CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?

TR: Guitar-driven pop. We’ve been called “jangle pop” too.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

TR: Nature. The 80s. TV shows of the 70s.

CH.89: What made you want to start a band and how did you come up with the band name?

TR: Being in a band is a blast. Traveling, meeting a lot of creative people along the way, etc. Also, we really like “the” name so it worked out well.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

TR: I think it depends. Acting on an impulse almost always produces a different outcome. Not necessarily a better one, just different. Having a set plan seems to bring out the perfectionist in us all. That’s not always something you want.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?

TR: To listen to something new every day.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

TR: Not of highest importance. At the end of the day, you still have to put your fingers back to the keys.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?

TR: Martin Newell. Su Tissue. Serge Gainsbourg. Andrew VanWyngarden. Ruban Nielson.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

TR: The obvious upside is that it makes things easier. Tracking, recording, overdubbing, all made easier. Technology.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

TR: Everybody’s looking for a way to show off their creativity to the rest of the world, so I don’t think being an artist has anything to do with that. We all follow some kind of creative path.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

TR: Princeton is nice in the summer. Brooklyn, too.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?

TR: We’re working on another album and we’re really excited with how it’s coming along.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

TR: To be constantly creating. And sharing, and immersing yourself with everyone and everything around you.



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