What’s the name of the band / who are the band members?
Calamity the Kid
Sam – guitar and vocals
Jack – bass and bg vocals
Ben – drums
How’d you come up with the band name?
We like cowboys
What genre of music do you primarily consider yourself?
Our songs tend to sound different from each other because different stories call for different sounds and instruments. I’d say most of our debut EP Late Bloomer is Christopher Walken in a onesie. What ever genre that is.
Can you give us some background on the band’s origin?
The three of us grew up playing in bands that were all part of the same scene when we were in high school. Sam and Jack were in a band. Then Sam played in Ben’s band. Now were in this band!
What drew you to music?
My mom bought me Appetite for Destruction when I was 12. It was all down hill ever since. That’s why we named the label we started SRY MOM. It’s my never-ending apology
Are you a signed to a label?
No. So we started our own called SRY MOM
Can you tell us more about your single, “American Muscle”?
American Muscle is about what its like being a teenager or young adult today. Realizing that American often doesn’t hold the ideals that we as a nation advertise. The world is very different today then it was 30, 20 even 5 years ago and being a kid today is very different from being a kid in any other decade. There’s an acknowledgment of that fact among my generation. It creates a lot of frustration I think.
What was the writing/recording process like?
We recorded the Late Bloomer Ep with Alex Newport at his studio in Los Angles. We got it done in 10 days so it all went pretty smoothly.
You released a must-see music video for “American Muscle”, what was the inspiration behind it?
Nathan Rocky who directed it and I drove from LA to New York to New Orleans in 10 days and filmed all the craziness we encountered. Lately it seems America reflects a lot of the negative qualities of modern society. America is young country relatively speaking and its an interesting time in the evolution of man for a country to be coming of age. We wanted to make a damning music video that despite its scars and historical baggage, showed America as a sou music video that America would be embarrassed by while We wanted to show that America despite it’s scars and historical baggage, there is still an opportunity for redemption.
Do you plan on releasing more music in 2018?
Yes! We have our debut EP Late Bloomer coming out in February!
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
We see ourselves as continuing the tradition of music that Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Dylan championed. I look to them for the urgency to write songs.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 Years?
No longer living with our parents…
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
That’s pretty much all we do…really. Ben has a girlfriend so he does that too but it’s pretty much only music. Writing, recording, shows.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Listen to your mother
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Follow the fear. If your embarrassed about something you’ve written its probably good.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
No matter how hard you try there is always something you forget. An extra guitar cable, the new keyboard stand, your drummer. There’s always something.
Where is the go-to place to go in your hometown?
Frank N Hanks on Western
If you had to give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Don’t ever take people’s advice. Your going to make mistakes and you have to make your own mistakes. The worst thing you can do is make someone else’s mistakes
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