Three weeks ago we announced that the M&T crew will be jumping back into the local concert scene to present a show at Tommy Dolye’s in Harvard Square with our friends Young Giant. The show will feature two amazing local bands that we’re very excited about at the M&T headquarters, We Avalanche and VAVÁ. Recently we had the chance to chat with We Avalanche’s lead singer and guitar player, Brady Custis. Our conversation covered their most recent record Time Travels, new music, and most importantly- chicken nuggets. Read on for the full interview below and make sure to keep your calendar free for Tuesday June 25th at 930pm at Tommy Doyle’s. It’s only $5, so you have absolutely no excuse.
Maimed & Tamed: What’s on the horizon for the We Avalanche? Any new music, videos, or content that you want to share with the M&T faithful?
We Avalanche: Lots of new music. I don’t think we’ve played a show in the past few months without premiering a new song. We’ve just started recording a new record that we think will be exactly what the people have been waiting for.
M&T: What’s your favorite gig that you’ve played?
WA: Last January we were on tour and stopped in a little town called Collegeville, PA. They have a barbershop there run by the most beautifully bearded men you’ve ever seen. There is a nice stage in the back (yes, in the back of the barbershop) and in a small town everyone there appreciates having such a hip place like that. So it was an attentive crowd full of good people in an atmosphere we really loved. We can’t ask for more than that.
M&T: Tell us a little bit about your album Time Travels and the recording process. There’s a lot of sounds going on there, but only three of you guys, how did you pull it all together?
WA: We recorded it in Nashville at Trapdoor records. It was a great place to be, really inspiring surroundings, and I think we just went into it knowing exactly what we wanted. We recorded everything except vocals in 4 days straight down there. All the marathon days of extreme excess of coffee, cigarettes and cheap quick food allowed us to just focus and get it done in the limited time we had to do it. The “time traveling” chord in there that appears between a lot of the songs I made by having Eric record each note of the chord so many times until it sounded almost electronic, and then I pitch-shifted and time-shifted it all over the place so it feels like the record is actually moving. Or that was the idea anyway. We’ve never actually time traveled so we’re not exactly sure how to portray it.
M&T: What is your favorite food to eat on the road?
WA: You know, the answer WAS Burger King. Recently however I went back there and they changed their chicken nuggets to taste exactly like McDonald’s [bad idea]. They were so delicious and comforting before and now they just taste terrible. Honestly, I don’t know what we’re gonna do next time we’re on the road. Getting Burger King was half the fun.
M&T: What’s your band spirit animal and why?
WA: Uhh. A good chicken nugget?
WA: Lanny McDonald.