Where are you from and what got you into music?
Sean and I met in Massachusetts, then Adam and I in New York. I grew up all over the northeast and music’s been pretty much the only constant in my life. My parents are both big fans of all different types of music: there was a lot of Pink Floyd, Carpenters, Louie Armstrong, Louie Prima, Andrea Bocceli… really everything. My parents loving it definitely helped, but I’ve been chasing that dragon since I heard Boy Meets Girl in the delivery room.
Who inspired you to start playing music?
My dad’s whole family are jazz musicians and piano instructors. My dad went to school for Opera and some of my earliest memories are of him practicing at night. He gave it up to become a house painter when I was a kid, but kept singing every night. My aunt started giving me piano lessons when I was three or four years old, and I’ve been playing various instruments ever since. Not a humble brag, but I come from a very talented family. We can’t help ourselves, it’s in our blood. I started playing my own shit as soon as I got an internet connection and could download music illegally. I have to give the internet credit for teaching me to find and steal what I liked.
Do you skateboard? If so, how did you get into it?
I skateboarded in middle school and high school a lot. There was a crew of us in our neighborhood that would skate every day of the summer and ride to the convenience store. I started because of them and was always trash by comparison. I skated until I sold my board to a girl I had a crush on for ten bucks. It was a $150 alienware deck. I was an idiot when I was a kid. But I’ve always been really good at Tony Hawk.
If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing instead?
I mean, everybody has a day job, so no matter what, I’d have to do some crappy 9-5. I took a break from music for a few years to write prose and do some journalism, but I felt like I could never capture any experience completely in words alone as I can with music. I’d say writing, but I’d probably just be an internet lurker in my free time.
We all have thousands of dreams in our lives. What is the biggest dream you are working hard towards?
Biggest and hard make this question difficult. The bigger the dream, the more incremental the progress. I’d like to help end consumerism, but we’re currently on the road, selling merch and music, so I’m not working too hard on that one. For now, the biggest thing we’re working on is getting a couple of million people to hear and connect with our tunes. The goal is to get a barn where we can host festivals and record whenever we’re not on tour. We love hosting shows, and we love our friends.
How did you come up with the name of the band “Good Looking Friends”?
Sean and I were playing with another drummer in western MA. We called ourselves East Experiment Station or Sleepstar Projectors or something else. After we played a show, we were talking about how good looking our friends were, and we realized that’s all people our age wanted- to have good looking friends. For better or worse, the name stuck. There are a bunch of meanings to it, almost none of which relate to our music directly, but very much do indirectly.
What makes your music stand out differently than other music out there?
People are usually surprised that 3 people can make such big sound. We have a really unique way of communicating with each other and it makes for unique music. We pay more attention to the poetic content of the lyrics and beat people over the face with loops and earnestness. It’s that sweet spot of 90’s nod along music and deconstructionist noise music that not a lot of other bands have found. – TEZ
You guys just dropped a new EP. Tell us about it and how did you come up with the name of the collection “You Won’t Die”?
Three of the songs on this EP started as old songs that have been called finished at least once before the three of us resurrected and rewrote them. The themes literally will not die, no matter how much I change as a person and a songwriter. The songs all track to the fragility of life and connection with other people. Anything can kill you, the whole system could come down at any minute, people can let you down. Just go have fun. You won’t die.
Where do you think the music industry is going – more mainstream or going where it used to be underground?
The internet changed everything, for better and for worse. I think the industry is going both places. Pop music is bubbling up and being forgotten faster than ever before, and almost all of it sounds identical in my opinion. But the undercurrent is full of incredibly thoughtful people with access to more patterns than any group of people in history. What you get are regional scenes playing deeper tribute to underground bands from 10, 20, 30 years ago, and amalgamating the best elements from them to make something new. As long as kids are allowed to post whatever they want on the internet, I think the underground scene will continue to grow and spread out, even if the mainstream stays shitty and the underground continues to make no money.
Anything you want to say to upcoming musicians out there?
Respect your influences and rip them off unabashedly.