Hey Guys!! So excited to be chatting with all of you. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to over the past few months?
Quite a bit I suppose. We became a 4 piece main thing. So a lot has been centered around that. Been playing a handful of shows and gearing up for the album release on Halloween.
What led to you guys forming “The Captain’s Son”?
It started a while ago with Paige and I (Jarred) and our friend, Craig, in 2010 in Springfield Missouri. Paige and Craig hit me up needing a drummer for their new project. TCS was officially born. Will took over bass in 2015 and it was him, Paige, and myself until recent when Josh joined in.
How did you guys all meet & become a band?
In 2014 Paige, Craig and myself left out west on tour from Missouri. A few months later Craig quit the band. In early 2015 Paige and I found ourselves asking two questions. Stay or leave? We had our new friend Will come into the picture and help us pick back up where we left off. By the end of 2015 we gave ourselves six months to move from Missouri to California. And that’s what we did. For the past few years we’ve be running down this dream playing all over the west coast and settling into our new home in Long Beach. About a month ago is when we added our friend Josh on rhythm guitar! At this point we are really looking forward to discovering our sound as a 4 piece.
What’s the meaning of the name “The Captain’s Son”?
It has two meanings. First meaning is being the offspring of a captain. Second meaning is that it came from a Woody Guthrie song called Mule Skinner Blues.
What’s the difference from your band and all bands that are currently doing well?
The main difference is that we’re not their band and they’re not our band.
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
Jarred – I like Lucero, wood working, and space
Paige – I like skateboarding, yoga, humor, the writer Will said and the singer Josh said.
Will – I like Kerouac, the number 3, and 007
Josh – I like making people laugh, boiled peanuts, and Townes Van Zandt.
What inspired you guys to pursue music?
I think it chose us. Music is what inspired us to do music really.
How would you describe your musical style as a band?
Beachbilly Rock N’ Roll or Feel Good Slam-Pop for Animals. I think we fit in to both those genres pretty well.
What artists do you guys look up to right now?
Allah Las, Ty Segall, Iggy Pop, Lucero, Dr Dog, Twin Peaks, Velvet Underground, Toro Y Moi, Townes Van Zandt, Doug Tuttle, Part-Time, Elliott Smith, Curtis Harding, Funkadelic, TOPS, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Prince, Gap Dream, David Bowie, Tyler The Creator and plenty more.
You guys are gearing up for the release of your new album. How excited are you guys to get this new music out into the world?
We’re very, excited about Feel Good Slam-Popfor Animals! Oh so stoked if you will. This is our first full length and one of the best things we’ve recorded.
Can you guys tell us about how this album came about?
So far everything you hear online was recording by the three of us. We have help mixing and mastering but we’ve been capturing the sound. This record is a mix of old and new songs. Going into it we upgraded some of our gear and knew that alone was going to help produce a better sound for us. Paige, Will and I tracked out the drums, bass and rhythm guitar at our friends house in San Pedro. We ended up getting those base tracks for 19 or 20 songs. A lot of them being older songs we had always wanted to re-record. Over a few months we tracked lead guitars, vocals and all the other noises and ultimately chose 12 tracks we thought flowed together the best and created FGSPFA
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?
We hope they like it as much as we do.
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
Currently no but that’s not going to last long. We’ll be recording again soon. We’ve got a lot of new and a handful of old songs we’re going through with Josh and getting those tight. By the beginning of the year we’ll be in the middle of a new record for sure.
Why do you think social media is so important for singers today?
Just singers or musicians/artists in general? I’m not sure how important it really is but everyone and their momma are constantly scrolling through their feeds so we believe, to an extent, it’s a necessity to have if you’re wanting more people to hear/see you. Free advertising but it’s a saturated market so to really stick out on social media you’ve got to post non stop or post some crazy shit to get people in a frenzy. Other than that it’s just a means to stay relevant to the people who already follow you. Personally I think house partys are better for artists than any app online.
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Sensual, seductive and most of all sincere.
How has this whole music career experience been?
It’s like a rollercoaster. Nervous, anxious and maybe bored on the slow climb up the hill but as soon as we catch a little speed the only thing to do is throw your hands up and let it be. The business side of things will also fuck shit up for us. The best thing we’ve realised is to do whatever we want to do and not let anyone tell us this is how it is. Because it’s never how it is.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Be you and be happy. If you’re doing the first part of that then the happy part comes more naturally.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview 🙂