Photo Bex Wade
When talking about Ski Lodge, a local four-piece led by songwriter Andrew Marr, there is the temptation to rely too heavily on descriptors like “summery,” which would no doubt bring to mind bands like Real Estate. And while, yes, there are similarities, Ski Lodge’s songs are most impressive not for their simplicity or for their general vibes, but for their striking clarity and attention to detail, as well as hooks so strong you couldn’t ignore them if you tried. (And lyrics like, “I walked into a party/It looked like 1996 to me/And everyone around me was dressed like David Bowie/And I was so afraid of what they’d think of me.”)
Favorite NYC venue?
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Probably a tie between The Walkmen and The Strokes.
Favorite song about NYC?
Billy Joel, “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway).”
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
The Queen is Dead by The Smiths.
Ideal four-band bill
The Walkmen, Beach House, The Strokes, Vampire Weekend.
Ideal four-band bill (dream):
The Smiths, The Kinks, Joy Division, Elliott Smith.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?