Boston outfit Spook The Herd have just released their exciting and excellent new EP The Small Wins, so what better reason to catch up with the band to talk music? But as you'll soon find, these guys are a lot more than just fuzzy guitars and Pop melodies. If you want to have a pint with the best, you've got to be the best...
Spook The Herd! For those of us in out of the loop give us a round up of the band?
Hey! It's Jesse and Abe here from Spook the Herd.
How do you describe yourself to people?
Abe: We're the sweater your grandmother got you for Christmas that you never thought you'd wear but end up wearing all the time because it's really comfortable.
During the recording of the new album how was the atmosphere? Excitement? Nerves?
Abe: We record ourselves; we don't go into a studio with an agenda. Since we can do it all on our own it's a pretty free atmosphere to experiment and take our time. So it's a pretty chill environment. Probably pretty boring to be around.
The new songs are pretty heavy. Was there an agenda for The Small Wins?
Jesse: We wanted to make a concise, short record where all the songs were constructed with the intention of being a part of the same release. Abe: We just wanted to take simple pop formats and layer them with fuzzy guitars and sing-songy lyrics.
The first track we heard from you was Officially Expired. We absolutely loved it. How does the new EP differ from the previous ones?
Jesse: The new EP was written with the idea of being a singular concept. In the past, we've written songs one at a time and those songs typically sound like whatever is influencing us at that moment.
"I'd be remiss not to want to play a show with Arctic Monkeys because I'd like to have a pint with Alex Turner"
What is it like to attend one of your gigs?
Abe: At first, you're probably very underwhelmed, standing there with your arms crossed. But by the end, you're not overwhelmed. Just sort of pleasantly whelmed.
If the band could only play one city in UK for a gig with one current band, where and with who would it be?
Abe: Since I'm a quarter Scottish I'd love to play in Edinburgh. I've never been there and it would be cool to take in at least a quarter of the city. And I'd be remiss not to want to play a show with Arctic Monkeys because I'd like to have a pint with Alex Turner.
In your opinion who is the ultimate anti-hero guitar player?
Abe: Jesse and I both agree that the guitarists from Chavez, Matt Sweeney and Clay Tarver, would be the best answers to that. They always fucked with the ideas of conventional Rock formats, and used dissonance to their melodic advantage to create something new and exciting every time.