A Chat With Dryjacket

KCR:  How did you guys start playing music together?

Brad Wyllner: It was actually Joe and I. It came out of a shitty relationship I had with a pretty terrible girl. The best part of it was meeting Joe. She was a friend of his. We were at a party and started talking about music. After that relationship I hit him up, because I was interested in starting a band. I didn’t think he was going to want to be a part of it, but right away he was interested. We met up and talked some more about music and started forming some songs, and then slowly brought on Ian and Adam until we found the right members. That’s basically the start of Dryjacket.

KCR: Did you play in bands before that?

Joe Junod: I have – some of us have. I played in a few small ones, but you guys played in bigger ones.

BW: Yeah, Ian and Adam and I all knew each other longer than we knew Joe. Adam played in a band with my brother, and Ian and I played in bands [together] since we were in sixth grade. So, it seemed like our group of friends was always just mixing members and making different bands over and over. This is just the one that ended up sticking.

Adam Cerdan: We all played in bands, but nothing that we took seriously.

KCR: What did those bands sound like? Did they sound like Dryjacket?

(everyone laughs)

JJ: No, I was in pop punk bands up until this.

AC: Yeah, I did like acoustic solo project stuff.

BW: Yeah, like an indie, pop rock deal, not like this.

KCR: Were you a fan of Hopeless [Records] before you signed to them?

BW: Yeah, I know I can speak for Ian and I [in] that we grew up loving bands that were on Hopeless or still are currently on Hopeless. So, it’s kind of bizarre being label mates with bands that we used to go see every time they came through our area. So yeah, we’re definitely fans of the label and what they’re doing. It’s an honor to be a part of it now.

KCR: What do you like playing more, a house show or a venue show?

BW : They both have their pros and cons. I like doing a little bit of both every now and then.

AC: It depends on how narrow the stairs are (laughs).

JJ: We’ve played some really cool house shows in like backyards and stuff too. I guess…I don’t know if I have a preference.

BW: It doesn’t matter really. A good show is a good show.

JJ: I think we do prefer like smaller, more personal venues.

BW: Even Soda Bar is great for that vibe, because even though it’s a venue it still has that close quarters vibe and low stage.

AC: And you don’t have to have a lot of people come out. At a house show – it feels crowded – it’s good for a band like us (laughs).

KCR: Have you seen a lot while you’ve been touring?

BW: Definitely. We’re a band that likes to squeeze in as much as we can on the drives and stuff like that. We’re suckers for any scenic overlook – to the point that we might even get to the shows late cause we wanna stop and look at everything and take pictures.

KCR: But this isn’t your first national tour, right?

BW: No, this is maybe our third or fourth time on the West Coast. But, it’s still great and it never gets old looking at the views in Colorado and Utah. The drive we did yesterday was just beautiful.

KCR: What else are you doing to pass the time on the road?

BW: For this tour we all got into the show “Black Mirror,” on Netflix.

KCR: Ooh, creepy.

BW: Yeah, and we’ve been obsessed with it. We’ve been watching it together and then discussing it after we watch it.

KCR: I would ask which episode has been your favorite, but it’s more accurate to ask which one has disturbed you the most.

AC: All of them.

BW: The first 5 episodes are very sad. They bummed us out a little bit. But besides that, on previous tours, we played Uno a lot.

AC: We have a soccer ball we kick around.

KCR: What do you think of California compared to the East Coast?

BW: We love it. I mean, I didn’t come out here until I was in this band. None of us had been out here; it was all our first time coming to California.

JJ: No humidity.

KCR: Have you been to San Diego before?

BW: Yes, a couple times. This is the third time I think. We went to La Jolla a couple times, almost every time we’ve been here. Today we went down to…where was the park?

Ian Foley: Torrey Pines.

KCR: Wow, you guys do get out a lot. Did you swim?

BW: Yeah we had like 45 minutes and we ran down.

AC: We pulled off and ran down to the beach and went swimming.

IF: I feel like everytime I see water I’m like, ‘I need to be in that.’  Adam’s with me, we’re always jumping in.

KCR: Who in each of your opinions is the best artist to come from New Jersey?

BW: I almost feel guilty saying anyone and then just skipping over Bruce Springsteen.

IF: Demetri Martin is out of New Jersey.

BW: Yeah true, you didn’t say music artist, just any kind of artist (laughs). I think for me any project that Evan Weiss does has been pretty influential. “Into It. Over It.” is what made me want to start a band like this. So, for this type of band that would probably be mine.

Adam: My mind goes back to early Drive Thru [Records] bands, like Midtown.

IF: The June Spirit.

BW: For the 3 people who know who The June Spirit is (laughs).

KCR: What does “For Posterity” mean to you?

JJ: It’s kind of a couple of things. What it means is to stand for generations. It’s also the first words I heard my dad say. He passed away 25 years ago, and so I never really got to hear him talk. I have an old tape of him that never worked until we transferred it onto DVD this year. My mom was talking about the date and time, like “Hey, it’s Easter 1991,” and my dad cuts her off like, “It’s okay, it’s dated and timed for posterity.” And that’s just a funny phrase for someone to throw out. So, that’s kind of what it means for me. And, for this band and this record we recorded it “for posterity.”

The internet’s first boyband is coming to the Observatory

BROCKHAMPTON is an alternative hip hop boyband founded by musician and filmmaker, Kevin Abstract. He gathered 12 friends from high school and from the internet forum KanyeToThe, and they called themselves BROCKHAMPTON. They moved into a house in South Central Texas to create all day long and record their mixtape, “All-American Trash.” What really captured people’s attention, however, was their debut album, “SATURATION,” released early June. Abstract has support from Tyler the Creator of Odd Future and popular TV channel VICELAND.

Click here to watch the trailer for “AMERICAN BOYBAND,” airing on VICELAND. The T.V. series follows BROCKHAMPTON members on tour with Abstract for his album, “American Boyfriend.”

Late August, BROCKHAMPTON released their sophomore album, “SATURATION II.” The same day, Abstract announced on Twitter that “SATURATION” would be a trilogy. Fans are hungry for the group’s last installment, which is expected to drop before the end of 2017. 

Check out BROCKHAMPTON’s music video for their second single, “SWAMP,” off of “SATURATION II.”

BROCKHAMPTON, now based in L.A., started their first official North American tour, “Jennifer’s Tour,” earlier this month. General admission tickets are $20 for the Observatory North Park show on Oct. 2. Doors open at 8 p.m. Make sure to get there early to catch Abstract’s opening DJ set with Romil. 

Hope to see you all there! 

A Five Minute Interview with LANY

At KAABOO Del Mar, on Sept. 16, I sat down for a very quick pre-set chat with the alt-pop band LANY. We discussed music, creation and their ultimate goals.

The three musicians sit down on the press lounge couch, Less Priest (guitar and keys) on the left, Paul Klein (lead vocals and guitar) in the middle and Jake Goss (drums) on the right. Less leans back into the furniture, Paul leans forward and rests his elbows on his knees, and Jake crosses one In-n-Out sock-clad foot over his leg.

KCR: You guys mix, write and record all of your own music right?

PK: Yes.

KCR: So, do you have any tips for new, beginner artists?

PK: Just use what you have.

JG: When we’re starting a song we kind of explore any idea. And then, we figure out what works and what doesn’t work. So, we kind of go for it at the beginning and just try stuff out to see if it sticks. We don’t hold back.

PK: I think if you have a ton of stuff it’s hard to – it can get kind of confusing. If you have, you know, 20 synthesizers it can be like, “Ah, what do I do?”. You know? We really start with one synth – a microKorg – and we add a bass synth, I guess.

LP: Some people use a lot of layers to create one cool sound they like, but we just kind of fish around until we find the one.

PK: Yeah.

JG: One sound.

KCR: And you’ve played tons of venues and tons of shows. Do you have a dream venue?

PK: Yeah, I mean the Hollywood Bowl would be amazing. I’ve never even been, I’ve just seen photos.

JG: Same.

LP: Yeah same.


PK: Yeah, Madison Square Garden too.

JG: Where’s that?

(dead silence, then everyone laughs)

PK: That was so good! You kept a really straight face. I was going to be like, “Can I talk to you outside? It’s actually New York. You know this.”

(everyone laughs)

KCR: Do you guys have an ultimate goal for your music?

PK: Well, we want to be the biggest band in the world. But, I guess like, to never go backwards and to never run out of ideas is the long-game goal. You know?

LP: We want to be huge.

JG: Yeah we hope our music lasts forever.

KCR: I’ve seen a lot of comparisons of you, Paul, to Matt Healy from the 1975, in terms of your style and your performance. So, if you had to pick one person to replace you in the band who would it be?

JG: Mine would be Ronnie Vannucci, The Killers’ drummer. He’s a legend.

PK: I’m trying to think. I’m irreplaceable man, that’s whats up.

LP: I’d probably say The Edge.

(everyone oohhs)

PK: The Edge! That’s nice. Yeah, I don’t know.

LP: Who’s your favorite front man.

PK: Yeah I don’t know. I can’t think of anyone.

KCR: Who’s on your playlist?

PK: Frank Ocean, a lot. Kevin Garrett, a lot the last two days. So good. Tom Misch. I guess I’m speaking for all of us.

LP: The Killers.

JG: A lot of London Grammar.

Check out more of LANY here, or catch them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Their debut, self titled album is out now! Get it on iTunes, or listen on Spotify or SoundCloud.

Photo by aLIVE Coverage. 

An Interview with Joywave

Joywave came into town on Aug. 24 to perform alongside Cold War Kids and Young the Giant. I was able to sit down and interview the band. In this interview, Daniel Armbruster (lead vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards) and Paul Brenner (drums) answer questions that you never knew you needed to know until now.

KCR: You have so many hilarious and wildly creative music videos. Are there any concepts for a music video that you wanted to do but haven’t done yet?

DA: Yes.

KCR: For your first album, “How Do You Feel Now?,” there were a lot of samples from Disney movies, such as “Peter Pan,” “Bambi,” and even “Fantasia.” Are there any plans for clearing any more samples to use in future EPs or albums?

DA: No. Sorry (laughs). We may do that, but we did not do that for this record. Disney is the parent company for of our record label (Hollywood Records) so when we signed there, we did so kind of saying, “Maybe they’ll let us dig into the vault there a little bit?”, and we were right. They did let us and it was a fun thing. It’s notoriously difficult to clear Disney samples, so it was really cool that they let us do that for the first record.

KCR: Was the reason you signed with Disney because they gave you so much creative control?

DA: Yes. We made the first record ourselves. We made the second record ourselves too. When we signed there, they were saying, “Who do you want to help make your record?”. We had done everything ourselves up to that point, for the most part, and so we said we wanted to continue doing everything. They said, “sounds good.”

KCR: So we’re going to move to the second segment of this interview and it’s more focused on personal questions about each of you. We’ll start off with Paul. Is it true your dad was a guard on the show, “Legends of the Hidden Temple”?

PB: No.

KCR: Wait… was that just a rumor?

PB: Yeah. How do you know that?

DA: Who started that?

PB: Me in high school. Seriously, how do you know that. Where did you read that?

KCR: I’m interviewing Joywave. I had to know.

PB: Sometimes people would believe me.

KCR: I mean… I believed you.

PB: It’s an age old tale that I’ve been telling for many eons.

KCR: Daniel, what would you say is the best song you ever made and why is it “Thriller 2“?

DA: (Laughs) “Thriller 2” by my old band, Vice Grip, is the best song ever made. “Destruction,” by Joywave, is a close second and beyond that, I think “True Grit” from our 2012 EP, “Koda Vista.” I think that is what I would believe to be the best Joywave song.

KCR: Who would you say are some of the biggest influences for the band?

DA: I think we generally like people who do whatever they want to do, like Kanye West. He’s an exciting person. We are all Kanye West fans, despite him releasing very similar artwork to some of our fall tour art in 2015 (Kanye West’s tour art). Damon Albarn (lead singer of Blur and co-creator of Gorillaz) is a guy who has done whatever he wanted to do throughout his career, so we all find that to be very inspiring.

KCR: Joseph, are you into baseball?

JM: I’m very into baseball.

KCR: What would you say is your favorite team?

JM: My favorite team is the New York Yankees.

DA: You clearly already know this.

JM: You’re setting me up.

DA: If you know about “Thriller 2” then you know that Joey likes the Yankees.

KCR: I know there’s a famous rookie on the Yankees named Aaron Judge. Would you name your future son, Aaron Judge Morinelli?

JM: Yes. I would name my son Aaron Judge Morinelli.

KCR: Last but not least, Ben. When is the next single going to drop for the “Waterboys“(a side project with Joywave bassist, Sean Donnelly)?

BB: (Laughs) Any day now.

KCR: What’s one question you always wished you were asked during an interview?

DA: I don’t know.

BB: I don’t know. I never [think], “Man! I wish they asked this!”

DA: Yeah. I do know what I don’t like to be asked. I don’t like being asked what my favorite color is, what the name of the band is, or what Joywave sounds like. Those are the three questions where if someone asks any of those three questions, the interview is over for me. But, they don’t know it and it keeps going for awhile and I just say things like, “Our band sounds like Pitbull.” [Stuff] like that.

KCR: Well I’m glad we’re interviewing Young the Giant right now. Glad to have you guys.

(everyone laughs)

KCR: If you could replace yourself in the band with a celebrity, who would it be?

JM: I need a minute.

DA: I also need a minute.

PB: Nicolas Cage. But, I would just want him to take my face.

KCR: So it would be like a “Face/Off”  situation?

PB: Exactly.

BB: I still have to think…

DA: Amanda Bynes.

JM: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin because he can give you a hell-of-a-lot better show than I could.

BB: Dude, I don’t know.

DA: He says he’ll pick Trump.

BB: That didn’t come out of my mouth. I didn’t say it.

DA: You were holding the mic when it was said. It was definitely you.

You can find Joywave on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud and Twitter. You can listen to their latest album, “Content,” on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple Music.