I should be ashamed, but I’m not.
It’s a really cool job to get to interview bands, but sometimes it starts to get a bit tiring. Do not get me wrong - I love what I do, but there comes a point when your working based on newsworthy over passion. You’re talking to people who are just faces and their managers who are clearly reading off a script and they all think they’re “oh so talented” and “I’m writing a record that really means something” and it all sounds the same and a lot of the time it’s bullshit. I’m not complaining, I promise, but after a while it becomes really easy to be jaded about the state of music and the people “making it.”
Then every once and a while you hear about a band that really is “oh so talented” and are making records that mean something. A friend passed me on to Twin Atlantic earlier this year and I was lucky enough to have a really cool editor who agreed to let me write a story about them, how big they are in Europe and what it’s going to take for them to break in America. I’m not going to lie, it’s really fun to tell people I write for Billboard and see their reactions, but the best part of my job is that sometimes I get to give bands I really believe in a little spotlight. I wrote the band’s first (of many, I hope) Billboard article that was published this Spring and I saw them play live for the first time tonight.
I’ve tried to put my fan girl ways behind me and I think I’ve done a pretty decent job. But after the set (which was KILLER) I saw Sam McTrusty, their lead singer, in the lobby of the venue. After some encouragement and a lot of deep breaths I did the super awkward thing of introducing myself and telling him I wrote the article (it feels really douchey to do this. I always feel like it sounds like I’m showing off and I don’t mean to). He was so nice and seemed genuinely grateful that I wrote it and happy to meet me in person. Ugh, that sounds really arrogant but he was seriously that nice and down to earth. And then my heart did back flips because he remembered the interview specifically. He said it was fun. So I lied, the best part of my job is if the band I really believe in are happy with the final product.
It’s super unprofessional to ask interview subjects for pictures, I KNOW, but I couldn’t help it. Luckily he seemed pretty stoked to do it for me. You can tell I am mentally losing my mind because I didn’t remember to smile with my mouth closed. I had no one to giggle with about this experience on the way home so you have to allow me to be giddy with you, internet. I should be ashamed, but ummm…I’m not! This was totally worth it. I don’t even care if it was blurry, this moment was magic.
If you have not listened to this band you need to do it right now. Their album “Free” just became available in hard copy in the US but it’s on Spotify and iTunes or wherever you listen to music. If “Crash Land” doesn’t move your soul then you need to be tested to make sure you’re human, but really they don’t have one bad song. Not one. They are currently supporting AWOLNATION on a full US tour, but if you can’t make it this time Sam confirmed tonight they’ll be back in the States in January. If you’re in LA and you’re reading this, we should go as a date.