Friendship Fest is next weekend!
DAY 1 - June 28, 4pm (doors) - 11pm @ The McKibbin Lofts
- 430-5 Venlo
- 500-530 Condesa
- 545-615 Man The Change
- 630-700 Starving Arts
- 715-745 Jovi
- 800-830 The Hotel Year
- 845-915 State Lines
- 930-1000 Night Owls
- 1015-1045 Mixtapes
DAY 2 - June 29, 4pm (doors) - 12:30am @ Suburbia
- 430-455 Sister Kisser
- 510-535 Fellow Project
- 550-615 Ah Horse Hockey
- 630-655 Living Room
- 710-735 Deer Leap
- 750-815 Old Gray
- 830-855 You Blew It!
- 910-935 She Rides
- 950-1015 Single Mothers
- 1030-1100 The Saddest Landscape
- 1115-1145 Drug Church
DAY 3 - June 30, 3pm (doors) - 12:30am @ Suburbia
- 330-355 Marine Electric
- 410-435 Broadcaster
- 450-515 Secret Plot To Destroy The Entire Universe
- 530-555 Montpellier
- 610-635 Martin Luther King
- 650-715 Suns
- 730-755 Parkview
- 810-835 Everyone Everywhere
- 850-915 Sun Hotel
- 930-955 Pachangacha
- 1010-1035 Sleep Bellum Sonno
- 1050-1115 Monument
- 1130-1215 Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)
- Suburbia - 330 Melrose Street, Basement APT, Brooklyn NY
- The McKibbin Lofts - 255 Mckibbin Street, Brooklyn NY
Deer Leap interview
-Keith Galvin (Deer Leap)
I like the way that you guys kicked off your Demo record with that simple subtle track. By seemingly doing so little you’ve accomplished so much. Was that song more of a slow jam, or was there an even that inspired a song like that?
Originally there was a song we used to play for the Intro at our shows. We planned for that song to be on the demo but never got around to recording it. I did however, record bits of it on my loop station and wound up with that short intro that is on the demo. It had a lot of mood and it fit really well as the opener to the demo. We wanted something soft and ambient to lull your senses before the beginning of Hazle came booming in.
When you guys described your musical genre on Topshelfrecords.com, you wrote, “Three friends that make rock music”. This being the case, who are some of your influences?
That description was kind of our take on the long winded bios you see a lot of bands write about themselves. We just wanted it to be short and to the point. But influence wise we’ve all got a lot that we share and some that are unique to each of us. We’re all very influenced by American Football, Appleseed Cast, and Jimmy Eat World. So we bring a lot of that to the table when we practice together. I’m also a big fan of Mogwai, Radiohead, and Circa Survive, so I think a lot of how I write guitar-wise can be traced back to all those bands in some way or another.
This is one thing I just can’t go without asking, where is Sha- Booms? Did it have enough of an influence on you that you guys had to have a song about it, or is it simply a song name?
A lot of our song names come from books, television, and movies. That name comes from the show Eastbound and Down. We all love it and really wanted to name a song after it. We have difficulty coming up with names and referencing pop culture is always a fun thing for me. Like when I notice a band references something I like I get a little excited, which is kind of lame but fun. As we continue writing, however, I think we’re going to steer clear from the references.
I love when bands cross genres in albums. Sigur Ros did this when he released his album Takk. You guys have such a mix in song variety whether it’s writing an instrumental piece or one that’s slow and subtle or its something loud and abrasive. Do you find it difficult to write a cohesive album with so many possibilities available to you?
Absolutely. Our writing process is all over the place. We never really sit down and think about writing a song. Usually our songs evolve from improvised jams we have at practices. So as for writing a cohesive batch of songs, we haven’t really aimed to yet, we just write songs as they come to us and hope it all fits within whatever our sound has become. But I think since writing the songs for our split with The World Is… we understand what “our sound” is, which is something that we didn’t know when we started the band. That’s why the songs on the Demo are all over the place, we were just writing songs, which I think is the case when any band starts out. We never really sat down and said “This is what we should sound like”, it just happens naturally over time as you play and write together.
Lastly, are you guys working on any more albums? Are you focusing more so on touring now-a-days?
We have a handful of new songs that we are hoping to record asap. We’d really like to record and then focus on some touring, we are just all extremely busy all the time and it makes focusing on the band very difficult. But we do have some new songs that we are extremely excited to play and record.
All of our recordings (the demo and our split with The World Is…) are on our bandcamp. You can also get the split at http://tsr-store.com.
We are so excited/lucky to be included on this compilation among some truly incredible bands. Check it out!
Check out this great comp!