I had the chance to chat with Brennan Smiley lead singer and guitarist in The Technicolors before his show in NYC with label mates Nick Santino and This Century. The Technicolors recently signed to 8123 records! See what they have coming up after the Long and Winding Road Show!
You guys just signed to 8123, first of all congratulations! How does it feel to be working with them?
Thank you! It’s been really great. It’s a natural process with a lot of friends over there so it’s been a good time. Lots of fun things happening. It’s hard to explain further than that, just good things happening.
You said you have friends at 8123, is that how you ended up working with them?
Yeah! We were looking for management coming off a couple years of touring and looking for the next step. It was a timing thing, it just kind of happened. It felt like the right thing to do for both of us.
You decide you’re signing to new management, what goals do you set out going forward?
Just to keep making music and try to make music in the moment. We haven’t really reached the point as a band where we’re comfortable. I think trying to write about that and be as true to that period of our lives as possible in our music. As far as goals go to try to work really hard and capture the moment that we’re in.
What do you hope to accomplish on this tour?
To meet some people and play some tunes. It’s an acoustic tour, so it’s a good time. It’s definitely a different dynamic for me. We’re usually really loud, we’re used to being the loudest band so it’s going from that to being really dynamic and quiet. It’s a good challenged and I’m looking forward to it.
How do you face that challenge to remain dynamic and keep your energy in acoustics?
The thing for me that makes Rock and Roll bands really rock, really capture and grab you, is the dynamics because anyone can get in a room make a bunch of noise as loud as you can. It’s the same with acoustic music. I think you can be affected the same way as with a really loud heavy band. It’s the beautiful thing about acoustic that you’re able to use the room and it’s not just a bunch of stuff going through microphones and turning up the sound system as loud, but there’s a room full of people that are quiet and listening to you. It’s a challenge at first but you get used to it. I started playing music with acoustics so it’s kind of getting back to my roots as a songwriter.
You mention with the rock and roll bands that it’s the great ones that are able to do this, who do you think has been the biggest influence?
Musically I don’t know. There’s a lot of bands that influence me, but I don’t know if any of the major ones have really done that. I can’t really think of any right now that have nurtured the acoustic side as much as the rock and roll side other than singer/songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty. You don’t normally find bands doing that too much. Foo Fighters did it I guess, they did a full acoustic tour which was really great. As far as bands go I guess it’s a little rarer. Springsteen and Petty are some of my favorite music so I guess that’s where the inspiration comes from.
How do you create the setlist with the new dynamic in mind to put your best foot forward on this tour?
That’s interesting because certain songs communicate differently when you take them to the acoustic guitar because you’ve written them to be played with a band and with drums. A lot of the time it’s ones you don’t expect that end up really awesome and communicate well. You mess with it and toy around with them. I mess around with the arraignments.
Which one’s your favorite?
I’ve been really digging a new song we haven’t released yet. It’s called “One”. It’s a fun tune to play. I didn’t expect it to be so much fun to play on an acoustic guitar because it’s a real basher.
Someone’s never heard of you before and they’re going to check out one song, what song would you tell them to listen to?
Right now probably our single which is called, “Please Don’t Say You Told Me So”. Like I said we really try to capture the moment of music we’re listening to and how we’re recording music at that time. It’s a very low budget without a lot of tools. It was a good challenge and we had a lot of fun with it.
Do you think it is a good representation of the EP as a whole?
Yes, I think so. That’s why we chose it. We feel like we got a little bit of everything in that song.
Do you have a release date for the EP?
The EP doesn’t have a date yet but probably early next year, maybe January or February.
Do you have anything to say to fans?
Eat your vegtables!