TeamMate‘s cinematic swagger definitely makes good on the implications of their new release’s title, The Sequel EP [iTunes link]. However, unlike most sequels, the EP truly stands out. TeamMate’s knack for an infectious hook remains utterly invigorating, and this collection makes you yearn for a trilogy…
What threads together The Sequel EP for you?
Scott Simons: Given the story, I think we were trying to write for that story and attempting to take different angles on that but keep it universal. That way, it’s not alienating to people. While we’re taking different angles, we had this batch of songs that all had a thread to them. Even the odd man out might be “Causing a Commotion”, but I think it goes with it lyrically. There are some lyrics in there that work. These were the songs we had ready, and we thought it was a good introduction to the band. We have a bunch of songs ready for whatever’s next. It’s a continuing story, and it goes with every angle we’ve been through.
What’s the story behind “LA Winter”?
Scott Simons: I moved to Los Angeles about five years ago. I grew up in West Virginia. We lived together in Pittsburgh, and then I moved to L.A. When I moved to L.A., I was like, “I’m not going to be one of those guys who writes L.A. in the title of one of his songs” [Laughs]. I had this concept. When it gets a little cold in Los Angeles, everybody starts to complain about how cold it is. I’m like, “Guys, you know what other people are going through? It’s really not that bad”. I made that a metaphor for life. However bad things can get, it’s just temporary or it’s not as bad as it is compared to what other people are going through. We should be thankful for what we have. That’s where the “LA Winter” metaphor came in. I contradicted myself and wrote a song with “LA” in the title.
Is it important for you to paint pictures with the songs?
Scott Simons: Once I have the initial idea, I try to look at every angle. With “LA Winter”, it pertained to the metaphor I was trying to show, and I felt like I could put a picture in people’s heads that would help. Your picture may be different from mine. It’s important to paint a picture, but it’s important to keep it open and vague so people can apply their own meaning to it.
What influences you outside of music?
Scott Simons: I try to find inspiration outside of music. Generally, I hear something and I get jealous like, “Dammit, I wish I wrote that song!” Then, I sit down and try to outdo that song. Most often, I don’t [Laughs]. Often, that’s how inspiration works. I hear something so good that I try to match it or beat it. Lyrically, inspiration comes from reading or the fact I listen to a lot of podcasts. I try to do things outside of music. It’s important to be really tuned in when you’re having normal conversations with people because sometimes the best lyrics come up then. If you really want something universal and conversational, you have to listen to how people are talking and what they’re saying. I think I get a lot of inspiration from talking to people and hearing their experiences.
Dani Buncher: I’m very inspired by other musicians who aren’t in the same genre as we are. Musically, I pull from all over the place. As far as how I play the drums, a lot of my influence comes from not only the music I listen to but marching in marching bands.
If you were to compare the EP to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Scott Simons: That’s a good one!
Dani Buncher: I’d say anything with Fred Savage in it…
Scott Simons: Like Short Circuit.
Dani Buncer: He’s not in that, but The Wizard maybe. That’s a good one! I’m not sure though.
Scott Simons: In some ways, it feels like a documentary to me.
What artists shaped you?
Check out the whole interview here!
Check out this fun interview we did yesterday with Virgin Mobile USA where we discuss shipping container homes, Olivia Newton-John, denim vs. chambray and of course our new EP!
NYC! Will USAir find Scott’s keyboard in time for tonight’s show? Will Dani rap? Stop by Pianos to find out!
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LAX->JFK. The first TeamMate fly date. This is gonna be expensive…
Los Angeles! We’re back at Hotel Cafe tonight at 10pm! Hope ya can make it.
Our first San Diego show tonight! The Tin Can. 930pm. If ya have friends in the area, please let ‘me know!
TeamMate has shows this week in San Diego, LA, & NYC! Click below for information and to get tickets. Hope to see you there!
Recordin’ Dani’s vocal on a brand spankin’ new tune in Burbank!
“I’ve got the moves baby, you got the motion
If we got together we’d be causing a commotion…”