MP3: What is the band’s live setup?
Chase: A lot of multitasking.
Tim: I play keyboards and guitar, as does the other guitarist Kyle, and Chase plays bass and drums. A minimal drum setup, like Velvet Underground. We use lots of effect pedals to, you know, drown out the sound a bit, haha.
Chase: Effects really help everything we’ve done. Not relying on them, but we’ve found a way to make the songs sound exactly like we want them to soung using pedals. Tim’s guitar tone is insane, and he won’t tell us how he does it.
Tim: We didn’t get to use our fog machine tonight, though. We usually have a lot of fog and lights on stage. Bands don’t really use those anymore.
Chase: We’ve embraced the performance aspect of the live show. Nowadays, you see a lot of bands that just plug in and play, but we want to support the eyes and the ears.
MP3: Was it difficult to translate the songs as written for the live performance?
Tim: I was originally worried about how it was going to come across, I thought we weren’t going to be able to do a lot tunes, but things came out exceptionally better than I thought. They’ve transformed from studio to live, they’ve got distinct natures.
Chase: We’ve been getting peeople to the shows through the recordings, then they come see us live and it’s a whole new thing. Each show we introduce new songs, try out new stuff, so people don’t see the same set over and over again. That gets stale.
MP3: What do you hope to get out of your time at CMJ this year?
MP3: Do you have more shows this week?
Tim: We have one at Bruar Falls, and a second in the works. We had a third but that one got pulled yesterday.
Chase: I didn’t know about that.
Tim: Hah, sorry – last night was last night.