Where are you and your band from?
Nashville, Tennessee! We grew up in Muncie, Indiana but have been down here for 6 years.
What type of music did you hear the most growing up?
We listened to a lot of stuff. We were really into Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blink 182 – stuff that was on MTV at the time but we also listened to and were heavily influenced by stuff like Bruce Springsteen,Tom Petty, The Eagles, etc.
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
We split for different colleges while we were still living in Indiana and kind of sidelined music at that time. After our sophomore years we both came to the conclusion we really missed music and wanted to pursue it more seriously. I don’t think either of us had an ‘aha’ moment where we were like, “yeah, this is going to be my one and only career” but when you’re passionate about something and want to give it a go out of love for it you just kind of pull the trigger.
What sets you apart from other bands/artists today?
I would say the wide range of our song styles and writing. Our new EP “Afterglow” for instance, has a bunch of really different sounding stuff on it. No two songs sound the same. We’re never opposed to write some Nirvana-inspired head banger then the very next song have a soft, acoustic-driven love ballad.
For those who have never seen or heard your music before, how would you describe your music for the public audience?
We like to flatter ourselves and say it’s like if The Killers and Tom Petty had a baby. We just try to be earnest and serve the song.
If you had to categorize your music, what genre would it best fit?
Ah this is always tough. Some have called it “indie-pop”, others “indie-rock” – let’s just say “indie-pop rock”, get it all in there!
Are there any stories surrounding your songs that you’d care to share?
One of our crowd favorites, “Surrender To The Night” which is on the EP, became a completely different song not too long before we entered the studio. It started out as our best attempt at something that sounded like it would be on “Born To Run” and morphed into a more modern, guitar and bass riff-centric dance tune. We were pretty much ready to go with the original version but Carson had these riffs and melodies in his head he couldn’t shake so he sat down with our producer Marcus, hammered it out and the song became what it is now.
What do you do with your time away from music?
Like everyone else on the planet, we like to travel. We try to fit in a couple of random trips every year with friends. We’re both semi-respectable film buffs and always love a good movie/TV show.
Any upcoming shows/tours/news?
We’re doing a couple of one-off shows in the summer but we’re really excited about playing Music Tree Fest in Manchester, TN June 2-6. It’s a bunch of Nashville, regional and national acts and is sort of the “Unofficial Bonnaroo Pre-Party”. It’s free so if you’re in the area, come out! – MB