I recently had a chance to touch base with the Philadelphia based jamtronica band, Tweed. We discussed their recent release, The Chunky Life. I took the chance to discuss all things, touring, origins and future. Here’s what they had to say.
Colin Seymour for Upstate Music and Food: Congrats on The Chunky Life EP, I really love it, I hear such a wide array of influences. I hear everything from Krautrock to the Talking Heads, can you tell us about what influences shaped your sound?
Joe Vela, Tweed: Sure, We are influenced by many bands. Some of those are The Disco Biscuits, and like you mentioned, the Talking Heads, Prince, STS9, Lotus, Phish, Pink Floyd, and Daft Punk. Especially live electronic bands such as, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus and STS9. We have a wide array of influences from all kinds of genres, like, IDM, jazz, and disco.
UMF: I knew you guys formed at the University of Delaware. You mentioned The Disco Biscuits, did they open the door for a Jamtronica band like yourselves to become based out of Philadelphia?
Joe: For sure! I was really into The Disco Biscuits around 2009 when I met Jon and AJ.
UMF: I know you guys are playing in New Paltz tonight, any other plans to play in New York State, or have you played here in the past?
Joe: We have played in Buffalo and Rochester. We have played Saratoga Springs, a bunch of festivals, and we really want to get up Syracuse, but for whatever reason it just hasn’t worked out yet. We have played three or four shows at Snug Harbor, in New Paltz.
Joe: I love playing all of them, especially “ RL Wrld” and “Loup-Garou”
AJ DiBiase, Tweed: “Best Thing On the Menu”
UMF: The song, “Best Thing On the Menu” sounds like a personal experience, am I correct in saying that? It also seems very comical.
AJ: Yeah, it was a funny experience, a group of us were at a restaurant, and the special was braciole, we didn’t really care for it, and the chef came out of the back to investigate.
UMF: I gathered something similar based on the lyrics, I was laughing out loud.
Joe: We find it very important to inject humor into our music.
UMF: I was wondering where I could track down the song, “ Pixelrise”? That track is epic.
Joe: That song is actually deep on our SoundCloud. It was from a previous demo EP. Funny, it was actually recorded in the back of a head shop in Delaware called Wonderland with our previous bassist. That song is the most requested to be put on our next release.
UMF: I was wondering if you could shed some light on what’s in store in 2017 for Tweed?
Joe: Hopefully more touring, writing songs in preparation to record our next album starting this month. Trying to lock down our festival hit list.
UMF: What are you currently listening to?
Joe: The new Childish Gambino, Justice, The Step Kids, Hot Chip, Turkuaz, and recently got really into Ween. (AJ and Dan McDonald agreed)
Jon Tomczak, Tweed: Pop-py nu disco music, like Cherub, and Penguin Prison. Also, getting back into my angsty teenage years and listening to emo rock and metal.
Joe: Chon is another band I listen to a lot. They are a great prog rock band. We listen to everything from funk to pop to metal to house to podcasts in the van.
UMF: Not implying that you guys ever hold back, but do you guys buy into the “Never Miss a Sunday” mentality?
Joe: Absolutely. We play as many Sunday shows as we can and try to extend the weekend party, plus the band is warmed up from 4 or 5 nights in a row. I have definitely seen a few killer Phish shows on Sundays.
Tweed is currently on tour with upcoming shows in North Carolina and Delaware. Their new EP, The Chunky Life is available at TweedMusic.com