Recently James Lowe from Kickacts Magazine sat down with one of the very exciting artists on the scene. The following is a written interview we conducted with the artist!
Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and your band and were you can be found at on the web.
Austin: The First Pullman Standard show as a full band was in 2008, We have since played over 500 shows and self-released 2 E.P.’s and a full – length album. find our music everywhere but maybe start at our website www.PullmanStandard.com
Who are your musical heroes, influences & why?
Band: There is no one band that we look at and say thats who we want to sound like. We listen to everything, The Police, The Cure , Deftones , Jimmy Eat World , Anberlin , Explosions in the Sky , Smashing Pumpkins, Bruno Mars, Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, No Doubt, Kings of Leon , Thrice, Neon Trees , The Killers , Queen … I love Pop it is a definate guilty pleasure … Pink , LMFAO , Kelly Clarkson , One Republic, Jason Derulo , Cher lloyde, Kesha
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in playing music? Any pitfalls they should avoid?
Timmy: Stay focused , remember that this is something that you should love to do…. Nothing is achieved without hard work and tenacity. So work hard!
Do you have a greatest gig story you’d like to share?
Timmy: We got to perform for the great Don Was , look him up, he is a cool guy.
On the same token as the above question. How about a “worse gig” ever story.
Timmy: I think the only thing that can really make a gig crappy is a bad promoter. We have played in some pretty bad weather conditions and pretty unorthidox venues but we always make the best of the shows.
Austin : We performed at the Dallas TX Rock n Roll marathon in Mid march and it was 22 degrees on the stage and it was super windy… I couldnt feel my fingers as i tried to get through each song.
Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of boobs?
Timmy: All my friends use to make fun of me , but i like building miniature stuff… Model Trains, Model Cars, RC planes… But i love vintage Cars, would love to rebuild something from the 1950’s
Austin: Im a big fan of Vintage and Foreign films , Random Novels
What do you think about the present music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
Although three out of four of us are from San Diego we are based out of Los Angeles… North Hollywood to be exact. The scene here is over saturated to say the least and its hard to ever get any body out to a local show because most of the smaller venues have been taken over by pay to play promoters that dont really care about the scene and make you sell a whole bunch of tickets for a thirty minute time slot. But i guess thats one of the beauties about touring.
Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear… Like their hobbies or something like that…
Timmy: I am an avid motorcycle enthusiast
Austin: I am into geology and cartography and land study
Gilly: I am a big big fan of the spiderman comic series
Core: I have a dog named Charlie its a german shepherd
Hypothetical situation. You’re stranded on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the girls… Is it Ginger, Mary Ann or Mrs. Howell and why?
Timmy: Mary Ann, so cute…I guess i have a thing for simple er low maintenance girls
Gilly: Mrs Howell… Cougar
Core: Did i mention I have a dog named Charlie and its a German shepherd???lol
Our last question is called “Shout it out Loud”. It’s were you get to say anything you would like to say, so go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!”
We are doing a lot of touring this year … Please come out and support us if you see that we are in your town… And on that note, support your local music scene.