You’re currently touring the South West in the States; how’s that going? We just did a couple of shows and it was a blast – that part of the US is so much fun to travel through. It’s so different from where we live in the PNW. We’re leaving for a West Coast tour tomorrow.
Your latest album Banshee dropped earlier in the year; how does it feel to be out and about playing it? It feels great. This is the first album that we self-released, so the whole process has been a totally new experience.
How did The Cave Singers meet and how was the band formed? Pete and I were living together and started a recording project. After a couple of months, we had a bunch of songs and wanted to try playing live. Marty lived down the alley from us and wasn’t playing with anyone at the time, so he just started coming over to jam. It was all very easy.
Did your approach to this album differ from previous albums? Our songs usually start with a riff or guitar line that I’ll send to Pete. He writes all the time so he’ll use something he’s got or come up with something new. Then we record vocals over the top and we all get together and figure out where to take it next.
‘Christmas Night’; what was the inspiration behind the song? Pete and I came up with this one pretty quick. Originally, it was just the two of us and a drum machine – I think he already had the words before we came up with the music.
Our campaign shows five friends celebrating their first Christmas away from their families – what are your memories of first living away from home? Chinese food and a double feature film.
What would your advice to budding musicians just starting out be? Just love what you do.
Are there any new singer-songwriters/bands out there whose music you like? There’s a bunch. Kevin Morby, AdriAnne Lenker, Car Seat Headrest, Mr. Nightsky, Chris Cheveyo, Hiss Golden Messenger.
What are you looking forward to the most about the winter? It gets so shitty here in the winter that all you want to do is hang out in the basement making songs. That’s what I like best about it. In the summer, you want to be outside. It makes it harder to get anything done!