Dry River Yacht Club's Garnet: You Don't Have To Be A Kardashian To Connect With People
You have a new album coming out correct?
We're kind of doing some ground work on it still, even though the music is pretty much done. We're not really sure when we're going to release it yet, because we want to make sure we have everything in order to back it up. We want to be able to give the city of Phoenix amazing shows.
We have a lot of art and stuff that we are making for it. We want to make this different than any other album we've released. We've always been blessed with great crowds at our shows and we want to give them more than they are expecting. I can tell you it's not just a CD. There will be other stuff available. We just want to make sure it's perfectly incubated enough to come out for you guys.
I'm intrigued by the mystique that surrounds DRYC.
[laughs] I don't think it's necessarily intentional, but I am also a person that lives in that area of anonymity. Like me personally, I don't have a personal Facebook or a smart phone. In fact, if I didn't live in Tempe and make music and enjoy that so much, I would probably just live in the woods all by myself. [Laughs]
I think the band kind of follows suit with that. There's a lot of cryptic, personal and emotional stuff that we give in our sound, and I don't think it should be convoluted with how--umm, let me word lightly here--but there can be so much narcissism with Myspace and Facebook and the constant contact with tweeting this and that.
And you know what, I really don't give a fuck what kind of bagel you ate. I don't need to know that. I want to hang out with you and have experiences with you. There's no need to be a fucking Kardashian all the time in order to be personal and emotional with an audience. The music should hold up a lot of that. And you know, we still contact people and we're still around, I just don't think it should be narcissistic in order to be connecting.
I think that's just how we try to be as a band because that's an energy we like rather than trying to be like "I'm so cool, and this is so cool". You do that enough and it's not fucking cool [laughs]. Sometimes it's nice to disappear into a little crease or a shadow and create something there and share that. We're just old souls.
What goes into the writing process for the band?
It's a lot of group effort, and also a little solo effort. One of the songs on our new album was a love song and I got to transpose the whole thing from the melody in my head and show it to them and make something really beautiful out of it.
Also, people will construct a part of a song and bring it to the group and we write on it. We always have good communication between each other. There is never an ego or an idea that's too big to stand in the way of listening to another option we could use to make a song better.
What are you planning to do for your performance at Kaleidoscope?
It's definitely going to be pretty and fun, and hopefully be a little enchanting as well. We love it up in Flagstaff--it's the mountains.
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