January 14, 2010
3 Pill Morning Interview
Having just released their latest EP, Singles, last month, an extensive tour behind them, and a new full-length album due out in the spring, 3 Pill Morning have been busy. Extremely.Busy. Which is why we were so stoked that they had time to do a quick interview with us.
1. How did you all end up playing music together? Do any of you go way back?
We were all part of the Minneapolis scene in different bands and over time put together the group we have today. Although I think we all were in the same flock of geese together in a former life.
2. I imagine you all worked pretty hard on the new record. How does it feel to have it done and about to come out?
Anytime new music comes out you are excited and anxious at the same time. We’re really stoked about it, but you just hope everyone else loves it as much as you do.
3. Is there anything about the new material that you think might surprise people? Did you explore any new musical directions?
We’ve got a lot of diverse influences in the new music. From some dance-y (if that’s a word) beats to punk, on over to mega-melodic choruses…we ran the gammit I think. The cool part is I think it still sounds like 3 Pill Morning.
4. You guys have been playing a lot of shows throughout the Midwest and New England this fall. How’s the tour been going and have people been responding to the new material?
We live on the road and that’s where we test out our new material before heading into the studio. The response for our new music has been killer, so have the shows…if that’s any sign, the new CD should go over really well!
5. Most people probably think touring is one big party. What is the hardest part about being a working band on the road?
Well, the standard stuff, you spend hours and hours together in a little van and try to always get along. We’re luck in that we’ve all got a good sense of humor, so we stay sane by a ridiculous amount of inside jokes and movie quotes. We don’t take a road crew with us either, so set up and tear down night after night could get old, but we just view it as our Jane Fonda work-out. It’s definitely work! But for that time we get to play our music and see people’s reaction makes it easy to do night after night.
6. What was it like working with Corey Lowery and Brian Virtue (Chevelle, Deftones, Sevendust) this time out?
It was an awesome experience. We have worked hard to write a lot of songs that we think are pretty good, and this time got to work with real pro’s that have been around the block and can add insight to the music and help us become a better band. We learned a lot and will definitely bring that experience into our new stuff. Plus they are both phenomenal guys…and that’s tough to find in this biz!
7. You’ve played with a lot of other bands. Who are some of the most fun to do shows with and why?
It’s always the bands we’ve gotten to know a little bit over the tours that are the most fun. I’d say the two that stick out for me would be Taproot & Framing Hanley. Taproot are killer guys and a band that made me want to do music, so it was cool to hit a bunch of shows with them. Then Framing Hanley we got to know and watch them blow up once “Lollipop” hit the airwaves. Two acts we always look forward to playing with!
8. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I love all kinds of music, but the two bands that made me want to be in a band were Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They are epic bands that influence so much of rock music.
3 Pill Morning performing “What Now?” live
9. How does the songwriting process usually work within 3 Pill Morning?
We have a pretty collaborative writing process, but it varies from song to song. Sometimes it starts with a riff or a melody and grows from there, other times we can jam out an idea, it really depends on the day and the mood as to what happens in each session.
10. Where can people go for more information about where to see you play live?
Always check us out at the usual suspects… www.myspace.com/3pillmorningband, www.facebook.com/3pillmorning, www.reverbnation.com/3pillmorning, and www.twitter.com/3pillmorning.
Thanks for joining us, guys. This is definitely a band you want to keep an eye on; they are killing it. Oh, and go check out the new album.
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