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Band of the Week: Driver Friendly


This is probably my favorite video from Driver Friendly.  The song is great, and the reenactments of all the Tom Hanks movies are fun.

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Band of the Week: Driver Friendly


This is one of my favorite songs from Driver Friendly and I love the way there are so many frames; there’s always a lot going on in this video.

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Band of the Week: Driver Friendly


I love this lyric video, which makes all the words out of Legos.  I asked singer Tyler Welsh about this video and he said the band made it themselves and it took about 14 hours!

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Band of the Week: Driver Friendly
Driver Friendly hails from the great state of Texas, where i grew up.  They released an EP this summer and did part of the Vans Warped Tour.  I got to talk to lead vocalist Tyler Welsh to ask some questions about their busy summer and what’s up next.




You guys just finished your Warped Tour run.  Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?

Warped Tour was one of the craziest things we’ve ever done as a band. They call it “bootcamp for bands” and they’re totally right about that. We did not expect to work as hard, sleep as little, or have as much fun as we did. But it was totally worth it, and we’re proud of what we did while we were out there!

What were your favorite bands that played Warped Tour with you, to listen to or hang out with?

 Our favorite band and the coolest dudes we met this summer was definitely The Wonder Years. They are our labelmates, but beyond that they are just some of the nicest, most generous people that we have ever met in this industry. But beyond them we met so many cool people from bands like Echosmith, Motion City Soundtrack, The Early November, Relient K, Handguns, For the Foxes, the list goes on and on. For the most part everyone is super nice and friendly.

You released “Peaks + Valleys” a couple months ago.  How has the response been to this EP?  Is there a full length album in the works anytime soon?

The response has been rad, we’ve already sold more copies of it than anything else we’ve ever put out and the fans we’ve met seem to really dig it. There is a full length in the works; we have an album’s worth of material we are finishing up and hope to be recording soon. 

Most bands have four or five members but you guys have seven.  What’s that dynamic like?  Is it ever hard to get along with that many people with different personalities?

Honestly, for us, seven members seems completely normal since we’ve been together since we were 16. In fact it feels weird if we’re all together and one member isn’t around. Of course during a tour or practice personalities will clash, but we’re family, it’s not a big deal.

You’ve got some fun lyric videos for “Run,” “Let The Sun Come Up,” and “I Can See Canyons.”  Whose hands are those moving all the cutout letters or putting together the Legos?  How long did those take to make?

Those are our hands, we made all those videos ourselves! The “Canyons” video took about 14 hours by itself, and altogether we spent about 24 man hours making them. 

You grew up in Houston and relocated to Austin.  How is the music scene different there?  In a city famous for live music, is there a lot of competition?

We were in Houston for about two years during our high school years so the scene there was really close knit and very talented for the ages of everyone playing back then. We’ve now be in Austin for almost a decade, and its different. If there is a “scene” here we’re definitely not a part of it, and it is extremely competitive. We’ve been able to carve out our own little space in this market and are happy with the friends and fans we have here. 

What’s the best part of being in a band?  What’s the worst part?

The best part of being in a band is creating something that forms connections with strangers all over the world. Going to a city you’ve never been to in your life and having people sing back your words is extremely surreal and never gets old. The worst part is the business side of it: money, debt, being poor, ha ha ha.


 
What bands would you say are your biggest influences?


In no particular order, a few of the big ones would be: Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, Brand New, The Anniversary. 

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?

Well most of us have careers outside of the band, so for example I’m currently an instructor and PhD student at the University of Texas, so I’d probably just keep doing that. 

It sounds like you guys have had a busy summer.  What are your plans as a band for the rest of the year?

We have plans to tour, tour, and tour some more. Also, find a producer and prepare to hit the studio to record a full length! And also to have a very merry Christmas.
 
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Band of the Week: Driver Friendly


Driver Friendly hails from the great state of Texas, where i grew up.  They released an EP this summer and did part of the Vans Warped Tour.  I got to talk to lead vocalist Tyler Welsh to ask some questions about their busy summer and what’s up next.

You guys just finished your Warped Tour run.  Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?


Warped Tour was one of the craziest things we’ve ever done as a band. They call it “bootcamp for bands” and they’re totally right about that. We did not expect to work as hard, sleep as little, or have as much fun as we did. But it was totally worth it, and we’re proud of what we did while we were out there!


What were your favorite bands that played Warped Tour with you, to listen to or hang out with?


Our favorite band and the coolest dudes we met this summer was definitely The Wonder Years. They are our labelmates, but beyond that they are just some of the nicest, most generous people that we have ever met in this industry. But beyond them we met so many cool people from bands like Echosmith, Motion City Soundtrack, The Early November, Relient K, Handguns, For the Foxes, the list goes on and on. For the most part everyone is super nice and friendly.


You released “Peaks + Valleys” a couple months ago.  How has the response been to this EP?  Is there a full length album in the works anytime soon?


The response has been rad, we’ve already sold more copies of it than anything else we’ve ever put out and the fans we’ve met seem to really dig it. There is a full length in the works; we have an album’s worth of material we are finishing up and hope to be recording soon.


Most bands have four or five members but you guys have seven.  What’s that dynamic like?  Is it ever hard to get along with that many people with different personalities?


Honestly, for us, seven members seems completely normal since we’ve been together since we were 16. In fact it feels weird if we’re all together and one member isn’t around. Of course during a tour or practice personalities will clash, but we’re family, it’s not a big deal.


You’ve got some fun lyric videos for “Run,” “Let The Sun Come Up,” and “I Can See Canyons.”  Whose hands are those moving all the cutout letters or putting together the Legos?  How long did those take to make?


Those are our hands, we made all those videos ourselves! The “Canyons” video took about 14 hours by itself, and altogether we spent about 24 man hours making them.


You grew up in Houston and relocated to Austin.  How is the music scene different there?  In a city famous for live music, is there a lot of competition?


We were in Houston for about two years during our high school years so the scene there was really close knit and very talented for the ages of everyone playing back then. We’ve now be in Austin for almost a decade, and its different. If there is a “scene” here we’re definitely not a part of it, and it is extremely competitive. We’ve been able to carve out our own little space in this market and are happy with the friends and fans we have here.


What’s the best part of being in a band?  What’s the worst part?


The best part of being in a band is creating something that forms connections with strangers all over the world. Going to a city you’ve never been to in your life and having people sing back your words is extremely surreal and never gets old. The worst part is the business side of it: money, debt, being poor, ha ha ha.

 

What bands would you say are your biggest influences?



In no particular order, a few of the big ones would be: Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, Brand New, The Anniversary.


If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?


Well most of us have careers outside of the band, so for example I’m currently an instructor and PhD student at the University of Texas, so I’d probably just keep doing that.


It sounds like you guys have had a busy summer.  What are your plans as a band for the rest of the year?


We have plans to tour, tour, and tour some more. Also, find a producer and prepare to hit the studio to record a full length! And also to have a very merry Christmas.

 

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Band of the Week: New Politics


This is the video for “Yeah Yeah Yeah” from New Politics’ self-titled album.  Check out their tour dates here and make sure to catch them live if you can.  It’s well worth it.

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Band of the Week: New Politics


As I’ve mentioned before, New Politics puts on a great live show, not only because of their music but because of the onstage antics of frontman David Boyd.  Here’s a video I took of some of his dancing last Saturday when they opened for Fall Out Boy in Salt Lake City, UT.  I apologize for the speaker and the security guard that slightly obscure the view, but i think you can get a pretty good idea.

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Band of the Week: New Politics


Check out this video for New Politics’ song “Dignity.”  It’s one of my favorites and possesses the same energy as the rest of their songs that makes this band so fun to watch.

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Band of the Week: New Politics


Check out the video for the song “Harlem” by New Politics.  You even get to  see a little bit of the breakdancing and acrobatics that singer David Boyd has become known for doing on stage.

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Band of the Week: New Politics
New Politics really puts on a great live show.  Here’s frontman David Boyd as he steps out onto the crowd and sings while fans hold him up by his feet.

Band of the Week: New Politics


New Politics really puts on a great live show.  Here’s frontman David Boyd as he steps out onto the crowd and sings while fans hold him up by his feet.

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Band Of The Week: New Politics

We caught up with New Politics a few weeks ago, right before their show with Fall Out Boy on May 31, 2013! You can listen to them talk about everything from late night songwriting to Twilight, and check out some insane dance moves.

Unfortunately, there was a lot of sound checking going on in the background, so we added subtitles throughout. Hope you enjoy!

 

Be sure you stick around the rest of the week for photos, videos, and songs by the band!

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