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.

The Colourflies @ the Pin’s Side Stage, 6/2, 5:55 pm

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

We’ve been a band for five or so years, from Spokane. The group came together by happenstance and pure naivety.

What’s your favorite song to play live?

Matt: My favorite song to play live would probably have to be “Bat Face” from our album, or “Pepper,” which is a new Blackhouse Records single. They’re favorites because they’re kind of hard to play, but are really interesting and nuanced. I especially love getting to fuck with the guitar solos in both songs every time we play them and come up with something different.

Quest: “Rush” because it makes me feel like I’m dreaming.

Devin: “Scharlies Kiss,” because I love the way it sounds and feels.

What goes into the making of a great setlist?

The making of a great setlist is everything from having the right guitars in the right tunings, so you can have a flow, to having it just feel sensical and right while you’re playing them. If a song feels forced or you have trepidation, it’s probably not the right choice.

While at Volume, who are you most excited to see perform?

I’m most excited to see Built To Spill. They’re alt legends and we named a song off our first record after them.

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

Our plans are to tour this summer. After we play Volume, we go to Oregon to headline the Cherry City Music Festival which will be filmed live for TV and then we come back and work with Ken Stringfellow from the Posies—one of our favorite bands—to record some songs in Seattle for our new record. Then we record some tracks at Robert Lang’s and come back and go out to New York to go play some shows with the Zambonis and tour for a month. Then we wind down to Oregon to go record the rest of the new record for a month with Phillip Derobertis.

Answers by Matt Legard. Follow the Colourflies on Facebook. Get Volume tickets here


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