They’re giving us a pair of tickets to their April 16th show at the Blue Moose. First person to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org gets on the guest list, plus one!
As an old geezer, whose relationship with pop music started with seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan at my Grandmother’s house at the tender age of seven, it’s impossible to listen to current music without hearing echoes of older music inside the new. The trope of ‘influence’ is particularly tired in music journalism, but it’s inescapable.
Voxhaul Broadcast is a band whose music is original and current but, to my ears, richly textured with overlapping echoes of the great pop & rock music of the 20th Century. They may be standing on the soldiers of giants, but I think as much as anything, they’ve picked up a commitment to songcraft that sometimes seems to be lacking in current pop music. To pick on a current mega-phenom, Lady Gaga writes songs that like they’re made by the same industrial concern that stamped out Katy Perry and Britney Spears. Voxhaul Broadcast combines a great lead voice with vibrant guitars in service of impeccably arranged songs. What more could you want?
You can stream their discography at their website here.
I did a quick e-mail interview with the band.
We’ve just had Kurt Vile come through, and now Voxhaul Broadcast, both of which I think of as synthesizing their parents’ record collection, yet completely different. What 60s/70s bands do you like — whether they were an influence or not?
The Seeds, the Kinks. the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Stones, the Doors, the Beach Boys, a lot of Motown, Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, Al Green, Iggy Pop. T Rex, Bowie, Velvet Underground, Neil Young. Just for starters.
You moved from the OC to Silverlake. How is the scene there? Is there a community of musicians you feel a particular affinity with?
We know so many great bands in the neighborhood that we share common ideals with. I guess I never thought of it as a scene though. From my perspective it just seemed like a bunch of friends playing with each others bands.
Voxhaul Broadcast is getting some notice in the US and UK, without being ‘signed’ by a traditional label. How do you feel about the increasing irrelevance of major labels? Is ITunes/CDBaby a viable
economic model for a working band?
It’s an exciting time to be in a band. Labels are in a frenzy because they don’t have as much control in the marketplace as they used to and that only means more freedom for us to reach our audience without having to compromise our integrity as artists. iTunes and CDBaby have defiantly made it easier for bands to survive without major labels.
The band obviously has sytylistic similarities to ‘older’ bands —
Bowie, Sparks, and even Steely Dan come to my mind. At the same time
Voxhaul Broadcast’s songs sound contemporary. Do you ever feel like
you have to pull back from ‘classic rock moments’ in order to assert
We really don’t try to pull back or assert any of our influences. We just do what we do and hope people enjoy it as much as we do. There are a million different music trends that go out of style as soon as they go in these days. I think being honest is the one thing that is timeless. We never want to be that band jumping someone else’s train.
Rob Merritt, well known throughout the region’s arts, journalism and nonprofit sectors, established himself as a playwright in 2011 when The Summerland Project premiered as part of Theatre Cedar Rapids’...