Posted on August 05, 2019
Chase: Yeah, I’m Chase, and I'm the vocalist and play keyboard.
Ryan: I’m Ryan, and I play the drums. Joseph is not here right now, but he will be back very shortly. We formed in 2012 in Nashville Tennessee in Chases dorm room. We literally formed to play one show, but then that went well, so we decided to do another and then another.
Chase: I was studying creative writing, which was mostly writing music. That was handy, but there at times where I wish I had studied something like philosophy.
Ryan: I was studying musical engineering.
Chase: It was really important. Obviously, Nashville is famous for its country scene. It is also famous for its grungier sound, thanks to the likes of Jack White and the Black keys. When we came out there was no one really doing what we were doing. We see this as a good thing, we were different and part of a scene of music that came out around that time that stood out.
Chase: Oh definitely. It was hard and a bit difficult at first.
Chase: It was awesome. We loved that show. We had literally the best time and we had something amazing happen. So, all of the fans had coordinated this air plane drop and planned to throw them on the stage at the drop in Talk Too Much. We didn’t expect it and then there were hundreds of paper planes thrown on the stage. It was one of the best things to ever happen to us on stage.
Ryan: We loved being in Korea.
Chase: Oh, hi Joseph
Joe: Sorry guys, I was just talking to my family. Were you talking about Korea? Oh, the craziest things happened. We had pyrotechnics. We didn't know, and we were performing and then they suddenly launched all of this fire. I was actually down at my pedals when it started, it was very close, but it was intense
Chase: Yeah, I think they thought we were Metallica
Joe: I think I definitely developed a form of Wanderlust from my time in South Korea.
Chase: Oh man, we really loved it in Korea. We had such a good time. I think we were there for four days. We rented bikes and just rode all over Seoul. We had a great time in Hongdae.
Chase: It was amazing. We ate it all. We went to a restaurant for our front of house managers birthday, and we had aged soy sauce, and BBQ, and some dumplings, I think we ate everything.
Chase: Well, album number one, we basically recorded it in one month we were locked away from the studio, we had a producer, and we just focused on that. Then when it came to album number 2, things were more fleshed out, we had made demos, and we were much more hands on, and knew what we wanted. That would be the prime difference
Chase: We have never been more proud of anything we had produced for this one,
Chase: It's finished- everything is done, we are so happy.
Chase: Well, we try to ignore the labels we are given, and just focus on us.
Joe: One time we were called “New Wave Crash Course Survivor Music” which was something that I sort of liked
Chase: Really? That’s interesting
Chase: No, we don’t change anything. We try to give it everything and make it a great experience for every show, regardless. I guess we aim for the back of the room when it comes to festivals, as you will have people sort of walking through and we would like to get them involved. We also like the intimacy of the solo shows as well.
Chase: Well, we have heard that the audiences are different. The Korean audiences are passionate and really into it, but we have heard that many Japanese fans, if they were enjoying it, are almost quiet to show their respect, which will be something different for us. We can’t wait for the shows.
Ryan: It's getting really hard
Chase: Yeah, it’s becoming more and more difficult. There are obviously songs that mean a lot to people. We sometimes meet fans before shows who say that they can’t wait to hear this song or that song, but also some of these songs mean a lot to us, some of them helped get us here, to where we are today, so it’s not easy.
Chase: It was exciting to get out, and we managed to get over to New York and LA, and those kind of places too.
Chase: Well, we were nervous. We were just happy to be playing there.
Ryan: We drove there, we did a road trip in an old Dodge van, a late 80s van that was bright red, we called it Clifford. It broke down so many times on the drive there. But now we have a tour bus, a big, bright yellow one that we can sleep in, and its very different. I think some of the fans have nicknamed it “run”.
Chase: Oh, good question. We do sort of take turns, Joe always drives big vehicles like they are small ones. But he's a safe driver.
Chase: We take turns, but the driver has the option to veto the music.
Joe: There was a former member who I would not let DJ when I was driving. I was always worried that I would fall asleep.
Chase: Oh, we played a show at Red Rock recently which was a real highlight
Chase: We were playing as the sun was setting, which was an awesome experience.
Chase: We try to capture the energy of the song, that’s important for us.
Ryan: I really liked the video for “I don’t Wanna Dance” as we were dressed in cowboy boots and clothes, which was sort of a throwback to being from Nashville, that was nice.
Chase: And we had Manuel in our video, a famous fashion designer who worked with Jonny Cash and the Ra pack. That was super cool.
Joe: There is a part in the video where Manuel is measuring my leg which I thought was cool.
Chase: Well, we really try to not overthink it, and also not make it seem to unrealistic or fake. That’s important to us.
Chase: Well I like to write down notes of my expectations for the shows, what I want to see happen. I don’t think I’ve told the band that, but I like to do that. And we also like to get together and huddle.
Chase: Hmmm, I do love Donald Glover as Simba, so I think that’s pretty cool.
Joe: I would have to go for Aladdin, I like the story of starting with nothing and then working to get it all.
Chase: We just have to continue to do shows and get this album out. That is the main thing. It's ready, we just want to release it and see how that goes.
Chase: We are so excited, and we can’t wait to get back there?
Joe: Honestly, Korea is my favorite place, we can't wait for the shows and to see how they go
Chase: See you all soon
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Interview: Dain Leathem
Korean Translation: Doyeon Lim