Thursday, August 2, 2012

Conveyor: Interview & Ticket Giveaway

Brooklyn-based band Conveyor have a new album and they're coming to DC!  Their self-titled debut came out last month and it's quite the record indeed.  For the full album review, head this way, but today we have other exciting news to talk about.  Not only do you have the chance to see them live, but I recently had the pleasure to interview Conveyor and here's what they had to say.

Hello!  Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me today.  Let's start this off with an introduction.  Who is Conveyor?

We are!  More specifically, we are T.J. Masters, Michael Pedron, Alan Busch, and Evan Garfield.

Your debut album came out earlier this month, so congratulations on that major achievement!  How does the typical Conveyor writing session unfold?  Is it a group process, or do you guys write separately and then merge the results together?

Our process isn't all that consistent really.  It depends on the song.  In some cases songs came together almost entirely in the studio, while in others, one individual brought a relatively fleshed out idea to the group at which point we would all then collaborate and contribute our own ideas.  We also like to let the songs continue to develop in a live scenario, where they tend to really come into their own.

Which comes first, music or lyrics?

Again, this depends on the song.

As a band, what influences you?

We take a lot of direction from music across history (ranging anywhere from the Four Seasons to Fela Kuti), but our real interests lie in bringing those historical influences into the contemporary dialogue among the music scene in which we operate.

If you had to describe Conveyor in three words to someone who has never heard your music before, what would you say?

Teaming Earth Kaleidoscope.

You're currently in the middle of a summer tour spanning across the US and Canada.  How has the crowd reaction at the live shows been so far?

For the most part, the crowds have been very positive and encouraging.  For that, we are more than grateful.

What should someone expect when going to a Conveyor concert?

Expect your expectations to be wrong.

Do you have a favorite city to play?

Louisville, Kentucky.

Finally, what music are you currently listening to?  Are there any albums that you just can't stop playing?

We are listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young at this very moment. We've really been digging on the Kishi Bashi record as well as Monogold's record, The Softest Glow.  Monogold is from Brooklyn and they are great.

Thanks!  Have a great time on the rest of the tour!

Thank you!

Now it's time for the giveaway!  Conveyor's playing at DC's Black Cat tomorrow night, along with Drop Electric, Southwork, and Presto Bando.  If you'd like to win some tickets, you can enter through the following methods.  Increase your odds by doing all three!

Good luck!  The winner will be contacted on 8/3.

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