All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington, which features 100 DIY and indie artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond (put together by our friends at the Inlander). Our Spokane team will be on the ground during Volume on June 2 and June 3, but we wanted to dive into these artists ahead of time.

Who are they, where do they come from, and what can we expect? We turned up the Volume on each artist for a little preview palaver.

BaLonley @ Baby Bar, 6/3, 8:30pm

Where are you from and how did the group come together?

We are all from Spokane. We started playing together in June of 2016. At that time, Norman, Kristin, and I [Cody] were all playing in multiple bands. I left one of mine and they had just been freed up from a project they were on, so we had a little time to get together and jam. 

We fit together so well that we wanted to keep on going

What’s your favorite song to play live?

“The Song Stories” is great to play live because it is a diverse song, sonically. When everything is mic’d up (and we play it well) I imagine it is great for the audience too.  The reason I personally like the song is that Norman wanted to leave a section open, like a free jam. It can be scary live, but when we are all in sync it can be magic. Also I think Norman has the most musical “balls” of anyone his age or maybe of anyone I’ve ever met. 

Side note: To prove the point above, you should catch him live in his solo project called Jan Fransico. When you see him do that while knowing that its mostly improve… mind blowing!

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

I would say, we try to split up the songs so the listener doesn’t get bored. We want each song to sound different or at least split up tunes so the energy comes in waves.

Who are you most excited to see at Volume?

Thats tough because there are so many great bands to try to catch. I’d love to see every band!

Here are some,

  • Honey Bucket
  • Built to Spill
  • Folkinception 
  • Empty Eyes
  • Violet Catastrophe
  • Outercourse

If a Spokanite stumbles across BaLonley at Volume, what kind of show will they see? 

I would hope a Spokanite would walk away from us feeling like they saw something unique and fun. We always have fun playing our songs, and I think Norman is a fantastic songwriter. We don’t dress up, we don’t have a theme. We just play music that makes us feel good and we hope it makes the audience feel the same.

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Writing, recording, touring? 

We will continue to write, but our goal is to record as soon as we can. Definitely this year.

Answers by band members Cody, Norman and Kristin. Follow BaLonley on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here

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