LET’S CHAT

Greetings!

It has been quite some time since we have last spoken and I have no explanation to offer other than that I took a necessitated, although unintentionally prolonged, break. The past few months have been some of the most hectic I have ever experienced and while I cherish this outlet dearly, I decided to temporarily put it on the back burner for the sake of my own mentality. As a senior in high school, my typically uneventful schedule has been occupied with endless college applications and repeated SAT’s, restricting me to a monotonous routine, lacking the freedom I once obtained. While the guilt of my neglect sits upon my shoulders, I finally feel as though I am in a stable enough state to return to the comfort of regularly uploading.

Rather than going back to my previous strategy of accumulating songs for a monthly playlist, I have tampered with the idea of no longer limiting myself to a strict agenda and transitioning to occasional themed playlists instead. Unfortunately, I find myself unmotivated when acting upon a timeline, causing the joy of sharing my music each month to become a burden. I also hope to continue writing reviews of concerts that I attend, and fortunately, I have a few pretty extraordinary shows on the horizon.

Next month, I will finally be fulfilling a six-year dream of seeing Two Door Cinema Club live, as they tour their newly released album, Gameshow. Also in December, I will be attending The Growlers’ City Club tour, which happens to be my latest obsession. Foxygen awaits me in the new year, as I will be seeing them for the first time in April with one of my dearest companions, and I am sure that many more are to come.

Since my last concert review of The 1975 back in April, I saw them two additional times, along with HUNNY, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Halsey, Bad Suns, Peter Bjorn and John, and Tame Impala twice. It’s been quite the year and I anticipate sharing my upcoming events with you.

While my intentions of curating this blog were solely music based, I find interest in discussing other topics as well. I would really appreciate your feedback, as this blog is just as much yours, as it is mine. I cannot thank you enough for your understanding and patience, as I sit at my desk typing this on my day off, I can assure you that I’ve never felt more at home.

BAD SUNS: AN INTERVIEW

Welcome back!

Recently, I was granted the unbelievable privilege to interview Christo Bowman, lead vocals of the California based band, Bad Suns. As a fan and aspiring music journalist, this opportunity was one of a kind and I’m so grateful. Huge thank you to Christo, the rest of the band (Miles Morris, Gavin Bennett, and Ray Libby), and their manager, Stephen Ling, who graciously made this all possible. Please enjoy!

Q: Regarding your upcoming tour with Halsey, are you planning on releasing new music beforehand or premiering any on stage?

A: Yes! We look forward to playing some new music on the road this summer.

Q: What factors contribute to creating the setlist for a tour?

A: For the past two years, we’ve really only had 12 songs to choose from. At our headline shows, we play all that we have. Even with those limitations, we try and shake it up as much as we can from tour to tour. Often, this involves playing alternate versions of different tracks from the album.

Q: What is your favorite song to perform live? Is there a song you wish you did?

A: “Sleep Paralysis” is fun for me, because that’s generally my moment to get off stage and interact with the audience more personally. I love getting to do that every night. It always feels special.

Q: What should fans expect from your upcoming album, and how will it differ from Language and Perspective?

A: I don’t want to say too much too soon. We’re the same band we’ve been, but we’ve grown up quite a bit since we made ‘L&P’.

Q: How do you balance touring, songwriting, and maintaining a social life outside of work?

A: It’s not always easy. We finished two years of touring the first album in November, and we immediately got back to work on album 2, and have been clocking in 10 hour days, 6 days a week, since then, pretty much. I’ve been home for 5 months now, and I’ve only seen my friends, outside of the band, a handful of times. That’s been different. Home has changed since we left it. It’s a bit extreme, but we get to do what we love so it’s hard to complain.

Q: Do you have any artists or albums that influenced you to pursue music from a young age?

A: Countless! The Strokes ‘Is This It’ and Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’ were both very important albums for this band in our formative years. They never get old.

Q: Do you have any current favorite artists or albums?

A: I’ve been enjoying the new Porches album, ‘Pool’. Kurt Vile put out a wonderful record this past fall called ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’.

Q: If you could tour with any artist of your choice, who would it be?

A: This is always tough. I think I’m gonna have to go with Phoenix. I’ve still never seen them live and they’re one of my favorite bands of the new millennium.

Q: What’s your favorite venue that you’ve played to date?

A: On our last tour with The Neighbourhood and Hunny, we played a venue called Metropolis in Montreal. It was our first time there and it was so incredible. The venue was beautiful and the crowd was magical. All the bands had a common green room so, naturally, there was a tournament-style guitar-shred-off. In an unforeseeable turn of events, Brandon Fried (drummer of The Neighborhood) was the night’s champion.

Q: What’s your most unique fan experience?

A: One night in 2014, on tour in Calgary, I was talking with some fans after the show. The following week, we were set to play a small festival with our tour mates The 1975, as well as Bastille. One of the fans I was speaking with knew this, handed me a ring, and politely asked if I would deliver it to Dan, the singer of Bastille. I promised that I would, and for some reason, I was committed to making this happen. I held on to that ring for an entire week on tour and then ultimately ended up talking to Bastille Dan at the gig in Florida, explained the situation to him, and gave him the ring. He graciously accepted the gift. I don’t remember the name of the woman who sent me on my quest, and she will most likely never find out that I was true to my word, but I was.