PropertyOfZack Staff Writer Ali Killian sat down with NGHBRS at SXSW a month ago. We chatted with the band about SXSW, a year since Twenty One Rooms, their very neat Instagram-based music video, new music, and more. Check out the interview below!
by Ali Killian, edited by Ashley Aron
POZ: So first, let me get what you guys do in the band.
Eric: My name is Eric and I play bass.
Tommy: I’m Tommy and I play guitar.
Ian: My name’s Ian. I sing and play keyboards.
Jordan: Jordan. I play drums.
POZ: So how’s South By been treating you guys so far?
Jordan: We’ve been having a great time.
POZ: When did you get in?
Eric: Monday night, yeah.
POZ: You’ve played a couple shows so far. How did those go?
Tommy: Great! They were a lot of fun. The first one was right in the window of The Aquarium on Sixth Street, and that was a lot of fun. It was a very personal-type show except it was really packed in. There were people coming off the street when were playing; it was really good vibes. The whole city is like that right now, just partying.
Ian: Music everywhere, all the time.
POZ: Have you gotten to check out any performances for yourselves?
Eric: Yeah, last night we were just walking around, we caught a little bit of Lucius, really cool band. Then were just walking, just popping in and out of shows. We found this band called Highasakite — one word — they’re from Norway. The lead singer, this girl has a huge voice — really cool.
Tommy: And then this morning we saw our friends in From Indian Lakes. They’re from California — awesome dudes.
Eric: Great band.
POZ: Is there anything else you’re planning on going to try to check out?
Tommy: I want to go try and see Little Dragon tomorrow.
Ian: I want to check out Royal Blood from the UK.
Jordan: The 1975 at noon on Saturday. We tried to get into Chromeo last night. That wasn’t happening.
Eric: Brick + Mortar is another cool band we’re gonna check out.
POZ: At the end of July, it’ll be a year since Twenty One Rooms was released and you’ve done quite a bit of touring in that time. Do you guys feel like you’ve exhausted those tracks at all playing them live?
Eric: I mean, yes, sometimes they become monotonous, but we’re the kind of band and we’re the kind of people that like change and challenging ourselves. We never play the same set twice and any time we may have a song that is getting a little stale, we’ll just add something new to it or liven it up a little bit.
Ian: We just keep it interesting. I don’t think we’ve exhausted our songs — we’re stoked to play them live at every show — but I think now we’re excited to write new ones and throw ‘em into the set. At South By, we’re actually playing two new songs at every show, pretty much.
POZ: What are those called?
Ian: We don’t have official names.
Tommy: We’ve been using the fake name right now. I dunno if it’s going to stick or not.
POZ: With the new material, how has the reception been?
Tommy: Good, I think one of the new songs that we played yesterday probably got one of the better receptions, which is really nice to see. I think we’re heading for a progressive new direction.
Ian: The energy of the song I think really brings people in. It’s really… PAHH!
POZ: So you said that this is kind of a new direction for you guys?
Tommy: It’s a little, but we’re always evolving and changing. We’re never going to write the same thing. It’s a little bit different. I don’t think it’s anything far off. We’re not going to be playing a death metal song out of nowhere.
Eric: It still sounds like NGHBRS.