Wednesday, November 4, 2015

{INTERVIEW} misterwives

My oh my! We got to chat with one of our top bands to watch in 2015 -- MisterWives! Read ahead as we chat with Etienne, the band's drummer ("a.k.a the most important part... the driver of the band, the heart beat, the roots, the core, the center of the universe revolves around me, etc...") about how quickly the band got a record deal, hanging out with half of Hall & Oates, and his favorite tour hobby.

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Tell us about yourselves! How did you form a band and get to where you are today?
Mandy and I met in NYC because we worked a block away from each other at two different vegan restaurants. We always talked about playing music together and after a year or so she invited me to do a gig and it was there that I met the incredible CigWilly. Then I called my two old band mates, Marc and Jesse to help us complete the sound for our live show and we all immediately clicked! Our first show together was in NYC at the Canal Room and the next day we got a call from one of our managers saying we got offered a record deal. Since then, it's been a wild roller coaster of fun and we are all pinching ourselves!!

How would you describe yourselves to someone who's never heard your music before? 
It's definitely a blend of multiple genres. That's the beauty of having a band, we all have different musical backgrounds that influence the music.

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You guys released your first full length album early in the year -- how was that experience? Any lessons learned about planning a future album?
It was an amazing experience but it was also a bit stressful, especially for Mandy. She had only a matter of weeks to write most of the album, but she nailed it and wrote "Not Your Way" and "Queens" in one day. I remember coming back to the apartment and she was like, "What do you think of these two songs?" and after I picked my jaw up off the floor I said, "Yep, those will def work!" Hopefully this next album we will have more time to write and record.

You all have been touring nonstop! Are there any stops on this current leg that you're most excited about? Any shows or cities in particular?
Every stop has been magical and unforgettable! Tonight we're at the Vic Theatre in Chicago and it's sold out so we're super excited!

What are your requirements to have with you on tour?
Aside from my suitcase and computer, I always bring a full poker kit. Cause, A) it passes the time. 2) I enjoy taking Will's money and D) it helps me with counting.

via MW's instagram
What's the story behind the name MisterWives?
I believe Mandy has a Mormon uncle and had heard of the term Sisterwives, where a man marries multiple women... She thought it was funny so she reversed the genders and named the band MisterWives. Nothing against Mormons, just a playful name!

Where do you find inspiration for your music?
We definitely find inspiration from touring with other bands. Watching Twenty One Pilots' live show was mind blowing and incredibly inspiring to help bring our show to the next level. Also Sean from WTM has been a huge inspiration for my drumming (also discovered Chris Dave recently; he's my new fav). But honestly, being able to tour with some of our favorite bands like The Royal Concept, Half Moon Run, Bleachers, etc... it's always keeps us on our toes and makes us a better band!

What was it like to record with John Oates when you were recording your cover of Hall & Oates' "Out of Touch"?
John Oates is the man. He's super nice and funny and we were shocked that he surprised us in the studio! We had a blast covering "Out of Touch" and getting his approval on it definitely was a dream come true.

What's next for you guys? What can we look forward to from you in the future?
We have about a week of tour left and then we are gonna take some time off and hang with friends and family. So after an hour of that we're gonna buckle down and start on album two! We are all so excited to record it, we have no idea what it will sound like but we are super pumped.

What are you listening to these days that we should put on our radar?
Well, we're lucky enough to have two of our favorite bands on tour with us, Waters and Cruisr. We listen to them each night and they're super talented and have been diggin their music! Check them out!

Thanks for chatting with us, Etienne! Be sure to catch MisterWives on Sunday night at 9:30 Club!

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