Brahms are an exciting band out of NYC who are bringing back the good parts of disco and creating a ultra fresh dance sound that I can’t get enough of. They are a band to watch for sure. I predict exciting things for these guys in 2010 and beyond!
Cale Parks, Eric Lodwick, and Drew Robinson are the members of Brahms and they all participated in this lovely interview. A big thank you to all of them for taking the time do this!
Will: You guys are a brand new band that came together at the beginning of 2010 right? Tell me abut how things came together for Brahms. Tell me a little about yourselves!
Brahms: We began jamming together in the end of 2009. We decided to launch as a new project in 2010. New decade. New music. Passion Pit are friends of Cale’s and asked us to open at Terminal 5 Jan 10. That was our first show. Excellent motivation to get to work as a new band
Will: My introduction of you was your opening set for Passion Pit at Terminal 5. How did you guys feel that set went? (and what did you
think of Tragedy?)
Brahms: That was such a fun night. Considering that it was our first show, we thought it was pretty good. Tragedy were pure fun. The crowd definitely got their money’s worth that night.
Will: How would you describe your sound to someone who is new to Brahms?
Brahms: Short set, long songs, catchy dance, hard workers.
Will: So far you have released two songs (now four!) for free download on your website. When can we expect to see some new songs, and official single/ep/album releases?
Brahms: More new demos are coming for free download this week (They came out a few days after Cale sent me the questions via email) As of now, we’re so new that our main goal is just continuing writing and we’ll see…
Will: What do you guys got on schedule for touring plans? I saw that you guys are going to be doing SXSW, that should be pretty fun!
Brahms: SXSW will be amazing. We initially thought we’d be too new to go down, considering all the tours down to Austin and back were booked before we technically existed. We managed to get on some great shows. We’re looking forward to bbq and sun, for sure!
Will: Are you guys a fan of music blogs as a tool for promotion, or are you opposed to them?
Brahms: We have a blog. At first we tried carrier pigeons, but they kept crapping all over our press releases, so we decide to try a blog. It seems to be the new way to reach people. We prefer blogs over newspapers or carrier pigeons.
Will: Any plans to duel tour with Aloha? I know that Cale is in Aloha, so some sort of collaboration would be pretty interesting. I know that Iâ€™d love to see it!
Brahms: There are no plans for a collaboration.
Will: What bands influenced your sound. Do I hear some small traces of New Order?
Brahms: Anything before 2011.
Will: You guys have been pretty exclusive to the NYC scene. How much does this play into your sound as a band. Would you call yourself a true NYC band, or just a band who happens to be located in NYC?
Brahms: We’re definitely a New York band simply because we all call it home. New York is the best place to raise a band. Sure rent is higher, but the opportunities that exist here are exponentially greater than any other place on this planet.
Will: What records are you guys listening to at the moment?
Brahms: Bear In Heaven, Wild Beasts, Apes and Androids, and lot’s of classics like Chuck Berry, The Ronettes, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers.
Will: Are there any unknown bands that you like that I should post about?
Brahms: Future Trends