1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
We play Indie Rock music. It’s a blend of old and new sounds.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Blue for the oceans and the sky. Prince already has the Purple thing under control.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Meeting other people’s expectations. We try to get as personal as we can with our writing process and it feels weird to make it into a “product”. Sometimes we have to just block out what other people want from us and just be ourselves in the studio.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
We have always wanted to play Lollapalooza.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Our biggest success has been retaining our brotherhood in the band despite our ups and downs. We have toured quite a bit, met a lot of unsavory characters in the industry, and have come out the other side as better people.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
Other high-school bands played a ton of punk and grunge metal where I went to school in Grand Marais, MN. We had something like 4 bands in a high school of 200 kids…The Elves, Sgt Snowpants, and Crew Jones were some notable mentions.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
I would choose Joni Mitchell because she has a such a soothing femininity to her voice. It instantly hits me in the chest every time I hear her sing. I would love to have her serenade me in person circa 1970 in a cabin somewhere in rural Canada.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My biggest influence recently has a been a Minnesota author named Robert Bly. He is famous for his book Iron John which sparked a men’s movement of like minds gathering to talk about mythopoetic philosophy, psychology and life in general for days at a time in a nature setting. He is also well known for translating many great poets like Rumi, Hafez, and Pablo Neruda.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice. It’s just super fun to read and it has the right mix of horror and romance.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I like to spend time in the woods. I grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior so I spent a lot of time in the woods camping and fishing as a kid. I don’t get to do it as much anymore living the city life. It seems to be a common interest in the band. When our song “Kisser” came out we were all camping in the B.W.C.A.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
That’s the hardest question in the world! I am so in love with the new Gorillaz tracks that are coming out. It changes week to week…so let’s go with Gorillaz for now.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
I would sing to them, “ If you want it, here it is, come and get it. Make up your mind fast. If you want it anytime I can give it. But you better hurry ‘cause it may not last. Did I hear you say that there must be a catch? Will you walk away from a fool and his money?”
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
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