FO: Congratulations on your debut album Let you go it’s lovely! Did you find making this album stressful, or was it all plain sailing?
Jarod: Thank you! It wasn’t incredibly stressful. There were a few stressful moments, but I think it was definitely more fun than it was stressful. The ideas came together pretty naturally, so I think that helped a lot. Once you know what you’re looking for out of a song, it’s easier to accomplish it. Mixing is always a little stressful for me, my ears start playing tricks on me after a while, so that can be a longer process.
Kim: It was easier towards the end when the last few songs seemed to write themselves, but I think Jarod and I had different experiences creating the album since he mixed it.
FO: So you produced the whole record yourselves?
Jarod: Yeah we did the whole thing independently, with the exception of a few guitar, keyboard and tambourine tracks that our friend Danny in Seattle played and sent to us.
FO: What was your creative process? Any strange rituals you perform before getting started?
Jarod: I mostly write using a loop pedal. So I’ll usually come up with chord progressions that I like and then layer leads and melodies on top of it using the loop pedal. We were lucky enough to write and record at our own pace on this record, so we would write a few songs, record two or three of them at a time and then repeat. No strange rituals, though I did watch a lot of ESPN First Take with the sound off while recording guitar tracks.
Kim: I like to drink hot tea before vocal sessions. Sometimes I drink Red Bull for a boost but Jarod got me an extra large one before one of our last recording sessions and it turned me into a monster briefly, so I am not sure that I will continue that ritual.
FO: What influences your creative side?
Jarod: Other bands and records. I’ve always been obsessed with music and listening to records. When I listen to a Descendents record, or a Yo La Tengo record or whatever, it makes me want to create music.
Kim: I really like Widowspeak’s Instagram. Their photos capture a lot of what I feel I’d like to say.
FO: So I hear you two are married, congrats. How was the big day?
Jarod: Thank you. It was really great. We had a small wedding with family and friends and we felt very loved.
Kim: We got married at a friend’s property on John’s Island and celebrated with a small group of friends and family. It was very joyful.
FO: Can it be difficult being a couple and being in a band together?
Jarod: It can be. We both can be control freaks at times, so it can be tough. Most of the time we’re pretty good at compromising and it’s great to be able to share this with each other.
Kim: It’s very convenient as far as practicing and writing go. However, there is no walking away from the band. Even when practice is over, we’re still together.
FO: You seem to gig a lot. What has been your craziest gig experience up to now?
Jarod: Being a part of the NYC Popfest this year was crazy in a great way. It was so fun to play a sold out show in New York, see so many great bands and meet so many people over a four day stretch.
Kim: I’m not sure if it was the dancing banana man that showed up once to warm up the very small crowd or when we played to a cafeteria full of school-aged girls for a Girls Rock Camp.
FO: You’ve released a couple of singles on vinyl and cassette, did you always plan to?
Jarod: Not really. Early on we just wanted to share the couple of songs that we made together. We hoped that we would be able to release some records, and luckily the labels contacted us and ultimately put the 7”s and cassette out.
Kim: I think we’d hoped to but it’s been kind of a ‘one step at a time’ process so far.
FO: Would you say the internet and the emergence of ‘DIY bands’ has made it easier to launch a career in music?
Jarod: I think it definitely has. We are hearing from people all over the world who are hearing our music and I don’t think that would be happening without the internet. It’s been very helpful and exciting for us.
Kim: Definitely. It’s cool that so many people all over the world have heard our music since we’ve shared it online. I do feel nostalgic for the ways I used to discover music from time to time.
FO: I’ve been digging ‘Wherever I go’, which track do you look forward to most playing live?
Jarod: I like playing that one a lot. Lately, I look forward to playing ‘Looking Around’ most.
Kim: Thank you! I always look forward to playing that song. I think a lot of people enjoy that one live. I also like playing ‘All I Can See’ live.
FO: How much preparation do you put into your live shows?
Jarod: Not a lot. We’ll practice the songs. We’re not a band that has a light show or choreographed jumps or anything, but we’ll be up there trying to play our songs as well as we can.
Kim: We usually practice at least once but don’t do much more than that. Our live shows are pretty simple and stripped down.
FO: Lastly, if you could describe Let you go in one word each, which word would you choose?