Monday, March 4, 2024

Discovering Inspiration Whereas Starstruck: A Dialog With The Backseat Lovers

Sitting down with Atwood Journal earlier than their Fundamental Stage efficiency at Hangout Music Competition, The Backseat Lovers inform us about life on the street, the legends they’ve shared the stage with, and potential new instructions for his or her music. 
Stream: “Snowbank Blues” – The Backseat Lovers

You may undoubtedly count on quite a lot of completely different realms of sounds coming from the brand new music we’re engaged on.

Playing dwell in entrance of hundreds of adoring followers is hectic for 99% of the inhabitants, however man, these guys seemed so calm. A few hours earlier than they have been scheduled to play on the Hangout Stage, I had the chance to speak with the band for about 10 minutes.

Sitting in a swanky, tricked-out gulfstream, the blokes have been chill and excited for his or her set.

We began off our dialog with a lightweight query, one which I used to be actually questioning about. I wished to know what music they hearken to as followers themselves, plus, I used to be tremendous curious as to who had aux privileges once they have been on the street touring.

The band, which consists of lead singer Joshua Harmon, guitarist Jonas Swanson, drummer Juice Welch, and bassist KJ Ward, gave me a number of completely different solutions.

“I’ve been listening to this new file by Leith Ross. They’re this wonderful singer-songwriter.”

“Ya I used to be simply listening to Blake Mills like 5 minutes in the past, and plenty of Lomelda.”

“I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Colter Wall just lately.”

The younger rockstars have numerous music tastes, starting from nation/people to heavy rock to indie pop.

The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey
The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey

On the subject of style, I used to be curious as to the concept of the band taking their sound in a brand new path. They’ve already established themselves as one of many largest indie-rock bands on the planet, so I requested if that they had plans to drive their music into a brand new area of musical experimentation.

“A spine a part of what we do creatively is that we prefer to preserve open to with the ability to experiment with any style, even inside one music or throughout genres. You may count on quite a lot of completely different realms of sounds coming from the brand new music we’re engaged on. We by no means wish to restrict ourselves into one sound.”

The fellows have been enthusiastic about the potential for going cross-genre and experimenting sooner or later with some new music types, and I do know their followers are eagerly awaiting new music because the 2022 launch of their second studio album, Ready to Spill.

Waiting to Spill - The Backseat Lovers
Ready to Spill – The Backseat Lovers

The primary time I heard the band dwell was Lollapalooza 2021, which occurred to be their first main competition efficiency. They killed that set, and I wished to know what the blokes have been pondering backstage earlier than their lives modified eternally.

“Yeah, that was a loopy expertise for positive,” chuckled guitarist Jonas Swanson, “We have been nervous, most likely probably the most nervous experiences of my life. Like a competition, the expertise is manner completely different than every other kind of present, and each competition is totally completely different. Lollapalooza was like the primary time after we skilled something like that. Simply the competition environment and never even simply the present however every thing occurring backstage, just like the press and all of the cameras on stage and stuff. It was simply utterly completely different than what we have been used to. But it surely was a extremely cool expertise”

I requested them if it was overwhelming, and a lingering pause hit the room, as if there was an inside joke the blokes knew about. All eyes turned in the direction of lead singer Joshua Harmon.

He laughed and answered with a cheeky grin, “Perhaps… however it was nonetheless an incredible expertise.”



We turned our consideration again to the album that shot the blokes into the indie mainstream, Ready to Spill.

The songs, “Pool Home” and “Davy Crochet,” are my two favorites off the album. I knew I needed to ask them concerning the tales and inspiration behind the songs.

First, I used to be curious concerning the intro for “Pool Home.”

Within the first few seconds of the music, a voice memo performs and it’s an unknown individual saying the flawed title of the music. I requested the blokes the story behind it, pondering it could be a giant elaborate idea.

I used to be flawed.

The fellows claimed, “It was a voice memo for band apply, and we simply appreciated it, thought it was humorous.”

The story for “Davy Crochet” needed to be extra in-depth and significant, I used to be positive of it.

I used to be flawed once more.

Drummer Juice Welch stuffed me in on the key of the music.

“Not a lot of a narrative right here too actually, I’ll must dig deep within the caverns of my thoughts to seek out what that music is about anymore. Nearly like Excessive College romance basically.”

Known as down the steps of your mom’s home
Sydney’s sittin’ on the sofa
What’s she occurring about
I don’t even care
In case you have been making out
I suppose you labored it out
After which it began to snow
I didn’t give it some thought after I gave you my coat
I didn’t give it some thought after I wrote you that word
I suppose there’re some issues that you simply shouldn’t know
However I’ll let you know anyway
And you may inform me ’bout it if you happen to’ve had a foul day
I’ll educate you learn how to giggle if you happen to can educate me crochet
Why go to class if we’re already late

Earlier than assembly up with the band, I wandered across the competition grounds to ask folks what songs they have been hoping to listen to from the rising indie-rock group.

The variety of instances I heard “Kilby Woman” was surprising, however comprehensible. The hit music is encroaching on 250 million streams on Spotify, as of this writing.

Because the band advised me, “It’s the music that individuals get launched to us by.”

They’ve managed to not solely maintain, however quickly develop their fan base since “Kilby Woman” was launched in 2019. I knew I needed to ask concerning the music, however I used to be extra interested in what life was like within the instant aftermath of its public launch.

They claimed, “It was undoubtedly not something sudden. The music was out for nicely over a 12 months, perhaps two years, earlier than it received any actual nationwide consideration. It’s been like a extremely particular factor for us to have a music that may assist folks introduce us to our music.”

The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey
The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey

The sluggish build-up is what enabled the band to get such a devoted and hardcore fan base that’s been round for the lengthy haul.

For my final query, I wished to know concerning the artists that the blokes have shared the stage with, and in the event that they’ve ever felt starstruck from it.

The fellows have been laughing as they have been pondering again to all of the reminiscences they’ve made on the street, and the teachings discovered from legends earlier than them.

With a proud grin, bassist KJ Ward advised me, “We’ve opened for The Killers earlier than and that was actually actually cool. It was loopy as a result of a few of us grew up on their music and it was wild to try this after which watch their set and type of go on a nostalgia journey. One other one was after we received to play some exhibits with Jack White, that was actually inspiring, simply with the ability to see how free they have been on stage. Having the ability to share the stage with somebody you seemed as much as your whole life is basically cool.”

The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey
The Backseat Lovers © Travis Bailey

The Backseat Lovers have wonderful crowd management, and a enjoyable stage presence. I wished to observe up by asking in the event that they discovered any methods from taking part in dwell with these rockstars.

“I believe we discovered so much, particularly from Jack White, we discovered so much about having freedom within the set, like with the set checklist. It’s cool to see how a lot he modified it up each night time. All of the bandmates have been actually pushing one another, it was simply superior. Additionally watching them taking dangers, and I really feel like we have been type of doing that, like taking part in new songs in a recent crowd. We type of began leaning into all of those new issues.”

The Backseat Lovers' Joshua Harmon at Hangout Music Fest 2023 © Alive Coverage
The Backseat Lovers’ Joshua Harmon at Hangout Music Fest 2023 © Alive Protection

The Backseat Lovers' Joshua Harmon courtesy of Hangout Music Festival © Alive Coverage
The Backseat Lovers’ Joshua Harmon courtesy of Hangout Music Competition © Alive Protection

A few hours after our chat, the blokes hopped on stage, and like the professional’s that they’re, completely placed on a killer present. They have been eccentric and daring, but calm on the similar time. The group, which was at the very least a thousand or two robust, was actually feeding off their power.

It was a magical efficiency, and a real dialog. I see huge issues forward for The Backseat Lovers, each of their musical experimentation, and their continued pursuit of legendary standing like their idols earlier than them.

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