Interview: Open Air Stereo
Mon, 13 May 2013 07:31:19
Open Air Stereo embody California's spirit on their brand new album Primates, out May 21 [iTunes link]. There's a breezy brilliance to their refined pop rock sound that makes for melodies as intoxicating as Coronas on the beach. The Orange County outfit don't monkey around. They make music that screams "summer". Get ready to party with one of pop's finest rock bands…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Open Air Stereo drummer Nick Gross talks Primates and so much more.
What do you feel ties Primates together?
Here's the story. We've been a band since we were thirteen- or fourteen-years-old. We did a show on MTV called Laguna Beach a few years later. We were still living at home though. Then, we moved out and got a record deal with Epic Records along with the show. During that time, we wrote with a lot of different songwriters. Half of the record is basically songs we wrote five years ago during that time. The other half we wrote in the past year with different producers. You can definitely hear some of the older influences we have in our music. The latest songs were "Stuck on You", "Damned", "Love Is Blind", and "Where Do We Go". I think those represent where we're going with our music. That's the difference of the variety of our music on the album.
What's the story behind "Your Way Is My Way"?
We actually wrote that one five years ago, believe it or not. We felt that ended the record really well on a high note. Chase does all the writing. It's a fun song for sure. We love that song, and we normally end our set with it.
What's your favorite song on the album?
My favorite song on the album has to be "Stuck On You". It was the last song we wrote for the album, and I actually thought of that song like running at the gym on the treadmill. I was running, and the next thing you know, a whole song popped into my head. I sung it into my phone on a voice memo. The next day, we were in my studio trying to cram the song in for the record because we were pressed for time. It's such a cool song, and we made sure it was in the final tracklisting. It shows where we're going sonically and melodically.
Why did you choose the title Primates?
We chose it because of "Suck On You", believe it or not. There are little sounds in the songs that remind us of monkeys [Laughs]. We wanted to put monkey sounds in of the songs—just tuck them in because they're cool. It's actually part of the hook. It made sense to call the album Primates. Primates are also the first form of evolution. This was our first evolution.
What artists shaped you?
I know Chase is super influenced by reggae music all the way to The Doors. He's a huge fan of The Beatles so that's where a lot of his melodies still from. For me, I never really go back to old school music and use that as an influencer. I grew up listening to blink-182, and some of my drumming influences were Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band, Neil Peart of Rush, and Travis Barker.
Check out "Stuck On You":
Primates is out May 21st, 2013