Sam – Vocals, Keys, Guitars
Bob – Drums
Seth – Guitar
Ryan – Bass
Years Active 16
Recent Release Phthalo (Album) release date: 9/27/19, Land of The Grand (Single) release date: 3/5/21
Favorite Local Bands or Artists The Building, Third Class, Spirit of The Bear, The Got it Got it Need it
Current Album on repeat Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum, The Microphones – Microphones in 2020
Currently Reading Mostly children’s books.
Favorite Venue to perform Westside Bowl (Youngstown, OH)
Local Artists we should know more about TGTSOS (or) The Grand Terminal Station of Somnum – on instagram as @terminal.somnum.station
What do you think is the biggest lesson we can all take away from this past year?
Taking relationships for granted is a big one for me. The fact that I haven’t seen friends or that I haven’t been in the same room with my band in a year really revealed how much I took time with them for granted.
What would you consider your Best Local Show Experience?
Pre-pandemic we’d occasionally put on house shows at our place. We had Kelley Deal’s band “R. Ring” play once which was phenomenal. But my favorite in terms of a potential life changing experience was seeing Mount Eerie, I was relatively unfamiliar with his music before then and now he’s one of my biggest inspirations.
Anyone you’ve collaborated with recently?
I’m in the very beginning stages of a few collaborations. One of which is a project with Jason Goodwin (Goody) of The Got it Got it Need it.
Craziest memory from touring?
I was going through airport security in Edinburgh, Scotland and we were extremely late for our flight. They searched my wallet which happened to contain my setlist for that tour. With song titles like “Grenades”, “Bullets”, and a few others that seemed incriminating in this context, the security officers thought it might be a shopping list of some kind. They were at best confused and at worst threatened. Some higher-up gentleman came over and held my pathetically weathered setlist and politely interrogated me for what seemed like an hour until they finally believed that I wasn’t a terrorist, just a tour-weary weirdo, they let us go. We were sure that we’d missed our flight but we ran to the gate anyway. All my clothes and a few small pieces of gear, not quite back in my travel bag which I’m bear hugging as we run. Miraculously we made our flight. We treated ourselves to very overpriced airplane-Heinekens.
What’s the biggest thing that your band could use help with? (Promotion, Recording, Merch, Booking, Touring, etc)
Promotion and booking seem to always be the most challenging things to get right constantly.
What has your recording experience been like?
I’ve always recorded at home and have been investing in recording gear since I was a teenager. It’s slowly turning into the playground of my dreams. But we recorded the basic tracks to our last album at a beautiful time-capsule of a studio in Youngstown called Peppermint. It’s been around since the early 70’s and has a lot of great gear from that time period and beyond. Definitely a gem of NorthEast Ohio.
What’s the next move?
I don’t know exactly. I just know it can’t be simply returning to the way things were. We’re all different now, this year was completely unprecedented… so whatever the next move is with this band it will certainly (and hopefully organically) acknowledge that.