The State Of Music: Part 15: Oklahoma - DEERPEOPLE
Oklahoma. Or Oklahoma!, to give it's official title, where apparently the wind comes sweeping down the plain.
I imagine 'The Sooner State' (your guess is as good as mine), is a rather cool place to be. It is home of the Flaming Lips for starters. Actually that is all I have to go on, but that is reason enough for me to regarding Oklahoma as one of my favourite states.
DEERPEOPLE are the band kind enough to participate and represent the state. They are quite an unusual band that I cannot quite place. Unlike Mississippi band Furrows who I featured a couple of weeks ago, they don't especially have a southern sound.
The band actually reminds me a little of Envy and Other Sins, a little known UK band from a few years ago. They are a mix of guitar driven indie, folk, electro (especially with their track New Dance)
Check them out, download their EP for free and read the rather good interview with vocalist and organist Brennan Barnes below.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are Deer People and where in the world would we find you?
BB: DEERPEOPLE. You mean, each of us? Thats too many names to want to type... Together, we are a group of people from Stillwater, Oklahoma that play music together. We can be found there. Usually.
CMM: How long has the band been in existence and how did it all start?
BB:The band started in late 2009. Its all a big blur, and a boring story if I could even remember. For the most part, we were all friends. The details are where I'd lose you. We just started playing house parties...our first show was at my house on new years. It was pure fucking chaos. I think thats when I knew it would actually be fun to try a long term thing with it.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
BB: Like we're the Ghostbusters, but we had the balls to cross our streams. I don't really know. Chaos and focus. Candy and blowjobs.
CMM: What is the music scene like in Oklahoma right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?
BB: There is (what seems to be) a pretty successful "red dirt" country scene. I think there is a metal scene in Stillwater. I guess thats really the question, because in Stillwater, there just aren't many bands in general. In OKC, Tulsa, and Norman you get a better selection just because of population. There are a lot of great indie bands in Oklahoma. A lot.
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
BB: I do. Thats the reason all of the "indie" bands in Oklahoma can really hang. We're all void of interesting things around us. Its Oklahoma.
CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?
BB: We all like different music, so I don't necessarily feel like we have influences as a band. I'm sure we all have specific things within our playing and within the parts we write for ourselves that are influenced by what we like. I just like watching TV to be honest.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
BB: So far... all we have is the one self titled EP. Its all over the internet for free. We have a new EP being released in late October or early November and a full length that I hope to be recording by January.
CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?
BB: We don't get FAR from the grasp of Oklahoma, but we get around occasionally. We really like Colorado. Everywhere we've played has been pretty cool. Lincoln, Nebraska. In state, Norman is always great. House parties in Stillwater are still the most fun. They're loud and crazy and hectic.
CMM: What's next for the band?
BB: We're going to release this album and play as much as we possibly can. I guess we'll see where it goes.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?