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New York’s hottest new artist EZTV, signed on Captured Tracks, are one of the most refreshing new sounds in music. We caught up with Ezra, Shane and Michael to talk about meeting Jason Pierce and Pop music.
3rd: EZTV nice to meet you all! Introduce the band...
Ezra: Hi Third Outing, nice to meet you. We're EZTV, a rock and roll band from New York City.
3rd: I have read you met at an audition to play with Jason Pierce and Spiritualized. Is that right?
Shane: We didn't meet at the Spiritualized audition, but it was the first time the three of us played music together. We’re old friends - Ezra and I have been roommates for six years and Michael and I met back in 2007 after we both happened to move to NYC from Washington State. A couple years ago, Michael got offered the opportunity to put a band together to try out for the North American touring version of Spiritualized. I think he knew that getting the gig was a long shot so he benevolently let Ezra and I join him knowing that as big Spacemen 3 fans, we’d be psyched to meet and play with Jason Pierce. In rehearsing for the audition we discovered a natural chemistry and decided to keep working on music together after bombing the audition.
3rd: Let's talk about your music, could you define EZTV's sound in one sentence?
Michael: EZTV is the "Thump-shhhhh!" noise that your beer bottle made when it hit the floor and spilled everywhere after your college roommate played you Orange Juice's "Rip It Up" for the first time.
'That's the crazy, wonderful thing about rock and roll: good bands will always sound a little different and fresh, despite the fact that millions of people make music with similar instruments and influences that haven't changed much since the 1960s'.
3rd: Light is a bit more adventurous for me while Dust In The Sky is more power pop and Big Star. What's the album going to sound like? More Light or more Dust in the Sky?
Shane: We definitely love 70's power pop but that being said, “Dust in the Sky” is about as far as we go in that direction. I wouldn't say that the record skews towards either of the songs you mentioned; the rest of the tracks fill in the space between those two poles and also incorporate influences that haven't been represented yet. We've got a jangly and more melodic side that'll become clearer once the album comes out.
3rd: Your music is quite refreshing! In a world of music where many bands have the same sound, how important was it for you to have your sound? Did it come naturally?
Michael: Thanks for the kind words! I think that Ezra just has a bizarre way of fastening ideas and hooks together--sometimes it seems like he doesn't play by the rules, like when you get a new Lego set and you end up building something cooler and different than what is on the box. That's the crazy, wonderful thing about rock and roll: good bands will always sound a little different and fresh, despite the fact that millions of people make music with similar instruments and influences that haven't changed much since the 1960s.
3rd: With the release of your first album Calling Out in July, what's 2015 going to be like for EZTV?
Shane: We’re doing a short tour with Jacco Gardner and Captured Tracks label-mate Dinner, but beyond that, July and the rest of 2015 is a big question mark. We’re still a new band. Our first show was less than a year ago. Very few people have had the chance to check us out so the album release and what might follow is a mystery to us. If we’re lucky enough to have people pay attention and like the record, we hoping to do more touring and start work on another release.