Choir Boy Some of the modern synth-pop can create dreamy music, yet believe it or not, it’s the Salt Lake City band’s roots in the hardcore punk scene that played the biggest role in shaping their fanbase-building ability. The Pankras love the streets, go out there for weeks or even months together and play every club, theater and art space they will have. For the Quarter Boy, who has cut his teeth in the hardcore band, this miserable life has proven to be profoundly fruitful. Over the past few years, they have created a live spelling show, which has created touring slots with many of their statues, including Cold cave And Ignorance. Most importantly, they have been able to connect with their fans in a way that is intimate and direct.
In fact, Choir Boy likes live performances so much that they prefer it to music release. It’s not that composing and recording songs isn’t important to them; In the Turing expansion, they have consistently worked on the highly anticipated follow-up of 2016 Passive with desire (Originally published in Team Love Records, then reissued by Daisy Records). But Quar Boy Measures wants to maintain a release schedule, only those recordings they think are worthy of sharing. If it takes them a few years to make an album, so be it. As the bassist Chase Costello points out, the creative process can never be forced, only put together.
Spotify for Artists: Choir Boy adheres to a “Come is more” motto. Within three years of release Passive with desire, You have omitted only a limited edition Cassette And a few singles. Is this move intentional?
Chaz Costello: I don’t know if it’s intentional. We originally came from hardcore and punk bands, and our idea to make a band was to start one and start playing as much as possible. Fortunately, we started to pick up speed, and eventually our favorite bands like Cold Cave and The Fant started asking us to tour. It has been really amazing.
While Quarry Boy’s Synth-based Dark Pop seems to be the work of a bedroom project, much of your emphasis on travel is a DIY punk approach.
Absolutely. People ask us how we do it. We just said we wanted to start a band, and we did. Being in a band is fun and difficult and you have to do it.
Does a band come out on a trip that they may miss if they are at home and primarily focused on studio work?
I would never knock an artist who lives at home and records. Looks awesome. But for travel, it’s about the connection – and the connection not only between us and our audience, but also between the bandmates. Last year, we were on the road for five and a half months. It’s a long time to be with the same people. Your bandmate becomes your family. I love listening to recordings and recording at home, but when you go to the show it can help you connect more [other] Artists and their art. It allows a certain kind of growth and learning.
In this technology-driven world, perhaps the experience of live music is even more important nowadays.
Definitely. There are no concessions to human connection, and music is an incredible medium for them. For me, it’s a place of weakness: “Here’s what I did here, and to me it means here.” That’s why I feel that the live experience can be so connective.
What are the challenges of continuous travel?
In the beginning, you are not at home. It can be taxing on relationships. I have a theory that you have to choose three of the four things any day on the tour: you can sleep; You can take a bath; You can eat; Or you can be ready. If you are asleep, you will not be able to eat, but you can take a bath and get ready. Another thing: all the comforts you have at home – you have no stability. You are a boiled down version of life which is spent one day at a time. It can be confusing at times but it is always fun. On the other hand, you can do something that is quite incredible that not many people do.
When on the road and stuck in that sleep-shower-eating-preparation cycle, is it challenging to move to the creative space needed for such dreamy, natural music?
I never thought about it in these terms. This is a new angle. I think music is a form of escape in that sense. If life is fast, you can expect something dreamy. I know it can be hard to switch to recording mode when you have to go back on the road all the time. This is something we are dealing with when it comes to Passive With Desire.
Have you developed any strategies to make the transition from busy travel mode to songwriting or recording mode easier?
I can only speak for myself and not for my bandmates, but I try to do a lot of free-association journalism and write down whatever comes to my mind. It helps to clear my mind before playing or writing songs. It also helps to create an atmosphere, such as lighting some candles. It sounds clich, but they really help. Best is when I create a place for myself where it is possible to feel more creative than to force myself to rise to that headspace. Your surroundings help you just as much as you help them.
– Justin Farrer