Up The Chain is a indy rock trio, and the three of them sat down to speak with us! They told us a lot of things, including venue stories, dream tours, sexual escapades they unfortunately get to hear, and more!
1) What inspired the lyrics for The Hardest Stone?
Reed: Every moment is something new and there are no certainties for the future. In many ways this idea can be scary, but I believe it's possible to find comfort in it.
2) If you could tour with any band in the world, who would you like to tour with and why?
Kirby: The gorillas, because their style is out there and they seem like they'd be fun to hang out with off stage, just kickin it.
Reed: I've been a big fan of Conor Oberst's songwriting for many years, so I'd want to be on board with anything he was up to.
Noah: I hear that the Rolling Stones draw really well, so it'd be cool to get them on some shows.
3) Name something you listen to that nobody would expect.
Kirby: Katy Perry
Reed: My neighbors having sex
Noah: Flying Lotus
4) Where did your band name come from? 'Up The Chain', people tend to get driven up walls, not chains, so now we are curious.
Kirby: It's from an episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast that has an interview with Willie Nelson, check it out, you'll hear it.
Reed: Coming up with band names is one of our favorite time killers in the van, yet somehow we manage to have a pretty lousy name. We are thinking of changing it to "The Very Idea of Macaulay Culkin" or "Natalie Portman & The Courtesy Flush."
Noah: I'm a big fan of "lmnop" "hype retention" "Jean and the jackets", and "band name I call it".
5) What inspired you guys to include the demo version of "The Hardest Stone" on your EP?
Reed: The song has 2 completely different lives and we love them both. On stage it's fun to play it loud and make a bunch of noise, but the song was written on an acoustic guitar with a mellow finger-picking style. We have good feelings about both, so why not? That's Kirby and me playing guitar on the demo version.
Kirby: We felt really strongly about the performance and recorded it at our beach house recording studio. Every time we hear it we are transported back to that fall night in Avalon. It just felt right to close the EP with it.
6) What is your favorite song on the Window Into Worlds EP and why?
Reed: I like the title track. It's a love song. I also really like the production on "At the Door." The version we play live is different from this one, but Karl Petersen really made this recording his own and for that reason I'm into it.
7) What world would you most like to have a window into? (Such as another universe, or a fictional land like Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle Earth, ect)
Kirby: Probably the backboard of the 1997 NBA playoff championship game. 4th quarter, 6:54 left.
Reed: Nicolas Cage's manager.
Noah: I think of it in more of a global sense, like trying to see our world from different perspectives. Empathy is our greatest asset as humans.
8) What has been your best fan experience as a band so far?
Kirby: We had a gig get rained out and ended up playing an impromptu show in a cigar box guitar store. We played for hours with the owners and all their friends. We told stories, heard stories, drank till our hearts were content. It was the best night of tour and one our favorite shows so far.
Noah: We returned to a venue we had played at once before, and the manager came to see us even though it was his day off. For somebody who works in a restaurant to spend their day off at their job means a lot to me. He also told us that he bought a record player just to listen to our vinyl.
9) Other than music, what do you do you?
Kirby: I work in film in NYC on shows like Elementary, The Blacklist, and Beat Bobby Flay.
Reed: I make records for people at Weird Candle Studios and scrape by playing 4-hour cover gigs at your local outlet mall.
Noah: I work at a restaurant and I assist a forensic psychologist in preparing court testimony.
10) Anything you would like to add? Social media plugs, advice, random comments, whatever you would like.
Thank you very much to Up The Chain for doing this interview with us! We enjoyed it a lot! Also -hi, Reed!
They may not have wanted to plug anything, but we will. Be sure to check out their EP, Windows Into Worlds and know you can follow them on Facebook, their official website, and iTunes!
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