-Interview- Sea Of Cars (4/22/18)

Sea Of Cars talks about their new music, the cerebral effect of their live shows and much more.


From: Chicago, IL
Sounds like: Emo/Post Punk

1. What's new? How's the new music coming along?

What's new? Other than these new songs we are working on, the two of us have just been super busy with our personal lives. Carl is a recent graduate of Lewis University with an Interactive Media major and a minor in Social Media. Meanwhile, Charles is currently on the road to getting his Associates in Psychology by the end of this year. The new music is coming along greatly though! Thanks for asking haha Charles went to the studio back in February to record guitars and bass, then just the other day (4/19) Carl went in to do the drum tracking. So we are coming very close to finishing this record up and getting out to all you wonderful people. Keep those eyes peeled, Commuters! (Which is what we refer to our fan base as. Fun little fact).

2. How's the new music different than your previous work?

The new music is so different from our past works in that we've really started to tap into the experimental element of our influences. While you can still expect to hear those Emo Rock/Post-Punk influences, you can also expect to see a bit of more influence from the culture of shoegaze and even a bit more punk influence on some of these new tracks. With these songs we are putting our musical abilities to the test and we definitely think it shows on this first LP. We are way too excited for this specific bunch of songs.

3. Having only two members in the band, what are some advantages/disadvantages of that?

Hmm, this is an interesting question. Some of the advantages is that, there's less gear to move around and transport when playing shows. Making decisions can be easier since you don't have as many people to consult or schedules to work around. One last advantage is that when we do play shows, since we don't have as much gear, we can usually cram inside my Kia Soul with everything and that's always a fun time hahah. As far as disadvantages, the only one that really comes to mind is the disadvantage of finances. Granted we do what we can to support our dream as much as possible financially, with only two people, it can be a struggle when it comes to having merch made or having recordings done.

4. What do you want people to take away from your live show?

With our live show, we just want people to be sucked in by the music. We played a Valentine's Day show back in February and after the show the sound tech came up to us and told us that the first two songs of our set (S.A.F.E./In A Corner) took him to a completely different place in his mind. That to us was some of the best feedback we've ever gotten about our music. We want people to be able to come to our shows and indulge in the music and let the ambiance and atmosphere of our performances take them to a better place, even if it is just for that 30 minute period.

5. Where should people check out if they came to Chicago?

This is another interesting question. For me (Charles) I'd have to say, if you're in Chicago, check out some of the awesome record stores we have. We have Reckless Records in the Wicker Park area (they also have a location in the Loop). Then you have Record Breakers that is housed above the venue Reggie's Rock Club located between the South Loop and Chinatown areas. For me (Carl), I'd have to say if you're in Chicago, do yourself the favor of checking out this pizza joint called Dimo's Pizza. They have the best vegan mac n' cheese pizza!

6. What are some artists you'd recommend that people listen to?

Oh jeeze, there's just so many artists we could name. We're just gonna rant a bunch off to you guys, so here goes....Howell, Red Foreman, Compathy, Bad Planning, Bummed Out, Bad Vibes, Swordfish, Autopilot, Dead Split Egos, Oso Oso, Social Norms, False Accusations, Livid, Poorsport. The list goes on but those are just a few that come to mind.

7. What's one thing you wish you could change about the Emo music scene?

One thing we wish we could change about the Emo scene? That is honestly a tough question to answer. Nothing specific comes to mind for just the Emo community. But if we were to speak on a broader spectrum, we think that in each music scene overall there could be a better understanding of safe spaces. The world will never be perfect, but it's starting to become saddening to see some parts of music and their scenes becoming unsafe. Music is here to connect people, not tear them apart.

8. What do you think of streaming services and how they pay out royalities to artists?

Honestly, I (Charles) don't think we have much room to talk with respect of streaming services. Granted we have Highways on Spotify, Apple Music, and a few other sites, we don't really make much of a profit from these streaming sites because the majority of our steaming gets done through our Bandcamp. Which, there, we have our music as pay what you want. That's about all we have to say about that haha.

9. What were some highlights in the past year for you guys as musicians?

Highlights for us from this past year would overall just have to be all the friends and connections we've made through our music, playing shows and social media. It's lead to some of the greatest times and experiences of our lives. We play last May in the art gallery at Carl's school (Lewis University) and it was one of the biggest crowds we played to. But the fact that it was an event that brought two forms of art together, that made it even more special to us. Another highlight from last year would have to be the writing process and preparing of this first LP we're getting ready to release. We started teasing one of the songs (the one that will eventually come out as our single), early last year and we've gotten great feedback on it. Like I said, we definitely put our musical abilities to the test on these songs.

10. What do you wish to accomplish this year?

What do we want to accomplish this year? Sea Of Cars world tour....no?? That's okay, we can dream though right?! hahaha but in all reality, we just want to accomplish the same thing we are always trying to accomplish, connecting people with music. Giving people a safe place to go to. Our music that is, being the safe place. Other than that, we will be taking time to put together some EPKs for the album and maybe get some hits on it. Thanks again for having us and doing what you all do for us!