GET TO KNOW: niiice.

Ahead of niiice.'s performance with 26 BATS!, Infinite Me, and Keep for Cheap in the 7th St Entry on August 14, we got to ask Sage Livergood, Roddie Gadeberg, and Abe Anderson a few questions. Read what they had to say below:

Joely Kelzer: You have collabed with the loveable Gully Boys, what is another niiice. collab you would love to happen? 
niiice.: Stars Hollow, from Iowa, is one of our favorite bands, and we got a big ol tour with them this fall that I’m really stoked about.

JK: Who are your biggest influences as far as your style of music?
niiice.: I’d say bands like Tommy Boys, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, and Nirvana especially. I’ve seen Prince Daddy at the Entry and it was D O P E.

JK: What famous song do you wish you had written?
niiice.: Ricky by Denzel Curry. 100% sick.

JK: Is there a niiice story on how the band met?
niiice.: me (Roddie) and Sage are both from different cities in Montana, and never really knew each other but we happened to go to the same college, and Abe is from Cannon Falls. We all moved to the cities in the same year and met pretty soon after we moved here. Love those guys, they my dawgs for real

JK: What would you describe your vibe in 5 words or less?
niiice.: Goofy, but also dumb.

Blog by Joely Kelzer (Marketing Intern)

Get To Know: Static Panic

Ahead of Static Panic’s performance at First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2018 in the First Avenue Mainroom on Friday, January 4, we got to ask Ro, Eli, and Keston a few questions. Read what they had to say below:

Sophie Stephens: Your EP Chrome gives an honest look into self-discovery and sexuality. Would you say that this theme is influenced by the political atmosphere of today?
Ro: It’s certainly hard to ignore, the current political climate. However, I think that a lot of my inspiration at the moment comes from an introspective place, as I learn and grow, make mistakes, get messy… it’s all in good fun.
Eli: No, music is a means by which we study and express ourselves as honestly as possible. Our expression of sexuality and self-discovery is simply an honest look at our collective experience. While the current political atmosphere hasn’t prompted this theme, it has made it more relevant.
Keston: We are influenced by our lives. The challenges we face in this world as individuals. We don’t try to strike controversy, we just try to be our true selves. it just so happens that what we embody and what we find to true ourselves, and the communities which we associate ourselves with, are tangled in political strife.

Sophie Stephens: How do you know when a song is finished?
Ro: Never feels like it is, honestly. You chisel away at each song like it’s your Magnum Opus, and you pray that it lands the way it looks in your head; on stage and at home. It’s a good feeling to be excited about our own body of work, and share my emotions with people willing to listen, with a strong backbeat. When I feel I can accomplish that in a four-minute song, it’s done. 
Eli: My natural inclination is to keep adding more to a song and fill as much space as possible. Recently, we’ve been taking a slightly more minimalistic approach and focusing on the use of empty space. Our songs are never truly finished. They’re constantly changing and evolving as we continue to play them.
Keston: If I feel like I’ve said what I needed to say, I’ll stop trying to add and focus more on what I need to “fill” when it comes to instrumentals. However, the life of these songs goes as long as we play them. They will forever be in a flux and change as long as we keep them in the live shows. 

Sophie Stephens: In the past, you have played in the 7th St Entry and the Fine Line. How is the group feeling about hitting the Mainroom stage?
Ro: It’s a powerful feeling. There’s so much energy and history to that room, and the folx at First Ave really know how to put on a show. It’s such a dream, seeing artists you feel connected to, there…being able to say you’ve experienced that stage on both sides of the guardrail is a lifetime achievement.
Eli:  We’re beyond excited to be playing the Mainroom. After years of watching our favorite musicians perform there, following in their footsteps is surreal.
Keston: We’ve played 7th street entry countless times, as a group and as individuals. Mainstage is lit. we gon’ f*** it up.

Sophie Stephens: What do you admire most about the other bands that will be a part of the Best of New Bands showcase?
Ro: I’ve realized recently that each and every one of the bands in the showcase are bands that I heard about from either similar bills, or from friends as local acts to check out. It’s so cool and inspiring to see other groups making moves at a similar pace and trajectory, knowing how much work goes into it, respect for sticking with it. Keep up the hard work, y’all, we got this.
Eli: I admire their dedication. All of these bands have put in really hard work over the last year to get here.
Keston: These bands are the real deal. They well represent a level playing field for the future of music.

Blog by Sophie Stephens (Marketing Intern)

Get To Know: Annie Mack

Ahead of Annie Mack’s performance at First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2018 in the First Avenue Mainroom on Friday, January 4, we got to ask her a few questions. Read what she had to say below:

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Kelly Murray: Growing up, what were some strong musical inspirations for you?
Annie Mack:

  • Prince
  • Bettye Davis
  • Bobby Blue Bland
  • Ann Peebles
  • Etta James
  • Taj Mahal

Kelly MurrayWhat are some of your passions outside of music?
Annie Mack:

  • Being a Mom
  • killer shoes
  • oh and being an above average human being
  • hmmm maybe going more intense. Dark..Sensual..More Soul..More collaborations and Strings
  • Oh and apparently I’m passionate about the letter “S” lol

Kelly Murray: Are there any themes that you’re experimenting with for future music?
Annie Mack: 

  • Most Def “Tell it" 
  • We wrote it in the studio.
  • Didnt have time to absorb it really but folks dig it.
  • Was really off the cuff.

Kelly Murray: In March of this year, you released your EP "Tell It Like It Is.” Which song was the most challenging to write/record?
Annie Mack: Jon Herchert is an amazing producer and Human.

Blog by Kelly Murray (Intern)

Get To Know: The Carnegies

Ahead of The Carnegies’ performance at First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2018 in the First Avenue Mainroom on Friday, January 4, we got to ask them a few questions. Read what they had to say below:

Emily Csuy: This past summer, The Carnegies played at Electric Fetus for the record store’s 50th anniversary. What is one of the most exciting music discoveries you’ve made at a record store?
The Carnegies: One of the most amazing discoveries we’ve made at a record store is realizing how much money we’ve spent and how broke we are. But a find that our manager/friend Jacob found for us at the Fetus was a hard-to-find CD of Keith Richards’s Honeymoon Tapes…there’s no question if you’re buying it when you find something like that. Plus playing the Electric Fetus 50th Anniversary in-store performance was a blast and honor!

EC: What is one of your favorite local places to play and why?
TC: Our favorite local venues would have to be two places, one being the 331 Club. It’s really happening there. The energy from the audience is what we drive off of and there’s always that energy there. The people who run it are awesome which makes all the difference. 7th St Entry is our favorite as well, all the reasons of having great people and the best sound guys there. All the same reasons as the 331. We’re honored to play there every time.

EC: What was one of the most memorable shows you attended in 2018?
TC: One of the most memorable shows we attended in 2018 would be Peter Asher of Peter & Gordon and Jeremy Clyde of Chad & Jeremy together at the Dakota Jazz Club. Their stories were just as great as their music. We got to witness Peter Asher mess up a guitar solo and everyone applauded as he said “f$@:$& hell” and owned it. We got to meet them after too.

EC: Did you learn anything new during the creation of your upcoming music video for “In the Night”?
TC: If we learned anything new during the making of the “In the Night” video, it’s that some of the best things happen when you improvise with your ideas—that applying to both the directors and the subjects. We all went with the next thing that came into someone’s head. Dan and Henry, our directors, were great and they helped feed the energy and gave us suggestions. It was amazing working with them.

EC: Is there anyone you hope to collaborate with in the future?
TC: If there’s anyone we’d love to collaborate with in the future it would be Curtiss A. We already kind of got the chance to do that for the John Lennon Tribute show. We joined him on stage for a song. We’ve attended the John Lennon Tribute at First Ave for about 5 years now and we’re always blown away.

Blog by Emily Csuy (Graphic Design Intern)

Get To Know: Gully Boys

Ahead of Gully Boys’ performance at First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2018 in the First Avenue Mainroom on Friday, January 4, we got to ask Kathy, Nadirah and Natalie, who make up the three-piece, a few questions. Read what they had to say below:

Sophie Stephens: You seem to have a busy end of fall/winter coming up with lots of shows on the calendar, what do you do to prepare for this?
Gully Boys: We practice twice a week! We dedicate one practice to writing new music and learning covers for practice and dedicate another practice to cleaning up our set! We are crazy busy boys outside of this band so those two practices really help us hone in on our sound and prep us for gigs.

SS: You define yourself as “three scrappy boys writing songs in a basement” how do you feel your band has developed since your basement era to where you are now? 
GB: We STILL practice in a basement but are less scrappy and more intentional. We’ve managed to figure out how to translate our basement tunes into venue bangers. 

SS: The album you released in August, Not So Brave, fuses together several genres. Which artists most heavily influence your themes and sound?
GB: The most prevalent genres that influences us are  Motown, R&B, and early 2000 pop-punk. 
Individually:
Nat- No doubt baselines   
Kathy- Early Mariah Carey  
Nadi- Spencer Smith of Panic! at the Disco

SS: Where did the band name Gully Boys come from, and what’s the significance behind it?
GB: Kathy loved Fern Gully as a lil kid and we wanted to be like all the boy bands we idolized as teenagers so boom.  

Blog by Sophie Stephens (Marketing Intern)

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