Where and when was the first show you played? I spent a lot of time on stage growing up. My dad is a musician. I was also really into dance and theatre. But the first show I ever fronted was a holiday special for NPR in 2006 - as a guest vocalist for Bob Thompson's Joy to the World. I was still in college. It was a huge opportunity. I was definitely nervous, but it proved to be one of those moments that really opened me up and made me grow. It wasn't until Chuck and I started playing together in 2011 that I really started playing shows, though. Before we became THE SEA THE SEA late in that year, I'd sing harmonies for some of Chuck's shows. We dove right in with 100+ the next year! ha.
What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? I love when we run into people on the road in totally unexpected places -- once another band of friends at a random gas station in Pennsylvania, and multiple times in the airport waiting for connecting flights. But perhaps the most memorable was opening night at Plymouth Performing Arts Center (Plymouth, MA) when the fire alarm went off. Firefighters showed up. The whole shebang. It was a hilarious way to start the show. But everything turned out well, it was a great night, and we made some new friends at the fire department too!
Which of your songs is your favorite and why? It's really difficult to pick a favorite. Often times it's the newest song we're working on - and we have a lot of those right now. From our first album, probably Love We Are We Love. That was our first real co-write as a band, and the way the arrangement emerged gave us the thing that felt like "us" for the first time.
If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Spain :) Can't wait to play with them at Jammin' Java! Hozier, Wilco, Lucius, Bahamas.
What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? James Blake, Wilco, Sylvan Esso.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? My Dad and grandfather were both musicians, mostly part-timers. Music was a big part of my daily life growing up. As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a musician too. Playing for a job always sounded like a life for me. It's sounds a bit corny, but it was the only wish I made on birthday candles and fountain coins all the way through my childhood.
What is your most embarrassing moment? We played a gig on the Boston Harbor Islands on the 4th of July. It's a state park situation we had to take a ferry to get to. Upon loading our gear off of the boat I tore a six inch hole in my pants…right in the crotch area. (More in the back than the front) SO, since we were in the middle of nowhere a replacement pair was out of the question. I had to play the whole show very mindful not to turn my back to the audience.. Luckily I wasn't wearing my most colorful boxers that day!
What is your favorite phrase? One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Nietzsche
Cat person, dog person, or both? BOTH, for sure. We can't have any pets right now because we spend too much time on the road but we get our fix with peoples cats and dogs who we stay with while on tour.
Books or movies? Both. We do more audiobooking than reading these days with all of our hours in the car.
What would most people be surprised to learn about you? When I was in high school, my two favorite bands were the Indigo Girls and Metallica. In hindsight, it's hard to imagine that I actually loved both equally but it's true and I think that I can see both influences in our music now.
Check out THE SEA THE SEA at Jammin' Java with Spain on February 2nd!