Get To Know S. Carey

Ahead of S. Carey’s upcoming visit to the Mainroom—opening for American Football!—we asked him a few questions. See what we found out below, and get your tickets to see S. Carey, Aero Flynn, and American Football at First Avenue on Saturday, April 29.

Blog By Les Poling

Les Poling: You’ve said in the past that you’re a big American Football fan. Have you ever opened for a band that you’re a fan of before? Do you think that will change the performance experience at all?

S. Carey: Yeah, it has happened a few times. A big one for me was when we got open for David Bazan for a  couple weeks. I’ve been a huge fan for a while; I even have a Pedro the Lion-themed email address that I still use!! We did open a show for American Football in New York a couple years back so hopefully the fanboy energy is tamed down by now (kinda joking)! It is really cool for sure - something you dream of growing up playing music in your basement or garage or whatever.

LP: You recently produced and appeared on The King Of Whys, the latest album from Mike Kinsella’s Owen. What was that experience like?

SC: Man, we had such a good time. It was kind of how every recording process should go. Mike is so easy to work with. For starters, he’s an incredible musician; plus he’s super low key and easy to get along with. We didn’t really know each other before the sessions, but bonded over the simple things in life - tacos and beer. I think it also worked that we have some musical similarities, but also we are sort of coming two different perspectives and I think you can really hear that mashup on this record. Big shoutout to my drummer and engineer, Zach Hanson, who did an incredible job with the record.

LP: You’ll be opening for American Football alongside Aero Flynn, another Eau Claire band. It seems like there’s a real sense of community in the music scene coming out of the midwest today, specifically Eau Claire. Is that something you seek out when you perform alongside or collaborate with other artists, or does it just seem to happen organically?

SC: I think it sorta comes naturally? When I first moved to Eau Claire for school I remember seeing these flyers all over for this band, Amateur Love. The lead dude (Josh Scott) was smoking a cig; he looked so badass! And now his new band Aero Flynn is equally as cool. I was honored to record some drums and piano on their first record, and I guess that happened pretty organically. I think I just stopped out the studio and was hanging out then all of sudden I had a piano idea to try. There’s a lot of that process going on in Eau Claire when there are sessions. It’s fun.

LP: You’ve been pretty busy working with other people (Bon Iver, Owen). Have you been working on any solo music you can tell us about?

SC: Yes, new stuff is in the works! I’ve also been composing some music for a play based on the book “Population 485” by Eau Claire writer, Michael Perry. Trying to get into scoring for tv/film; we’ll see where that goes!

Tickets on sale this week: April 7, 2017

MON
5/15
Whitehorse Turf Club Fri 4/7
at noon
WED
5/17
K.Flay with Missio Mainroom NOW
THU
5/25
Early Eyes Minutes EP Release Show
with The Happy Children, Half Mannequin
7th St Entry NOW
FRI
6/02
Rodrigo y Gabriela Tenth Anniversary Tour
with Ryan Sheridan
Mainroom NOW
SAT
6/03
Wrestlepalooza X
presented by PBR and ZUBAZ
Mainroom Fri 4/7
at noon
MON
6/05
Diet Cig with SPORTS 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at 1pm
TUE
6/06
Gang of Youths 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at 10am
FRI
6/09
Forever Young Prom
90s & 00s Dance Music You Forgot You Loved
Mainroom NOW
FRI
6/09
Cloud Cult Northrop Fri 4/7
at 11am
MON
6/12
SayWeCanFly with Call Me Karizma, Marina City 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at 9am
THU
6/15
Robyn Hitchcock Turf Club Fri 4/7
at 10am
THU
6/22
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart with Ablebody 7th St Entry NOW
FRI
6/23
Rooney Ultrasonic Summer Tour with Run River North 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at 10am
FRI
6/23
Freddie Gibbs You Only Live 2wice Tour Fine Line Fri 4/7
at 10am
TUE
6/27
(Sandy) Alex G with Japanese Breakfast, Cende 7th St Entry NOW
THU
6/29
Go Show ft. MisterWives: Band Camp Tour hosted by Miles The DJ Mainroom NOW
SAT
7/01
Chastity Belt 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at noon
MON
7/03
Miike Snow with Klangstof Mainroom NOW
FRI
7/07
Diana with Nicholas Krgovich 7th St Entry Fri 4/7
at 10am
SAT
7/08
Poptone (Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, Diva Dompe)
performing Bauhaus/Tones on Tail/Love and Rockets
with DJ Jake Rudh (Transmission)
Mainroom Fri 4/7
at 10am
WED
7/19
Sublime With Rome Mainroom NOW
THU
8/03
Gary Clark Jr. (second show added) Palace Theatre Fri 4/7
at 9am
SUN
8/06
Sylvan Esso (second show added)
with Flock of Dimes
Mainroom Fri 4/7
at noon
THU
8/10
Taking Back Sunday
with Every Time I Die, All Get Out
Mainroom NOW
FRI
8/18
Michael Franti & Spearhead “Love Out Loud Tour 2017" Cabooze Plaza Fri 4/7
at 11am
TUE
8/22
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets….Just Balls 15th Anniversary Tour
with Set It Off, Patent Pending
Mainroom Fri 4/7
at 10am
THU
9/07
Conor Oberst Palace Theatre Fri 4/7
at 11am
WED
9/13
X 40th Anniversary Tour
ft. all original members (Exene/John/Billy/DJ)
Mainroom Fri 4/7
at noon
FRI
9/29
Judah & The Lion Going To Mars Tour Mainroom NOW
SAT
9/30
Fleet Foxes Palace Theatre Fri 4/7
at 10am
FRI
12/01
Mogwai Mainroom NOW

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