Two years is too long to wait for another Hold Steady album, but come May 4th, the wait will be over. Fans had been teased for some months after a video of a new song popped up on YouTube titled “Heaven Is Whenever”— now titled “We Can Get Together”— but then the internet went silent. That was until word had spread That Franz Nicolay had left the band, devastating news that left the band significantly less mustachioed.
Nick VanHuis: In music right now, there's a lot of people trying to sound retro, and I feel like you guys achieve this without it being forced.
David Brewis: One of the things about the way we record things, is that we can only do them one way because we have rubbish equipment, limited resources. We learned how to play drums, we learned how to play guitar, and that's what we want to do.
Peter Brewis: There are a lot of things about modern recording techniques that I don't particularly like. It's not so much that I want to sound like an old record, but it's more that there's such a suffocating quality in new recordings, which I don't like. I like to hear space, and as soon as you do that, it automatically sounds a little bit like a Led Zeppelin record.
DB: That's what we listen to, that's what we basically listen to to get us through the day when we're driving; we listen to classic rock. It's pointless listening to Talk Talk, cause you can't hear it.
PB: Queen, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith.
DB: It's just like, let's get stuff on that feels good, sounds good, we can sing along to. We have good fun. We don't get classic rock stations in the UK, so we just flick around and it's hilarious most of the time. If we do tours longer than 2 or 3 weeks…
PB: We get sick of listening to Chicago.
We also caught up with them at SXSW last month, so you can get to know them a little bit better before checking out the show!
Mike Weber: So, “Winston Audio”, how did you choose that name?
Daniel DeWitt: The founding member, and namer of the band, who’s not with in the band anymore, he told me that his dog, Winston, really liked to change the stations on the radio. If he didn’t like a song, Winston would change the station on the radio. That’s it.
Let us know if you see these posters hanging around Lansing, and come hang out with the Impact at the show!
Jesse Wiza: Is there a particular part of the country that you really like going to?
Rocky Votolato: Well, I like the west coast, because it's close to home. But yeah, just the whole west coast is really good for me. I've got good crowds over there and a lot of really excited fans. But yeah, I love going all over the country. I really like coming to Michigan, I've got some good friends here in town.
Impacter Brian Garcia got the chance to talk with Christopher Owens, lead singer of Girls before their show at the Magic Stick in Detroit, discussing the scene in San Francisco, the sound of their new album, and just why they call themselves something so generic.
Impact: Was it a conscious effort to name the band and album something so generic you couldn’t find it if you searched Google?
Christopher Owens: No, the two things were done probably a year apart from each other. Both times we weren’t really think of anything like that. We liked the name Girls for the band, and that’s the only reason we picked it. And Album, we didn’t have a title for the album. A lot of bands for their first album is self-titled of somehow the debut of, we just didn’t give it a title.
Runners-up: 97.5-FM and 90.5-FM
The Impact 88.9-FM, the Michigan State University radio station, has been delivering a diverse blend of cutting-edge music to the Lansing area since 1989. “During the day, it’s mainly just college and indie rock,” said Autumn Maison, Impact music director. “But we also have a local music show, we play metal, hip-hop and other alternative programming.” The station also launched its YouTube channel in 2008. “Since then it’s been an upwards slope of getting people in to perform,” Maison said. “I think it's the coolest part of our station.”