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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Interview with Somerset West

Band Q&A with Somerset West

Are you still not sure about your plans for Saturday night? Well, let me make it a little easier for you.

Oklahoma City band Somerset West made the move from California to Oklahoma a few years ago and took little time showing OKC what hard rock is all about. While evoking a sound reminiscent of Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, Somerset West crafts powerful, melodic songs with their own unique twist. Where the band truly shines is on the stage; they flood each venue with passion, sweat, churning riffs, and roaring vocals. Judging from the stellar title track and “The Great Mistake,” their new album, Lucerne, looks to be the well-earned result of one of the hardest working bands in the Metro.

Don’t miss your chance to catch them in action this Saturday at the Conservatory in Oklahoma City, with openers the excellent City Lives (who will also be at OU opening for Manchester Orchestra on Thursday) and Red City Radio. The doors open at 7:30 with the show beginning at 8:30. Tickets are available at the door for $6.

Lead singer and guitarist Kyle Lynch took the time to answer a few questions about the band’s path up till now, hopes for the future, and finding a place to sleep:

So why did you guys decide to pursue a musical career?

Well, we just all love music, plain and simple. It’s a passion and an outlet.

What has been the biggest challenge for the band so far?

Funding is definitely the biggest issue. Recording and touring are far from cheap. It takes a toll on the pocket book, but it is definitely worth it in the long run.

What are your hopes and dreams for the band's future?

We would like to get some help from a label. This would make writing and touring so much easier.

What would you say has been the defining moment of the band?

Probably meeting our good friend Andy Loper. He gave us a chance and some really good advice.

It sounds like the songs from your new album Lucerne are a lot more refined/mature than your first EP The New Ocean Sound, what changes have you guys been through that has influenced your music?

Music is, or should be, all about progression. If you are not constantly refining your music, then what’s the point? We don’t like to rehash old stuff.

What bands/musicians influence your music?

Most recently: Brand New, As Cities Burn, Thrice, Sparta. Of course each of the other guys would have a different list as well. I think it creates a nice, diverse sound.

If you could create your ideal tour lineup to play with, who would it be?

I would have to go with At The Drive-In, The Get Up Kids, and Brand New.

What has been the most interesting moment you've faced on tour?

There have been some crazy things...but finding a place to sleep always seems to become the biggest challenge. It is always interesting! 

What is your favorite song to perform and why?

Probably Lucerne. It’s a fun song to play, and it means a lot to me personally.

Why should we go to the CD release on Saturday?

There is going to be great new music. The other bands playing on the bill (the City Lives and Red City Radio) are awesome. Plus, The tickets are only $6! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday night.

Neither can I.

You can listen to Somerset West on their myspace page

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