Interview and photo by Winnie Surya. Eighty One Twenty Three fans are welcoming an additional member to their family, The Technicolors, with full of excitement. The Arizona based pop band has recently join the Long and Winding Roadshow Tour and we got to the chance to sit and chat with vocalist Brennan Smiley.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER LISTENED TO YOUR MUSIC, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? We’re rock n’ roll band. We really like British bands. I don’t know. We draw from a lot of different styles of rock n’ roll and try to find the balance between pushing the limit of our music and what we’re doing, but also capturing the moment that we are in. It’s cool. You should check it out!
I REALIZED THAT YOU GUYS HAVE THIS BLACK AND WHITE THEME GOING ON… FROM INSTAGRAM PHOTOS TO YOUR EP ALBUM COVER. FOR SOMEONE WITH THE BAND NAME “THE TECHNICOLORS”, WHAT’S WITH ALL THE MONOCHROME?
It’s a thing that we started doing then just kept doing it because it was kind of ironic at first… but [then] we just kept going with it [laughs].
SINCE YOU GUYS HAVE RECENTLY BECOME A PART OF THE EIGHTY ONE TWENTY THREE FAMILY NOW, HOW HAS THE RECEPTION FROM THE 8123 FANS BEEN SO FAR?
Really great! It’s been cool. We really don’t know what to expect and everyone been really nice and supportive. I’m looking forward for the next year. I can’t wait to release more music and keep moving forward.
WHY DID YOU GUYS DECIDED TO BE A PART OF 8123?
It naturally happened. We have a lot of mutual friends in that community and we were going through some stuff as a band and trying to figure out the next step. It made sense; they’re in Arizona, we’re in Arizona and it naturally happened and it was very nice.
SINCE YOU’RE PERFORMING SOLO ON THIS TOUR, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFORMING SOLO AND WITH THE FULL BAND?
It’s interesting, it’s good. I had a lot of fun with it. When I started writing songs, it’s always been on the acoustic guitar so it’s nice to kind of get back to that. It’s challenging because you don’t have the band, the drums to fall back on, the other guitar… You don’t have that kind of thing to really pop out the energy of what you’re doing and you’re kind of forced to work with the dynamic of the room that you’re in. I honestly feel like there can’t be as much tension within that as you would have within the full band and you can have the same moments that you would have, but they would be really loud. I really enjoy it, it is just a little different.
YOU GUYS JUST RELEASED A BRAND NEW SINGLE ENTITLED “PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU TOLD ME SO” WITH 8123, ARE YOU GUYS PLANNING TO RELEASE MORE NEW MUSIC SOON… PERHAPS AN ALBUM?
We’re working on an EP right now. We’ve got a batch of tunes we’re almost finished with so I’m not so sure when it’s going to come out… probably early next year. I mean we’re always writing and making music.
HOW HAS THE TOUR BEEN SO FAR?
Really great! We’ve been having a lot of fun. It’s a lot of work because we don’t really have that many days off but it’s been [with] such a great group of guys and we’re having a lot of fun with each other. It makes all of the bad things and all of the inconsistencies fun because you’re with funny people. Its just a bunch of guys hanging out.
ARE YOU GUYS PLANNING TO GO ON TOUR ANY TIME SOON AS A FULL BAND?
Yeah, we’ll be touring around when we put out an EP. That probably is going to be early next year. I don’t know if there’s any [touring] before that but pretty soon! We’re getting there.
WILL YOU BE FINISHING THE REST OF THE EP ONCE YOU’RE BACK IN ARIZONA THEN?
Yep. We’re going to finish up the EP, probably keep writing and get ready to tour.
WHO ARE SOME MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
There’s so many different people. I kind of jump between people. I really like bands from the Brit- pop era of the ‘90s and almost more so then [than now]. The bands were so fascinating because I’m such a fan of that movement of itself, and it’s such a unique time for music and all of those bands, and for that country! It’s fascinating to me. I’m making my way to a somewhere more obscure band of that world.