How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?
Max, Matt and Andrew met on the first day of college. Two years later we bonded over the same. Name? I have no idea. Probably a psychic that was hanging out in a golf cart off of i95.
How would you describe your music?
Built to Spill on steroids? Beat-driven, guitar-laden, mouth-breathing, bass guitar-fed nuance rock.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
We’ve been jamming and thinking a lot together lately as to what sonic direction is the most natural to take our music. It’s been a super natural process of trying to let more of our individual and collective character through. Pretty much just embracing the meteor through over-driven tubes.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
I don’t know about the other dudes in the band but if Rob Crow of Pinback, Thingy, Goblin Cock, etc. did a guest spot on a track I would be overjoyed. He has one of the coolest voices and dynamic ranges and most importantly an incredibly interesting personal style. Dude has a catalogue of music he’s been involved in that goes on for days and without any grandiose pretext or self-servitude.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
Jon: Other Men – Wake Up Swimming. Some of Rob Crow’s finest work. A planned attack of incredible, yet understated, musicians absolutely rocking through intensely engaging phrasing and arrangement of voice, guitar, bass, and drums all working together and intertwining in a way I hope for Shake The Baron’s music to translate. Absolutely no pretense, just superbly constructed and executed music. Andrew: Rather Ripped. Ballsy, listenable, meat-and-potatoes jams. Music to sustain a hungry boy.