SomeKindaWonderful: Not just the name of the band, but presumably a fitting description of their future as musicians. Having just released their debut self-titled album in June the band is moving faster than ever. The album successfully debuted in the Top 10 on the Heatseekers Chart, and their fast-rising single “Reverse” cracked the Top 20 on the alternative chart his summer.
“Reverse” has been resonating with fans across the country and over radio waves where it’s been getting big spins nationwide at over 40 stations. Passion Pit remixed “Reverse” which Entertainment Weekly debuted while Billboard magazine recently featured the band in a “Bubbling Under” piece.
Ironically enough, “Reverse” was recorded simply by chance and in less than three hours after the guys unexpectedly met in a Cleveland, OH bar. The musically inclined threesome isn’t the first to strike gold over a few drinks and they certainly won’t be the last. The impromptu song already has nearly two million streams on Spotify, Pandora and Soundcloud, and was named “Best Song of the Year…This Week” on 98.7 in Los Angeles and landed at #8 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, along with quite a few other impressive accolades.
Hear that? Three hours, great company and organic talent really is all it takes. At least to get started…and the cocktails probably didn’t hurt either.
Take a look at what bandmates Jordy Towers (lead singer, from Los Angeles), Ben Schigel and Matt Gibson (both producers/drummers from Cleveland) had to say.
Jayme Lamm: Give me some background on where you are in your career right now?
Ben Schigel: We just released our debut album June 23. We are currently on tour doing a ton of radio markets on west and east coasts as our single “Reverse” is currently #17 on radio charts. It’s been really awesome considering we only played our first show as a band in March at SXSW.
JL: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and there randomly happened to be a TV (with cable) and you could only watch the exact same show on repeat forever…
Jordy Towers: Seinfeld. Because I hope that show plays forever, whether I’m stuck on an island or not, and because I want to be happy forever –nothing makes you happier than Seinfeld.
JL: Favorite song you’ve written…
JT: It’s hard to pick a favorite. I love them all equally and unconditionally! It’s like trying to pick a favorite child when you genuinely love all your children the same.
JL: Best venue to play — large arena with thousands of screaming fans or a small stage at a backyard bar?
JT: It’s not really about the venue; it’s more about the people within the venue. It’s about the energy from the crowd and the people that you feed off and it doesn’t matter if it’s an arena or in somebody’s backyard as long as the energy is right.
JL: One sentence to describe your type of music?
JT: We consider our music genre-less. There are no boundaries, no genres.
JL: One sentence others would describe you as (when you’re not around of course)?
Matt Gibson: That band is so incredibly good looking!
JL: Hangover cure?
MG: Beet juice. Tons of beet juice.
JL: If I searched your recent Google history, what would we see?
JL: What’s the best compliment a fan could give you?
JT: The best compliment any fan can give us is an unspoken one. It’s just listening to our music and feeling the same emotion and fulfillment that we feel when we created it. That connection is absolutely priceless and the best compliment.
JL: Where does your musical inspiration come from? Religion, upbringing, a breakup?
JT: Life. Everything we do and create is based on real life experiences — our failures, our relationships, our happiness, our sadness, we put everything into it and that’s what you get when you hear this album. It’s basically our life.
JL: Thanks to social media, we’re all blessed with haters — what do you say to them?
JT: They don’t bother us at all and we don’t really see them as haters. We see them as people who are very insecure for whatever reason and that’s okay. Everybody is dealing with something in their life in one way or another and who are we to judge them for it?
JL: If your band could be on any of the late night talk shows, which one would be cream of the crop?
JT: We would love to be on any of them as the new wave of shows are all REALLY good but considering Letterman is going off air it would be great to be on the very last episode as he’s a legend we all grew up with.
JL: Who is your musical inspiration?
BS: Can’t really pinpoint specific acts as we’re all inspired by any music that has substance and depth and emotion — that can be anybody from Marley to Nas to Prince.
JL: What do you miss the most when you’re on the road for weeks at a time?
Ben/Jordy/Matt: We have a big tour coming up in the fall with New Politics and Bad Suns so we’re mentally preparing ourselves for that and will definitely find out then.
Good luck to these guys — we have no doubt we’ll be hearing more of them as time goes on. But you don’t have to wait to hear them! Here are their tour dates with New Politics and Bad Suns:
October 11 – Wilmington, NC @ Cowan Street Festival Grounds (98.7 Rockfest)
October 14 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
October 16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
October 17 – Orlando, FL@ Beacham Theater
October 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
October 21 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
October 22 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
October 24 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
October 25 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
October 26 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
October 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
October 29 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
October 30 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
October 31 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theater
November 4 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
November 7 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
November 9 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
November 11 -Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
November 12 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
November 13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
November 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club
November 15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
November 16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
November 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
November 19 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
November 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
November 21 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
November 25 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
November 26 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
November 28 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
November 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
November 30 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Jayme Lamm is a freelance sports and travel writer based in Houston and is currently in a full-court press writing her hugely opinionated sports column, The Blonde Side. Follow her travels for sporting events and check her out on Twitter.
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