On Thursday afternoon before the bands extremely SOLD OUT show at La Zona Rosa, Phoenix invited a small group of students for a preview of the show during the bands soundcheck followed by a brief Q&A session afterwards. The group of students were a part of the Grammy Foundation which takes college and high school students and shows them the inner workings of the music industry. A soundcheck being one of those things of course. It was really cool seeing the band working through their songs in such an intimate environment.
Once the band was finished they met up with the students and did the Q&A. When asked about the bands most recent success despite being around for quite a while the band seemed puzzled as to why it happened. They are an extremely humble and great group of guys though. They attributed some of the success to blogs, the initial leak of the album as well as the sharing of "1901" leading up to the release. The students went on to ask a range of questions and here are some of the highlights..
On which Texas bands they were fans of: The band showed admiration for openers White Denim as well as the late At The Drive-In, which the band told a story about seeing in Paris with about 12 other people.
On the Le Blogotheque Sessions we shared last week: They said that the people behind it could be very demanding and that if we could see what they saw that it looked unorganized. But despite that when the final product was done they thought it was amazing. They also mentioned that it was only supposed to be one song but they ended up doing more and they were eventually kicked off the bus.
On festivals: They touched on how much they enjoyed playing ACL and seeing the other bands and shared that they would be playing at this years Coachella Music Festival. They also joked that they had played it once before and sounded terrible.