If you threw White Denim and My Morning Jacket into a blender, hit frappe, and sprinkled in a pinch of Band of Horses, what do you get? The answer is The Districts, the good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll band that has just released their album, “Telephone,” this past December. We had the chance to speak with the boys of The Districts about their influences, writing tunes, and more…
Describe your sound in three words.
Dynamic hearty rock.
How did you get your start?
We all met in high school, and just started playing covers and minimal originals at coffee houses and burrito shops.
Do you have a set songwriting process?
Not really, usually rob comes in with a basic song and then we somehow make it into a full band thing.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Classics like Neil young and tom waits are great, sparklehorse, built to spill, and usher are all really cool as well.
If you could collaborate with anyone – dead or alive, who would it be and why?
What is your earliest musical memory?
Robs is most exciting, he got passed around at a Phish concert as a baby and got a bubble in his eye.
Do you have a pre-show ritual? If so, what is it?
“Good times, bad times” or occasional stoks from 711.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Straw hats, self titled album straw hats.
Where do you see the band in five years?
No idea! Hopefully Doing well.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Definitely stopping time! Clock stoppers got me as a kid.
Where do you draw inspiration for your songs?
From experiences in life, and other works of art.
What did you grow up listening to? How do you think it’s affected your musical style today?
Backstreet boys, classic and hard rock, blues and reggae. And all the styles helped us eventually form our own sound.
Do you feel the culture of where you were raised influenced your music?
Yes for sure! Our home time Lititz is a big influence.
Tell us why you’re excited!
My mom know how to make me happy, taco dinner!