About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
-Coming up in the Columbus (OH) house show scene, we developed our own brand of rock and roll, and after signing to Dirty Hit, are now set on a quest for world domination.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
-I remember playing FIFA 2004 in my parents’ basement and thinking the soundtrack was unlike anything I had ever heard before. I didn’t know anything outside of top 40 pop until then.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
-The road to here – little big town. Listened to it exclusively on my little CD/alarm clock.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
-I convinced my grandma to buy me an acoustic and started learning easy covers around 16.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
-I’m self taught, and not a very good teacher. Mostly lots of active listening to figure out how songs work. The rules and how to break them.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
-Julian Casablancas / Paul McCartney / Justin Vernon
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
-Not really, I guess it was more gradual.
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
-The Flaming Lips headlining Nelsonville music festival.
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
-I love taylor swift and all max martin pop but I don’t feel at all guilty about it.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
-Our first EP is about to be released, and then another, and then another and then seven albums after that.
Where and when did you record it?
-We recorded our first two EP’s last summer in LA.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
-We get black out drunk and then wake up the next morning to learn the new material.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
-Playing shows and going to shows and then playing more shows.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
-Lots of house shows makes the vibe very nice and intimate. As well as doubling as a party where you don’t have to pay so much for alcohol.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
-House venues are always in flux but right now there are a good amount. And plenty of other venues.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
-Government grants or cheap housing would be nice for the early stages. More good blogs?
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
-A jerk from another local band told us that we should stay lo-fi to cover up our ‘mistakes’. It was terrible advice, and we wanted to tell him to fuck off, so we wrote Back of Your Hand about him, and that song got us signed. So I guess it’s good advice, in a roundabout way.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
-Learning when to be flexible and when to not.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
-We just try to focus on making good music.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
-It’s easier than ever for people to listen to (our) music and connect with artists. Plus it helped us get an amazing label in Dirty Hit so I’d definitely say it enhances.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
-More of the same, but bigger and better, I hope.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
-Wait and see!
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
-Short term: get some sleep. Long term: Madison Square Garden.
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
Release Debut EP: Riverside Dr.
Out September 21, 2018 on Dirty Hit
Announce Tour Dates with Pale Waves
Riverside Dr. includes previously released tracks “Boyfriend,” which Alternative Press called “lyrically flirty, blending pop hooks and a dash of modern garage rock,” “Chinese New Year,”a “swirling summer anthem, laced with the bands signature blend of bold guitar riffs and falsetto vocals” and “Back of Your Hand,” which New Noise Magazine called a “pop-rock breakout.”
Following the release, The Candescents will support Pale Waves on a 25 city tour, beginning in late October.
Tour dates in full can be found here:
26 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
27 – Trees – Dallas, TX
28 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
30 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
31 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
2 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3 – The Social – Orlando, FL
5 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
6 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
7 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
9 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
10 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
11 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
12 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
13 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
15 – Opera House – Toronto, ON
19 – Madison Live – Covington, KY
20 – Skully’s – Columbus, OH
21 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
23 – Rave Bar – Milwaukee, WI
24 – Amsterdam Hall – St. Paul, MN
25 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
26 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
28 – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
30 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
2 – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
4 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
6 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
7 – The Irenic – San Diego, CA