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We recently got interviewed by a blog called the Correspondence. Here’s how that interview went down.
We recently had a chance to interview Canyons, a local Orange County, CA band. Jeremy (guitar/vocals) answered the questions on behalf of the band due to their busy schedules. You can check out Canyons on Facebook, Tumblr, and grab an EP for free over at their Bandcamp. Check out what Jeremy had to say about the new music, the local scene, and much more!
The Correspondence: How did the band get started?
Canyons: Well 3/4th’s of our band has been playing together since early high school off and on in various projects. Canyons started after our current bassist Garrett moved up North for a few years. Our drummer, Nick, and I started this band with another friend of ours who played guitar in 2010. Over the years though I think we’ve lost 6 or 7 bassists and the friend who we started the band with, but luckily Garrett moved back a little while ago and we finally solidified our lineup.
The C: Do you guys like the music scene in Fullerton/Orange County?
Canyons: The local music scene is a very fickle thing, occasionally it can be cool but often times it’s a bit at odds with what we do. There’s a lot of garage rock and psychedelic music due to our proximity to Burger Records, which can be cool sometimes but doesn’t really make a ton of sense with what we do. On the other hand, places outside of Orange County like Los Angeles, Pomona, Long Beach, etc… have pretty thriving music scenes that work much better with our style.
The C: You guys posted about an album coming out soon; can you give us any details on that?
Canyons: The album that we posted about is actually just an official release of our first self released EP that we did about two years ago. It’s being put out by our friend’s label, Trabajo Records, which we’re really excited about. Since you’re asking about new albums though, we are in the midst of recording our follow up EP, which hopefully will see the light of day by the end of summer.
The C: Will there be some shows to follow up its release?
Canyons: In July we’re planning on playing a release show at The Smell in LA, which is being sponsored by the College station KXLU. Other than that though, we’re working on the new recordings and playing local shows here and there. No touring plans at the moment.
The C: What is the dream venue that you’d love to play? How about dream artist to work with?
Canyons: I really enjoy it when we get to play at local art galleries, so I think it would be incredible to get to play at a place like LACMA or The Getty. I know that those museums hold summer concert series, which are pretty great.
As for artists to collaborate with, I can only speak for myself but I would absolutely freak over the chance to collaborate with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) or Tom Waits. I’ve been in love with both of them for years. I’d probably be too petrified to go through with it though.
The C: Are you hoping to get some attention from labels with this new release or do you prefer the DIY way?
Canyons: I know that we are planning on sending it out to blogs and labels, just to see if we even get a response. We’re DIY currently more out of necessity than want.
The C: Did any band members have any formal training or were you all self-taught musicians?
Canyons: Our drummer and piano player both have had some form of lessons in their past, but our bassist and I have no actual training. I taught myself how to playing guitar, and just sort of figured out how to sing.
The C: Who are some of your biggest influences?
Canyons: Some artists that have had a pretty big impact on us are one’s like Fugazi, Talking Heads, Sam Cooke, Charles Mingus, Pavement, John Fahey, Fela Kuti, Calvin Johnson, Sonic Youth, Thelonious Monk, Grizzly Bear, Beach Boys…
The C: How has your music evolved from when the band first started to now?
Canyons: When we started we had more members so our sound was a bit more orchestrated. There’s a lot less of the atmospheric post-rock influence now. When our former guitarist left the band, it put a lot more of the songwriting in my hands and my influences aren’t as firmly cemented in the “Rawk” world so I think that started coming out a lot more.
The C: What would you say your biggest accomplishment has been so far
Canyons: I think the thing I’m most proud of is the fact that we’ve written some songs that I really enjoy, and that we continue to push our music into new areas. We’ve played some venues that I’ve loved and played with some artists that I really like, but overall I think just making the music that we do is our biggest accomplishment.