Aiden Ward - Guitar/Vocals, Christian Whiting - Guitar/Vocals, Derek Burle - Bass, Benjamin Einstein - Keyboards
Christian, what are some of the musicians you admire?
Buddy Guy, Alan Wolfe, Dizzy Gillespie, he's pretty great. Newer stuff like Andrew Bird, any rock icons I guess. Dr. Dre is bad ass, George Clinton. Anyone who shows how much fun they are having.
What kind of gear are you using?
I play a Fender Telecaster through a Marshall.
How long have you been playing?
Let’s say 7 years.
How about you, Derek. What kind of bass do you play?
Jazz Bass through Ampeg stack.
What musicians do you admire?
George Clinton is my man. I learned how to play bass by playing along to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Parliament tunes. I slapa da bass.
Aiden, what are your influences?
James Brown, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin... Lots of music.
What kind of Guitar do you play?
Gibson SG through a Fender Twin.
Tell me about the video for Big Bear posted on your facebook.
Our official music video. Cinematography by Andrew Herwitz and Edited by Ben Einstein
Christian: We came up with the main progression for that song while jamming one night, Derek hated it. I think It sums up the band cause it goes from country to a funkier jam in the middle, then comes back. It’s disjunctive but holds together in its own way. Aiden wrote the lyrics.
Derek: I hated that song.
Aiden: It was a string of consciousness, just lyrics strung together. It has one message though: The right way sometimes looks so wrong and a pear can be a peach if you turn it on. That’s one of the lyrics, it kind of speaks to the “unknowingness” of every turn of life. You never know, people who decide they know end up in trouble.
Are you guys really best friends?
Christian: We all lived in the same dorm. Aiden and Ben (our Keyboardist) were roommates and within a month or two we were all jamming. We all lived together in our second year. So we were friends first and then a band.
Watch this entire video interview by Mike Lyon unedited @ YourMusicMagazine.com.
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