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AJR took over Milwaukee, Wisconsin last Thursday at The Rave. Their performance was absolutely incredible and the crowd was loving it. The New York City-based indie pop band composed of multi-instrumentalist brothers consist of Adam Met, Jack Met, and Ryan Met. The band is a DIY pop group who write, produce, and mix their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment has opened up for acts such as Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, and The Vamps. During their performance at The Rave they played songs such as Netflix Trip, Come Hang Out, and Drama. The crowd loved every second of their performance- including their opening act known as Rozes. Overall it was a great night for live music fans! Be sure to check out AJR when they stop in a city near year. For now you can check out our photos from that nights gig below:
Coverage By: Kayla Mitchell |Instagram: @kaylamitchphotos | Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! – All Rights Reserved-
Music, Why Not! Had the chance to speak to Latin Alternative band known as Making Movies before their performance at Tress in Dallas, Texas on June 02. They spoke to us about the release of their album I Am Another You which was released in late May, the creative process of their work, a few fun facts about the band, and the donations on the album. Check out our interview below:
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R5 performed a packed show at Trees in Dallas, Texas. The pop rock band of siblings consist of Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch, Rydel Lynch, and Ellington Ratliff. Louder is the debut studio album by American pop rock band R5, which was released on September 24, 2013 by Hollywood Records. They also later on went to release Sometime Last Night in 2015. New Addictions is the fifth EP and it was released on May 12, 2017 again through Hollywood Records. During their performance in Dallas they played a combination of their albums. It was a pretty energetic and lengthy performance which made it all more amazing. A few songs they played include “If” “Dark Side” and “I Want U Bad.” Then the band left the stage for a bit and Ross sang “Soda Song” and a beautiful cover of “Waiting on The World To Change” originally by John Mayor. The band joined in again afterwards and finished off the night with a few older songs including “Cali Girls.” The pit was absolutely insane and people definitely enjoyed the entire performance. I highly recommend you check out the band while they are on tour. For now you can check out our photo gallery from that nights performance.
Coverage By: Maria Limon |Instagram @shotbylimon | Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! – All Rights Reserved-
Jennifer from Music, Why Not! Caught up with Canadian alternative band known as the Darcys when they made their stop in Chicago. The Darcys are an art-rock duo who create songs stemming from their own interest in philosophy and modern studies. Their music is dance-able and energetic and the accompaniment of vibrant colors and an overall summer aesthetic summarizes their style and accents their latest album Centerfold.
MWN: I’m here with the lead singer of The Darcy’s.
THE DARCYS: What’s up? Hello, its Jason.
MWN: So my first question is… how did the band meet?
THE DARCYS: How did we meet? Well, Wes and I met a really long time ago… we were actually in a snowboarding lesson together and I think I fell and hit my head really hard that day.. And snowboarding is pretty hard especially when you’re like 10. And yeah it turned it out like the next year we went to the same school and he had just gotten a drum kit, and I had told my parents that I hated playing piano. And they were like “you have to take a new instrument” I was like “ I wanna learn guitar” and they’re like “no! Guitar is too hard !” so I got put in Bass lessons. And yeah, we started our first little project and it was pretty casual. So yeah it was really early.
MWN: Yeah, I noticed your EP’s are from 2012, 2013.
THE DARCYS: Yeah so like you know through high school we made a couple recordings and at one point we rented this recording console, and paid off the rental fee and sold CDs and we actually made money.
MWN: So it was all DIY basically?
THE DARCYS: Totally DIY in the beginning. That was kind of the fun of it and it wasn’t serious in the beginning and it wasn’t like “form this real band and do this real thing” it was just “this is just fun and whatever” then we went off to different universities for a year and then ended up in the same place Halifax then we started playing covers in bars for beer and to meet ..
THE DARCYS: Girls, and stuff haha.. And it was like fun and casual, but then the second we finished school we like, we were both pretty serious students, we were studying contemporary philosophy and it was super critical thinking, late nights, whatever.. We finished school, and had the band on the side and we were like “what now?” and we had a few songs that we just took all that critical thinking and applied it to the music and we did ourselves the record that year..
MWN: That leads me to my next question. I was reading about your duo and read that critics have described the both of you as Art Rock. Now that you’ve mentioned that both of you had studied philosophy and contemporary studies, do you believe that their description does justice to your band?
THE DARCYS: Yeah, I mean I definitely take that as a huge compliment. We always tried to subvert the tradition and formulas of pop music, rock music, and kind of whatever we were dabbling with at the time I think its harder done than said really. Like there are conventions within pop music now that we’re moving towards a more commercial- like concept for the band. These things are in place for certain reasons, and I think that for us its more about re-inventing things on like a micro level than totally changing the entire game. But there’s also a weird thing like when we were more in our, what people called our “rock phase” there were a couple records there where we were really pushing boundaries with our song structure and sound and i think that part of it was that we felt we were maybe a little bit better than it.
MWN: Than the pop scene?
THE DARCYS: Than the pop thing without actually ever trying it and once we started working on the songs for “Centerfold” we realized that it was gonna be maybe the biggest challenge that we’d ever seen..
MWN: To try to attempt it?
THE DARCYS: Yeah to try to participate with that type of aesthetic and kind of artistic approach while maintaining our personal sound.
MWN: Well yeah, you wanna stay true to your sound.
THE DARCYS: Exactly! We weren’t going to do a cheap or crappy version of our band and make like ya know stupid pop songs. We wanted to make intelligent music still.
MWN: That’s a good thing. It’s refreshing. I guess like the only pop thing that I would consider would be your “All I Want For Christmas” cover which was well done by the way because it was different but still in a pop form because it’s such a well known song. But you guys made it your version. Like I see a lot of bands, especially now that everyone is branching out into their own little sectors. Like a genre really doesn’t exist anymore.
THE DARCYS: Yeah genres are totally dead. Which is so liberating and it so cool, like when people say “what’s your band like?” you can’t really answer that question.
MWN: Yeah, you’d just spew out some words.
THE DARCYS: I think it just encourages individuality which has become a thing since we’ve grown artistically and also just mature as humans. We become more in tune with who we really are and what we want, both individually and collectively. And with the Mariah Carey thing, it’s just like it was my favorite song as a kid. And like whenever it’s winter months and I’m at karaoke.. I sign up for that song because its freaking hilarious! Everyone loves it! So I was like yeah let’s do a Christmas song. And yeah maybe it’s a little cheesy and yeah maybe it’s Mariah Carey or whatever but, it made us happy. We had fun doing it and it seemed like a lot of people who had heard it had a great time and so I don’t see any like problem with that.
MWN: I definitely danced to it. It’s a great pump up song.
THE DARCYS: Yeah! It was funny because when we learned it, it was pretty difficult. Like all the covers we do, we always tend to chose these difficult songs.
MWN: Yeah, and those ranges aren’t exactly easy.
THE DARCYS: Exactly! Like Mariah Carey, who can keep up with that? But, we finished our recording then we got this call, and a radio station wanted us to come in and do this live taping of it. And we were like “Oh my god.” Like overnight we had to figure out how we were gonna perform it.
MWN: You have a pretty versatile voice. You tap into falsetto very easily, which I applaud you for, did you take voice lessons growing up? Or was it just like singing whatever was on the radio?
THE DARCYS: Not growing up. Actually my mom put me in voice lessons when I was like maybe 14 or 15 and they made me sing Backstreet’s Back and I got through the lesson but I was like “I’m never going back” because I was like this ‘angsty’ teenager who likes ya know Grunge and rock music and I was like “I’m NOT gonna do that” and I just wish I had stuck with it because two years ago i met this vocal coach and I started working with him. It was David Dunbar in Toronto, he helped me grow so much. Not necessarily in my falsetto because i had grown that myself, but just being able to take of myself.
MWN: oh yeah, you’ve got to stay healthy because of how often you use and strain your voice a lot.
THE DARCYS: It’s the biggest challenge of touring with needing to be able to sing night after night. And ya know keep up with the partying too haha,
MWN: Isn’t tomorrow your last show in the U.S?
THE DARCYS: Detroit tomorrow, then we have two amazing shows. One’s in a barn kind of in the countryside.. About two hours from Toronto. Then we’re playing in Ottawa then that’s kind of it till we play WAYHOME festival.
MWN: So how’s this tour been treating you so far?
THE DARCYS: It’s been really good. It’s kind of rare for us to tour in the Summer. It seems like we’re usually out in like the “off months”. So it’s been an amazing mix of kind like really awesome shows that totally makes sense with our summery vibe. The palm trees and the neon and that it’s actually really hot. And everyone is kind of like, because it’s really early in the summer where everyone’s getting excited about drinking on the patio and being outside, so the aesthetic cues that we’re taking and the actual realities that people are living in right now are clicking and so its making our shows just make a ton of sense. And we’ve had tons of opportunities to go on hikes and explore. Like when you drive to Portland, like we’re from Canada so we want to explore the spaces of the places were we’re playing shows.
MWN: So what’d you do today?
THE DARCYS: Today? Sadly, not much. We did get some delicious tacos at Big Star.
MWN: Ah, yeah Wicker Park is pretty cool
THE DARCYS: Yeah, you gotta get your little dose of Chicago.
MWN: Did you go to Stan’s?
THE DARCYS: No! We passed by but didn’t go in.
MWN: Aww no! They have this really cool square Rolling Stones donut right now.
THE DARCYS: Ugh! I should’ve gone in!
MWN: Haha! So the two songs I really liked off of “Centerfold” were San Diego, 1998 and Miracle. So not to pry, but mainly on San Diego 1998, is that about a certain someone?
THE DARCYS: Ummm it is…It is.. But ya know, they’re a hybrid of a real person and fictional person. Part of it kind of came out of this joke. There was this person that I kind of had a crush on from afar for a long time and they were visiting our city, where we live and I was like maybe I’ll go try to meet them. Then we were working on a song that day.
MWN: Was it in the location? San Diego?
THE DARCYS: No, it wasn’t in San Diego. But it was kind of about “Okay, like what are you gonna say?” If you meet this person you’ve loved from afar for so long, what are you going to do? You’re not gonna be like “Hey! I’m Jason” like that’s not enough. You’ve gotta have your pitch, your romantic elevator pitch and the song kind of came out of the idea of what is the amazing thing you could say to someone to be like “come with me” like “we’re gonna do this and it’s going to be so much incredible” and ya know “we’re gonna learn about each other or it’s not gonna work” and you know at the end of the day, it doesn’t work and we got caught up with finishing the song that day so I didn’t go to see this person. So we’ll save that for some future interview.
MWN: Haha! Like one thing you mentioned is that you guys are like very intuitive as musicians. So when you structured the order of the album was that purposely done? I felt like from the opener to the end it was fluid in between the transitions.
THE DARCYS: Well I’m glad that someone noticed that. In many ways the album is an outdated medium. Like how often do people listen to a record front to back?
MWN: I’m a vinyl person so I get what you mean.
THE DARCYS: I love that! That’s how I grew up. Its sad when people only put on one song like track three or track seven and they skip the rest of it. Just like a song, from beginning to end, it’s setting a scene and taking someone on a bit of a journey is the goal with a record. And so it was a lot of work for us to try and paint the scene and introduce different ideas and themes and bring them back and go through the whole thing. We did a couple revisions but yeah there are so many other things to consider, like the key of one song and the speed. It’s like a song that isn’t even slow might sound slow after a really fast song. So you try to consider those things, but at the same time you wanna make sure that you’re telling a story.
Interview By:Jennifer Machuca |Instagram @jen_machuca| Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! -All Rights Reserved-
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MWN: Most of your influences come from the past, what is it about the past you draw your influences from, rather than in recent years?
The Dull Blue Lights: The only rule in this band is, “Make something you like.” Naturally, the music we like is going to influence and come through the music we make, and we all happen to like music from long-gone decades. We don’t exclusively listen to those older acts, and we do get inspired by some newer folks, but most of them are drawing from those same older influences. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
MWN: Now you guys are from Philadelphia, PA. What is the music scene like there? Did that vibe it finds its way into this record at all?
The Dull Blue Lights: The vibe of this record isn’t particularly “Philadelphia.” Philly has a lot of great music right now, but it’s mostly outside of the genres you’ll hear from us. Of course there is a ton of good Garage, Punk, and Rock & Roll happening in the city, but there’s very little glue to hold it all together. There aren’t really the “scenes” that you would find elsewhere. It’s more like a bunch of bands who sometimes like to play together without the cohesion or fan base scenes in other cities have.
MWN: Are there any Philly bands you guys recommend to our readers?
The Dull Blue Lights: Yes! There is a ton of great music around Philly. If you haven’t heard Low Cut Connie yet, that is a must. Also, check out Satellite Hearts, Matt Kelly, An Albatross, Straw Hats, The West Kensingtons. We’ll probably end up listing every band currently playing in Philly if we keep going. Sorry if we’re skipping any of our buds here.
MWN: So you guys got the chance to work with producer Andrija Tokic who has also worked with some amazing bands like Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, Clear Plastic Masks. What was it like working with him?
The Dull Blue Lights: Andrija became our sixth member that week we recorded. He worked us hard through twelve hour days, five days in a row. It helps that he’s got the strongest coffee in Nashville. That espresso machine was working as hard as any of us. His ideas really refined the personalities of our songs. They were far out, in the best way possible, and his recording style added a sonic consistency across the album that helps link tunes that otherwise wouldn’t fit very well together.
MWN: Did the process of gathering inspiration from all genres come easy to you? Or was it a rough discovery, but the genres picked you up along the way?
The Dull Blue Lights: We all started playing music when we were pretty young, so we’ve been exploring for a while now, and our tastes are all over the place. From the very beginning of playing together, the goal was always to pay homage to all our favorite music regardless of the kind of band we were trying to be. We’ve been doing it for so long now, we don’t have to try very hard to throw little genre surprises here and there. We sometimes surprise ourselves with those easter eggs.
MWN: What is it about the name, ‘The Dull Blue Lights’ that fit your new persona of your album?
The Dull Blue Lights: We’d come up with a bunch of other names, and tested them by asking ourselves, “If I was digging through a box of records and came across a 45 with that name on it, would I put it back? Or would I put it to the side and take it to the listening station?” Imagining it like that, we could see picking a Dull Blue Lights record out of a bin, throwing it on a turntable for a listen, and going, “Yeah, that sounds like a band called The Dull Blue Lights.” It feels to us a bit like an old psychedelic band’s name, like The Master’s Apprentices or The 13th Floor Elevators, but with a glaze of modernity, which is how we think of our music, a blend of modern and vintage.
MWN: How do you make all the types of music sound cohesive together? For some, it can sound like over-stimulation, but it flows with yours. How do you accomplish this?
The Dull Blue Lights: Mostly luck, just a little bit of presence of mind, and probably the expectation we’ve built that you’re gonna hear something weird. We don’t have a prescribed genre-mixing formula, but the trick seems to be as simple as making sure nothing sticks out. If you hear something and think to yourself, “What’s that doing there?” you might be doing something wrong.
MWN: You recorded the album in five consecutive long sessions. What was that experience like- it sounds like it was done rather quickly?
The Dull Blue Lights: It was definitely a whirlwind. We rolled over to the Bomb Shelter, Andrija’s studio, in the middle of a tour, and had only given ourselves five days to get the tracking done. We knew it’d be a tight fit, so we would be playing as soon as we walked in the door in the morning and wouldn’t stop until it was threatening to become the next day. Go to bed, rinse and repeat. We couldn’t tell you what happened on what day, but five twelve-hour sessions later, we had a spiffy new record to share with everyone.
MWN: During the process of recording this record did you guys discover something new about the band itself?
The Dull Blue Lights: The record is essentially a map of this band rediscovering itself. We’d started to feel a little trapped and worn down by what we were doing before and took a little break from playing together after we’d written a few of these tunes. We came back together with a new idea of what kind of band we wanted to be, and writing and recording from there was our process of becoming that band.
MWN: Did you feel as if you needed to pay homage to all of your inspirations as you chose to record the album all-analog?
The Dull Blue Lights: Doing the record analog was just about getting the sound we like. We’ve got a resident tape machine in our own studio, as well as a digital setup, and we just like the sound of tape more. That’s part of the reason why we went to the Bomb Shelter. It’s an all analog studio run by a fantastically creative guy who’s got rooms full of gear older than our parents. It was the perfect place for the record we wanted to make.
MWN: Your sound and image are visually cohesive. Was it as important to you to match your sound to your image?
The Dull Blue Lights: Absolutely, that kind of cohesion is essential, though it took us some time to figure that out. Like all young bands, we weren’t particularly concerned with image until we started touring and playing for larger crowds. We eventually realized, if we’re gonna call ourselves a Soul band, we should probably look like a soul band. Enter matching suits, and then we suddenly had a color palette to base all our visual media on. It’s probably the best decision we’ve ever made, no joke.
MWN: A few fire round questions! If you had to play in a symphony what instrument would you play?
The Dull Blue Lights
Todd: I’d rock and roll a marimba.
Ben: If I had to play an instrument I’d like to play cello, but singing in a choir in symphonic pieces are some of the most powerful musical experiences I’ve had.
Matt: I would play bassoon in the Mos Eisley Cantina Symphony.
Tim: I would play the timpani because I wish that was my name.
Josh: My first instrument was a violin, but I think viola is cooler, so viola.
MWN: Who was the first person you ever played an actual song to?
Todd: I was writing with my friend Devon, who played bass in our band Blue Rhino.
Ben: I wrote a song on my acoustic bass when I was 13 that I played for our original keyboard player Kyle. His feedback was, “The singing was out of key”.
Matt: My childhood piano teacher, Jim Henson. Unfortunately, he was not the Muppets guy. However, he did have a skullet.
Tim: I don’t really remember, but my first meaningful performance was to my childhood cat, Lexi.
Josh: As a tyke, I’d “written” a song called “Green Means Go” on the family’s upright piano and played it for my grandfather.
MWN: What is your favorite love song?
Todd: “Leather and Lace” by Lee Hazlewood
Ben: “Here There and Everywhere”, no contest
Matt: “Ain’t That Loving You” by Johnnie Taylor
Tim: “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and Oates
Josh: “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” by The Shangri-Las
MWN: If your music could be feature in a movie what movie would you choose?
Todd: Pulp Fiction, of course. (It’s his favorite movie.)
Ben: The kind of movie that also has a David Bowie song on the soundtrack
Matt: A documentary about adults living with Attention Deficit Disorder
Tim: I would love our song “All the Way Back Home” to be featured in the remake of Homeward Bound.
Josh: I think we kind of maybe got an offer to play The Animals in a movie or something like that, and part of the deal was we would contribute some tunes to the soundtrack. I’m a little bummed that that’s probably never gonna happen, so I’ll say that movie.
Interview By: Maria Limon and Allison Wyrsch. Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! -All Rights Reserved-
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MWN: How did you all meet?
Bunny: Well, Alex is my sister, so I met her when I was born.. And um timm is our friend that we know through our cousin.. And Shane was recommended to us by our friend cuz we were looking for a drummer
MWN: Cool! How long ago was that?
Bunny: Well the band formed like in its current state I’d say about 8 months ago. But before that it was like a year and half ago of us playing with a different drummer.
MWN: So would you say that the drummer from the original lineup was the actual start of it all?
Bunny: Yeah,yeah. So it’s been about probably almost two years but I wanna say a year and a half ago was the start , at this point, of our band.
MWN: Solid. So why did you choose to play your instrument? I see you play the guitar.
Bunny: Yeah I play the guitar. I don’t know that’s a good question. Haha. I think it just seemed like the easiest. Like I really like writing melodies and like with bass you can’t really, but you could write a melody.
MWN: Oh so do you play the bass as well?
Bunny: Oh no. haha I don’t know how to play the bass at all. Haha I don’t know anything about the bass. But um yeah I like playing the guitar because it’s easy to write melodies on.
MWN: So when you write your music do you start with the melody? Or do you start with chords?
Bunny: I start of with chords and a melody I guess
MWN: Just for the foundation process?
Bunny: Yeah! For the foundation I pretty much just strum chords and then like .. so i guess it’s chords then I start humming a melody or start saying random words and then from that form the song.
MWN: When you form songs do you do it primarily alone then? Or is the process dealt with the rest of the members of Bunny?
Bunny: I was definitely alone. I write all the songs alone..in my bedroom. It’s like the only way I can focus.. And I get really self-conscious I think when i’m trying to like write music in front of people cuz I just don’t feel comfortable..
MWN: Then do the lyrics come write after? Is it all in one sitting?
Bunny: It’s definitely all in one sitting. The lyrics pretty just come to me. I know it sounds stupid “the lyrics just come to me” haha . But I don’t really think about the lyrics ya know what I mean?
MWN: Haha. yeah! When inspiration hits you know what you wanna say
Bunny: Yeah! It’s pretty much a stream of consciousness when I’m writing. I just pretty much say a bunch of words and like whatever sticks.. sticks.
MWN: Ah okay. When would you say you bring the song to the actual band? When exactly do they come into play?
Bunny: Ummm, after I write the melody and the song is like pretty much worked out.. So you know I have the chorus worked out.. Etc.. etc.. I’ll bring it to practice and I’ll just play it for them and they’ll just kind a like add in their parts.
MWN: So there’s this one witty quote on your bandcamp account that states: ““The brainchild of Jessica Viscius, Bunny toes the bleary line between dream pop and bedroom rock. Their tunes take on a soft grunge feel, mixing dainty, pretty melodies with hazy, sardonic lyrics and juxtaposing the music with a dramatic stage presence.” – Your Mom”. I find it very clever, anyways with that in mind, where do you draw your inspiration from?
Bunny: Umm, oh god. Haha. I don’t know. I guess it’s just like you know from years of listening to music and umm my parents were Deadheads and I grew up listening to really good music.. So I think that obviously just like intrinsically influenced me.
MWN: Then which bands would you say stand out towards becoming who you are now? Like in terms of your musical growth and influence.
Bunny: I think my biggest influence is Bob Dylan, just cuz I was obsessed with him for like years and read every book on him and watched every movie.
MWN: Does his style seep through your presence on stage and or the music you write?
Bunny: I think it must. Like subconsciously! But I don’t wanna be that bold and be like.. Ya know? Haha! To say that my music sounds ANYTHING like Bob Dylan. Cuz I don’t think it does.But you know of course like subconsciously.
MWN: I definitely see his more calm and serene side influencing the sound of your band though. Especially with your song “Promises” although its sort of a more darker and somber tone, I can see his musical roots influencing you.
Bunny: Ahh yeah totally!
MWN: So what was your first concert?
Bunny: Ummm. My first concert was actually Modest Mouse at the House Of Blues…. And I didn’t really like them but my sister Alex, who plays bass was a big fan. She’s like “you have to go to this concert with me” and I had listened to the album the week before and yeah I was 16. I remember like not really liking it but then a month later I was like a huge fan.
MWN: Would you say then it’s much different to see a band live versus hearing them through a digital platform?
Bunny: Oh yeah for sure. I don’t actually really like watching living music that much. Haha. I guess I.. it’s just really hard for me to gage a band when it’s live like if i’m listening to a recording i’m like “this band is good” or “this band is bad” but live there’s too many variables. It gets very confusing to me because there’s too much to take in.
MWN: So when you perform do you prefer to have more of a calm and peaceful setting versus the loud tardiness that some fans or venues bring out.
Bunny: Yeah.. I don’t know.. I guess it like depends. Like when fans are really enjoying it, but I don’t think our band is the type of the nature where people are gonna like flip out.. Hah ya know? Cuz it’s like pretty mellow
MWN: Haha you’d be surprised. Some people go pretty hard and will mosh to anything. Especially this venue (Subterranean) I’ve seen some pretty wild stuff.
Bunny: Haha yeah!
MWN: Haha! Well I was looking at the Artwork and I noticed a lot there’s particular hues that stand out. Mainly pink and soft neutral tones. Is that the aesthetic you’re going for?
Bunny: Yeah, I think we started off with like that pink. We joke and call it “Bunny Pink” and then I got kind of annoyed with that particular color pink but it’s been just like part of our brand and I think like our friends in Chicago are like “Oh Bunny!” ya know like they call stuff like “Bunny Pink” so I’m trying to move away from it.. Haha.. But yeah it was sort of intentional like owning the color pink because it is like a really pretty pink
MWN: Oh, so did you design the album the artwork of the band? A friend?
Bunny: It was me, I designed the album stuff but everybody in the band is sort of a designer or artist. So we all take turns making designs or flyers and things like that.
MWN: But why pink?
Bunny: Why pink? Umm.. haha, well I think it was like.. Like the color was in Vogue when I chose it.. Um and yeah I don’t know.
MWN: Well like you said when you write music.. So pink!
Bunny: Haha! Right!
MWN: And as a chicago band, are there any chicago bands whom you look up to or are friends with?
Bunny: Umm.. yeah there are alot of bands who I look up to. Like I really like La la La La and Gliders and just like early bands that supported us that I was a fan of and to have them like ask us to play shows was like a big deal to us
MWN: oh cool! And is there any band whom you’d like to tour with in particular?
Bunny: ummm.. “Alex, if any band were to offer us to tour with them who would we say yes to?”
MWN: Modest Mouse?
Bunny: Modest Mouse! Haha! I think I’ll pick my favorite artist right now. Soko. Do you know her?
MWN: No, haha.
Bunny: Aw, Haha okay! Check her out, she’s good
MWN: Is she similar to your music?
Bunny: Umm, its more electronic I guess but she just like recently, well not that recent but she had a collaboration with like Ariel Pink and that’s how I found out about her through that song and was really into her album for a while.
MWN: Cool. Now time for some rapid fire questions. I was gonna start with Telecaster or Stratocaster but you use neither!
Bunny: Haha! Yeah I would say neither. I would say Jaguar!
MWN: I thought the guitarist was using one too but it’s actually a Jazzmaster.
Bunny: It’s funny because his guitar has the same body as the Jaguar obviously and my sister for a second was playing a Jaguar Bass.. all same body shape and their instruments are black and mine’s black and I’m like “This is embarrassing guys, like we all have the same guitar”
MWN: Haha! I noticed, but then I saw your sister and saw four strings and realized she was using a bass. But anyways, what are your top three favorite songs?
Bunny: Oh my god! That’s hard! Well they’re probably all Bob Dylan songs haha. Umm.. well actually:
- That’s Life by Frank Sinatra
- Idiot Wing by Bob Dylan
- Harvest Moon by Neil Young
MWN: Cool cool. And if you could play in any venue in the world, which would it be and why?
Bunny: In the world? Hmm, well my world is pretty small because I’m mostly set on just Chicago Venues which we’ve played most of them but I really wanna play Thalia Hall.
MWN: Yeah that’s a good one, they have weddings there more often nowadays
Bunny: Wow! Well I wanna get married there too.
MWN: Haha yeah! Have the band play for you and give you a little shout out
Bunny: Haha yeah that’d be awesome!
MWN: To finish off, when’s the debut album going to drop?
Bunny: Debut Album? Umm, well we’re gonna have an EP and we’re gonna try to get it signed to a label and hopefully put it out through some label. So probably a few months from now!
MWN: Looking foward to it! So we’re at Subterranean right now, and I’m curious to know which venue you first performed in as Bunny.
Bunny: Oh it was at the Whistler. It’s like a small cocktail bar over here on Milwaukee Ave. It’s across from Cole’s Bar.
MWN: Ahh so is this your first time at Sub-T?
Bunny: Yes! First Sub – T performance!
MWN: Well it was a pleasure to talk to you! Thank you so much for your time!
Bunny: Yeah it was really nice to talk to you too! Thank you so much for reaching out to us!
Interview By:Jennifer Machuca |Instagram @jen_machuca| Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! -All Rights Reserved-
Keep Up With The Band
This month marked the 23rd anniversary of Bay Area, California local radio station live 105’s BFD. Although the lineups have changed dramatically over the years, the energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for the day festival remains the same. This year, the fest was held at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View (Silicon Valley.) A huge venue with three stages and a tent, packed to the brim with friends ready to enjoy the sun and tunes from over thirty bands. Lets break down a few of the musical acts. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Highly Suspect was hands down one of the most high energy stage presences at BFD this year. With catchy songs like Bloodfeather, and the powerful gut derived track My Name is Human, it is easy to see why Highly Suspect can draw a pretty big crowd. Lead vocalist, Johnny Stevens has a unique voice, with a sort of punk feel all while belting out notes from his soul. This band is definitely one to keep an eye on, with their refreshing sound and quirky attitudes.
Switching up the vibe (and tempo,) we ventured into the Subsonic Tent, where electronic artists were entrancing the attendees. Being in this tent makes you feel some type of way, almost completely in sync with the crowd, bouncing back and forth with hands high in the air. There was no exception when the duo OPIA took the stage. This indie-electronic band has a distinct style, with Cole Citrenbaum on
vocals/guitar and DJ Stanfill on keys/vocals. Easy listening beats with a strong sexual overtone makes for an intense and somewhat
euphoric feel. OPIA did not disappoint, and there is no doubt we will be seeing more great things from them.
To bring back those nostalgic feelings for a lot of festival goers, early 2000’s emo rock band Taking Back Sunday graced the Bud Light stage
midday to play. Vocalist Adam Lazzara sounds exactly like he did 10 years ago, making the experience that much more special. They played
their hits like Cute Without The E and You’re So Last Summer, with the crowd singing right along with them. Hoping this is the spark of more
to come from Taking Back Sunday!
There were many other bands that made the day what it was. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Pheonix, and Marian Hill to name a few.
BFD has held strong over these twenty three years, and shows no signs of stopping. Cheers to another great year rocking the Bay Area!
Check out our photo gallery from the festival below!
Taking Back Sunday
Coverage By: Clair Nichole |Instagram @coco.nichole |Exclusively for @Music, Why Not! – All Rights Reserved-