Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
NSFW! It’s not even the topless dancer that makes us think this one could bring some grief from your boss… Celebrate a very special birthday with The Barnyard Boys, back again to wreak havoc on our studio and earholes, all while making sweet love to our eyes and the mother Earth as their own special way of celebrating Christmas. If that sounds scary, well, you’ve been warned. Papa Buns leads the chaos and fun as we take a trip inside the world of this communally-living powerhouse of a band. Just watch it (but seriously, not at work, you’ll totally get fired - and possibly sent to the psychiatrist).
NSFW! It’s not even the topless dancer that makes us think this one could bring some grief from your boss… Celebrate a very special birthday with The Barnyard Boys, back again to wreak havoc on our studio and earholes, all while making sweet love to our eyes and the mother Earth as their own special way of celebrating Christmas. If that sounds scary, well, you’ve been warned. Papa Buns leads the chaos and fun as we take a trip inside the world of this communally-living powerhouse of a band. Just watch it (but seriously, not at work, you’ll totally get fired - and possibly sent to the psychiatrist).
Shark? return! Remember, it's not “Shark!” or “Shark” -- the question mark is important, asking "is it a shark?" every time (yes, just like their early tune/theme song, "Shark?"). Now that we're all caught up, let's take a look at these Brooklyn dudes. You'll quickly come to love Kevin Diamond's deadpan growl and nihilistic tales, Andy Kinsey's kick-you-in-the-teeth bass, and Andy Swerdlow's drum machine-come-to-life beats. And newcomer Jared Hiller shreds on guitar in a beautifully dirty way. While they've been a favorite of the local NYC scene for the past few years thanks to a healthy appreciation for beer (and fine wine!), clever cover song choices, and a not entirely tongue-in-cheek fixation on 90s pop culture (especially Jock Jams -- they must really love Jock Jams), the inclusion of their single, "California Grrls," in GTA V is liable to spread their fame a bit further. Honestly, it's about time. We love a good, fuzzy jam blasted out with deafening guitar noise and surf grooves, and between their EPs and now a couple of full length albums, Shark? has plenty of that to offer. Fans of Pixies, The Modern Lovers, The Replacements, The Beach Boys, and anything called punk before 1990 should stop screwing around and get into Shark? ASAP.
Crosss (pronounced “Crosses”) is a Canadian trio headed by songwriter Andy March, who also runs a great cassingle series called Craft Singles, which has put out music by Crosss and many more. Their jams are a sort of psychedelic, anthemic metal full of garage riffs and grunge dirges. Over the past year they've been hitting NYC regularly, and on a recent trip they stopped by the studio to play some music and chat with Travis. The band also provided a great first run for a new pair of Edwina microphones we're using to record drums, courtesy of Ear Trumpet Labs in Portland, Oregon.
Connecticut-based indie rock band OVLOV are, like their Northeast pals in Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, and other Exploding In Sound-affiliated acts, keeping the 90s guitar rock vibe alive. With Dinosaur Jr.-level volume and walls of shoegaze distortion, they've been keeping it heavy since 2008. Fronted by Steve Hartlett (vocals/guitar) and with an evolving/rotating cast of contributors and collaborators (for example, am features guest vocalist Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz on a few tracks), the band is set to keep the melodies and hooks huge as they tear through the underground scene. They stopped by to play some tunes and chat with Travis about transportation options, lovemaking, and music.
Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
Put simply, Grooms are a noise pop band based in Brooklyn. From shifting lineups and genre experimentation to near-breakups, Travis Johnson's signature pop songwriting has always been at the core of the group. Whatever shape they take, Grooms' songs can be identified by their use of unique guitar tunings, dark lyrics, and impeccable use of space in the music. The band stopped by to play some songs from their latest release, and to chat with Travis about the process behind making it.
[blip]video2[blip] FYuppies are a band from Omaha, Nebraska, who deliver angular, energetic post-punk that sits somewhere between the groove of Fugazi, the minimalist tales of the Fall or the Minutemen, and the anthemic sonic assault of Hüsker Dü. Begun as an antidote to teenage boredom and honed in the basement venues of the midwest, the band developed its own take on the pop song -- aggressive, and head on, if a little skewed. In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, they blast through a few jams and spend some time chatting with Travis, just a bunch of dudes sitting around drinking seltzer, talking about tufts and influential bands.
Hailing from the far Northeast reaches of Bar Harbor, Maine, Coke Weed make woozy, swirling, psych rock. There's a clear bit of Velvet Underground/Yo La Tengo rock n' roll meditation underneath the sweetness and oh-so-cool vibes of their tunes. With a fantastic new album getting some actual radio play (yeah, that still happens when your band is this good), they stopped in to light up the studio with their sounds and to chat with Travis.
Put simply, Grooms are a noise pop band based in Brooklyn. From shifting lineups and genre experimentation to near-breakups, Travis Johnson's signature pop songwriting has always been at the core of the group. Whatever shape they take, Grooms' songs can be identified by their use of unique guitar tunings, dark lyrics, and impeccable use of space in the music. The band stopped by to play some songs from their latest release, and to chat with Travis about the process behind making it.
Steel Phantoms return to the studio for a second round of Serious Business On BTR! Now in ultra-compact duo form, Aaron Harris (former drummer for Montreal band Islands) and Jesse Newkirk (guitar wizard and notorious nice guy) continue to blast out catchy punk-ish pop gems. Critical acclaim, a killer live reputation, and a growing list of high-profile gigs keep the band riding high after the recent release of their self-titled EP. The guys sat down with Travis to share their secrets for getting a full band sound out of a duo while avoiding the easy way out (aka noise or blues rock).
Los-Angeles based post-punk outfit DTCV (formerly Détective) was formed in March 2012 by James Greer (ex-Guided By Voices), Guylaine Vivarat (ex-Useless Keys, Tennis System) and Chris Dunn (ex-Chicago - the city). The GBV connection is tight here, as Greer not only played in the band but actually wrote the book on them (Guided by Voices: A Brief History: Twenty-One Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock and Roll) and had his former bandmate Robert Pollard provide the artwork for DTCV's latest release. The musical influence is there, but thanks to Vivarat's sweet vocal presence, the result lands closer to Pixies territory.
The Library is on Fire is the American indie rock trio of Steve Five, Pete Sustarsic, and Travis Tonn. Formed in 2007 and reportedly born out of a manifesto by the same name as the band and written by Five, these guys can be found rockin' out at a beach or loft party when they're not holed up in their loft, putting the finishing touches on their 4-track-recorded album. Appropriately, there are Guided By Voices connections all over their work, as it's no secret that the lo-fi indie rock legends have been a huge influence. They stopped by to tear through a few tunes and to extend formal invitations to some of their heroes to crash on the couch.
Since the last time Speedy Ortiz dropped by our studio, the band has played countless shows all around the country and landed on the radar of the music scene at large. That same charming, lo-fi grunge sound that made them endearing early on still applies, but now the pairing of Sadie Dupuis' melodies with satisfying fuzz comes on like a confident juggernaut -- not that there was any lack of confidence before. If you're like us and have a serious soft spot for the likes of 90s greats such as Helium, Pavement, and Mazzy Star, Speedy Ortiz should already be your new favorite band.
Originally known as Boy Without God, Gabriel Birnbaum's eccentric indie folk project, Wilder Maker, is full of enough noise and passion to live up to the new name. With the help of a large cast of friends and acquaintances, Birnbaum makes each song a journey, weaving a story through bursts of noise and varied riffs and time changes, with plenty of room to live and breath. Then there are pop songs -- well, they're all pop songs, really, but these tight little nuggets have horns that stab in all the right places, just daring you to dance, and maybe even get a little wild.
Radical Dads are the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based trio of Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). In addition to pumping out great pop jams accompanied by only the most excellent artwork, the band professes their appreciation for "gummy snacks, hitting the fizz, snoozin’ on Sundays, meditation, meditating on pizza, pizza itself, sunglasses, friends, all-time peace, and the search for the attainment of the transcendence of coolness." We can get behind that. Oh, and the music rules, too.
Kleenex Girl Wonder is the chameleon-esque stage name of one Graham Smith, a songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago who's been calling New York City his home for some time now. Beginning with a group of neighborhood friends and evolving into a shifting cast of players, KGW is a sort of indie rock institution, constantly experimenting while staying true to its time-tested formula. The current band features Smith on bass and vocals, Thayer McClanahan on guitar, and Matt LeMay on drums.
Steel Phantoms return to the studio for a second round of Serious Business On BTR! Now in ultra-compact duo form, Aaron Harris (former drummer for Montreal band Islands) and Jesse Newkirk (guitar wizard and notorious nice guy) continue to blast out catchy punk-ish pop gems. Critical acclaim, a killer live reputation, and a growing list of high-profile gigs keep the band riding high after the recent release of their self-titled EP. The guys sat down with Travis to share their secrets for getting a full band sound out of a duo while avoiding the easy way out (aka noise or blues rock).
Radical Dads are the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based trio of Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). In addition to pumping out great pop jams accompanied by only the most excellent artwork, the band professes their appreciation for "gummy snacks, hitting the fizz, snoozin’ on Sundays, meditation, meditating on pizza, pizza itself, sunglasses, friends, all-time peace, and the search for the attainment of the transcendence of coolness." We can get behind that. Oh, and the music rules, too.
Dope Body is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. Though their use of punk tactics -- abrasive blasts, loops, yelps and shouts -- gets them pegged as a noise band, there's also a tight groove running through their jams that makes them largely danceable; as Travis says, it’s very physical AND musical. Here, we present an extra video of Dope Body playing “Road Dog” at their recent session of Serious Business on BTR.
Cheap Time are a Nashville-based rock trio who pull together bits of pop and punk for razor tight tunes. Growing out of the solo project and demos of frontman Jeff Novak, the band invokes a perfectly nasty punk spirit to deliver their pure pop songs. They stopped by while on tour supporting punk giants Social Distortion to tell Travis a few stories from the road and to tear it up in the studio.
Dope Body is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. Though their use of punk tactics -- abrasive blasts, loops, yelps and shouts -- gets them pegged as a noise band, there's also a tight groove running through their jams that makes them largely danceable; as Travis says, it’s very physical AND musical. This sort of flexibility is what enables them to share the stage with more dance-oriented acts like Mykki Blanco as frequently as their thrashier brethren in Roomrunner. Here, they kept some of that boundless energy just barely under wraps as their sound exploded in the studio.
Jane Eyre -- briefly known as Boy King Island in its early stages -- is a quickly rising band on the New York scene and marks a shift from the critically acclaimed folk of songwriter Jesse Rifkin’s previous efforts as The Wailing Wall. While fans might first notice their outfits (Travis sure did) or the omnipresence of R. Buckminster Fuller's portrait onstage, the songs should really be taking precedence here. Combining the group's collective backgrounds in music studies, rock bands, and assorted experimental noisemaking situations, Jane Eyre is a powerful force generating uniquely memorable, experimental pop music.
Yoni Gordon is a soulful troubadour who cut his teeth in Boston before landing in Brooklyn. Standing tall and proud, his live show is a whirlwind of storytelling, bravado, and all-out-heart as told through a rock n' roll spectacle. Backed by a vibrant band -- horn section and all -- Gordon throws every bit of himself into his music like he truly means it. Here, he brings his band by the studio to blast through a few songs, and to make band introductions with the appropriate fanfare.
Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.
Crazy Pills is the ever-evolving rock n' roll outlet of NYC musician, Amanda B. (aka “Tha Kitten”). Here, she fronts a rip-roarin' trio (with members of pow wow! and Clouder), blazing through catchy tunes with equal parts garage, punk, and soul. The band stopped by the studio to play some tunes, talk about their upcoming album, and to give Travis a chance to present a challenge to David Letterman and to make a very special announcement for his internet viewers.
Young Things is a rock 'n roll band from New York City. With apparent influences from the Beatles to the Strokes, everything is in its rightful place here for their mission to get crowds dancing, drinking, and staying out all night. Aiming to be at the forefront of a raw garage rock revival, they've been inching closer to the spotlight, opening sold out shows for Jesse Malin and Har Mar Superstar and enlisting Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Band) to produce their record.
Grass Is Green is one of the best post-punk bands currently in Boston. Rippin' weirdo noise and explosive energy is all over their music and live show, so it's no surprise they've been getting great press with every move. Here, the guys play some jams and talk about being on the receiving end of some outlandish BrooklynVegan commenter attacks.
Brooklyn trio Dead Stars make self-described nerd grunge, which turns out to be the perfect description of their sound. Jangly and fuzzy in all the right places, with hooks reminiscent of everything catchy from Weezer, Pavement, and Superchunk as well as the rumbling rock of Hum or Archers Of Loaf. The list could go on -- just take a look at that book of favorite CDs from the 90s to get an idea, as our suspicion is these guys had very similar musical upbringings to most who grew up in the 'burbs. This is straight up, no-frills, rock music -- the sort that was once called "alternative" before it morphed into mainstream rock and then disappeared from the airwaves altogether. And Dead Stars ably give it new life.
Eternal Summers -- previously a duo of Nicole Yun and Daniel Cundiff, more recently fleshed out with the addition of bassist Jonathan Woods -- are a band coming into their own. While previous releases explored post punk and lo-fi rock territory, their current power trio format pushes things solidly into its own territory, crafting a unique pop sound that's entirely their own. The band is currently running a Pledge Music campaign, offering everything from vinyl pre-orders to sweaty shirts and house shows in order to facilitate the production of their new album.
Pop Zeus is the project of Brooklyn’s Mikey Hodges. As the story goes, it was impressed upon his young music-loving self that idols Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Todd Rundgren all played every instrument on their records. When Mikey was ready to start making his own music -- less than two years ago -- this idea stuck, and he banged out 10 power pop jams using borrowed gear. Here, he performs with his band and talks with Travis about their shared connections with Guided By Voices, among other things.
Eternal Summers -- previously a duo of Nicole Yun and Daniel Cundiff, more recently fleshed out with the addition of bassist Jonathan Woods -- are a band coming into their own. While previous releases explored post punk and lo-fi rock territory, their current power trio format pushes things solidly into its own territory, crafting a unique pop sound that's entirely their own. The band is currently running a Pledge Music campaign, offering everything from vinyl pre-orders to sweaty shirts and house shows in order to facilitate the production of their new album.
Formed in Brooklyn in 2011, Clouder made a big splash with their roaring, guitar-driven 60's-inspired rock 'n roll. After a brief hiatus as singer Eric Gilstrap moved south, the guys are back in action, playing shows up and down the East Coast and working on new music, pushing their psychedelic wall of sound into new realms, spilling beers, whipping hair, and breaking hearts -- we welcome these men back to Serious Business On BTR with open arms.
Butter The Children is an NYC-based quartet, newly signed to Downtown Records that features members of Le Rug, Sweet Bulbs, and Night Manager (who were previously featured on Serious Business on BTR). The band blasts out satisfying post-punk/indie rock tunes that would make the perfect soundtrack to just about any flick revolving around road trips, wild parties, or young lovers. Keeping the tempos up and the guitars going wild, no moment is wasted with this band. Also, as they tell Travis here, they may be working on a concept record -- so there’s that.
Raccoon Fighter is a trio of Brooklyn-dwelling men making rip-roarin' rock 'n roll. They offer heavy, groovy, Sixties-inspired, punk thrashin', headbangin' stuff coming at you in hi-fi sound. And even their mellower jams pack a solid, gritty punch that draws on their raw energy. Here, they play some tunes and talk with Travis about their new album.
White Mystery are the brother-sister ginger rock 'n roll slaying duo of Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White. Making the most of the classic atomic-hot drums-and-guitar combo and sharing vocal duties, these two blast out tunes with impossible energy and gusto. They dropped their rock bomb on our studio and sat down for an interview with Travis, to share a bit about their hard-touring lifestyle.
Erik Paparazzi has been recording and touring in various incarnations of The Paparazzi since way back. His heroes are the underdogs of pop like Harry Nilsson, Nick Lowe, Todd Rundgren, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson, and all the other musical visionaries who can get down with happy accidents, soul power, and the lushness of it all. And his experiences performing with the likes of Cat Power, Dirty Delta Blues, and other notable acts informs his powerful solo work. Here, he catches up with Travis, talks about his work, and offers a rousing interpretation of a perhaps-familiar commercial.
Supercute! is a an all-girl band from Brooklyn who definitely live up to their name. Founded by 19-year old singer Rachel Trachtenburg -- whose musical roots go back to playing drums in The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players at age 6 -- and joined by bandmate Julia Cumming, this duo is currently prepping their debut album, produced by British songwriter Kate Nash. Here, the girls are joined by friends to complete the super cuteness, just before they head out on tour.
Infamous Brooklyn punks, party-starters, Mets fans, and wranglers of legendary DIY venues Market Hotel and Shea Stadium, So So Glos are always up to something. A true rock 'n roll band of brothers via divorce and remarriage, their childhood musical beginnings found a new life in 2007 when they formed the band and set out to tour, make records, and operate all ages venues.
Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.
Roomrunner is a Baltimore-based band known for heavy riffs, soaring hooks, and a hard-touring DIY attitude. The band members' backgrounds in math, punk, and noise-rock come together to form a solid base of primal, loud rock that's been bringing strong critical praise. In preparation for the release of their upcoming first LP, the band is on the road to SXSW to play their hearts out and grow their legion of noise-loving fans.
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Jonathan Pilkington Kahnt -- known to his friends and musical colleagues as JPK -- deals in a brand of songwriting that places sincerity at the forefront, relying on heartfelt lyrics and crooning capable of winning over even the most cynical of audiences.
NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they're an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so. Featured Song: “Baby, I Hope So” On MiniBoone Mountain is available from Drug Front Records. Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/ZppTLR Watch MiniBoone performing “I Could, I Could,” previously on BTRtv: http://b-t-r.co/Ymz6ym Official website for MinBoone: http://www.miniboone.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/miniboone Twitter: @miniboone Upcoming tour dates: 3/2 @ Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY 3/7 @ The Golden West in Baltimore, MD 3/8 @ Warehouse in Norfolk, VA 3/10 @ The Black Lodge in Winston-Salem, NC 3/12 @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA About Serious Business on BTR: Travis Harrison records bands for a living, so he knows how to get the best out of musicians. As the president of Serious Business, a recording studio and record label, Travis also knows the industry. Every week he invites musicians into his studio for funny, irreverent and seriously interesting interviews where anything goes. New episodes every Monday from BreakThru Radio. Watch more episodes of Serious Business on BTR on our Blip page: http://blip.tv/seriousbusinessonbtr
NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they're an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so. Here’s a taste of the fun in their upcoming episode of Serious Business on BTR, as they kick out the song, “I Could, I Could.”
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, though they tour so much they’re rarely actually there. Originally called Alphababy, the quartet has toured internationally and drawn critical praise for their catchy, hook-and-harmony-heavy songs. The band stopped by our studio on a recent tour of the states to talk about getting government help for a music career, the difference between American and British harmonies, and more.
Takka Takka began in 2006 as Gabe Levine put together a live band to support his home-recorded demos. Since that time, the band's lineup has changed with nearly each release (3 LPs, 2 EPs), with only Levine and drummer Conrad Doucette lasting through each change. Currently in a compact, efficient trio format with the addition of Craig Montoro (formerly of Volcano, I'm Still Excited! and Sufjan Stevens) on bass, the band's latest release heads further down the minimalist, African-inspired path hinted at on their 2008 release, Migration. In this episode, Travis kicks things off with some directorial advice, makes a plea to Bliss cymbals for sponsorship, and chats with the band about lineup changes, the new record, and the difficulty of making music.
Miracles Of Modern Science are an unconventional rock band, creating explosive pop using an ensemble of mandolin, violin, cello, upright bass, and drums. Beginning at Princeton University, early versions of the group stormed open mics and gathered members from the school's orchestras and jazz band to build the impressive force that they've now become. The guys played some new songs and sat down with Travis to talk about their unique instrumentation, how weird peanut butter and pickles are (not actually a bad combo, really), and the best band Halloween costume ever.
From fuzz-punk beginnings to their current "psyched lo-fi pop with stoned enthusiasm," Seattle trio The Pharmacy have been working hard to expand both their minds and their sound. The pop songs on their latest release, Stoned & Alone, were recorded in a number of locations and here they sit down with Travis to share some of their stories about the process, plus burgers, hippie sex, and plenty of drugs.
The Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra is a jazz collective from New York City. Comprised of a group of friends who are veterans of other musical groups and backgrounds, they came together through a shared appreciation for jazz. With multi-instrumentalist Bob Parins (seen recently playing with the likes of Vetiver, Josh Mease, the Fruit Bats, etc.) at the helm, the group is clearly dedicated to classic jazz and the pursuit of a good time. Travis sat down with P.S.C.O. to discuss their style and stature, while the band explained the double entendre nature of their name.
Mail The Horse is a grunge gospel/country rock band that found its start in New Hampshire before moving to Brooklyn, NY. The band still has a New England connection through their Western MA-based label, TinyRadars, which is also home to fellow Serious Business on BTR favorites, Bunny's A Swine. Interweaving melodies, soul, and Americana influences along the lines of Dylan and the Boss are bolstered by a healthy sense of humor to drive these love songs to the failure of love. The guys played some tunes and sat down with Travis to talk about spending all your money at your place of work, getting robbed by strippers in Nashville, and using every room of the house in making a record.
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, though they tour so much they’re rarely actually there. Originally called Alphababy, the quartet has toured internationally and drawn critical praise for their catchy, hook-and-harmony-heavy songs. The band stopped by our studio on a recent tour of the states to talk about getting government help for a music career, the difference between American and British harmonies, and more.