5 Questions With:: Valise [CMJ Edition]


We caught up with Dallas indie-rockers, Valise, about their experience at CMJ, their upcoming tour with Macy Gray and what fans can expect to see next from the band! Check out our interview below!

Since CMJ is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?

I think we were absolutely charmed by the Diet Cig punk duo and blown away by our buddies in The Kickback. Great bands, for sure.

You guys are about to hit the road with Macy Gray – that’s huge, congrats! How excited are you about that experience?

So excited! It definitely seems like an interesting match-up – but we all love it.  A lot of times you go to shows and watch the same 3 bands perform, and by the time the band you came to see starts, you’re pretty desensitized to the whole experience. This will be anything but that. We’re incredibly lucky to share the stage with a talented Grammy-winning artist like Macy.

Speaking of hitting the road, it seems like all you guys do is tour, which is definitely not a bad thing! But we have to ask, what keeps you guys so driven to constantly be on the road?

When you’re on tour, all the typical daily worries just go out the window. I get massively discontent when I do too much  repetitive stuff, and even though touring can be really repetitive, each day has a million experiences just waiting to be had. I often reach stimulation overload, haha. Don’t get me wrong, I need my time at home with my family and Netflix, but I think we do a good job of striking a balance between the two.

This past summer, fans heard your songs “Charlie Gray” and “Dialogue” in episodes of Chasing Life on ABC Family. If you could place one of your songs in any movie, which movie, scene, and song would it be?

I think if instead of the famous Star Wars theme song you heard a Valise song when the opening space-text crawl begins, that would be most ideal. it would do well with millennials, I think.

You guys released your latest album, Young Bloomer, earlier this year. What can fans expect to see next from you guys?

We plan to release a deluxe version of Young Bloomer in the new year on vinyl, which we’ve never done before. I’m thrilled!

5 Questions With:: Slow Down Molasses [CMJ Edition]


We recently spoke with Saskatoon five-piece, Slow Down Molasses, to discuss the development of their sound, artists they’re currently listening to, and which artists stood out to them the most at CMJ! You can find our interview with the band below!

Also be sure to check out the photos our photographer, Gina Garcia, took during their set at Livestream Public in Brooklyn at the end of CMJ weekend here!

You classify your sound as shoegazey dream pop, which aren’t common genre classifications in our book. Where did the term ‘shoegazey’ come from and how did you develop your sound? Was it something that came naturally?

Ha! Sometimes I forget that I/we tend to live in a bit of a bubble, with all of us listening to fairly similar music. The term shoegaze was initially coined by the U.K. music press as a derogatory way to reference bands like Slowdive, Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and other similar band that played loud, effects-laden, guitar music that tended to rely pretty heavily on guitar effects pedals, so the joke was that the musicians spent the entire set staring at their shoes as they turned on and off all their pedals. Since then it’s been embraced as a (positive) term to describe that scene. When I was getting really interested and excited about music as a teenager, a few of the key bands I got excited about were part of that scene or heavily influenced by it, Canadian bands like SIANspheric and Eric’s Trip, whom I loved, would talk about the bands they like and a lot of it could fit within that shoegaze or dream pop world. I discovered a lot of great music via those two bands. With Slow Down Molasses, I initially started the band as more of acoustic based thing. At the time I was wanting to write songs that I could easily sing and play by myself, eventually, my natural tendencies to also want to add layer after layer of hazy, delay-pedal driven guitar lines crept into the sound. Burnt Black Cars is the first album that we really just played what came naturally, which meant that everything tended to start with big hazy, feedback filled guitar lines. Then we’d slowly tone it down to make sure their was still an actual song hiding in the feedback.

Since CMJ is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?

Yeah, obviously CMJ is worth playing in it’s own right, but it’s a lot of effort and money to get into the U.S. to play shows. The cost and stress of getting a VISA is absurd, so I think if there wasn’t secondary reasons, like seeing bands we love, it would be hard to put in the work to make it happen. For me, getting to see Mercury Rev was a huge highlight. I’ve loved that band for years and it’s been nearly a decade since I last saw them play live. They were absolutely fantastic, as expected. It amazing how vital that band still seems, especially as a live band. One band that was a great surprise find for me was Ezra Furman. He opened the Mercury Rev show, but I only caught the last few songs, so I ended up going and see a full set the next day and it was fantastic. Really great songs and some bizarre/entertaining stage banter. A few of us also caught Protomartyr, who were really great to see. I’m somewhat confounded by their songs, but I keep going back and listening to them over and over again, so I think that’s a good sign.

FREEwilliamsburg called Slow Down Molasses one of their 15 bands to watch at CMJ, which is incredible! What are some under-the-radar artists you are currently listening to that you would include on your own ‘artist to watch’ list?

The defining characteristic of everyone in this band is that we are huge music fans, so this is always my favorite question to answer. Saskatoon has a really fantastic music scene that, in my opinion, rivals nearly any scene anywhere. There are some really great guitar-based bands ranging from Spiritualized-esque drone-folk from Dumb Angel, to instrumental doom-metal from Shooting Guns, post-punk weirdos Susan, and amazing murder-balled folk song from Ryan Boldt (of the Deep Dark Woods). I listen to each of those bands as much as I listen to any other bands. If you are at all into the music we make, I am certain you will dig their stuff. It’s as good as anything happening anywhere right now.

For non-local stuff, I’ve been really loving the Buzz Records scene out of Toronto. We just played with Dilly Dally, who are wonderful and seem to be getting a ton of much deserved hype. HSY also just passed through Saskatoon and they are fantastic. It seems like everything that label is putting out is wonderful. Definitely worth checking out.

Something we’ve noticed is that you truly use social media to your benefit by using it as a way to not only interact with fans, but to share things that are of importance to you from women empowerment to politics and everything in between. This is almost uncommon to see from artists nowadays because they’re always afraid of saying the wrong thing, but your band uses it as a platform to bring awareness to these issues. Why do you think it is so important for artists to use social media in this way versus refraining from speaking about these issues?

Thank you for this. For a while it seemed like all I was posting was stuff about our band and I felt that that was so very boring and cynically self-involved. If you knew us as people, you’d know that we all are quite passionate people, both about the music we love, but also the communities we come from and about the issues we see around us. Because of this, I’ve always battled a little with whether to post strong opinions via the band’s social media channels. It can be polarizing, but this last while I’ve noticed that I get excited when I see artists that I admire speaking about something that is real, whether it be raving about a record they like, or taking a stand and publicly commenting on an issue. I think that is really important. Social media is amazing because it does allow for more dialogue about what’s going on around us. There is lots of wonderful stuff that is happening these days, but equally there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed and inevitably we all talk about those issues in our day to day lives, so it makes sense to talk about them on the bands social media channels. I still err a bit on the side of caution and post about stuff that I am certain that myself and others in the band can and will comfortably defend, but I’ve been really happy seeing the reaction to some of our non-music posts. I really do think that more artists should be talking about issues that they care about. There is a lot we as a society can do better.

What can fans expect next from Slow Down Molasses? Maybe a new music video or tour?

Since we’ve been back from CMJ, we’ve dived head first into writing our new album. This summer and fall has been a really productive time for me writing and everyone in the band seems to be excited about the new songs, so we’re really excited to take some time to work on the songs and get back into the studio. We started recording a few songs in August and we hope to be back in the studio before the end of the year. We took four years between Walk Into The Sea and Burnt Black Cars, and I really don’t want to wait that long before releasing new music again, so don’t be surprised to see some new music from us in 2016.

5 Questions With: To Write Love On Her Arms [Warped Edition]


We caught up with the lovely folks at To Write Love On Her Arms to discuss the release of the To Write Love On Her Arms movie, National Suicide Prevention Week and the 10th birthday of the foundation! Check out our interview below!

Between the release of the movie, If You Feel Too Much and your continued college and music event participation, this has been a giant year for TWLOHA, what were some of the highlights for you personally?
In the Events world, this was an incredibly busy year; we returned to Australia to do a festival series, we had Heavy and Light in Los Angeles and Orlando, and we hosted our Run for It 5k in Melbourne, FL, and we also finished a very busy festival/Warped Tour circuit this summer. Any opportunity to connect with new people and reconnect with supporters is always a highlight and something that we are very thankful for.

You guys have been on Warped Tour for several years, what brings you back to this community in particular?
We love Warped because it offers a great opportunity to connect, engage and activate over half a million attendees each summer as well as some of the best up and coming musicians. The crowd is passionate about social issues and they want to make a difference. Kevin Lyman and the entire VWT team has become family and we love that the festival features a “Take Action” Not for profit section with 10-15 non-profits that are all working for incredible causes. It is a chance to raise support for TWLOHA, but most importantly, it is a chance for us to show those that are struggling that they are not alone. We provide resource guides for each city to help get people plugged into help when they need it. Warped definitely feels like home for TWLOHA.

National Suicide Prevention Week saw the rise of the wonderful No One Else Can Play Your Part campaign, what do you advise people to do to raise awareness on a smaller scale?
Educating themselves on the mental health so that we can all work to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health would be the best thing that people can do. It will help them understand the issues and better address it when someone is struggling in their local community.

A lot of people know of TWLOHA and the amazing stories that have been shared, but are unsure of next steps. What do you recommend looking into for people who are uncertain about receiving help?
I would encourage them to be brave and reach out. We strongly believe in the power of community and the power that it can have and help with healing. I would encourage them to visit the find help section of our website. https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/

You all have accomplished so much recently, what is next for TWLOHA?
This year marks the 10th birthday of TWLOHA, so keep an eye on our website for what is to come!  https://twloha.com/events/

5 Questions With: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt [CMJ Edition]


Soulful singer-songwriter duo, Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, just recently played the CMJ Music Marathon for the second time as official CMJ artists! We sat down with the sibling duo to chat about their experience at this year’s CMJ, festival preparation, and their upcoming full length! Check out our interview below!

You can also check out our recent session with them, where the duo performed their track “Shame” here!

Since CMJ is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?

The whole experience was amazing.  We got into town on Thursday and we had a pretty full day of meetings and prep work for our showcases, plus we did a couple of acoustic performances for different media outlets, so we didn’t get out to see any artists that night.  But Friday we met and got to hear some incredible bands at our showcase at The Delancey.  First off the club is amazing, three floors including an exceptionally sweet rooftop lounge.  Ruby Red Fox out of Boston were killer as were all the other bands that night.  Saturday we played at our publicist Big Picture Media’s showcase at Arlene’s Grocery.  Arlene’s seriously has one of the best sounding rooms in the city.  Malia Grace from Texas was tremendous, just Malia and her piano, that was all it took to get the whole rooms attention.  The Gills out of Nashville Tennessee were straight up high power rock.  They’re exactly the type of band we’d do shows with for sure.  Too many great artists to mention… it was AMAZING!

You’re no stranger to playing festivals, having previously performed at the Sundance Film Festival and Mountain Jam Music Festival. Do you guys prepare differently for festivals versus any other show you would normally play?

Well for large stage festivals like Mountain Jam, we have a crew that helps out getting gear situated and ready.  But for multi-band showcase type events like CMJ it is all about performing as much music as possible in our allotted time slot, making it easy for the house sound person, and promoting promoting, promoting!!  We actually rehearse the specific show we are going to do right down to the talking points.  When we are doing those rehearsals we don’t stop even if there is a mistake or technical problem.  That gives us the best shot at presenting a powerful showcase regardless of anything going wrong.  We’ve also spent a lot of time on the road so we are used to just about anything!

Everyone has a different way of defining how and when they make it, whether it’s a radio single or playing sold-out shows. How do you measure your success?

To begin with, success is being proud of our work. Not compromising, no “B” sides, always making every song everything it can be. Now that we have a recording and development deal, we are able to take our time a bit and really find the best path for each song, plus we get to work with some pretty amazing people!! For us, regardless of income, there is no true success without having pride in what we do.

As far as “traditional success”, the big music industry has taken a very big hit over the past decade.  Decision making is much more conservative, there is less money, and there is not much wiggle room or time for an artist to develop under a traditional label.  Fortunately at the same time, there has never been a time in history where an artist can more directly affect their own success.  We both feel this is a great time to be in the music business and we are committed to and excited by the road ahead of us.  Love and believe in what you do, inspire and be inspired, and success will follow.

Being that you guys are under 21 and there are tons of venues that do have age restrictions, have you ever had any issues with getting into one of your own shows?

shhhhh:)   Ok it’s true… but not for long!  We have absolutely run into venues with super strong age restrictions even for performers.  We are fortunate to have a great Management Team and they have successfully negotiated us onto performances at most of these venues, though it often means a giant letter X written on our hands in permanent marker.

Seriously though, these clubs are someone’s business and the success of that business depends on the club being very careful to protect their beer and liquor license. We have enormous respect for that and would never jeopardize it.  We are there to play music!!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an album from you. Is there any new music in the works, possibly a new album? If so, what information can you share with us about it?

Yes!!  Our full length Edges is well into production. It will feature 14 original tracks and we are thrilled with it. We’ve recorded extensively at White Lake Music, but this time around we did vocals for one song at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The rest of the vocals were recorded at our producers home in The Adirondacks.

The vibe of being in the middle of nowhere, sleeping in, drinking tea, and not having to watch the clock made for some really inspired takes.  We both love the studio, but getting out of the studio for the vocals was an incredible experience.  We are headed back there in a couple weeks to finish some guitar.. and just maybe a campfire and some marshmallows:)

At the same time we are doing acoustic versions of almost every song on the album as well as alternative versions and a series of club remixes. There is a LOT coming!! Word is we will release Edges officially in mid February followed by extensive touring to support it. Fingers crossed!! We are also shooting several videos for release in conjunction with the album. It’s going to be great!!

5 Questions With: Lion In The Mane [SXSW Edition]

We spoke with Lion In The Mane about their new album, the concept of their latest music video, and what fans can expect next! Check out our interview with  the band below!

You guys recently released your new album The Noise War last month. This was your first release since your EP back in 2011. How was the recording process different this time around?
We had a lot of time to prep this record and a lot of time in the studio. Dmitry and Andrew stayed down in Atlanta in the studio for a month. The rest of us flew in and out for our parts. It was a lot more relaxed this go around.

Being that South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?
For me, it was more about catching up with friends in other bands that I haven’t seen in a while. My ears needed a break at this point in the tour so I didn’t do too much exploring.

A couple weeks ago, the music video for “Waiting” was released. Where did the concept for the music video come from?
Dave Brick directed the video and he came up with the concept as well. It was a cool light show and to me it just showed two people going their separate ways.

You guys are currently on The Down South tour with Uh-Huh Baby Yeah and Dreamcatcher, where you’re playing the new album live for the first time. What is your favorite track off the album to perform and why?
I really like “California on Fire” this week. We also started playing “Now that I know” and the other bands are excited about that song. These guys bring so much energy every night so it’s cool to play some of our up beat tunes as well.

What can fans expect next from Lion In The Mane?
I see a new video in the near future. We’ve kicked around the idea of a couple cool covers. We have tons of new music ready to record and have been asked on a few tours. Excited for what’s next!

5 Questions With: Holiday Mountain [SXSW Edition]

We spoke with dance pop trio, Holiday Mountain, about their upcoming EP, how the band prepares for festivals, and some of their favorite acts they caught at South By Southwest. Check out the interview below!

You guys have such an energetic and whimsical presence about yourselves, which is refreshing to see. When forming the band, how did you decide that this would be the type of music you guys would be creating?
Thank you! We really appreciate hearing that.  It definitely didn’t happen over night. We went through a couple different phases of wiggling around in our collective musical space. I think it just took hours and hours and hours of playing together and discovering that we all really love hip hop, electronic music, and pop hits. As far as the energy level, it’s like this explosion of stomach butterflies that we have little control over. Something or someone else truly takes over- I recently watched a video of a performance of ours and thought “wow! who is that crazy bitch!?”
Even just the thought of getting on stage makes us wanna jump around!!

South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?
There were certainly a lot of shows we wanted to check out-mostly rap shows, but we were basically running from gig to gig the whole time. We played a show with an NY funk/soul inspired act called Great Caesar-they were awesome! Also, we got to meet the Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote-we love hearing a band that can play the $hit out of their instruments!!

It’s been a while since we’ve seen an album from you guys. Is there any new music in the works, possibly a new album? If so, what information can you share with us about it?
Yasssss! We’ve been working hard for several years on our new recordings and are so excited to announce that we’ll be releasing ‘You Be You Pt.1’ on April 28th! The EP is available for pre-order on iTunes. There will be a ‘You Be You Pt.2’ to follow in the near future as well. We worked with producer CJ Eiriksson, who is most well known for his work with U2.  He taught us so much about perfecting song form and flow. We put our soul and sweat into these heavy dance tracks and are so grateful the time has come to share them with the world.

You’re no stranger to playing festivals, having previously performed at CMJ and South By Southwest last year. Do you guys prepare differently for festivals versus any other show you would normally play?
We often find festivals to be more about physical stamina and endurance-similar to  an athlete, we prepare for game time with a lot of emergen-C, high protein snacks, stretching, and lots and lots of coffee!!

What can we expect next from Holiday Mountain?
Soon we’ll be releasing our music video for ‘Feelin’ It’ which was shot with a 360° camera by Onion Creek Productions. We also have an Austin residency every Saturday in April at the Scoot Inn with national headliners like Man Man, Turquoise Jeep, MIS, Toy Selectah, and Suffers. Lastly, we have a 2 month tour to support ‘You Be You Pt.1’ from the beginning of May-June; we’ll be playing all around the US as well as parts of Canada and Mexico and we can’t wait to sweatily group hugs tons of new friends.

5 Questions With: COIN [SXSW Edition]

We spoke with one of our new favorite bands, COIN, about their upcoming tour dates with Passion Pit and Neon Trees, their experience at South By Southwest, and what we can expect next from the band. Check out the interview below!

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5 Questions With: Jukebox The Ghost [SXSW Edition]

We recently caught up with Jukebox The Ghost to talk about their Conan performance, their experience at South By, and what fans can expect next from the band! Check out our interview with guitarist and vocalist, Tommy Siegel, below!

This one’s not so much a question as it is a statement, but you (just a little while ago) posted your summer tour with Ingrid Michaelson – that’s huge, congrats! How excited are you about that experience?

We are really excited about it!  We’ve never done a tour on that scale – The biggest shows we’ve done in the states have been clubs (and theaters at the absolute largest).  This tour is on the gigantic-outdoor-ampitheater end of the spectrum, and we are really looking forward to that totally insane new experience. In addition, Ingrid and her band are just fantastic people all-around, so we know the tour is gonna be a blast even before it starts.

You performed on Conan a month or two back, and then you were on VH1 earlier
this month – do you prep yourselves any different for a TV performance than you
would for a live show?

Not particularly.  The thing about touring is that you already know you’re going to have to play in a lot of wildly different situations – Sometimes you play to 30 people and sometimes you play to 3,000.  Sometimes you’re opening the show to a somewhat-disinterested crowd, sometimes you’re playing at a radio station for a single DJ and sometimes you play to a ton of your own enthusiastic fans.  Playing on a TV performance feels more like playing to an intimate/confused crowd than it feels like playing to the millions you’re actually performing for – The key is to make sure you don’t totally screw it up.  Which I kinda did on Conan.  Thankfully you can’t hear the guitar very well in the first post-chorus.  Phew!

Since South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?

South by Southwest is such a crazy event that it’s hard to find the time to see other stuff, so it’s best to just go with the flow – You might have three or four hours between showcases and I’ve found the best tactic is to check the schedule only at the last minute so you don’t get too let down. Thankfully, this year I got to catch Deerhoof (they’re my favorite band).

This one is a two parter, so here we go: The doodles you post online always seem to go over really well – A.) What’s the weirdest one that someone has requested? B.) If there could be one band/artist/celebrity you’d want to request a doodle from you, who would you want?

A. Someone requested us as the characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, which I imagined for a few minutes and then politely declined.

B. I would LOVE to draw a doodle from Cher, which is somewhat realistic because she spends an amazing amount of time on Twitter.

What can fans expect next from Jukebox The Ghost?

More touring this summer!  We’re excited to hit the road with Ingrid Michaelson for  May/June.  After that, who knows?  I’d love to start working on a new record before the year is over

5 Questions With: Fictionist [SXSW Edition]

We spoke with Utah rockers, Fictionist, about their crazy tour schedule, the possibility of new music, and their preparation for performances! Check out our interview with vocalist, Stuart Maxfield, below!

You guys have been crazy busy over the last 6-7 months. You toured with Neon Trees, released your self-titled album, toured with Mates of State, and performed at South By Southwest. What keeps you guys so driven to constantly be on the road and taking so many things on?
Fascination and obsession.  Fear of creative claustrophobia.  I need adventures.  

Fictionist was elected by New Music Seminar as an “Artist on The Verge, Class of 2015,” as well as Salt Lake City Weekly’s “Best Band of 2015” – congrats, by the way. We can only assume that 2015 will be an incredible year for you guys. What are you most looking forward to this year? Some more touring? A new album? 
We are going to be touring the self titled primarily this year.  We’ll be out with Neon trees again, and doing a number of higher profile one offs.  We are constantly writing and while we don’t have a firm release date in mind for the next record we defiantly aren’t waiting around to get working on it.  The new record is one of our primary focuses.

When you released your self-titled album, you mentioned that the concept of the album art had to do with the “overarching lyric theme” that can be seen throughout the album. Which track off that album was most meaningful to you and why?  
To me, I like the simplicity of miss you but I also appreciate the imagery and eloquence of can’t get enough. Difficult to narrow that down.  I can say that lyrics are important for me
and I have a hard time proceeding with a song until I feel the lyrics are resonating in a cool way.  

South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new artists that you are now a fan of?
We went to all the Sego shows and had a fantastic time.  They are one of our favorite up and coming groups.    

You’re no stranger to playing festivals, having previously performed at CMJ and South By Southwest last year. Do you guys prepare differently for festivals versus any other show you would normally play?
The only thing thats different is how insane take down and set up is.  We try to trim down to accommodate to  rushed sound checks etc.   We make a special point to always do our thing regardless of the venue or festival.  

5 Questions With: Microwave [SXSW Edition]

One of the bands on our “50 Acts You Won’t Want To Miss At SXSW” list was Atlanta band, Microwave. A unique blend of genres, we were intrigued upon first listen and kept wanting more. We recently spoke with vocalist, Nathan Hardy, about their debut album, their experience at South By Southwest, and where the band name came from. Check out the interview below!

This was your first time performing at South By Southwest. Did you guys prepare differently for South By versus playing any other show you would normally play at?
We spent a couple weeks touring through the Midwest on our way out to Austin which was really fun. Aside from that, we had some delicious tortas and quesadillas at Licha’s Cantina where they held the Audiotree showcase. It was a beautiful place full of beautiful people.

Speaking of your debut album, Stovall was initially released in August of last year and it received a ton of great feedback. What song off the album was your personal favorite to write/record and why?
My personal favorite (Nathan) to write and record was Stovall cause I was in the midst of the bullshit which the song is about while we were in the studio recording it and it felt really good to get drunk and whine about it into an expensive microphone.

So we have to ask – where did the name Microwave come from?
When I was 2 years old, my babysitter put me inside a microwave and threatened to turn it on as a punishment for hardcore dancing in the living room while my parents were at a Megadeth show. (she was a big Chiodos fan and was heavily against hardcore dancing in the living room). I can’t be inside elevators or small spaces to this day and I hate bagel bites. Just kidding, we were just drunk one night and thought it was funny and I love
bagel bites.

Being that South By Southwest is filled with tons of incredible acts, were you excited to catch any artists in particular? Did you stumble across any new
artists that you are now a fan of?
We have been long time fans of Mew, a super sick space-rock band from Denmark. We didn’t have SXSW badges to get into see them, but we watched from side-stage through a gate. They walked out where we were standing afterwards and we got to shake Jonas’ hand (Mew vocals) and Tito (Microwave Drums) got to show him his Mew tattoo while his legs turned to jello like a young schoolgirl. We also discovered a band called Rozwell Kid
which is a hummus-themed power pop band from West Virginia. They were absolutely incredible and we hope to see them many more times in the future.

What can we expect next from Microwave?
We’re going to be in the studio at the beginning of May recording a song for a split which will be announced soon. Then, right after we finish recording, we’ll be headed out to the west coast for a tour which we will also be announcing soon. We have a lot of things in
the works for the rest of 2015 as well.