Read below as Jack chronicles their best and worts shows, and where to get tacos in Austin.
So then, how did y’all meet?
Curt and I met and started the band at Southwestern University in Georgetown in 2004. In 2006 we found Jo via a Craigslist ad (he was on the Round Rock High drum line). And Jo met Edward working in Best Buy’s musical instruments department. They began producing and performing DJ sets around town, and we brought him on as touring keyboardist earlier this year.
Tame Impala or Grizzly Bear at Stubb’s, definitely. Or did you mean favorite show of ours?… Probably the Kessler Theater in Dallas last December. It really felt like the place was gonna burst into flames. [See how modest they are? -CC]
And of course, least favorite show to date?
The worst would have to be in Hartford. We played the lobby of a cheezy [sic] Top 40 dance club. [He wasn’t joking – CC] There was a huge line outside so we got all excited, but when they opened the doors, everyone but about 6 people walked right past us into the main club room. Then there was a shooting outside so after the show it was hours and hours before the cops would let us leave.
If y’all could collaborate with ANYONE, alive or dead, who?
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips or Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. Or James Brown.
Most surreal experience so far as a part of TBLSH?
Probably opening for Aerosmith in Quebec City. It was the only time I was actually worried about fainting on stage. [My dad wouldn’t stop talking about this show. As a Canadian living in Austin, he was pretty proud of these boys.-CC]
What is everyone’s background before music? Geometry? Interpretive dance? Raising cats?
Curt studied political science, I studied linguistics and Jo was in high school, so he doesn’t really have a before.
Ideal gig day?!
Oo yoga before a show would be sweet. For me It’d involve a day at the Russian and Turkish Bathhouse in NYC and some beach time. And some tacos.
How do you prepare for a show?
Breathe in the moon, breathe out the sun. Repeat. [I’m stealing this for my own daily routine. -CC]What’s on the horizon? Have any goals?
We’re in the studio recording our second album, producing and engineering it ourselves, so that’s really everything we’re thinking about these days.
Ha every once in a while. It’s mainly just really out of date. [Hey Tour Manager Alex! You got work!-CC]
How much did you make from the ‘Jack’s Moustache‘ video? Memorable anecdote from that?
I think we made about $6k. One of the things we offered in exchange for donations was the chance to come out and jam with us. We didn’t have high expectations, but this guy, Tyler Barabas, came out and we had a really excellent session, kinda being his backing band.
Are there any songs you’re really tired of singing?