In our latest band interview, we chat to Florida alt-rockers, Yeah, Sure.
S] Hey guys, how are you doing today?
We’re at almost a year of living the pandemic life in the insanity that is Florida. Trying not to run away from an anti-masker and end up in the mouth of a gator. How about you?
S] Talk to us about your mission statement?
We like putting a modern spin on retro sounds and visuals. You’ll get a lot of 90s vibes mixed in with some 60s and 70s influences from us, but we try to put our own stamp on that stuff and write about how we’re processing the world currently – technology overload, pandemic stagnation – things like that.
S] What does success mean to you as artists?
Who knows anymore? We write, direct, and produce our own videos and music, love playing live (even though we can’t at the moment), and we have a podcast-style YouTube series where we make stupid jokes and commentate on music videos that influenced us. We’ve talked about putting all of that under one umbrella and being a band/creative production company as we continue to grow these ideas.
The biggest thing for us going into this band was that we wanted to make exactly what we like, pulling from our genuine influences and collaborating as a group, regardless of trends. So if that pushes anyone to broaden their own influences or their creative circles a bit, and even inject their own work with some big loud instruments again, that’d be great. Mostly we just want to make things that we felt we weren’t seeing enough of out there and hopefully get to play some live shows one day when the world opens up again.
S] What sort of stuff inspires you outside of music, think specific people and places?
It’s different for all of us, but I think we’ve all got an interest in comedy, and we love anybody who took that DIY mentality of making a thing themselves. That’s inspired our music approach and also our indie filmmaking background. Some that come to mind are the Sunny In Philly crew, Judd Apatow, the UCB/Comedy Bang! Bang! podcasting scene, Seth Rogen, Broad City – all people who made their own distinct mark with their own unique voices.
We also all seem to have an interest in some aspect of the design and aesthetics of different eras of pop culture history – hence the 90s vibes, the 60s influence, etc.
S] What ideas motivated ‘hello there’?
We hadn’t had a chance to really show our sense of humor in one of our videos yet, and the song itself was taking on the topic of technology overload, which seems to be on a lot of people’s minds now. Whatever that thing is where you’re sitting alone in a peaceful, quiet room, and instead of taking in the serenity of where you are, you’re doom-scrolling through the ten million different ways that it seems like we’re all going to die or kill each other right now.
Musically we just wanted a big energetic riff and some catchy, dreamlike verses, and were inspired by bands like Weezer and Nirvana, but with our own mixture of some trippy harmonies and guitars parts. We wanted to put some of our influences in as easter eggs in the video too, so you’ll see nods to Office Space, Tarantino-esque 70s cinema inspirations, and Beastie Boys videos. And most importantly, we got to have a creepy monster beat the crap out of us while we were dressed like a bunch of dads.