Warehouse Eyes Interview
Answered from the Jennie perspective (Lead singer and boss lady of Warehouse Eyes)
I see you are on tour now. Where can people get info about tickets?
We actually just got back from our tour March 29th! We played 8 shows across the South and East Coast, including Austin during SXSW, New Orleans, Atlanta, Raleigh, DC, Philly, NYC, and Pittsburgh. The tour routing was pretty ambitious overall, so I’m glad to finally be out of the car for a while.
I was lucky to hear the duo version of your band at the Sofar Minneapolis event in March. Are you promoting an album or EP right now, and where can listeners go to buy it?
That show was so much fun – Sofar shows have become some of our favorites to play (and to attend!) We currently have two EPs out – the most recent one, Prisms, was released in July 2015. Copies of both Prisms and our first Ep, Carvings, are available on Bandcamp, iTunes, and probably your local Twin Cities record store. We’re also very close to releasing the single for our new song, “Without You or Me!” Be on the lookout for that in the next couple weeks.
What is your favorite song on the current album and why? Tell us a story. 🙂
My favorite is “Smoke” – not just because I think it’s the most solid song off the Prisms EP, but also because we wrote most of the lyrics while walking through the streets of New Orleans at night. I broke my shoes that night actually. I have such fond memories of that city that I even returned to the same neighborhood (the Bywater) to do a 3-week solo artist residency in November of last year.
Is there a main songwriter in the band, or do you write the songs together and jam? What’s the usual process?
We tried writing songs together from start to finish and discovered that it is incredibly impossible for two people to share the same songwriting brain. After countless hours of discussion, we recently decided it would be best for this project to have only one songwriter. So I have promoted myself to art director/producer /boss lady and Chris has become the primary songwriter. I will still write melodies and help Chris edit lyrics, but I am refocusing my efforts on bigger picture production. For the Prisms EP, most of the songs began as skeletons that we fleshed out in rehearsals with the help of our friends Kevin Scott (bass), Matt Vannelli (guitar), and Alex Young (drums).
I like the name of your band, and I’m curious how you came up with the name?
Thanks! It may seem uncharacteristic of our music, but the name Warehouse Eyes comes from a Bob Dylan lyric in the song “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.” We’re both big fans of his music, and especially look up to him as a lyricist. Also there are probably 15 other potential band names hiding inside of that song alone.
What have you been listening to lately?
Chris has been working on the daunting self-imposed task of listening to every album that came out in 2015. I sometimes gets trapped listening to those. Aside from that, I’ve been listening to Radio K, Emily King, and Kendrick Lamar.
If all your gear went up in a blaze and you could only save one thing, what would it be, and why?
No! I don’t want my gear to melt in a fire. But I think I would save our Octatrack, which is a sequencer/sampler made by the Swedish company Elektron. It is by far the most versatile piece of gear we use and it keeps us from using a laptop on stage, which is something we feel strongly about (mainly aesthetic reasons). That little machine is what allows us to be such a huge wall of sound when we play as a duo.
I can attest to this huge wall of sound, and it’s amazing.
(Stock Photo from Elektron)
Where is your favorite place to shop for gear?
For small things like cables, pedals, and drum sticks, definitely Twin Town Guitars. For bigger stuff we often have to scour the internet or schlep over to Guitar Center out in the burbs.
How did you meet? I know you perform as a duo, and sometimes as a five-piece band. Was there one recruiter who selected all the musicians?
Chris and I met in Iowa City through the drummer of one of his old bands. I let them all crash at my college apartment while they were on tour, and soon after, Chris and I found ourselves in a long distance relationship. A year later, I moved to Minneapolis from my home town in the Chicago suburbs, and Chris and I started working on music straight away. We recruited other musicians when we decided to record our first EP in 2013.
Describe a typical Warehouse Eyes show—what is something you try to give every concert goer?
Moody dance party where you don’t have to dance but the host of the party would really like it if you did. I would love to give everyone that comes to our shows a personal flatscreen TV but I’m not made of money, ok.
We like Jennie.
Do you have a favorite place to play in the Twin Cities? Why?
Don’t make me decide. So many.
What is something you like to do in your free time? Confessions:
When I’m not out of town excessively, I am addicted to fostering dogs. It can be a lot of work and I get really tired of discovering turds around the house, but it is so worth it. Dogs are basically my therapy.
When did you know that you were going to be a professional musician? Was there a moment where you just knew?
I always knew.
What are your plans for the future? Are there any future albums in the works?
Yes indeed. As I mentioned earlier, we’re about to release the single for our new song, Without You or Me. Hopefully will be in your ears within the next two weeks. The main goal now is to start recording a full length album by the end of 2016.
You can buy Prisms at https://warehouseeyes.bandcamp.com/
On iTunes and Amazon