Missio: Darkness With Underlying Beauty

reppin: austin, tx // rca records // 2014 - present

sounds like: walking through the drug part of heaven (according to david)

last album drop: loner (may 2017)

featuring: matt // david

missio | outside lincoln hall, chicago | 10.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

missio | outside lincoln hall, chicago | 10.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

The one overlaying theme that I truly believe almost all artist, musicians, songwriters and any creatives are out there to do is to make us humans feel something. To supply genuine art that we can consume and let it seep into our skin and actually affect us in some way. Make us fucking feel something. I've grown up all my life listening to music, ever since I went and purchased "dookie," "sublime," "the colour and the shape," and "licensed to ill" at best buy when I was maybe 9 years old. I didn't know it at the time, but I loved music because it could make me feel something. Even at that age, something as simple as dancing or singing along to an album brought joy. I had yet to encompass the teenage angst that my tight skinny jeans screamed out when I got to high school. So I guess you could say, I let those sounds and lyrics seep in.

Missio is a duo out of one of the music capitals of the country. In just a few short years and putting out a hell of a debut album, these two guys are on a fucking mission to do more. These two guys, matt brue and david butler, have such care for their craft and dreams that involve more of you, the listener. As someone who is trying to bring new music to the general music listener, I want to share the experience of allowing yourself to feel something when you listen to music. To strip yourself down and give a shit about what is coming into your ears. I'm a believer and advocate of it because it is one of the best feelings in the world. When Cait and I sat down with matt and david, there as an immediate calmness and chill that allowed all of us to open up. Not only do I love the music that Missio creates, as well as having a good feeling that there are big things to come for them...I a million percent respect and appreciate the detail to what these guys are setting out to do: and that is to make your hearts and mind feel things you may not have felt before.

Check out our little chat and don't forget y'all, they are on tour again and coming to chicago.

missio spring tour 2018 // bottom lounge chicago feb 25 - tickets (sold out)

interview stuff

jared: After checking you guys out in Austin at SXSW and Lolla, we are stoked to talk to y'all about the journey and how you came to be.

Let’s talk about the journey since you two joined forces? I love this soothing, almost big rock sound. What have you learned about yourselves individually and as a band as it relates to the sound you want to create? Also, what is the process to your songwriting?

matt: I was very anti working with people period for a long, long time. I never had a good experience. Everyone had different opinions of what they wanted to do and nothing really fully aligned. The relationship going on with David was dude, I just want you to produce this record. And then we started working together and I was like, holy shit, somebody else actually kind of has the same vision as I do and not squashing ideas all the time. It was a really good learning moment for me. Collaboration can actually make the art better in so many ways. And that has happened multiple times now, even with filmmakers. It def was a little bit of loosening up and just finding a match to make these things happen.

missio | lincoln hall, chicago | 10.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

missio | lincoln hall, chicago | 10.25.17 | @thefaakehipster

david: i think that question is one of the hardest any artist can ever figure out. You have to constantly keep answering. You can't just simplify it by saying, "listen to other people." I've played in bands before when everyone is coming from different perspective. There were fundamental creative differences. It is about finding people that share your vision. I know lots of great songwriters I would never write with. But I was drawn to Matt because of what he was doing. My whole thing as a producer from day 1 has been to jump in the boat with someone, swallow your ego and pride and lets make the best thing we can together. Not just it is the first thing that came to mind. It works because we have the same end goal. The other unique thing about us is honesty. Matt has thick skin and I do too. We can say things and move on. Sorry I'm gushing on this, it's just a great thing to talk about. We were in a cab in NYC talking about this and he said "you have to learn when to fight for your ideas. You can't fight for every single idea. Knowing when to stand up and trust your instincts and when to let it go."

Collaboration can actually make the art better in so many ways.

matt: There is a lot of times when our producer will go down this rabbit hole and I'm thinking this is so stupid. And then slowly I see the idea come to life and I'm like, okay I can feel it.

david: we had a co-writing session a few months back and let's just say it got off to a rocky start. We had never met the dude. This was reallll shady and all, we couldn't hold a conversation with him. My personality is I'm going to make you comfortable and keep working. Matt is more like, "fuck this." (laughs). Matt is checked out, I go through the motions and we ended up writing a dope song. We def learned from that...let things go, don't be too judgmental. The song hasn't been released, but you will know! It could def be the single.

jared: do you have a name for it yet?

both: can't tell you!

 

I love the meaning behind your songs...kinda camouflage. What do you want your fans to take away from it.

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matt: that's a good question. I think first, you have to write from experience and what you I am feeling. When you start writing for other people it can be a little bit dangerous because it can come across an disingenuous. So, that is the first step for me, for myself to be able to resonate and relate to the lyrics. People can read through the bullshit. If I am every night, singing a song, I don't even care about you, I want to go back to that time, what I felt when I wrote that song. The audience can be like, I get and feel what he is saying. I believe it, so it is hitting me in a different way. And second, I think both of our goals in music, similar to our song, kamikazee, "I want money and power / And champagne and fame / I want money and power / My black heart's to blame." I want more so than all that stuff is for people to helped. With a lyric like, "thank god for the haters, those bitches inspire me." I want people to feel comfortable to be like, "yea, fuck the haters."

david: i'm going to give you a bit more of an abstract answer. I think I really want people to listen to music with the mind I listened to music when I was growing up. It is a lot harder now being in the music business. It is easy to marginalize and minimize what song someone is trying to write. Confession: I tend to minimize someone's art until it wins me over. I hate that, but I think that is the music culture we live in. People consume music and don't really let it affect their lives like they could. Music is art. I've had so many instances where music has changed my life. Those moments are what inspire me to be a musician and song writer. I think about growing up and listening to songs and lyrics and having real emotional moments. They really helped me through a time in my life. Or in another way, I understood. Ultimately that is my goal with Missio and in general. This is how I see the world, here is a feeling that I have had. And maybe you feel that too. I want people to listen to music, period. There is so much shitty music which has no deeper meaning. No one sits down and puts on a record and listens to it anymore. Very few do. Give yourself an opportunity to fully experience music.

jared: you pretty much hit exactly what I am trying to do.

People consume music and don’t really let it affect their lives like they could. Music is art

 

What is your mission when you take the stage. What do you want people to feel?

matt: my ultimate goal with the live show is that people who come from busy lives, spend $20 on a show, they want to get out of their reality for a few hours. If you go up there and do a half ass job you're not really doing that much to help them. So, for us, and for any artist our goal is to be that filler for a few hours. Put your fucking A game on. Whether it is production, getting ready vocally, you want to put on the best performance possible. You want to let them experience different kinds of emotions. We are aggressive, we want them to feel that. And then songs like "bottom of the deep blue sea" which are more cinematic. Then "twisted" which is really fucked up and having them feel that. 

david: i used to be envious of bands in the 70s because a live show then had to be so much more overwhelming compared to the recorded quality they had at the time. It was a different experience. The further back you go, the more wild they are. But, one interesting thing about now is that there are few times were people are fully engaged somewhere, and that includes at a live show. One of my goals is to have a full sensory experience, lights has been a part of our thing from day one. I want to bring a full, emersive experience to them and make it communal. Hopefully they are singing and moving along with us. Everything matters to us and we want it to be authentic. Then you create this cycle between the audience and the stage.

 

If you had to use a metaphor to describe your sound and identity, what would it be?

Darkness underlying beauty.

david: walking through the drug part of heaven for sure. That just came to mind actually. If heaven had a really dark spot. Darkness underlying beauty.

 

suggested listening experience: getting close to your significant other // when you are angry and tired after a day of work // saturday night shenanigans

listens: middle fingers // everybody gets high // bottom of the deep blue sea // kamikazee // twisted // west coast (lana del ray cover)

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interview stuff: DUDE YORK

reppin: seattle, wa // 2009 - present // sub pop records

sounds like: karaoke with your friends....(see last question)

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

latest album drop: sincerely (feb, 2017)

featuring: andrew (drums) // claire (bass) // peter (guitar)

The other month I had the treat of sitting down with punk rock trio, Dude York, straight out of Seattle and signed to the legendary Sub-Pop records. Having been rocking out for nearly 10 years at this point, their latest release, Sincerely, is a bouncy rock record that spans the spectrum of the genre. The simple approach, powerful riffs and comfy sound really allow you to reach in and use their tracks as your own motivation. Life sucks sometimes, but there is no way to avoid that. Suck that shit up, roll up your sleeves and prove to yourself that you can handle it. We have our family, our friends and the ability to look within and bring out our highest potential. Music is powerful.

Interview Stuff

The new record punches you in the face with just about every sliver of rock one can think of...was it a matter of channeling your inner rock or trying to appeal to more of the masses? I really don’t hear a lot of records like this, that span the range like y’all and it kind of gives everyone something to like.

Andrew: That is really cool, thanks man.

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

Claire: I think from a genre standpoint, it was pretty natural to us. We weren’t exactly going for what you are saying in particular, but it definitely was all of us coming together on this different sounds of rock. It wasn’t on purpose. We got into the studio and we're just trying to write and this is the path we went down.

Peter: I def want to reiterate that, We’re not really interested in any genres, it’s about the songs. There is definitely some intentionally and adventure to it.

Jared (Me): You come together and write and this is what you pooped out kinda.

P: I mean yea, there is a bit more intentionality than that, but pretty much.

J: I did not mean to compare pooping to the writing your record, I’m just weird like that. Experiencing one another and vibing together has gotten you to this point.

P: (Laughs). I am glad you cleared up. The human chemistry element has definitely has dictated the sound more than it is the preferences of the members in the band and what we like.

I really appreciate the attention to detail with you lyrics and focus on what this record means to you, what it’s about. What do you want your fans to get out of it regarding the lyrics, the story?

P: It is a record that is predominately focused on grief, circumventing our recovery conundrum. I think in order to that you have to start by building your own triumphs and simulating that  into experiencing victory in the real world. Plan it out and build it for yourself. A lot of these songs kinda channel that, at least the ones I’m singing on.

C: I did write the songs I sing on and it was my first time singing with Dude York, but I like to leave my lyrics open to interpretation more. I think that is a cool thing to push. As time goes on in my life that song can have a different meaning to me and even someone else. You know we all go through changes so I feel like my writing should mimic that to an extent.

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

A: They kinda covered everything. I really like the fact that songs have the ability to get interpreted in so many different ways. What you necessarily bring to the table is not exactly what is taken away. And then you talk to people what they hear in songs and sometimes you get to go, holy shit, I never thought about it that way, but that is amazing.

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

C: Sometimes it is even just misheard lyrics are fun too...yea that would have been great!

A: Misheard lyrics are awesome (laughs)

J: (laughs - I always laugh) I always appreciate when musicians leave lyrics open to interpretation and I can’t tell you how many times I’ll listen to a song 10 years later and it will mean something completely different to me. Sometimes those feels constantly change through those 10 years as well.

A: This will make me sounds weird, but speaking of those bands from back in the day, Elvis Costello though, I probably took the most from in high school. Really intense records I did not really understand at the moment for me in Idaho, in the middle of nowhere not having a clue when I was 16 years old. It really wasn’t until later on in life that I finally got it. And it is mostly just a record about alcoholism, but still good and fun and meaner.  

I can feel that story not only in the lyrics, but the vocals, the angst, power and even kinda fear to extent...how do you translate that into a live set?

P: Hmmm, recognition and validation. That is how we do it. We build something that hopefully recognizes the audience some way so that they can feel it and also validates it for them.

A: High energy, good catharsis, keep it simple.

C: Ehhh medium simple.

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

dude york | cobra lounge, chicago | 4.1.17 | @thefaakehipster

A: As a fan, if you are going to see bands play, those bands have their time to do whatever they want on stage. But I think it is kind of on you to give as much as you can to that fan. We try to give a lot, even if it’s not all the lights and other things that make a show. We will gladly take any lighting fixtures for shows by the way. It is about giving as much as humanly possible and almost trying to force the fan to pay attention.

P: And have fun

J: Hey, that is exactly what I wanted tonight, to get away from real life.

A: Living the “Real World Wicker Park” huh?

J: Yea, it is a tough life out there

A: Especially after you see a ton of bands play and stuff. You are there wanting to keep pushing the shows further and further

P: I worked my favorite venue in Seattle and you’d see the different types of bands perform. You realize the spectrum and what they bring. Sometimes all you need are a few things, less is more, and it is a better show. And also sometimes you can do more with a lot and when it is done right, it is even more pleasing. They know it is entertainment and do not take themselves too seriously. You have to make a relationship with the audience and be aware of it.

I always use funny metaphors to describe bands and artists i write about, what would you use?

A: Like going to karaoke and all of your friends are there and everybody is kind of sad about something, but we are all here to sing songs and get through it. But the karaoke machine is broken. Just get up there and sing. We’ll fix the machine though.

J: I don’t even want to box, but your music makes me wants to get in front of a punching bag. Not because of things are bad, but because I want to get things out.

P: Maybe this is too arrogant, the oldies station in back to the future 2, that is us…we are the greatest hits of every decade! We are like robot DJs.

suggested listening experience: building motivation for anything // outdoor summertime hanging // channeling your anger into something positive

listens: tonight // the way i feel // paralyzed // love is // black jack // something in the way // KEXP performance

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