End of the year lists pt. 2: Songs

I’m back again with some of my favorite songs of 2016. I should warn that a good third of these weren’t even released in 2016, but I just really, really liked them this year. Also, most year end music lists tend to be a list of 10, but this is a list of 20 because, yes I do have commitment issues when it comes to music, and no it doesn’t need to be addressed because it’s just fine. 🙂

Devil Like Me // Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Jan. in FL is weird and kinda sad, but still good)

Harry Dean // SWMRS (The scream in the beginning !! I still love Cole Becker)

Brazil // Declan McKenna (I listened to this song exclusively for like a week straight lol)

17 // Youth Lagoon (YL is so important to me and it meant the world to see them live before their end. Thanks you Trevor Powers, for everything).

Murmurs // Hundred Waters (New favs after seeing them at Okeechobee, so dreamy-beautiful; the whole dang performance)

Harvard // Diet Cig (Good one for scream-singing in the car. Alex and Noah are the cutest ever, also I have Alex’s phone number 😉 )

Told Ya So // Adult Mom (June, where do we go from here?)

Good As Hell // Lizzo (what a ‘gettin ready’ ANTHEM!)

Glasgow // Catfish and The Bottlemen (Still waiting to hear this one live…)

Lover’s Carvings // Bibio (4th of July, running down the streets holding hands like its a damn music video, happy)

Pleasure Shrug // The Florists (July, Christy, mosh pits, yoga on a parking ramp, MPLS)

Real Love Baby // Father John Misty (“what more can I ask for!?”)

Deja Vu // Beach Bunny (the literal last day in FL, a bittersweet goodbye, more tears than expected)

Diamond Mine // Hop Along (Monday mornings in the art studio that I will miss.)

A Living Human Girl // The Regrettes (Rookie Mag, my love)

Cannon // Kitten Forever (Hawaiian Teeth Something Something. First time live :’) )

Joanie // The Front Bottoms (twice in one year, so good :’) )

On Hold // The XX (an ode to sad, 15 year old me and the month I listened to nothing but The XX)

Monsoon // Hippo Campus (“Damn. Those boys just keep getting better and better.”)

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Shoegaze revivalists, Sleepwalk, hit the ground running with debut LP, Shimmer

I spoke with Ryan (guitar and lead vocals) and Steve (drums) of the Chicago band Sleepwalk last weekend and we chatted about their brand new album, Shimmer. The 90’s, dream-pop, soft grunge rockers put in a lot of work on their latest release that definitely shows in the final product.

Sleepwalk first started 3 years ago with the intent of becoming a black metal band, but when Steve lent Ryan a CD by the band Nothing, things changed. They are greatly influenced by famous alternative bands of the 90’s namely The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and The Stone Roses. These guys put together a sound that melds all these influences together creating one luxurious blanket of dreamy songs you just want to wrap up in and float around a room to like the lil ghost-baby you are.

 

After opening for a Ringo Deathstarr show, the concept of a full album came pretty spontaneously with the main focus being the shoegaze sound and high quality recording and production. As for song writing, about half of the quintet came up with the skeletons of the songs, while the entire band got together to work them out full and finally. Shimmer features a few of their older songs, including the title track and “Lucidity Slips”, that they pulled out of their backlog and reworked to fit with the sound of the album.

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Shimmer brings a lighter feel compared to their debut EP, Heaven’s Gate, which came out in February of 2016. The change in sound wasn’t a preconceived concept by any means, but it was warmly welcomed. Heaven’s Gate had a bit of a darker, edgier vibe reminiscent of Title Fight, but you can hear the hints of those whimsical, whisper-vocals, and “layers of swirling guitar” that became much more prominent on Shimmer.

“Shadow” is definitely my favorite song off the LP, finishing the album off with a beautiful build that reminds me a bit of if Beach House and This Will Destroy You decided to make a dreamy, bedroom-pop baby. The blisteringly loud noise of everything mixed with those calm vocals make for the most beautiful, floaty, drone-y song, and I just love it.

Nearly all five members of Sleepwalk have played in other local, Chicago bands previously which helped them in navigating the DIY music scene there as Sleepwalk became a real thing. They say that DIY spots come and go, especially now in the wake of the Oakland warehouse fire, but that some of their favorites venues (DIY and otherwise) to play have been The Empty Bottle, Schubas, and Beat Kitchen.

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As for the future, they tell me that more music will eventually be a thing, obviously, but that right now they’re just trying to get the word out about Sleepwalk and Shimmer. They’d also like to get physical copies of Shimmer available for fans, because right now you can only download a digital copy on BandCamp (name your price!).

You can catch Sleepwalk at their next show on January 7th at Cole’s in Chicago, and find them on Facebook. “Follow us on Facebook to keep the scene alive!”

 

End of the year lists 2016 pt. 1: Albums

To those of you who know me well, you may know that I make a stupid amount of lists, and considering how unorganized my life tends to be, they are definitely useless. BUT end of the year music lists are so important. So. Important.

Here is a list of my favorite albums from 2016 and a cryptic little memory for each one 🙂

Drive North // SWMRS (Cole Becker is woke af and wrote a song about Tavi ❤ and thank gravity for Stove Rowe)

You Are Going To Hate This // The Frights (February first time, July roadtrip to Orlando and Richard isn’t even there, w/o Abi in November)

The Ride // Catfish and the Bottlemen (best night of my life with Syd and Margie :’) hand holding keeps the magic flowing)

Teens of Denial // Carseat Headrest (first album bought in MN after six months)

Sales LP // Sales (Florida band for a Florida spring)

Ugly Cherries // PWR BTTM (“In the meantime, I hope you enjoy looking at my face flooded with light from all the correct angles!” Alone and teary-eyed the first time in person)

Next Thing // Frankie Cosmos (highway 95 is a big one that brings you to coffee shops in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami that smell like St. Paul)

No Burden // Lucy Dacus (Spacewitch moved home!)

The Altar // Banks (gettin ready and going out)

Cardinal // Pinegrove (homesick at the beach, wonderful messages from the cool little sister I wish I had)

BONUS shout out to bands with mom in their names cause I was really into mom bands this year, also these were both released in 2015 lol.

Momentary Lapse of Happily // Adult Mom (TOLD YA SO)

Amy Locust Whatever // Cyberbully Mom Club (“I think you’ll like this”)

American Wrestlers and VARSITY @ 7th St Entry 12/2/16

HEY kids! It’s been awhile hasn’t it?Like a whole dang month. I took November off to recuperate from the earth-shattering election results, as well as focus on school for a bit; ya grrrl’s gotta keep those grades up. So here I am, back in the swing of things with a concert review of a show I saw last Friday at 7th St.

I emailed about this show a bit last minute, but thank gravity for tour publicists who are on their email 24/7 and threw me on the guest list anyway. Also S/O to the box office guy at the entry who gave me a +1 on the spot even though I didn’t have one confirmed, much appreciated.

First on deck was VARSITY, The Chicago based band was on their second night of tour with American Wrestlers. They played a lot of their top jams from recent double singles releases like Cult of Personality-So Sad, So Sad and Smash/Still Apart. The venue was pretty sparse at the beginning of their set, and lead singer and keyboardist, Steph, asked the crowd to move forward and dance.

Towards the end of their set they played a few new songs, including one that Steph introduced by asking the crowd if they liked dogs because “Gordy” is about a dog. Then she added a little brain-dump that people don’t just like dogs, they love them, before proceeding with the song.

They were one of those bands that just very obviously enjoys themselves on stage in the most wholesome way. I lost track of the number of exchanged smiles and knowing glances between the five members of the band. I hate for this to come off as condescending, but at the end of the set, my friend and I turned to each other and simultaneously said, “they were so cute!” and we both meant it in the best way. VARSITY has this contagious happiness about them that draws you in and makes you feel the youth and feel the friendship and their tunes were the perfect soundtrack for that feeling.

American Wrestlers, the headliners that night, were fairly impressive considering I hadn’t ever heard or given them much listen before the show. They had this lo-fi, grunge-influenced indie pop that was nice to dance to. Lead vocalist, Gary McClure, is from Glasgow and I unfortunately had a hard time understanding his mumbly stage banter, but he seemed to be having a fun time!

 

They played tracks off their latest full length, Goodbye Terrible Youth, that came out this year. They definitely had a larger fanbase at the show, including every member of VARSITY who, throughout the course of the show, eventually found each other in the crowd and danced to the rest of the set together. McClure took a request from the crowd, closing the show with a solo performance of a song I don’t know the name to. 

Be sure to check out VARSITY and American Wrestlers on the rest of their tour, and follow them on social media!

 

The Florists on their beginnings, influences, finding courage, and being baptized in glowsticks

I want to preface this by saying that The Florists are honestly just really great people and I love them and what they stand for. Also this interview was originally done for the December 2016 issue of Gamma Prince, where I also write words sometimes. Thanks to Jo, Jared, and Luke for their time and talent, this was a lot of fun.

Maia Jacobson: So, I know you [Jo Kellen] because you went to school in New Prague [MN] .

Jo Kellen: I did, that’s where I’m from.

MJ: yeah, but you didn’t graduate from New Prague High School, did you?

JK: No, I didn’t I went to an art school in St. Paul.

MJ: The Conservatory [St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists]

JK: Yeah!

MJ: so, how did you meet the rest of these guys?

JK: Well, Jared and I did stand-up comedy together. He still does stand-up, I don’t really do stand-up anymore. Um but yeah, Jared and I met and I thought Jared was really cool and was afraid of him for a while and …

Jared Hemming: Our first conversation was about punk rock!

JK: *laughs* that’s true! I was sitting at galactic pizza in uptown where they have this really wonderful, horrible open mic. I was there with my friend Max and was very scared cause it was my first time doing stand-up, and Jared was joking about The Ramones and was like “yeah, Shhhh, Eena is a punk rocker!” and it was like about her trying to sleep. It was like some ridiculous bit and I was like “wow! Jared’s so cool!”

JH: I think that’s why we decided to become a punk band

JK: *laughs* just because “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”!

Luke Michaels: Me and Jared met at Radio K [U of M Twin Cities radio station] we were both DJs at the same time, we had shifts that butt ended each other and would talk music

JH: and butt heads

LM: Yeah and butt heads! And we got over butting heads and became friends

JK: were you really arch enemies before?

LM: yes. Arch enemies. But Jared always came in after so he always got the last word.

JK: that should happen more on radio K, there should be more rivalries of people openly bad talking others.

JH: “the previous dj played a lot of crap…”

*laughing*

LM: NO, but that’s not true, we were all fast friends

JK: So Jared and I decided that we were gonna play some music together because I found out through a mutual friend of ours that Jared played drums, and I played guitar and sung and had songs. So I asked him to come hang out at my house, and we jammed and then Jared was like, “Hey, I know this guy named Luke who is really great and who really wants to be in a band and is an awesome bassist and he’s just gonna come over to practice with us one day!” And then Luke came and practiced with us and it was really fun, and we gelled, and now we’re a band.

MJ: And this was how long ago?

LM: Last March, so about a year and a half ago

JH: nononononono it was march of 2014

JK: No it wasn’t!?

JH: no, it was 2015, but that’s not last march, that the march prior.

LM: oh, yeah! Isn’t that what I said?

JK: *laughs* Whatever. Time, linearity, I don’t care about it.

MJ: Did ya’ll have any specific intent or purpose when you created what is now The Florists?

JH: We wanted to be curators of beautiful things, like a true florist

*laughter*

JK: I think the real answer to that question is that Jared and I were like, “wow, we really like Pavement” and then we were like, “yeah, this is cool. Let’s play shows” …

LM: you, you excluded me…

JH: Yeah, Luke also loves Pavement!

*loud, jumbly commotion*

JK: well to be fair, when you started, I didn’t know for a fact that you loved Pavement. But then it became very clear. In a good way, that’s a great thing!

MJ: What are some of your influences, besides Pavement?

*laughter*

JH: yeah, so we’ve actually made a band pact to never listen to anybody but Pavement.

JK: Favorite band forever is the mountain goats, I very much just want to be a big, queer, John Darnell.

MJ: how would you describe your sound?

JH: When I talk to old people at my work, like people who grew up listening to music in the eighties and haven’t really branched out beyond that, I usually describe our sound as “Encyclopedic Punk”

JK: *laughs* that’s funny! I don’t know, I’ve described us as Funk Punk, Noise pop…I don’t I think noise pop is specific enough but still just as vague as post punk

MJ: So tell me about your song writing process and writing Can You Feel The Stasis?

JK: Oh man,

JH: We just thought, “Hey can we feel the stasis?!”

JK: And then we did! No, but for the songwriting I think we all contribute very equally, but I usually come up in with lyrics, a vocal melody, and a guitar part. Then we get together in the rehearsal space and just jam. I’m like alright, here you guys, here’s this thing” and the I just loop the guitar part over and over again, and Jared and Luke are pretty remarkably adept and usually develop something that is really mind-blowing right away, or at least it is to me. But eah, I don’t know…what uh, how did we put the record together? How would you guys describe that process?

JH: Well, I feel like the more important thing for us was to start playing shows in the twin cities area so we could sort of feel like a part of that scene before we did anything really serious. I feel like it really just started by playing shows and our first shows were house shows, we played a lot of Kitty Kat Club to start, and we still do…

LM: Yeah and we recorded the demos, and I think after we got sick of that being the only recorded version of our band….

JH: yeah, and we were also really big fans of Ali Jafar, the engineer we worked with who recorded, mixed, and mastered Can You Feel the Stasis? We were really big fans of his because he’s done a lot of really big, really awesome albums in the local scene

JK: Yeah he did Lunch Duchess, Strange Relations, just fantastic. He helped create a lot of the really cool sounds on Can You Feel the Stasis? Like literally, and also cool suggestions to tweak even just a couple musical phrases within a song and he was really fantastic.

MJ: Going back to the MPLS scene, what has been getting into that been like, and what are your thoughts on Minneapolis’ DIY scene?

JK: people like gin and tonic a lot. *laughter* A lot of people, myself included!

LM: I feel like if you just give someone your drink ticket *laughter* like I gave someone a drink ticket of mine once and I feel like ever since then, we’ve been tight.

JK: I’m sorry I interrupted, what were you gonna say, Jared?

JH: oh it’s okay, I was just going to say that now that we’ve been a part of the community for a while I feel like we are recognized by our peers and we recognize our peers and it’s just kinda cool to be a part of a wave of local bands who are doing things that are really exciting right now. And one of our favorite bands to play with right now is this band called Tony Peachka,

MJ: I love Tony Peachka

JK: She wrote the review, she knows what’s up

JH: And just what Melissa Jones does as a singer and a songwriter is just spectacular

JK: Yeah, how about Wetter [Melissa’s other band] right?!

JH: Wetter is soooo good. And all three of us are just really excited about that, and we pretty much just latch ourselves onto that like a parasite.

JK: I don’t know if that’s true

JH: I don’t know, I just feel like, recognizing the other super awesome, talented bands here and getting to play shows with them feels like the most extraordinary privilege.

JK: My friend Noah, is a trumpet player who makes really cool, Avant Garde jazz music, and he’s in this group of musicians who are in a bunch or different bands and also themselves are called six families. I was talking to him at this thing he was DJing at the other week and he was like “Dude, there are so many post punk bands in Minneapolis” and I thought this was so strange because there is a weird proliferation of weird rock, and I love that. What I think is really fun is that a lot of the bands that I encounter and that we play with, are also a lot of people we hang out with and have fun with and I feel like I have a lot of friendships within the community; it’s where the majority of my friendships are right now. What I think is advantageous about that, in an artistic sense, is that there’s a weird, I wouldn’t even call it competition, there’s not a careerism to it, at least I hope not always, but there’s something kind of fun about seeing if you can get your friend to be like “what the fuck?!” in the audience. I think there’s something really fun about that, and really satisfying to see how you can fool people or how you can take expectations about your band and subvert them in some fun way. And that at least fuels me.

LM: I feel like we strive to do that on more of our songs now in a way that didn’t necessarily happen on the demos. I think we’re trying to be, well not trying to be necessarily, but becoming smarter.

JH: yeah and we really make an effort to challenge ourselves as musicians and performers, and I think that lends itself to doing really crazy shit like giving away a dvd of Casper at our show [alluding to their 11/5 show where they did, indeed, give away a dvd of Casper in the middle of their set].

MJ: yeah I brought my friend, and it was their first time seeing you and they were like, “what the fuck?!” and I was like “exactly!!”

JK: Oh really! In a good way?

MJ: yeah!

JH: that seems to be a common reaction and I don’t know how to take that all the time.

JK: I don’t know, I just like surrealism, and I know I definitely like to try to push that just because I think it’s a very interesting aesthetic choice. I just think there’s so much opportunity in it frankly. And it’s honestly indiscernible from reality a lot of the times, especially these days…

MJ: Were any of ya’ll involved in the DIY scene before you started making music, is that something you were into before all this? And how was it then, versus not being a physical part of it now?

JK: oh yeah, I very much was, and Jared was as well. We became good friends because we both worked at this school’s [U of M Twin Cities] newspaper, Minnesota Daily, I was the editor for arts and entertainment and Jared was a reporter and then assistant editor. I mean, I was going to house shows as a reporter, I was going to them very much as an outsider, deliberately. I think I was like pals with those people, but I also did theater and was going to other shows and hanging out with my friends bands and stuff but would never feel like a participant.

JH: Yeah, I certainly always felt like a student to the local scene, I always kept a lot of tabs on it, even as a freshman. I caught a Hollow Boys show once, and it just totally blew my mind. And It’s just cool to think that that was my impression as just a dweeby 18 year old and ten like by the time I was 22 I was working with those guys

LM: you two had an extra year to become acquainted with the Minneapolis scene because when we were stating The Florists, I was a sophomore. I felt like my beginning in The Florists happened coincided with my self-discovery of the Minneapolis music scene, whereas you were already well acquainted with it, but it helped me feel more personally connected to it.

MJ: tell me about how the internet has helped you all in your successes and how you think it influences the Minneapolis music scene.

JK: oh I think it’s just how everyone finds out about shows now. And it’s also this hilarious point of anxiety about what to write, it’s like, “alright, should I use an asterisk, and now a tilde, and all caps. Will we have a little joke here about music, and we’ll have some self-deprecating thing and a funny image and then everybody is like ‘Herrrrr, reaction!’”

*laughter*

JK: I mean really if anything, it’s just a lot of circulation, I mean that’s how you get info out.

JH: I would say a really big thing, and it’s worked really well to our advantage, but I think it goes for the entirety of Minneapolis’ music scene. I’m sure you’re familiar with the YouTube page, Undercurrents MPLS. They do stellar work, and I think that when your own band gets one of those videos, it feels like a little, nice little, I don’t know… like a nice little pat on the back. It’s validating. It’s just really easy now for people to get a sense of who are band is without a lot of effort, but then they come to our shows and I think it’s a lot more intense than what they were expecting.

MJ: How has The Florists, or even just Minneapolis’s music scene, allowed you all to explore your own personal identities?

JH: I think we all kinda look to Jo….

*laughter*

JK: *laughter* I came out in the middle of this band! Uh before our release show [July 2016], right before we went on stage, I came out to both my parents which was very exciting and that went great! And I think for me that Identity is a fickle thing, and also people often try to make it some kind of – there’s some kind of general rule to legislating identity or talking about identity. I think that in my opinion, it’s a very personal thing and I think the fluidity is at the heart of the concept of identity. With The Florists, I think that has allowed me to go on stage and work those things out. I don’t think there’s any kind of complete Jo on stage when The Florists are happening. I think what is really exciting is that we get to have that sort of human collage moment where-and that comes out in the weird genre bending too, is that like different parts of us are being expressed simultaneously on stage and that’s what makes it so weird to look at when I like lean back and I’m like drenched and have my mouth wide open. You know what I mean, like it’s not really something I feel I can articulate, but having a space on a stage, with people who are supportive, getting to make and share art that I’ve worked on with people that really mean a lot to me, is a just part of my identity. Now, The Florists have become a place where I expand and contract.

JH: Yeah, and to speak for my own sake, I feel like one thing that’s been really exciting about Jo’s fluidity is I think it has really freed up me and Luke to play with gender roles as well, and I feel like neither of us step into traditionally masculine roles. Especially in the way we present on stage – and you know not to say, I mean I identify as a male, but I think there’s something to be said for being open to expressing yourself in a different way. And then just intersectionality wise, we’re just bringing a bunch of different identities to the plate here, I mean I’m a person of color and there aren’t that many POC in the Minneapolis post punk scene especially and that’s pretty difficult, but it feels good to give some voice to that, putting a spotlight on that and bringing that perspective to the stage.

LM: I think challenging masculinity is something that we’ve all sort of done, even before shows, and maybe that skews the way that people will interpret our version of challenging masculinity, but I think that that was always something that was very important to us, and interesting to us as the very least.

JK: Yeah. I hate— Nobody like macho shit. Actually Danielle from Tony Peachka and Bruise Violet shared a video, uh Screaming Females were just in town at Triple Rock, I wasn’t there but Undercurrent had taken a video of her [Marissa Paternoster] on stage, and they’re a rockin rock band and of course as rollicking rock bands go, there’s a bunch of macho shit that comes along with that and people want to like windmill their arms around all these people. I mean, moshing is wonderful and can be a friendly unifying thing, but it can also be a violent, powerful thing; and expression of power and domination. What’s really exciting is that rock in 2016 is becoming more and more welcoming to women, it’s getting gayer and gayer, which is really exciting. There’s sort of this overwhelming queerness and pacifism to it even though the music is aggressive. And she on the stage just did this like really amazing speech for like three minutes, just very articulately requesting these people to calm down, essentially expressing the same kind of idea that moshing can be cool, but not when you’re an asshole about it. And I love that. I love that! Some of the best rock bands right now are fronted by queer folks and really fierce fucking women.

JH: I think it’s really important to us that people go crazy at our shows, but that they also stay safe.

JK: Exactly. What I don’t get is that people are like, “well what do you expect, it’s rock music” and it’s just stupid because it’s so easy to have fun and not hurt people, it’s so easy! And I’m like 6’5” and I could very easily hurt people, but I don’t…And there are opportunities as a band to be proactive about it. The example that immediately comes to mind is Speedy Ortiz, they have a hotline that you can call or text at their shows and that’s fucking great.

LM: We all like love, love, G.L.O.S.S. They’ve been extremely influential to us and they’re a band that really vocally criticized that and that’s really inspiring to us.

MJ: Where do you find courage?

JH: The three of us, the three of us together always gives me courage

JK: I totally agree with that.

JH: I feel like it’s really easy to not feel confident about your life and it’s really easy when you go through life and you’ve got so many endeavors to do alone, and it’s really hard to feel truly confident and it may always feel like you’re competing with someone else, or anything. Since day one, The Florists have always been the three of us together and that has always filled me with courage, and it also gives me confidence because I believe in these two more than anybody and that also makes me believe in myself more than anybody.

JK: I think what Jared said is exactly the response that I would give and I think to be an artist we all have in our heart of hearts think that we each have, as individuals, interesting things to say. And you have this, I wouldn’t call it arrogance, just this confidence in that you have an interesting expression whether somebody gave us at whatever age some kind of praise, that stuck with us maybe? I feel like, Jared and Luke obviously, but I am lucky to have a lot of people who are vocally supportive in my life that has helped me, even though my psychology would love to stomp that down, has helped me feel comfortable expressing myself.

MJ: alright so that’s the last question I had, is there anything you want to add?

JH: Alright, so here’s a list of people we hate.

*laughter*

JK: yeah, here’s a list of people who rock, and these are the people who suck!

JH: Yeah so I don’t even know how to make this like relevant, but Bric-A-Brac records is awesome.

JK: Yeah, Bric-A-Brac is so cool, we played an in store there and it was so fun! We had a blast. You can include this as an audio clip, this is out shout out section: Uh, I also really like Ought and Deerhoof. Deerhoof has the best drummer in rock. It’s true, I’ll say it.

LM: We all love Death Grips

JK: Oh yeah, we all love Death Grips, so much. We really do.

*laughter*

JH: Is there a good story we could give her to really hook people in? Is there anything that has happened to us recently?

JK: We took a band trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza to see LCD Soundsystem, and Luke got-

LM: This is the hook!

JK: Luke got glow stick fluid in his eye!

*laughter*

JK: So we make this sonic pilgrimage to see LCD Soundsystem, this band we all love a lot. And this woman behind us was cracking open glow sticks and rubbing them all over her body and she was glowing and we were like, “That’s so cool!” And so, she gives us glow sticks

JH: No, she was like just pouring them all over, like regardless of our choice!

JK: So we were like alright, got to accept it, this is fun.

LM: Baptized in glow sticks. So, I have one in my hand, and I literally so excited abou this show with glow sticks in either had and go like this *makes wild, dancing, arm movement* and shoot glow stick goo into my eye. I was so embarrassed, I really didn’t want anybody to see that anything was wrong, but literally could not physically open my eye and could see purple glow inside my eye. And I had to watch the rest of the show with one eye.

*more laughter*

Stay tuned for more updates on new music from The Florists, they tell me they’re getting to work on a full-length album due out sometime early 2017!