If you have a sibling, you understand the kind of ferocious fights that can break out sometimes. But you also understand that only you are allowed to be that explosive toward your sibling—if anyone else messes with your family, they’re going down.
Brothers Lenny, Jordy, and Cam Comma understand this well, so before embarking on the musical journey that would eventually lead them to the fun surfy indie-pop trio We the Comms we hear today, they sat down and wrote the “We the Commas Bible.”
“We wrote down our lists of values and morals that we are not willing to compromise,” Jordy tells BTRtoday. “There may be disagreements at times, but we do our best to approach these situations, remembering that maintaining a healthy dynamic is ultimately going to make this the most enjoyable experience.”
They recently came out with their debut EP SARB, which is six tracks of fun, flirty, and relatable songs that ultimately embrace the genres these boys capture the best—surf, indie, and pop. However, this EP has also set the stage for We the Commas to become genre-less. Tracks like “All the Best” and “Custom Made” give of classic R&B vibes, “Pissed Off” hits on some garage rock notes, “I Will” gets into some reggae sway, and they even seem to get a little old-school doo-woppy in “Sherry.”
Read the entire interview with the So-Cal trio We the Commas below—plus, listen to SARB and watch the video for their newest single “The RZN.”
BTRtoday (BTR): How have you been during this crazy year? Any changes you had to make that you’re still not quite used to?
Lenny Comma (LC): We’ve been good, we’re using this time to grow as musicians and to grow as brothers. We have learned how to adapt to our new normal and we all feel pretty comfortable with the way life is now.
BTR: How has your music evolved?
LC: The biggest evolution has been becoming unapologetic about being genre busters.
BTR: Every skater and surfer I know says those activities have greatly influenced who they are and their art. Has it for you guys?
LC: Surfing and skating are a lot like playing an instrument. You get to express yourself freely and have your own identity. I think we gravitate towards these activities for that reason. Surfing and skating is music for us.
BTR: As a sibling myself, I know doing anything with your family can be extra explosive when it comes to disagreements. Is it like that for you guys? How do you work around it or with it?
Jordy Comma (JC): My brothers and I put our relationships at the forefront of everything. Maintaining healthy relationships as brothers is the most important thing for us, even over music. We have what we call our “We the Commas Bible.” Before we embarked on this journey together, we wrote down our lists of values and morals that we are not willing to compromise. There may be disagreements at times, but we do our best to approach these situations, remembering that maintaining a healthy dynamic is ultimately going to make this the most enjoyable experience. These guys are literally family.
We the Commas, “The RZN”
BTR: Can you remember the first music you wrote together?
JC: We wrote a lot of songs when we were little. I think the first one I remember was a song that Cam wrote about a girl with a red dress. He was only like eight years old, so it was pretty dope he was writing at such a young age.
BTR: If your music and style had a life motto, what do you think it would be?
Cam Comma (CC): Our life motto would be “never let fear hold you back.” We try to apply this concept to every little aspect of life.
BTR: If your listeners could walk away with only one line from any of your songs stuck in their head, what line would you want that to be?
CC: Our favorite lines are always the ones that resonate and connect the most with the listener. It’s their choice. Our DM’s are filled with favorite lines now. We appreciate the love we’ve gotten.
BTR: What should we be keeping an eye out for in the future of We the Commas?
CC: Keep an eye out for our debut full-length album in 2021!