Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Islander's Andrew Murphy
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:36:22
Today's Take Aim opponent is Islander guitarist Andrew Murphy, and it comes as part of Victory Records' multi-day takeover of the column.
He tends bar and plays guitar --we know, that rhymes-- both of which are skills we consider of critical importance.
Settle in and get to know Islander, who dropped the Pains EP.
Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!
Islander is a band of four guys who love making music together. Sometimes I feel like we started the band just to travel and eat crazy food. Eating something unique to a certain area is usually the first thing we do in a new town. We have pretty eclectic musical influences, Mikey loves Björk and Bad Brains and I love classical music and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Eric loves dinosaurs and football. Doot is a crossfit expert and loves veggies.
If you were not doing music, you would be...
I would probably be living near the ocean and going to school for audio engineering. Something music or art-related; I can't sit behind a desk.
Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?
When I'm home, I'm a bartender, and I love making drinks for people based on certain flavors they're looking for. I just love creating things in general, whether they're drinks or music or food. Anything I can put my own spin on.
Pick ONE song one your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
When we recorded our latest EP, Pains, we had been trying to push ourselves musically and creatively. Once we got to the studio, we quickly realized that we had a lot of work to do on ourselves. It was quite a process to record only six songs, and we eventually cut two of them before we even got to the post-production stage. We were all pretty frustrated with ourselves, but 'Lucky Rabbit' in particular was hard for us. It uses a lot of syncopated, off-beat rhythms, and we just couldn't lock onto the click and stay tight. I personally wanted to scrap the whole project and start over, but we all pushed through it together and ended up with a final product we're all thrilled with. 'Lucky Rabbit' is probably my favorite song on the EP for that reason.
Finish this sentence: Islander are the band that...
...is very excited for the opportunities that Victory Records has for us, and we're ready to hit the road this fall and make some new friends! We're also in the process of writing our first full-length album, and I'm excited to focus in with my band and write some killer songs.
Are you going to have some growing Pains, courtesy of Islander?