Up and coming Dallas band If, The Band (yes, that’s their name) recently released their debut EP. I got the chance to email them and ask a few questions regarding their inspirations, how they came to be, and what they have in store for the future.
If, The Band is composed of:
Andrew Easterling ’16 – guitar/vocals
Thomas Stephenson- guitar/vocals
Wrigley Burris- bass/vocals
Archer Hasbany- drums/percussion
How did you guys come up with a band name?
Andrew: we were originally called “if” but we decided to change it to “if, the band” after a dream I had in which a bunch of people were asking me “whats your band called?”. And I would respond “if”, then they would get confused and say “if what?”. I responded with “if, the band” and when I woke up, I knew what we were calling our band.
How did you guys form?
What bands/artists have influenced you immensely?
Andrew: it’s hard to list them all out because there’s so many. For me, definitely The Beatles, Radiohead, Brand New and The Smiths. I also love 90s Shoegaze, like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, and lots of hip hop, like Death Grips, Kanye West, and Joey Bada$$ just to name a few.
This one is for each of you: favorite band and album?
Watch a Neil Peart drum solo on David Letterman:
What’s the best part about being a band?
How was the recording process for your debut EP?
What can fans expect in the future?
What music have you all been listening to lately?
Andrew: Lately, I’ve been listening to the new Joey Bada$$ album and Ghostface Killah’s new record with BADBADNOTGOOD. Also this awesome Danish band, Sleep Party People, has become one of my new favorites. I’m also going back and rediscovering the catalogs of awesome artists like The Doors, Sunny Day Real Estate, Nas, Joe Pass, Guided By Voices and Bob Dylan, just to name a few.
Thomas: I’m sort of on a rock hiatus as of now, so I’ve been mostly listening to Drake‘s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” and a lot of Trap music.
Wrigley: Bebop Jazz artists such as Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and John Coltrane.
Archer: A whole lot of 80’s funk music, and old school hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Listen to the EP 52 Hz below:
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