Following All Get Out’s run of shows in the UK (one of which we were lucky to attend) we were lucky enough to sit down and have a chat with the band. Check it out…
Thanks so much for taking some time to talk with us, it is very much appreciated. So, fresh off your run of shows through Europe with The Story So Far and Citizen, how do you feel they went?
We had such an incredible time! Everyone has been so kind to us. The European crowds come early and seem to want to give bands they’ve never heard of a shot. It’s inspiring to have that back and forth with an audience, especially in countries we’ve never played before.
Were there any particularly memorable nights on this tour? Any cities that you are keen to come back to and play another show in? What does the UK mean to you? Any plans to come back in the near future?
Germany was definitely a highlight. Coolest people, hospitality, and an affinity for guitar music. We can’t wait to come back.
Playing in the U.K. is such a trip. You can’t really take anything for granted doing this, but the thought of playing in another country gives us a chance to look back when we first started and appreciate the progress. No plans as far as next time at the moment, but we’ll be looking to get back here in 2019 for sure.
How does playing venues of this magnitude affect you as a band? Does it scare you? Motivate you?
To play venues like this, especially a room like the O2 Forum, we take it as a challenge to rise to the standards of the venue. At the same time, we acknowledge a room is a room and we’re going to do what we do like we’re in New Brookland Tavern. It’s the only way we know how to do it.
Now, with No Bouquet due for release in early November how do you think the reception has been to the singles you have released thus far?
It’s been so satisfying to see how many people have gotten into the new stuff. We have a number of fans who have been riding with us for years, and to see the anticipation from them is awesome. At the same time, seeing the reactions from new fans has really gotten us excited about the record coming out. We just can’t wait to play these songs.
There has been 2 years since the release of Nobody Likes A Quitter and 7 since The Season, do you think that having that time to grow has aided the creation of this album?
Nathan and I met in 2015, right as Quitter started coming together. A couple of months before Quitter came out, we were already demoing No Bouquet. Between our first tour together and now, through working on this record and tour after tour, we developed a chemistry that wasn’t forced or unnatural. We gave it time to grow however which way it was going to. Through finding ourselves both musically and as friends, we produced this album.
What should we be expecting from this release?
We always had to interpret our previous albums for the live show, due to the nature of a 4 piece band replicating strings/horns/synths/whatever. For No Bouquet, we were set on keeping things purposeful. Our producer Mike Watts helped shape our record to be deliberate and powerful, giving every instrument the space to be as big or as small as we wanted it to be. We love synths and production and all that, don’t get me wrong, but we thought leaning into our live show was the move for No Bouquet. Next record, who knows?
Are there any new songs on the album that we haven’t heard yet that we should listen out for?
Won’t spoil anything, but we got something soon.
Are there any other artists that have inspired you during the curation of this new album?
We went back to artists we loved growing up, and still love, for the record. We were listening to a lot of Transatlanaticism and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in the studio. The way lyricists like Ben Gibbard and Jeff Tweedy can write what they write with a pop sensibility is so incredible. When I was writing guitar parts, I found myself citing Johnny Marr and Johnny Greenwood often, as well as copping some of The Strokes and Phoenix. There was so much space for melody. When we worked as fast as we did, even with the material we already demoed, it’s natural to return to what made you want to play music in the first place.
And finally, after it is all said and done how would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered as someone who never phoned it in.