decker. Probably Isn't Going to Use Kickstarter Ever Again, Even Though It Helped Pay for the Band's Awesome New Album

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It took a successful Kickstarter campaign, numerous fundraising shows, and generous outpouring from the local music community, but Sedona's decker. has successfully completed its fourth album, Slider (no relation to the T.Rex record of the same name), and was able to replace the instruments damaged in a near-fatal rollover. Now, the band is gearing up for a South by Southwest tour with Palms, The Wiley One, and others, as well as prepping for their album-release show at The Sail Inn in Tempe, on Friday, March 1.

We spoke to frontman/songwriter Brandon Decker via phone.

Up on the Sun: First, I want to say congratulations on the new album.

Brandon Decker:Thank you, buddy.

So how is Sedona?

Sedona is Sedona. It's kinda warm. It's nice. It's pretty. We're actually heading to Phoenix. We're picking up [bassist] Bryant [Vazquez] and heading down to shows there and doing a little promotion for the March 1 show.

I don't hear a lot about what's going on up in Sedona. Any bands up there you'd consider your contemporaries?

That's a challenging question to answer. I think we just try to stay focused on what we're doing musically and professionally. We try to be around bands from all over the place that are like-minded, that we respect and admire.

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Brandon Decker and Bryant Vazquez of decker.
Do you feel Sedona is a spiritual place?

There's definitely something remarkably special there, you know? I know I've changed [since being there]. The way I've viewed myself, and I guess my spirit has changed, and I attribute at least some aspect of that to living in Sedona, so I guess so.

How spiritual of a person are you?

You know, I don't even know what spiritual means. Daily, I'm focused on trying to bring the best me to life and honor my spirit. So I'm guess I'm just growing in that capacity as best that I can. As best as I don't interfere with. [Laughs]

The reason I ask is because the spiritual metaphors in your music are appealing. They bring imagery and life to your lyrics.

I mean, it's definitely something on my forefront. I think a lot of the reasons is when the songs initially start happening in the writing process when I'm kinda coming up with lyrics or something is working through some life inequity.

Did you go to church as a kid?

I did, definitely. I was a Catholic.

So did I.

Did ya? I did a Catholic thing, I was into Eastern religion a bunch, I had a Christian phase. I had an atheist phase. A lot of phases.

I get that. I feel there's some things about humanity that you can't really explain. Spiritualism is trying to answer that. I don't know how good of a job it's doing necessarily but . . .

Absolutely. Not just humanity, but the whole universe. I can imagine our ancestors all over the world a thousand years ago as they would lay in a field of grass without the Internet or science and thinking about clouds and rain and sun and calamity.

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Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

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Doesn't say what goodies they offered and what the hard part about giving em out was.... Or did I miss that?

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