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.
J GRGRY @ nYne Bar & Bistro, 6/3, 9:15pm
Where are you from, how long have you been a band and how did the group come together?
We are from Seattle, WA. We recorded our EP, GOLD TEETH + GLASS EYES, in mid 2015 and played our first show in December, so we’ve been a band roughly two years. Robert Cheek, who produced the last Band Of Horses album is our guitarist, and also recorded and produced the EP. He and I have been close friends for over a decade and the stars finally aligned for us to do a project together early in 2015. It took wings in the studio Seattle as well as a week session in Stinson Beach, CA. We filled the lineup out with Ryan Leyva (Motopony, Ian Moore) on bass, keys and production, and Davey Brozowski (Modest Mouse, Broken Bells) on drums and programming. Hands down the best band I’ve played with.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
This is such a tough one! All of the songs have intensely personal meanings to me and most address my issues with alcoholism and depression. As we’ve grown together and become this band I’ve always wanted to be, each song has its own excitement and intrigue to me. I love the song we normally close our set with, “Floodlands,” because it’s one of my favorites to sing. It has a deep groove and an ethereal nature to it that always transports me to another universe when we play it live so, “Floodlands” and its heavy bass, pianos and vocal harmonies is probably my top pick.
What goes into the making of a great setlist?
I look at it like being a great DJ. How do we string together our best live songs, in an order that is fluid and helps enhance the impact for the audience. It all depends on what you have to work with and so for newer bands like ourselves that are making new fans in new cities each night, play your best seven songs, 30 mins or less, in an order that will draw listeners in and hopefully give them a full view of your artistic vision.
While in Spokane, who are you most excited to see at Volume fest?
It’s such a great lineup this year, it’s so rad Built To Spill and Chastity Belt are headliners to say the least! There are quite a few artists I’m hoping to be able to catch sets from too, especially, Nacho Picasso, Dreamdecay and I’m super excited we are playing right before Scarlet Parke, who I’ve been wanting to see for at least a year now!
If a Spokanite stumbles into a J GRGRY show during Volume, what type of show are they likely to see?
We have an extremely engaging show, intense and vulnerable. We incorporate visual projections and dramatic stage makeup designed by our amazing makeup artist, Jon Barber. The visuals are by the incredible Amy Billharz. It’s a screaming tight rock band, layered vocals and soaring choruses, a futuristic, yet nostalgic stage and visual show, which is somehow accurate of the music as well.
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