Richie T talked with Andy Tongren of Young Rising Sons about the success of their single "High", achieving the dream of being signed to a record label, and produce inspiring songs. Check out the overview below, or the full audio at the bottom of the page.
Formation of the band:
We’ve been playing together for 4 and a half, 5 years now? The other three guys have been playing together even longer. I was going to school in New York City, and just playing acoustic down at this bar and they happened to be there looking for a new singer, and approached me afterwards and said “hey, come jam with us” and it was just instant chemistry. We became best friends first and then band mates second. We’ve been going ever since and yeah, finally put all the right pieces together and started seeing some progress so it’s been really exciting.
We’re very collaborative, usually one person will come in with an idea, melody, lyric whatever it may be and we’ll bounce it off each other so it’s something we can really stand behind and something that we’re all proud of.
“High” was the same thing, it’s about our band really. You know we’ve been playing for 4 and a half, 5 years and a lot of what we did didn’t work so it’s kind of about those lows and the lows making the way for the high, and making them that much more worth it, once you actually get there.
Being signed to Interscope:
I think growing up playing in bands our whole lives, the ultimate goal was to sign a major record deal and once it happened we were like ok, well now what do we do? We know the hard work is just starting, we’re ready to kind of get down to the bare bones and just work, and we’re really excited to do that. But signing with Interscope was very very exciting and has been nothing but wonderful.
We heard our song on the radio for the first time, I wanna say three weeks ago or so? We were driving to LAX to fly home from our first tour and we heard it on the radio. It was just such a surreal moment, and that’s what this whole thing has been, it’s just been a collection of very surreal moments. You kind of have to pinch yourself every once and a while and remind yourself that this is real life.
“King Of The World”
Steve came up with that melody while he was working at a grocery store. He was stocking produce and wrote that melody and brought it to us.
Author of fine novels like "Fight Club", "Choke", "Diary" and many more is visiting Salt Lake on a tour for his new book "Beautiful You." The new novel has to do more with women...well, women's pleasure to be specific. You get the idea.
What the hell! Here's the synopsis from the publisher, Doubleday:
From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?
Anyway, he'll be visiting the University of Utah's Union Ballroom on October 29th for his first time ever in Salt Lake, so if you are a fan you won't want to miss this. You will have to purchase a ticket for the event, but included with your ticket you will get an autographed copy of the new book and general admission seating for the event.
Click here to purchase tickets.
You can also pre-order the book from Amazon here.
It's all coming up Foo at the tail end of 2014. The guys will be dropping their new album, "Sonic Highways" in November, but before that HBO will be airing and 8-part series also called "Sonic Highways."
The album and series focus on the recording of the new music as it was recorded in studios all over the country in some iconic cities such as Washington D.C., New Orleans, Seattle and more made apparent by the album artwork.
Whether the band will unleash a tour in support of the album has not been announced yet, but you can almost guarantee the tour would roll out in cities the album was recorded in, which could mean no show for the SLC. At least not on the first leg.
Anyway, check out the look at the HBO series below. It looks pretty intriguing.
Julian Casablancas is 36 today, so X96 thought we would look back at our 6 favorite songs from The Strokes and his solo career.
Rumor has it The Strokes have a new album in the works and Mr. Casablancas' side project, Julian and The Voidz will have something in the future as well.
In no random order here are the six songs featuring Julian any that playlist should include:
1. "Last Night" - The build up, the beat, the pinnacle: "Laaaaaasssst Niiiightttt..." I can't count how many amazing night have started or ended with this song.
2. "Between Love and Hate" - From 2003's "Room On Fire" this song provides apathy to either traditional gender roles or the end of a relationship. I am not sure which, maybe both, but you can sing your voice out to it.
3. "On the Otherside" - Again, not so much a ray of sunshine of here, but then again if you wanted that you would listen to Pat Boone. Now sing that damn hook out loud!
4. "Taken For A Fool" - Knocking on the door of Rick Ocasek and The Cars, this would the poppier side of The Strokes. One of my personal favorites. How this song was not a massive hit is a cultural mystery.
5. "Out of the Blue" - This song has the swing of a 70's TV show theme. That isn't an insult. It's a moving, traveling, outliner of a song. Perhaps it has something to do that it's from Mr. Casablancas' first solo album, "Phrazes for the Young."
6. "Red Light" - "Get yourself a lawyer and a gun." That line hits my head a bloated-headed hammer. What else can you say? It leaves one at the end of culture, society, a relationship and perhaps wits. Grim advice has never been so well-placed.
Let me make a small suggestion for your weekend. Go down to your favorite watering hole, put $5 in the digital machine that used to be a jukebox and set up a playlist of your favorite songs from The Strokes. All will be fine in the world.
The Onion has taken up the task of helping our fair capital city market our tourism and show off our valley has to offer. Reminding visitors they can, "experience the city on your terms" along with reminding anyone they can leave "anytime."
The kindly folks at The Onion have even produced this well-shot and thoughtful video that may very well start running on local network affiliates some time this Fall.
What do you think of the new campaign?
Check out the video and enjoy the full story here.
To be honest, we are rather surprised that they didn't pull this song for the soundtrack. Hell, it even features Dexter Holland from The Offspring who just happen to be coming to town later this month.
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