Interview: Pacific Radio

Following the release of their debut EP, Pacific Radio spoke to Legendary Kids Press about their plans for 2017.

Pacific Radio are an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Having just released their debut EP Kitchen Table at the beginning of the year, the band are setting their sights on 2017, and are planning on making sure everyone knows their name by the end of the year. Do they have the chops to achieve this? We certainly think so.

How would you describe your sound to those who have never listened to Pacific Radio before?

Joe Robinson: Energetic, melodic, guitar-ee goodness.

Kyle Biane: It’s alternative rock, I guess. The 90s rock influences are pretty clear as well.

How did the band come together?

Joe Stiteler: It was a summer day a few years ago and Pacific Radio was a yellow baby chick trying to poke its beak through the crisp white shell that encapsulated and imprisoned it. Joe R, Joe S and Kyle struggled and tapped diligently to be free, but it wasn’t until Hyke [Shirinian] joined the fight that the tiny bird was able to free itself from its certain tomb. Once the Pacific Radio chick reached the soil, it chirped and stamped around aimlessly until a farmhand named Weaver picked it up, cupping it in his hands and nestled it in the front chest pocket of his overalls. And they lived happily ever after.

JR: What [Joe] said isn’t a metaphor. We are birds.

You released your new EP Kitchen Table a few weeks ago. How has the fan reaction been?

KB: The fans have been awesome. Their responses have been mostly positive. As with anything that you live with for so long while creating, by the end I had lost a bit of perspective on whether it was even good or not. It is nice to hear that people are responding the way I had hoped they would.

What was the recording process like?

KB: The recording process for this EP started with drums in Los Angeles, followed by overdubs in Culver City, CA. Then, in March 2016, we did more drums in Austin, TX, followed by another overdub period back at our place in Culver. We really love to experiment and use the studio space to the fullest. Our process is all about details and trying everything.

How did you go about writing the songs on the EP?

JR: True story: I was playing a couple [of] old songs I wrote [to] Stiteler and a drummer friend. They said, “We should play them in a band.” I asked who we should get to sing [and] they said, “You,” and Pacific Radio was hatched. The songs all developed as Kyle and Hyke joined up and added their love, and here we are today.

KB: I write a lot of my parts in the studio. Being inspired in the moment is a big part of my process. We are changing parts, amps, guitars, pedals and even picks all the time, trying to find something special. When it all comes together it is a lot of fun.

You’re currently working on your debut full-length with Eric Weaver. What is it like working with him?

JR: He’s rad. He’s the fifth member, the fifth element. He’s that redhead Bruce Willis saves and, in the end, saves all.

JS: Working with Eric is smooth and easy and chill and positive, so much so that you don’t even realize the whip cracking behind you until it stings your ass. He’s stern and detailed and open to all ideas, and he won’t settle for anything less than your best work. Makes you feel good to be a musician.

KB: He is great. Patient and willing, if not leading us to explore all the options we can in a song.

Hyke Shirinian: [He’s a] rad guy to work with. [It’s a] true pleasure working with a guy who has such a great attention to detail. He’s made the writing/recording process incredibly efficient and exploratory. We’d have a completely different product without him.

Do you know what direction you hope to take the album? Will it be similar or different to Kitchen Table?

JS: A lot of the songs we’re recording we’ve been playing for a while and they’ve developed and evolved along the way. The full-length will be the final evolution of this first batch of songs and represent these men and these times, from here to eternity.

KB: I think it will be similar, since the full album has always been the plan since the beginning of the EP. I can imagine a larger tonal shift when we start working on album #2, but for now I think we are trying to master the domain we have found in these first four songs. That being said, we are always tweaking and changing things.

You’ll be playing the sold out BottleRock Festival this May. Are you excited to perform at such a large festival?

JR: YUP!

JS: Shit, yeah! Are you kidding me?! Next question.

KB: I am very excited. Shows are a blast, whether they are for 30 people or 3,000 people. But being on a large outdoor festival stage adds something a little special for sure.

HS: On my… So excited for it! I can’t wait to drum to the energy of that type of crowd.

Are there any bands/artists you’re excited to see perform at the festival?

JR: I like what Modest Mouse is doing, Warren G, REGULATORS.

JS: Yes, Warren G. Go ask the twinz.

KB: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, for sure. I always want to check out Baskery – they look pretty rad.

HS: Silversun Pickups, for me.

Do you have any plans to tour this year in promotion of the EP?

JS: Yes… STORM THE CASTLE!

KB: We will be out in Austin this March and are currently planning a west coast tour for May.

Where do you see the future of the band?

JS: Hard to say. The music scene is like Mount Everest and we’re climbing with our crampons and pick axes, but we’ve lost a few fingers and toes to frostbite. We trudge forward, without sherpas or oxygen tanks, one foot in front of the other, with hopes we’ll again feel the sunlight on our cheeks someday.

Long story short, look for us next year in Nepal!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your listeners?

JR: Keep your stick on the ice (hockey reference, I’m from Minnesota).

JS: Stop calling my house and hanging up! I know it’s you!

KB: Thank you, and stay hydrated.

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