Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Maps & Atlases "Be Three Years Old" *Exclusive Mousertime Session*

This past Friday I was able to meet up with Dave Davidson behind The Earl in Atlanta, where he performed a special acoustic rendition of "Be Three Years Old." The track can be found on the band's latest record, Beware and Be Grateful, which is one of my favorite releases of 2012.

For the latest on Maps & Atlases, check out the band's offcial website: http://mapsandatlases.org/

29-MayBottletree CafeBirmingham, AL
31-MaySons Of Hermann HallDallas, TX
1-JunThe ParishAustin, TX
2-JunFree Press Summer FestHouston, TX
4-JunLowbrow PalaceEl Paso, TX
5-JunClub CongressTucson, AZ
6-JunCasbahSan Diego, CA
7-JunConstellation RoomSanta Ana, CA
8-JunTroubadourLos Angeles, CA
9-JunBottom of the HillSan Francisco, CA
11-JunBunk BarPortland, OR
12-JunThe Media ClubVancouver, Canada
13-JunThe CrocodileSeattle, WA
15-JunNeurolux LoungeBoise, ID
16-JunKilby CourtSalt Lake City, UT
17-JunHi-DiveDenver, CO
18-JunThe Waiting RoomOmaha, NE
19-JunAmsterdam Bar and HallSt Paul, MN
8-JulCrossroadsKCKansas City, MO
9-JulGillioz TheaterSpringfield, MO
10-JulCains BallroomTulsa, OK
15-JulBunbury Music FestivalCincinnati, OH
17-JulRescheduled Toronto Show @ Horseshoe TavernToronto, Canada
21-JulDer Rathskeller/Union TerraceMadison, WI

Monday, May 21, 2012

Relient K Interview and Video *Variance Magazine* Matt Theissen and Matt Hoopes

A piece I did for Variance Magazine:

I recently sat down with Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes, founding members of Relient K, to discuss the album they are currently recording, as well as their other current projects. PLUS: Watch an exclusive video of Thiessen and Hoopes performing "Forget and Not Slow Down" below.
Variance Magazine: How is the writing panning out for you guys right now?
Thiessen: It's good. I think that we are just trying to be a little adventurous with this next record, and not necessarily in an experimental way, but just doing something different for us. We are just trying to figure out what we can do that people won't necessarily expect and how to do it without alienating everyone that might already like what we do now. So that is the crux of it. In our opinion, we aren't really worried. If we do what we feel right now and then if it doesn't work, then we will do another record. It's our seventh one, so we can't try and repeat the fourth, the fifth or the sixth and recycle our material. We are just trying to do something fresh.
Hoopes: I think that has been the most exciting thing because it does feel like starting over in some ways. In the same ways that it is kind of challenging, it also makes it exciting to play music on this basic level. I told Matt that working on some of these new songs is giving me this feeling that I haven't had since we were in high school together, writing new songs. It's fun, and it's fun to push the boundaries of what we are comfortable with--not just do whatever comes easiest.
VM: I'm excited to hear then new stuff. Something that I have always admired about you guys is that you make significant changes from record to record. So would you say that the new songs are more than the "normal" Relient K change?
Thiessen: Yeah, that's the thing. How do people even interpret songs these day? It used to be, "this band is in this genre," but now I think it is more like, "how good is the melody? How good are the lyrics and do I like it, or do I not?" These songs have catchy melodies and decent lyrics hopefully, so we are just going to mess around with the rest of it and see what happens.

For the full interview please click here: