Kelcey, Ryan, and Nik of L.A.-based band Local Natives visited Salt Lake last week for the Twilight Concert Series. They sat down with Richie on a big inflatable couch backstage and recounted their failure of a first show in Utah back in 2006, why they treat Nik "The New Guy" like a second-class citizen in their band (they're joking, don't worry), and how they came to be the hardest working band of 2013 (according to a study by SongKick).
Kelcey, Ryan, Nik
--- First Show in Utah ---
Kelcey: The first time we ever played in Utah was in Provo at some tiny, tiny club and the promoter forgot we were playing. Somehow we show up, there’s nobody there.
Ryan: Doors are locked.
Kelcey: We get somebody’s number and he’s like, “Oh $%*#!” He’s calling his friends trying to figure out how to make the show happen…I think that was 2006.
--- Band Formation ---
Ryan: Taylor and I met in junior high and then we met Kelcey in high school and so we kinda started the band then…and really started getting serious about it in college and that’s about the time we met Matt. And a few years ago we actually met Nik, and he’s the newest member. He’s the new guy.
Nik: I still don’t fit in.
Ryan: He’s still being hazed.
Kelcey: We definitely make him feel like a second-class citizen.
Ryan: He’s sitting the farthest away from you.
Kelcey: Yeah he wasn’t there, he’s just gotta deal with that, you know? This is what he signed up for and he’s gonna get it.
Nik: I think I have four more years before they’ll call me by my first name.
Kelcey: I’ll never accept you.
--- Hardest Working Band of 2013 ---
Nik: We sadly know that statistic.
Ryan: We thought that’s what everyone did. We thought everyone was just like, you say yes to everything. You just play as many shows as you can before you fall down. It’s nice to realize that that was an insane amount of shows.
Kelcey: It kind of justifies us feeling tired.
Ryan: Yeah, we were all falling apart.
Nik: Granted also, the album came out in January. If someone’s album came out in March, we already had a 2-month head start on them.
Ryan: Getting all technical with it.
Kelcey: Don’t sugarcoat it man!
--- Writing for Album 3 ---
Kelcey: We’re transition in to that [writing]. So we’re doing a bunch of festivals and in between we’re trying to get a new practice space set up in L.A. and trying to make the hard transition in to saying no to shows and actually start writing and stuff. We’re obviously very bad at saying no. That’s our issue that’s holding us back.
--- Living and Writing Together ---
Kelcey: With this last album, Hummingbird, we ended up living together for a couple months, just kinda working out the end of the record, and that was nice. I think we got to rediscover an energy where, like Ryan said – being in the same house, living and breathing and sleeping. This music – I think it really benefits our process. I think maybe at one point we may be together in one place.
All four of the guys from L.A. band Bad Suns - Ray, Gavin, Christo, and Miles - met up with Richie T in a claustrophobic back room stacked to the brim with VHS tapes at Kilby Court to update us on their latest tour. They tell us about what they like to do when they get spare time, the Zia symbol that is their band logo, and what part of the body they wash first in the shower...
--- What they’ve learned from touring ---
Christo: It changes your whole perspective because especially us, we’re all a bunch of people with big aspirations so you’re constantly thinking, “Man, I wonder what the future holds.” And to an extent, well to a big extent, that’s always going to still be there, but it’s been kind of interesting to go from that completely to be able to see the progression that you make and have that written down on paper. There’s a lot of variables that come with that that you can’t always foresee. So it’s kind of been interesting for us just to realize that you can’t really ever know what to expect I think. ‘Cuz you can show up to a place, you’re not really sure what’s gonna happen. If you have the biggest expectations, you can be let down a lot of times. If you kinda keep yourself reserved and show up, and the night ends up being magical, it’s the best feeling in the world. And then there’s a part of you that wishes that you would’ve known that the whole day before because the whole day would’ve been easier ‘cuz you’re just like sweating and worrying about it. So really we’ve learned basically not to worry so much and to just go with it. That seems to work.
--- Musician Peers ---
One of the things I appreciate is – what Gavin was saying – is when you’re on these festivals with these bigger bands, and you kind of realize that everyone in their own way is in the same circuit of playing shows, and everyone has the same job basically. It’s art, so it’s very subjective and it’s very different, and everyone’s making different art. But even the moments where we’re walking backstage and the guys from Phantogram walk by and say, “Hey! How’s it going?” and they’re very polite. You realize in those moments, yeah they get it. We’re all here, we’re all doing this. That’s the cool thing.
--- Choosing Singles ---
The singles thing is interesting. People always ask, “Did you know it was a hit when you wrote it?” And it’s like, “No.” We don’t really think about our songs like that. We try to give each song equal treatment in very different ways…We just like to write songs as songs and whatever happens from there, cool.
--- The Zia Symbol Logo ---
We had just come up with the name Bad Suns not too long ago and I was just browsing the internet, looking at images that were things that were related to the sun because we wanted to have an image that was attached to the band. We saw that [The Zia Symbol], looked in to it, read about it, really liked what it was all about. Kind of felt like – there were a few other things too – felt like that one really stuck out to us, and it made sense. Like you said, the focus on the number four: the four seasons, the four stages of life, the four parts of a day – all of that stuff. The four points on a compass. The fact that this band – the number four is so integral because of how important each person’s role is – it just made sense. And you know, we altered it a little bit; we just think it’s cool. People always ask about it.
If you caught the This Is Gospel tour with Panic! At The Disco in Salt Lake, you probably heard Magic Man for the first time as one of the openers. This five-piece band from Boston sat down with Richie before their first show on the tour and after their pre-show workout. (Seriously though, Justine on synths/keys was leading the guys through a series of push-ups and jumping jacks while we set up. The guys gave up.) Learn about the forming of the band, their Fox Den, and the most surreal moment of being in the band in Richie T's latest interview for Meet The Bands.
Check out the entire interview HERE
Here's a clip from the interview:
— The Fox Den —
Alex: To be fair, an important part of the songwriting phase was first nesting and building our little home studio and making sure that it was a very comfortable and inspiring place. So we spent the first couple months just collecting all sorts of weird things; we called it the fox den. We had taxidermy foxes and…
Justine: If you know where the foxes are now, please call Alex Caplow, they are missing. Not joking. They’re gone.
Alex: Someone stole them, I think someone threw a crazy party when we weren’t there and walked off with the foxes.
Kids can be cruel. The internet can be cruel. Your neighbourhood butcher can be cruel. You brother is cruel. Your dog once bit you. The waiter at ______________ crop-dusted your table when dropping off appetizers and your mom says you should have been married by now.
Hell, a guy even makes it on national television and though he doesn't win he gets the news delivered by Heidi Klum. That kind of winning IS losing.
For Richie T even that kind of lose/winning leaves a guy open for insult to injury by some girl he doesn't even know...on Facebook.
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We though about holding a candlelight vigil, but we figured since the FCC makes us do so much PSA broadcasting each year anyway, we made this video instead to kill two (maybe 5) birds with one announcement:
There's camera crews following me around, trying to get all the video they can. The title is going to be Walking Tall, the Wookie, or something like that. We don't have a release date yet.
FanXperience Pre-Event Costume Contest
EVE SLC, will be hosting a costume contest, I'll will be judging along with Walter Jones. Someone will stand out, and that will be the one who challenges and preconceived ideas. Unfortunately, we will not be in costume.
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