I had the chance to email with front man Clint Kesinger the other day. We had a good conversation about some intriguing topics. I learned a little about this band and I decided that I am firmly a fan of this group.
Before I get into the interview, I want to talk about the band’s very unique sound for a second. Overall, I think its refreshing. They blend numerous influences together to form a sound that is truly unique. When I listen to them, I hear bits of country, pop punk and rock all rolled into a tight and refined package. On their Facebook page, they claim to be Midwest Rock, which sounds appropriate. While genre labels are fun to play around with, they don’t really matter. What matters is if the band produces quality art. Good Times & Company absolutely does this.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Cage the Elephant, Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, The Black Keys, Radiohead, Sticky Fingers, Mac Demarco, The 1975, The Growlers…. To name a few.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Probably. We listen to a fair amount of 90s Country like Alan Jackson and Brooks N Dunn. We also bump a lot of trashy modern rap when we turn up. We have dance parties at Shad’s house. Also, I should note that Shad and I (Clint) used to play hardcore beatdown metal for years, so we still bump a lot of Oceano, The Acacia Strain, Rooks, etc.
- What’s next for the band?
Dropping a new single very soon and scouting for a new drummer! New album dropping early summer most likely.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Eh, it was difficult now it isn’t. Its just a matter of adapting and staying on top of what is coming next. Whatever changes the shape of the music industry landscape also shapes the strategy for the bands. So, we have never really taken any significant loss relative to our band because early on we had management that showed us the ropes. It has made it easier, in my opinion, for bands now because they no longer must go on tour after tour trying to sell CDs and make a name for themselves. They just upload the tracks to streaming platforms, work their way into popular playlists, throw some money in and make proper connections with fans and industry people. The internet is the biggest stage ever created, so playing to the world is now at your fingertips. The rest is luck.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Life, Death, Drugs, Depression, Romance, Love, Anxiety. Happiness… all that steers us as humans.
- Can you describe your sound?
An entirely unique new blend of alternative and indie rock. CATCHY, honest, real.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I (Clint) have been listening to a lot of Gus Dapperton, his new stuff is awesome. Vince Staples, Joji, Owen, Mac Demarco, Circa Survive, Rooks…. Sticky Fingers I highly recommend. They just dropped new music and are seriously one of the best bands in the world right now. No Joke.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Speaking for me personally, I got out my dad’s old Peavey electric guitar about 14 years ago, made some noises and immediately became hooked. I also saw a band called Midnight Fall from our local area and that solidified my destiny. I knew I had to play music.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Its collaborative now more than ever. The instrumentation starts with any one of the guitars, including bass. If anyone has some lyrics they wanna use we almost always work them in somehow. Almost all the lyrics are mine, however. I write with one foot in reality and the other in an abstract version of reality. So, the lyrics are never fully transparent and I love that, I am able to deliver lyrics that are quite personal but are veiled with themes or analogies. This way I can get my therapeutic kicks as an artist expressing himself, while not wearing my heart entirely on my sleeve. I don’t really want everyone to know everything I’m talking about in my songs, I’ve always felt that way. What’s more interesting, is when fans think they have the song meanings pinned down and they normally connect it to their own life somehow. When in reality, they are way, way off track! Haha.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Our albums? Id say the newest one ‘Cosmonaut’ by a longshot. Its our best work ever.
If you mean out of all bands, it might have to be ‘Chinese Fountain’ by The Growlers.
I’d say ‘The White Album’ but that is too easy haha.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
The Strokes, Sticky Fingers, Queens of the Stone Age, Mac Demarco, Royal Blood, The Growlers
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
How many people do you know listen to songs during their normal day and actually know or even care what album it’s from? They don’t. They’re probably just listening to a streaming playlist they or someone else made. I think it’s a product of the industry. If you wanna stay relevant consistently, releasing singles is very smart. People these days have so much media stuffed in their faces every hour of the day that in order to keep them interested and coming back you have to feed them content. In this way, you can increase the longevity of hype and interest by stretching the album release out over a span of months with some singles, instead of delivering all your hard work at once. I don’t think the solution is always posting a photo every day on Instagram and teasing with album art until the whole project drops. So, these days whole albums are less and less relevant and its more so singles that are hot for a month until someone else drops a better one. Its competitive, but if you put out quality material consistently and often you are winning the game.