Have you picked up your copy of My Body Sings Electric’s latest album, “Changing Color”? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on electronic greatness. And if you have, maybe you’d like to know more about the people behind the music.
Truth Or Sarah caught up with MBSE and they answered some questions. Maybe you’ll learn something new:
How did you all meet? Who plays what?
Amazingly, Jeff, Nick, and Jason met in high school… though the thought of playing music together didn’t cross their minds then.
We were later re-united when singer Brandon Whalen, and guitarists Nick Crawford and Jeff Fedel were in need of a bassist. Jason bower adequately met the requirement of being tan and muscle-bound.
We later brought in our amazing drummer Ben Scarboro from another band, The Skyline Surrender, who was sharing our guitarist at the time.
How did you come up with the band name?
Our band name was chosen out of a list of hundreds… we didn’t like it at first, but we stuck with it. Now we think our name has a solid balance of being unique without being annoying.
What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
We cover a huge range of material… Brandon’s lyrics can be political and question society. Sometimes he’ll challenge your views on life. However a majority of his lyrics are inward looking.
For example, Rings is a song about Brandon’s struggle with growing up and not wanting to accept the responsibility of being an adult…
while Step Into The Light is kind of a hopeful anthem for the struggling musician.
Is there a song you’re most proud of?
We can’t say really… we all have our own favorites. We are really really proud of our new album. It is the first time all members of our band have been entirely happy with something we recorded.
Is/Are there any band(s) that inspired you to start?
A short and simple list would include: Thrice, Minus The Bear, Circa Survive, Brand New, The Killers… and The Beatles for good measure.
How would you classify your music?
It’s tough for us because we try to blend a lot of styles. It really all boils down to indie, pop and punk.
Who is your ideal audience?
Our music is really pop driven, bur we try to make it genuine. Our songs aren’t written for the radio, but you could easily hear one on the radio. I guess our ideal audience would be one big enough to support us so we could do this full time haha.
We generally appeal to a younger crowd, Warped Tour comes to mind.
What’s your ultimate goal in your music?
We just want to do this full time. We want it more than anything else in this god-forsaken world. We are willing to do whatever it takes to be one of those bands who can play music for a living.
Do you have a dream collaboration?
GaGa + Brandon Flowers + Dangermouse + MBSE? Actually that would probably be awful.
I know you guys are playing a few shows this summer. Have you had any crazy concert experiences yet?
We’ve had some amazing experiences this summer. We played the Journey’s Backyard BBQ in Denver. It was crazy because while we were on stage people were flying around on motorcycles and skateboards.
What is your must-have item when touring?
iPod packed full of tasty jams.
Are you planning on doing a full tour later this year?
We are planning a west coast tour in the fall with an amazing band and some very good friends of ours, Ugly Colors. Nothing official yet.
Will you do a music video for any of your songs?
Yes! We can’t wait to do this actually. We might try to film something on our own and let some film editor friends take over. Video is definitely a big priority for us heading forward.
Just For Fun:
Do you have names for your instruments?
Sadly, we don’t fill in that cliche. We definitely need to start naming our stuff.
If you couldn’t play music, what other career path would you choose?
Brandon works for a digital marketing agency. He’s been talking crazy about making an easy web based ticketing platform that works through people’s phones… but he’s too busy to carry anything out at the moment haha.
What is the most unexpected song on your iPod?
A few of us are huge fans of 90’s R&B. You would find a lot of Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, TLC, and all that good stuff on our music lists.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Brandon can juggle, kind of. Also, Nick and Brandon have a fake rap group called the Dirty Rotten Rhymers. They’ve actually made some really catchy and good songs haha.
Who’s the funniest member of the band?
That’s hard to say. 4/5th of us are really loud mouthed jerks. We are always trying to one-up each other.
Who’s the troublemaker?
Jason, our bassist. He is always trying to start [stuff], mess with people, play jokes. You have to watch your back around that guy.
What’s on your bucket list?
Appear in an episode of Jersey shore?
Your bucket list should include getting MBSE’s songs on iTunes. Buuuut, if you’re a total cheapskate, or you still need to hear what all the fuss is about, My Body Sings Electric has allowed for fans to download one of their tracks for free.
P.S.–Check out the review of “Changing Color.”