Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Infantree/w Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Interview - 10.9.12 - Petersen Event Center - Show Preview

Infantree will be opening for Neil Young and Crazy Horse Tuesday, October 9th at the Petersen Events Center. The quartet just recently released their new LP Hero's Dose this past June on Vapor Records. The The young 20-somethings play old souls, hybrid of garage psychedelia, folk and pop that’s based on meticulous craft rather than fuzzy production. The band was kind enough to give us an interview an anticipation of their upcoming show. They are also kind enough to offer a ticket giveaway to the show. As usual, just email us your name at to enter. 

You just released your second LP Hero’s Dose. How did this record differ from your first? What were you attempting to accomplish with this record?

On Would Work we changed instruments a lot more from song to song, for instance Don and I (Matt) would switch between bass and guitar and keys, whereas in Hero's Dose we don't really switch. There's also more electric instruments and MIDI on the new album. We also recorded it to 192khz, which is a little over 4 times as much data sampled per second as normal CD quality (44.1khz). Normally we would record at a lower rate like 98khz, but advances in technology make 192 the highest "resolution" that's digitally possible. We recently had an opportunity to listen to some old Aretha Franklin recording that were re-mastered at 192 and it literally felt like we were in the studio listening to it live. Also Hero's Dose is the first album with a song written by all three singers (What You Wanna Do), we actually wrote and recorded it in the studio at about 3am....and then fell asleep.

We wanted to make a more focused album than the previous ones in terms of the arrangements and lyrical content. We also made a point of being more involved with the recording process. With Would Work, we had a group of songs but not really an idea of what direction we wanted to go when it came to recording. We were also not used to being in a professional studio with the first album. I guess you could say we were a little nervous about the whole process. By the time we recorded Hero's Dose, the studio felt a little more like home, and we felt more comfortable making decisions about what we wanted or didn't want.

How did you all get tabbed to open for Neil Young? How does it feel to open for a legend in substantially larger venues? 

We have been signed to Neil's label for the past 2 years, and when we were on tour in May we got a call from our manager at the time saying we were opening for him. He really pushed the idea to our label and helped us seal the deal.

We just feel lucky to be involved with this tour, it's unbelievable.

I read that the band met each other through a ‘community music program’ in Calabasas, CA. What was this place about? Did you share similar interests? 

Where we live in Calabasas and Agoura Hills there really isn't a music scene, it's pretty suburban and there aren't any venues. We rent a practice room from a music store in our area that also gives lessons, and sometimes we play shows there to help cover rent...but thats about it. We drive out to Silver Lake, Hollywood, and Downtown to play shows. We are always trying to be more involved in the scene out there, it's a little tough because we don't live there, but from what we have experienced the people are very supportive of each other's artistic pursuits.

What was it like recording this album with Niko Bolas? How did his work affect your sound? Did you feel like you were all on the same page?

We recorded both albums with Niko, the first time we were just getting to know him but by the second album we were a family. We learn so much from being around him, it's hard to describe how much he has influenced what we do. He has no reservation to say if a take sounds like we are just going through the motions as opposed to discovering it. Sometimes he would pick a take that we would have overlooked because we thought we messed up, later to realize that he was right.

How will you contend with opening for such a diverse crowd with Neil Young? You all are 20 somethings playing to people in their 60’s. Will you do anything different to try and win over this crowd?

We are just going to do our best and play as good as we can. Our fans are pretty diverse as it is so hopefully Neil's fans will like us too.

What do you think of the current media/social music world? Now being a solo artist is it difficult/time consuming to maintain a relationship with fans/public?

We think its fun to be able to directly measure progress and to keep in touch with fans. Its great validation if you feel a show didn't go well and then you see a post someone made saying they thought it was good.

The downside can be that sometimes it feels like you are on the computer more than you are playing music. Its a little overwhelming to have a dozen different sites and pages to update.

With albums being able to d/l for free, what changes need to be made to maintain an ‘indie’ act such as yourself? What modifications need to be made in your opinion?

A strong live show is basically the best way to combat not making money off of album sales. We have definitely been getting more creative with our merchandise, but at the end of the day it all comes down to getting people to the shows. There are a lot of cool outlets like BandCamp where you can put up music and make money off of tracks/ albums directly.

What are your upcoming goals? What would you like to accomplish?

Our main goals are to better our live show and to finish this Neil tour successfully. Hopefully make some money one day.

What made you want to dedicate your life to music? Was there a show or album?

We love playing music, and we want to be successful doing something we love.

Anything you would like to say to Pittsburgh?

We have never been to Pittsburgh before and we can't wait to play for you!

The show begins at 7:30p with tickets ranging from $50 - 150. You can get them here. More information about the band can be found at these sites:


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