Wednesday, April 26, 2006
If you're not proactively ignoring local music in Lawrence, you've surely noticed their name on fliers, if not seen them on stage several times already. The Volunteers - Rustine Leonard on bass, Andrew Kissel on keys and vocals, Tyler Jack on guitar and vocals, and Austin S on drums - join guest host and lawrence.com intern Rory Flynn to discuss their unique style of folk rock, their upcoming album, their constantly evolving sound and playing music in Lawrence.
Interview highlights sans music
Rory: How would you describe the music that you guys make?
Tyler: Well, since Austin is the newest member of our band we like to have him explain our sound from a sort of outsider's perspective.
Austin: I would have to say Jackson 5 meets Leah Ford. No, really it's more like Wilco meets Paul Simon meets Built to Spill. All in that kind of area. If I knew more names I would probably say some more.
- Saturday, April 29, 2006, 10 p.m. at Eighth Street Tap Room
- Saturday, May 6, 2006, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Vermont Street BBQ
- Friday, May 12, 2006, 7 p.m. at Stu's Midtown Tavern
- Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 10 p.m. at Replay Lounge
- Thursday, May 18, 2006, 10 p.m. at Jazzhaus
- Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 7 p.m. at Louise's Downtown
Rory: How and when did you form?
Tyler: Last year I submitted my solo electronic pop music to the KJHK Farmers Ball last year. I was listening to a lot of Postal Service and Beck, it was in that vein. Andrew and I were living together then and we were playing a lot of music together. Then we met up with Rustine and he started playing wicked Paul McCartney pick bass and it kind of felt good.
Rory: Can you talk about the song you recorded with the children's choir for Children International?
Tyler: Children International is a not-for-profit child sponsorship organization and I wrote this song called "Sing it to the Mountains" for an upcoming conference. They really liked it and we recorded it at Chapman Studios in Kansas City and Andrew and I practiced with the children's choir and recorded it.
Andrew: It was a good time. It was cool to be in such a nice studio with real organs and pianos.
Tyler: This summer there is a youth conference and we are going to get together and sing it with kids from around 30 different countries.
Rory: If any of your listeners want to listen to your music now, do you have a myspace page?
Rustine: Yeah, it is myspace.com/thevolunteersmusic. You have to type that directly or it might be hard to find us because there are about three other bands called the Volunteers.
Tyler: But we're the best one.
Austine: Actually we are all going to arm wrestle for the name.
Rustine: We don't actually do any Volunteers music but we could.