career and a band called P BR played and if anybody from Baltimore ever reads this, they're going to be blown away. There were a few more bands that I can't remember but that was my very first show and then my next like big concert was just a big radio rock thing called HFS festival in Baltimore. The first tape I ever bought, well I can't remember the first tape I ever purchased, but I remember Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock and Roll' was the first song I ever bought?
Really? And do you think that obviously influences you at all today? Like maybe just as a person or for your band?
As far as Seger goes (laughs)? Will you repeat the question? Sorry.
Did either of those experiences, like the first concert you went to or the first song you bought, influence you?
I think so! Nurture has a lot to do with how your attitude goes. Baltimore's been a scene that's struggled for attendance for years and years you know. We've always had a sort of 'hope for the best, expect the worse' idea at every show and if the show went great, you were very appreciative. As far as appreciating old music goes, like Seger I can fully say that if I had to choose before or after 1975, I'd choose before. I was having a conversation with a buddy the other day and I was like 'I would give up listening to all music before 1973. If I had to choose between sex and any music after 1975, I'd pick sex and not listen to anything after that year. It's just that you know it influences this band on such a unconscious and on a conscious level. It influences everybody you know.
Well thank you so much!