Music has been a part of all of our lives. Whether it was our parents playing music in the house, making us take lessons as children or playing in school bands or rock bands with friends, music has been something ever present for all of us. A big influence in my decision to pursue music as a career was having a loss of sense of self and finding solace in music and wanting to create that same sort of sonic safe space for others. I can’t speak for the others on this, but I think it’s safe to say we all have found friendship, community and home in music and we want to share that as much as we can.
The Boston music scene, to me, feels like a small pond with big fish. There are so many incredible and inspiring acts from all corners of the musical spectrum all packed into Boston’s 'little big city' feel. I think the thing that stands out to me the most about the Boston scene is that it has more depth than width. It’s a place where I have gleaned priceless wisdom from those around me without being lost in a sea of noise.
Other acts that comes to mind immediately are Foster the People, Matt Kim and Ripe. Like the bands already mentioned, we are inspired by the way they can take the imagery and depth of their lyrics and deliver them in an honest, bright and joyful way all while making us want to dance. When it comes to other influences and inspirations, it’s hard to pinpoint. Each member in the band has their own unique taste in music. There are bands like the Chili Peppers that Claire, Dakota and I share love for and have listened to since we can remember and play a big part in our stage presence, but there are also bands that we’ll play for each other that we’ve never heard of before.
I’m glad to hear that you think it makes us stand out! We didn’t always have horns in the band, the idea came up while we were putting the finishing touches to our debut single “Willow”. We got together for rehearsal a couple weeks before our last session and wrote the parts and since then we haven’t turned back. It’s always a party when there’s horns!
That’s a great question! I don’t think we would really change much, everything that seemed like a setback in the moment has led us to where we are now and we wouldn’t have it any other way. If we could choose one thing to tell our younger-selves it would be: “Make spreadsheets, you’re gonna LOVE them!”
Being on tour definitely toggles between exhausting and exhilarating. Our Europe tour this past spring was the first time we had to catch buses and planes to get to our next stop, which was thrilling and also a whole new kind of stressful! But it’s incredible to get to meet people from all over the world and be able to connect with them through our music.
Of all the places we traveled to, the English culture stood out to us in particular. We were greeted with such kindness when we arrived, and it was fascinating to get to see famous landmarks in real life that we had previously only seen on screens.
One moment we particularly like to recall is the time we accidentally drove past Stone Henge on our way to the next gig. It was pretty mind blowing to us. We can’t wait to get back on the road again this summer.
Thus far, Claire and I have shared the responsibility of bringing in new songs to the band. Something that is first written with just voice and guitar or bass. Then we get together as a band to arrange the songs, working out the structure, stops and grooves and brainstorming ideas for the horns. We don’t believe the song is “complete” until we’ve all played it together. Our lyrics are inspired by themes of coming of age and self-discovery/acceptance. We try to carry the feeling and the message that life is imperfect and chaotic, but it is meant to be enjoyed.
We’re here to clean your ears and to steal your hearts!
We hope that if you’re reading this and have taken the time to listen through our EP that it has brought you as much joy that it has brought us in the process. Cheers!
Feature image credit - Holy Smoke Photography