How they met:
Kyle: Brandon and I met at a show years ago and then randomly ended up moving in together at this crazy old flop house with nine other guys and just started playing music together there. We had no car, we had nothing but a ton of equipment.
Brandon: I’d been living in this, I mean literally like a flop house. It was the nastiest bachelor pad, the kitchen was unusable, the bathroom was completely unusable because they were so filthy. I was sitting out front having a beer one day when Kyle pulled up and I was like “what the hell is going on bro?”. We started playing music I think that first week after he moved in and immediately we just clicked and it was kind of just a done deal.
The Flop House now:
It’s been condemned, they tore it down, we drove by the other day and it’s gone and they’re building something where human beings can live.
Star-crossed band mates:
Kyle: We both went our separate ways, Brandon became a ferrier, he shoed horses and I went and worked at a non-profit… and came back together about five years ago and started this band.
Brandon: It was like three years. I went to Oklahoma, I went to horse shoeing school in Oklahoma and then came back to Northwestern, trying to set up a business.
Kyle: It’s changed over this album. We had toured on a record before for about a year and a half and on the way back from one of the last tours Brandon and I looked at each other were like we’ve gotta do this thing our way. We built the studio ourselves and started recording this record. We quit every other day job and every other interest and basically clocked regular hours, 50 hours a week plus, and just wrote music every day. We just kind of held each other accountable that way and basically learned how to create in that environment.
Brandon: We’ve completely outgrown our old record, we made it really, really fast. Honestly, we didn’t know what we were doing. We cranked out a collection of songs and immediately got ourselves a vehicle and got out on the road. And after about a year being out on the road and doing whatever, playing shows, we just realized this is not what we wanted to do. And Kyle and I, when we first started playing music together we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted our sound to be. The infusion of electronic beats and really nasty synthesizers, but then with a really strong contrast of acoustic instrumentation and well thought out harmonies and melodies. We at that time, when we started, we didn’t know how to execute, but after spending enough time, three or four years together, we figured out a system.