5 bloggers, 5 questions, 1 band, hand-picked by the MWA writers. Welcome to FIVE x FIVE. This week: Chicago rockers, The Van Goghs.
Self-proclaimed American laundry washed in British detergent, The Van Goghs play garage rock music with a nostalgic touch. Last May, the group released their Roman Candle EP, a follow-up to 2011′s Escape of the Jellyfish and recently were kind enough to answer some of our burning questions for this week’s FIVE x FIVE.
You mention some big name favorites like Bowie, Beck and the Beatles; are there any local groups that you’ve been listening to lately? | Dan Jarvis
There’s been a few groups various members of ours have been turned on to after getting a chance to share a stage with them. Soft Speaker in particular we’ve had the privilege of playing with a few times. Cool people, good songs, they go about music the right way.
Some others would include: Tin Tin Can, Cave, Witch Feet, Flint Eastwood (MI), Rabble Rabble, Black Cat Heart Attack and The Claudettes.
With almost two years between your first two releases, did you notice any stylistic changes or musical developments between Escape of the Jellyfish and Roman Candle? | Eric Slager
During the recording of Escape of the Jellyfish we were a 4 piece. Mick (guitar/vocals) wrote a few keyboard parts that weren’t part of the live performance to help flesh out the songs. That was a catalyst to us realizing we would love to have a full time keyboardist to give us a fuller sound along with more flexibility. With Travis the keys and synths became more a part of the music than a recording afterthought.