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Nearly a year into logging tour hours in support of Odd Hours, New Orleans band Caddywhompus talks with us about their evolution, what keeps them in New Orleans, and what's on the horizon.

Loved that y’all had Max paint your album cover – seemed like the perfect fit. How’d that come about?

We met max through our mutual friends Brian and Althea when he first moved to New Orleans. They already had some of his work hanging in their house from trips to Philadelphia, so we were familiar and thought it could be a cool fit for caddy album / poster art.  Once he moved here he got involved in the community print shop and we talked about doing some shirts and flyers.  He’s probably done a dozen or so show posters for us as well as designing and screen printing T-shirts.  We tried to give max free reign to do whatever he wanted for the LP cover and he decided he wanted to do a painting. That painting has now been sold. 

How have y’all evolved as a band through the years?

We’ve pretty much stuck with the same formula since the get-go. We met up with our instruments and starting writing music that was technically challenging, but pop-oriented at it’s core. Our writing process has gone through a series of variations, ranging from entire songs written and largely organized before we even play it loud on electric guitar and drums to improvisations that turned into songs while in the studio. We used to record everything ourselves, but since Feathering A Nest (2014) we’ve relinquished the engineer role to friends - Matt Coppola engineered Feathering and Ross Farbe did Odd Hours. Business and booking-wise we’ve largely stuck to our guns and manage/book ourselves, but now work in cooperation with Ron Richard from Simple Play for the day-to-day administrative tasks as well as some booking. As far as labels go, we self-released our first few recordings, then were with Community Records for several years. Since recording and prior to the release of Odd Hours, we’ve been working with Inflated Records out of New York. Our gear still falls apart and we’re always trying to fix our instruments once beating them to trash has finally exhausted their playability.

How has New Orleans influenced your sound? And why do you stick around?

Since starting the band while at Loyola, we’ve been surrounded by a bunch of amazing local musicians - both from the university and otherwise. We’re constantly taking notes from them and allowing their creativity to influence what we do. The city’s laid back style and low-pressure music scene has allowed us to work at our own pace, not always to our advantage, but it’s nice to not feel too much pressure to pop out records at a rate we’d be uncomfortable with. As far as why we stick around, we often ask ourselves that question, but here we are. We know a lot of other cities could probably offer much more in terms of industry presence, but the community here and way of life has kept us around. 

 

 

What’s y’all’s favorite thing about being here and playing shows in the city?

Some of the best musicians in the world live here and to get to play with them and watch them often is a unique privilege. Also I heard we have the most advanced drainage/pumps system in the world, so that’s pretty cool too.

Anything y’all are looking forward to?

We’ve been writing a bunch recently in preparation for (hopefully) a couple releases in 2018. We’re really excited about the material we’re currently working with and have some new musical elements we’re trying to incorporate, so that’s been exciting. Com Rec fest and SXSW are coming up and those are both always high points of the year when we’re able to be a part of them. We have loose plans to tour in the summer, so whatever that shapes into will probably be a good time - hopefully venturing out from solely East Coast dates this time, which is where our recent tours have been confined to of late.

Advice for bands/artists on similar paths?

Use what you have, as in don’t feel like you need to have the nicest equipment especially if you can't afford it. To a similar effect, don’t go places you don’t need to go. Same with merch, don't buy 1,000 CDs for your first ever album or make a million shirts for your first tour. And lastly, never leave anything valuable in your car when on tour, especially in San Fransisco.  

We collaborated with Caddywhompus to make a playlist that highlights a their latest obsession, Brazilian music – with a few American classics and local flavors in the mix as well.
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