These lads had my be[a]st album of 2009 and now we get to learn a little more about what makes them tick and what makes them ever so slick. It's The Very Best, and yep, they are darn good. Real good.
The modestly-named The Very Best talk to Jessica Suarez in ABC's latest webisode series, Amplified. They chat about their delicious mix of Africanmusicand electro-beats and also jump in on a great backstory.Best details: lead singerused to work in a junk shop and is one of ten children.
In the latest ABCNews Amplified webisode shorts, we get a peek inside the life and formation of Philadelphia band, Free Energy. The five member power pop-rock troupe includes members Scott Wells, Paul Sprangers, Evan Wells, Geoff Bucknam, and Nick Shuminksy. They released their James Murphy-produced debut album, Stuck on Nothing, earlier this year.
As interviewer Dan Harris notes, "They’re the first band I’ve ever met that cops to using self-help books as a source for lyrics."
Additionally, we learn this about the band: "Paul Sprangers and Scott Wells met in high school (we managed to get their yearbook pics, which you’ll enjoy), struggled as a minor indie rock band, and are now breaking out with songs inspired by Tom Petty, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC. In this interview, they talk about their prior band’snasty break-up, and their feelings about the critics who so frequently invoking the movie “Dazed and Confused” to describe their new music."
The latest installment of ABCNews' web series, Amplified, features Toro Y Moi. This time, the interviewer is none other than Nick Diamonds, from Islands, whom the lad shared a number of tour dates with last year. Get ready, beasts...it's about to get chilly. And wavey.
In this video, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation between Chaz Bundick and Nick as they talk about Chaz’s personal (embarrassingly so, he says) lyrics, the pressure of being a “glo-fi pioneer,” and whether Chaz is “raunchy” in his personal life.
Also, Chaz utters one of the weirdest and funniest sentences ever. Hint: It has to do with dogs.
In ABCNews's latest webisode of Amplified, which features today's hottest musicians and the stories behind how their acts got together, Dan Harris talks with the darlings of folky indie rock,She & Him. With their sophomore album, Volume Two, seeing a late March 2010 release, the pair have been on a constant tour pre-SXSW, through NYC last month, and on throughout the summer.
Watch as Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward talk about how they met, why she kept her songs secret for so long and why she doesn’t play She & Him tunes for her husband (Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard) until after they’re done.
Buy Volume Two here and check out the video below.