What are you listening to right now?
Local Natives, Wu-Tang Clan, some Feist… it’s been a strange week. I’m all over the place.
How did you get into music?
I started playing piano when I was 3 years old, and I guess got really obsessed with music in general around the time I picked up the drums at age 11 – I heard the song “Back in Black” on a local hick’s car stereo and knew it was what I wanted to do someday.
Who do you follow religiously on Twitter?
I thought doge was pretty funny for awhile, but that’s started to get a little old now I suppose. Jon Wurster and Ezra Koenig are two accts I always enjoy, although I’m not sure any of these achieve sacred status haha.
What have you been reading lately?
Lately, I’ve been really into Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future trilogy – I tore through Oryx & Crake in a few days, it’s pretty funny and horrifying all at the same time. I’m well into The Year of The Flood now.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
My daughter Hannah – she’s almost 2 years old (which I can’t believe, it’s insane how fast time goes) and pretty much determines what I’m able to do day-to-day. It’s amazing how rewarding (and limiting, haha) keeping someone else alive can be!
Which song do you wish you had written?
There are too many of those. Lately, I’ve been really wishing I had written “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips – it’s pretty much the heaviest song of all time, lyrically speaking…
We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?
Probably Beer, we keep it pretty low-key these days. IPA, Bitter, Stout, Lager – I like them all. Just no Belgian White – too many weird spices. IF we’re feeling wild then maybe a scotch and soda.
Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?
Anyone who wants to make eye contact/conversation – I am a pretty friendly guy (I think, ha) but I think a confined space is a weird place to chat someone up. Let’s just all do our part and look up at the ceiling, or maybe just play on our phones, ok?
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Pretty much as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a musician.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
Our first gigs overseas in the UK at Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape, making new music – this has been a really exciting few months for us, the response to our new EP So Long so far has been amazing. I really can’t wait be able to share more new songs.
What gigs, songs or albums are you promoting at the moment?
As I mentioned above, we’re playing both at Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape, and there are a few dates in London in between – we’re playing Dublin Castle on May 5, Upstairs at The Garage on May 6, and Slaughtered Lamb on May 7. Our new EP So Long drops in the UK the last week of April.
How can we find out more about you?