AnchorMusicRob: Your latest release is really good.
What inspired you to do an acoustic greatest hits record?
Matt: We never had a hit. We wanted to do something special for our 10 year anniversary. 10 years ago is when we added Robbie and became official. It gave us the opportunity to remember and honor past songs. In 2007 we did an Acoustic EP that took a week. Our fans have wanted an acoustic record so we combined the ideas. We recorded old songs unplugged.
AnchorMusicRob: I was a backer. You guys raised $15000 in 4.5 hours.
Matt: People were pre ordering our music without ever hearing it. It better be good otherwise they won’t back us again. We spent more time and it became bigger because we raised more money. We wanted to make it better by rearranging and adding layers to the songs.
AnchorMusicRob: What is your favorite song off WWD: V1?
Matt: We All Look Elsewhere
It is driven by cello. It is similar to a Danny Elfman arrangement. It was a cool opportunity to arrange the song how I heard it in my brain.
AnchorMusicRob:In a Kickstarter update, You mentioned how you weren’t thrilled doing another version of Who Needs Air. How did you make this song new and different?
Matt: I didn’t. I was 19 when I recorded it acoustically. I gave it to my then girlfriend now wife as a Christmas gift. The band liked it so we put it on an EP. Then we redid it and put it on We All Look Elsewhere EP. Then we recorded it on Albatross. It has been recorded 5 or 6 times. I was tired of revisiting it. I recorded it again and added a cello to do the song justice.
AnchorMusicRob: How has your experience with Kickstarter been?
Matt: It has been good. We have met and exceeded our goals on 2 projects. It is easy to use.
AnchorMusicRob: What are the advantages of being an independent band?
Matt: Not being contractually obligated to tour, so we won’t remain broke and homeless. A 2-3 week tour then home is good. The model is not feasible for artists. Being independent cuts out the label. Music distribution only costs $50 a year to hit the big names. The label is like a bank. They front you money to make a record. The label takes money from record sales to recoup recording costs. Technically your supposed to get half the proceeds from record sales but your recouping money forever. We were on a great label. It built our brand. It was a phase of life. We were grateful for the opportunity but missing family was not worth it. Tour is where you make money. Being independent is how we make money on a record. It is a viable option and great opportunity.
AnchorMusicRob How has Seattle impacted your music?
Matt: Everything impacts my music including the people I meet. Seattle has a vibe. It is a musical city where people stay indoors. There is a scene and nightlife that encouraged our music. We don’t embody the Seattle sound. There was a Grunge scene. In the early 2000’s there was a Punk Rock scene. There were bands like Acceptance and Vendetta Red. There was a blend of scene that didn’t have much influence on us. Dave Bazon is one of the only local musicians from Seattle. I was born outside of Vancouver and moved to Seattle after high school. There is nothing like it.
AnchorMusicRob: Was this the inspiration for City of Orphans?
Matt: It was since people believe the city [Seattle] is what they long for
AnchorMusicRob: What is your favorite restaurant in Seattle?
Matt: I try lots of things like Philly Cheesesteak or Seafood. There is a mishmash of different foods.
AnchorMusicRob: Who is your favorite Seahawks player?
Matt: Earl Thomas
They have no Defense without him. He is on every play. He is small and fast.
AnchorMusicRob: You are about to go on tour with Emery. How did you start touring with Emery?
Matt: We were label mates. On 2006, we were on the Tooth & Nail Tour with Emery, Anberlin, and The Fold. That was a best tour. We had a fun time and became friends. We went our Warped Tour with them. They are Seattle transplants from South Carolina. They were talking about their next record and I had dinner with some of the members. After that night they called Brandon Ebel and ended their Tooth and Nail Contract. I have been involved with Bad Christian from the beginning. I am developing tools for artists. We fly out in 3 days. Skip won’t be there the first week.
Matt: Thanks for the time.
AnchorMusicRob: Your welcome. I will see you on Monday.
Make sure to check them out with Emery when the come to your town.
You can listen to the record below.