💖 What’s awakebutstillinbed about?/ Where did the name come from / How did you set up?
I think of it in 2 parts, there’s the band & there are the core songs.
The songs are essentially my little solo effort where I dump & process all of my emotional baggage or whatever. The band is a bit more fun because it’s where we get to add fun & interesting stuff for color, texture, emphasis, etc, & just make everything a bit more lively.
The name is a reference to a song from one of the solo records by John Linnell of They Might Be Giants, although it has numerous meanings that can be extrapolated from that I think. It’s sort of like a metaphor for depression, a metaphor for the daily grind of every day, & it also can be read as relating to the modern era somewhat.
People lie awake while in bed way more often now than they probably ever did due to the amount of entertainment & stimulating media available to us on our phones. Also, many people have interpreted it being all one word as relating to a hashtag, which is in contrast to how I perceive it, but still interesting to me. I don’t know, it has numerous directions it can go in, which is why I like it – despite how awkward it can be to say out loud.
💖 What inspires you to play music?
It’s a bunch of stuff. I love music which inspires me to make it. Having talented musical friends is inspiring too.
Writing a song that really captures how you feel in that moment is such a rewarding experience, & it can help you process a lot of feelings, which can be really helpful.
The music community at large is also really inspiring & performing is a bit of an addiction for many people I think. Definitely for me, at least. Having new material keeps that experience interesting & fresh, so I think that’s a motivation too.
💖 What’s your writing process?
I’m the worst about it. I wait around until I’m struck with inspiration, which sometimes is often & sometimes is so rare that months go by without me writing anything. That being said, usually its music first, then lyrics, then band arrangement, but sometimes the order changes.
💖 Who are your main influences in music/life?
People always ask me about my music inspirations so I’ll keep it simple & just say 90s emo bands & some singer-songwriters.
I find my main influences in life, I guess. I look up to a lot of artists I either like or am friends with or both. My girlfriend is a big influence on my life too.
💖 Tell us about your aesthetic.
I usually wear the same fucked up pair of shorts every day, a chain belt that my friend made which has no purpose besides looking cool, tights so that no one can tell if I shaved my legs or not, & a band t-shirt. If I’m going to something special I might wear a skirt or a dress. At work I wear jeans. Most of my clothes are black, white or grey.
💖 When you’re not doing band stuff what do you get up to?
Recently I have unfortunately been playing Elden Ring when I’m not working my barista job or my line cook job. Also watching stuff with my girlfriend, she is showing me Game of Thrones right now. It’s a lot.
💖 What 1 thing could everyone be doing to make the scene a better place?
Have a more optimistic attitude about it. The scene is what we make of it, if everyone’s whole vibe is just complaining about it & the people in it it’s never going to get better. You have to put in the work to make something meaningful & special.
💖 What do you do when you’re awake but still in bed?
I do what everyone else does & scroll through social media & hate every moment of it but do it anyway because that’s just what life is now.
💖 You were originally set to do this tour 3 years ago as a release for your first LP – what do you have planned for this rager of a journey & do you think fans can handle it?
We’re playing a lot of new songs as well as a lot of old songs & playing longer sets than we’re really used to, I tried to curate the setlist based on requests that I solicited on our Instagram.
We hope that fans enjoy it, we’re incredibly excited to go! None of us have ever been to the UK or Europe.
💖 What’s it like bringing the bae to the bay area?
Lol, I’m not sure I really do that. There are a lot of way hotter people than me in bands. I just try to enjoy what I have, I feel lucky anyone wants to listen to my sadsack music.
💖 When people see you in the UK in the coming weeks what delicious drink/snaccckkkk/capitalist treasure do you wish for them to bring you?
Ooo I’d love to try whatever English treats there are that aren’t common in the states. Most of us are vegan so we’re always on a journey to find any food we can even eat in the first place lol.
💖 In the same vein, what delicious snaaaaccccccc are you gonna feed itoldyouiwouldeatyou so they don’t get hangry & try to chomp you?
I was kinda hoping they could show us where the snacks are since we’ll be a long way from home. If they can’t do that we might be kinda fucked cause I don’t think I’m gonna have cellphone service. Hope I don’t get chomped.
Catch awakebutstillinbed at our Brighton show Come on Barbie Let’s go Party this September 3rd in Brighton!!!! Tickets here mf’ers: https://www.facebook.com/events/s/come-on-barbie-lets-go-party-a/755199392461759/