San Francisco based indietronica act The Limousines are on fire. Not like an actual Tesla electric-car kind of fire, but the non-literal fire that’s used to describe quickly rising bands that are seemingly unstoppable at this point in time. The XM Radio loves to play them, the college crowd loves to listen, and the consistent flow of party-anthem styled rhythms supply the demand.
But while the light-hearted nature of the bands initial successes provided a source of identity for the two members of The Limousines, the struggles of life ensued, and have managed to grow the band towards a more mature and effective style. Their newest studio album “Hush” is a testament to those struggles, and is an independently released work that’s garnered more than decent accord from critics.
Vocalist and songwriter Eric Victorino gave The Rooster some insight into the band and their travels before The Limousines’ performance at The Moon Room (inside Summit Music Hall) Friday, October 25th. They’ll be joined by Portland indie pop act Dresses and Nashville alt rockers MONA. Victorino has also assured us that there are no squares with them on the tour this time around, so the shenanigans will be taken to bro-like levels, as expected.
The Limousines are generally referred to as an “indietronica” band. What does that genre mean to you?
It's a strange thing to think of the music you make as fitting into a specific genre – I guess we can be called that since we've built so much of what we do on electronic elements and technology. But what people decide to call us isn't really our concern.
A lot of artists feel that each tour kind of has it’s own personality, what kind of attitude do you think this tour will have and if you had to give it a human name, what would it be?
I'd give this tour a frat-boy name! I have a feeling it's gonna be the hardest partying tour we've done. There are no Mormons with us, and we aren't opening, so we really get to do whatever we want…which could be trouble.
It’s going to be rather cold in Colorado when you swing through here at the end of October, do you feel you’ve packed appropriately for the weather?
Touring in the fall is pretty normal to us, plus we did a European tour in the winter – we're used to it. The best thing is that it's hot inside clubs all year around.
You chose to independently produce and record your new album “Hush” – what was the driving force behind taking that approach?
We'd just gone through our second shitty experience with record labels so we really wanted to see what we could do on our own.
The American government shutdown has left a lot of people out of jobs, what’s an industry you’d like to see shut down for a few days?
I'd love it if the Internet went down for a month. Hmmm. Maybe not. People would probably start killing each other.
It’s cliché to ask, we know and we’re sorry, but what are some of the biggest things you see differently between music fans in the states and fans overseas?
I think in Europe and the UK people don't feel like they have to stick to any genres, they love all different styles of music – if you look at the line ups of their biggest festivals they're full of all sorts of bands. I guess we've got Coachella here; they do a great job of mixing it up.
In going along with your wildly popular single “Internet Killed The Video Star,” the video game industry seems it will destroy the film industry, what do you think is the next big thing to take over what we know today?
I don't think video games take much away from the movies – aside from maybe people choosing to spend money on games rather than movies – I think it's piracy that's gonna take both industries down. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing won't change the fact that it's inevitable.
Walking, driving, biking or boating – what’s your preferred mode of transportation?
I love a good walk.
Do you think we’ll ever hear the end of what Miley Cyrus is doing right now?
Hahaha, she's a genius! Getting people to talk about you is like the defining factor in this business, there are millions of talented people in the world, but people who can get the whole world to talk about them are one in a million.
What can fans of The Limousines expect out of the future?
Nobody lives to see the future.