We recently sat down with a bunch of bands from the Stencil label to see how their year has been going so far. One of our last interviews of the year was with 21 Taras – check it out below:
By Jane Howkins
How is 2018 treating you so far?
2018 has been a very productive year for us, having released our second full length album Change. We also have a new music set to be released on November 30th and a new single that will be out before the year is done. Lots of cool stuff planned for early 2019 as well!
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
Our new album Change is a diverse palette consisting of many influences. It is heavily 60s and 70s rock based, but also contains some 50s jazz sprinkled in. This can be heard most prominently on our single Gettin’ Hungry.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
Currently we are working on some new songs for album 3 and potentially some more singles to be released along the way. We have a late 70s disco feel type of track, and we also have this new 50s jazz type of piano ballad. There is another 6 minute musical escapade that is all over the place in terms of influence and sound. Plenty of exciting things on the way. The first of those new singles will be released in December to finish off 2018.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We just got back from a small tour of a few southwestern states back in august. Nothing planned for the rest of this year, but we hope to venture out in early 2019. More details and dates can be found on our website.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
Some of our biggest influences are The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and The Doors. For Austin it would be more of a Tame impala and the Strokes kind of influence. For James, Earthless and Randy Rhoads. Alec loves Little Feat and Deep Purple, while Jimmy has a huge hip hop background with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips as influences.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
Satanic Panic in the Attic by Of Montreal. That is a killer album that is very retro, yet also has some modern flare. I just started listening to Awaken, My Love by Childish Gambino. It is very much a retro album to me. It feels of mid 70s funk and soul and is very well done. Absolutely worth the listen.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
Our music represents the growth that can be achieved when you aren’t afraid to fail. We love to take risks, so you never know what you can expect to hear on our albums and we love that. In terms of our live shows, we take pride in bringing a true performance each and every night. With our new album Change, some of the songs prove to be challenging to represent live since they contain an abundance of layers. It is something we embrace however, and every show brings more layers into the mix.
Any last words for the fans?
Thank you for listening to our music, we hope it challenges you in more ways than one. We will be releasing a new music video as well as a new single both very shortly.