Where are you all from?
How is the music scene there?
Tulsa has a small tight-knit scene. Anthony, our drummer is a promoter and he’s very involved in growing the DIY scene here in town. It’s something that’s really important to all of us, not only being ambassadors for Tulsa while we’re on the road but also, lending a hand in developing our scene at home.
How long have you known each other and where did you meet?
Anthony and I, the founding members, went to high school together, although the high school we went to is in a suburb of Tulsa, called Owasso, was massive, so we kind of passed by one another growing up. I contacted him in 2013, basically cold-called him, because I was interested in starting a band and knew that he played music. We have been inseparable ever since. He’s my best friend. Our newer members, Cody and Noah, jumped on about a year ago as fill in’s and we had such great chemistry that we asked them to go full time with us.
What can you tell me about your sound and how it was created?
Aside from some specific nuances, I don’t think we’ve ever strived to sound like anything specific. In fact, I feel like the more we try to sound like anything, the more we just sound like ourselves. I suppose our sound lands somewhere between indie pop and emo revival type stuff.
How did you come up with your name?
Coffee and Wikipedia.
How have you evolved since starting the band?
I think naturally, you tend to mature an as artist. Over the course of the last four years, personally, I’ve taught myself to play guitar which has been tremendously advantageous, because I’m better able to communicate my ideas to the rest of the band. Otherwise, I think we’ve just learned balance in songwriting, and become more dynamic.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
When you’re a band with any sort of longevity, keeping a consistent lineup that stays motivated can be difficult. We have experienced a lot of lineup changes in the past, which for me, kind of hindered the creative process, consistency wise. We’ve been in a really good place for the last year though and finally feel really comfortable.
Describe your show, visual and musically.
We like to map out our live show musically to sort of create a mood. Sort of the same loud-quiet-loud dynamic that we try and achieve with our music, just on a larger scale. Visually, it’s all about high energy. We’re just trying to smash stages.
What would be your dream tour?
I’d love to do Europe, or maybe Japan. Something international and way out of our comfort zone.
Tell me a little bit about the EP “HOMECOMING”.
A lot of songs on the record are like reminders to myself to keep progressing and being better. Songs about sort of feeling like I’m on the cusp of being who I’m supposed to be. At the same time, with the record, you have this sort of introspective/objective aspect, where I’m writing not only about myself, but those around me.
The EP is solid throughout but my particular favorite is “Concentrated”. Tell me what that song is about.
Concentrated, I suppose, is about leaving space for growth and learning how to repair that sort of cynical view of relationships that seem to manifest. I kept encountering the same trends in relationships, and the way that a person can deny the love that they deserve because they are just too damaged.
What is your songwriting process?
Generally, I’ll come up with the bare bones for a song, or at least a verse or chorus portion, and I’ll take that to the rest of the guys and they’ll general rework and embellish whatever concepts I give them to work with. Over the course of the writing process, I think we grew more and more collaborative, which just makes the music more interesting.
Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
Of course! The internet plays a very significant and strange part in a band’s success.
Who are your musical influences?
We listen to a ton of different stuff which is one reason why I think our music tends to vary stylistically in a lot of ways. We listen to a lot of our friend’s bands, Salt Creek, Embracer, HouseHold for example.
What inspires you to do what you do?
We have loads of friends here in town as well as all over the country that come hang out at shows and spin our records. As long as that’s the case, we’re going to keep making records and touring and playing shows. We want people to be able to relate, and when you see your music strike a chord or make a difference, you just never want to give it up.
Anything you would like to share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
Obviously, we want to let people know that ‘Homecoming’ will be available on all major media platforms on May 18th. We will be on the road a bit this summer so keep an eye out for shows near you.