-Interview- Low Battery (12/1/14)

Washington, DC rock band Low Battery gets interviewed and talks about the Washington DC music scene, their crazy show story and their upcoming plans.

From: Washington, DC
Sounds like: Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Low Battery” and is there any meaning behind it?

We've all individually been playing music since we were old enough to walk. But used it as a stress relief in school. We got together by forming our “garage band” at parties in the basement of college house. We eventually entered a battle of the bands and loved the feeling of playing live. No other feeling is greater. The name is something we intend for listeners to carry with them (as a phone or laptop on it’s last juice of power). It is something we carry with us. Throughout our lives together we have shared some of the best times and some of the worst experiences. We have grown up together during the most pivotal times in our lives. Some things we will never forget and take with us. We could never really figure out how we got through them, but we still moved on. Something driving us forward and keeping us going. That last charge of energy and power getting us through the darkest times. That was what low battery was for us. It’s our way to getting through the hardest moments in our lives and giving it meaning.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music? How has the response to "From The Basement" EP been since its release?

That we are fun guys that love all styles of music. We focus on true sound that is stripped down to core elements (bass, beats, and guitars). We want to be known for caring more about how we make people feel than our name or pride. The response has been very positive. At our last show we had fans singing our lyrics as we played them and that is what it is all about. Having fun while allowing people to have fun and be a part of their lives – even if it is just for the moment.

3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

Garage Band alternative.

4. What can people expect from your live show?

A lot of energy, full range of musical styles, a lot of different instruments and sporadic rap. We like to make our shows something that the crowd gets involved in. We add different themes and breaks in our set which allows the listener to engage in the overall show experience.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
The Get Up Kids, Blink 182, and Motion City Soundtrack.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Our first show at the Fillmore we shared a band room with a band called Social Repose. Without saying anything this band walked in, hung up what looked to be a white hazmat suit, said it needed to dry and left. We were so confused. However, at the end of the show they became our friends and the guy with the suit ended up coming to our house party afterward and passing under our kitchen table after a long night of partying.

7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

There is a need for a revival of rock which refers back to it's roots. There is a lot of great talent, although all of it may not be what we are into, they are the ones making a name for themselves and are doing what they love. Performances get better and better. We can only strive to be as big as the bands we critique.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Washington, DC both locally and state wide?

The music scene is pretty intense in DC. You have a lot of neighboring suburbs in Maryland and Virginia so it all funnels into DC which is great. There aren't bid name artists that stick around, but the local scene is thriving. These local bands that play deserve all the credit and accolades in the world. Truly talented performers. Dave Grohl grew up here and he is one of the success stories we aim to emulate.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

If you’re good at something never do it for free, as The Joker from The Dark Knight taught us. People are going to do it, but as long as people hear our music, we are happy.

10. What’s next for Low Battery?

Fine tune our recordings, going on tour, new music and lots of shows.

11. Any shoutouts?

1036/1038 NEIBS, Fig Newtons (Figgies), our dear friends and family who have been there through it all.