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What are the best and worst things about being an artist in Brooklyn?
The best thing is the energy from all the great people around us doing amazing projects. The worst is that everyone and their dog has a band. And paying rent. And not being able to have a dog. But I shouldn’t complain… we’re very lucky to live here.
How do you describe your music to your parents or other older relatives?
Just like I explain it to other humanoids. Sometimes I compare it to Magical Mystery Tour-era of the Beatles but with two drummers and my buddy Julia’s lovely voice.
What other events at Northside 2013 are you most excited for?
Drinking at the Jameson sponsored bar! [Laughs] But also, after the Walkmen show, we’re DJ-ing the Heineken-sponsored after-party, which will be hilarious because none of us are real DJs and we like to play things like Baja Marimba Band and Dire Straits slowed down. We’re also playing another show that night on the outdoor stage at Brooklyn Fire Proof.
What’s your most noteworthy experience at a music festival?
We’ve played a few festivals like Savannah Stopover and SXSW, and I always have a great time hanging with friends in bands. SXSW was like a big sleepover with Heliotropes & Celestial Shore at my mom’s house in Austin, but honestly I think our most noteworthy experience will be June 15 at Northside.