Artist Interview: From Indian Lakes' Joey Vannucchi talks label mates, the industry and why he never bothered in school
When we think music we don’t necessarily recall Yosemite National Park as being a bastion of harmonic notoriety, only because we’re still under the assumption there’s fire-damning bears and one pissed off super volcano ready to the end the world as we know it, to ever exist there. Right? Bears and volcanos? Are we still hip to the Yosemite game by saying that?
Turns out, a genre-blending band touring through Denver next week is kind of from the area, and the serene landscape plays a pivotal role in its music. Formed in early 2009, From Indian Lakes is the brainchild of lead-singer / songwriter Joey Vannucchi. He grew up right outside of the national park on a wide-open forty acres without general staples most kids growing up in America take for granted, such as electricity.
The seclusionary tone is felt in the sometimes indie, sometimes alternative sound the act brings to the plate. It's seductive and welcoming all at the same time. It’s also currently on tour with Relient K and will be taking the opening duties of its show Nov 4 at the Summit Music Hall.
Has being an artist always been something you’ve wanted to do, or were there other options on the table?
I’ve always obsessed over music since I was very young. I have to admit though, I was terrible at school; I think my options were always limited because I felt like, ‘Why put any energy into this? I’m going to be a musician.’
Triple Crown Records has both an incredible roster of current acts and ones who have released on them previously – does this get intimidating, or can it be an added boost of confidence?
It’s certainly a boost of confidence. Bands like At The Drive In and Brand New were what peaked my interest in the label, and knowing how far those bands went is encouraging while working with the label.
Is the current state of the music industry discouraging as an artist, or do you think there’s hope that things will change in the future?
I think that I have a very pessimistic personality in general, and I could definitely say some obvious and cliché reasons why the industry is horrible, but right now things are looking pretty good for me and I’m in a good mood. Fans can stream our music for free, and that’s ok, because we just need to get heard by the masses, and they're sharing the music with people.
Artists are finding it impossible to get agents in the U.S. and internationally, and we have those things right now. I’m interested right now more than discouraged/encouraged Iguess you could say. Waiting to see what happens.
If you were to hear right now that your band name was already taken and you only had a few minutes to think of a new one, what would it be and why?
Joey and the Nukes was what I always thought my joke band name would be. I think I would see it as fate stepping in, and that name would be the one I was always meant to choose.
What goes through your head before, during and after a show?
I usually get lost in my thoughts a lot. I tend to wander at the wrong times. Sometimes I’ll mess up lyrics if something in the crowd gets me thinking too hard and I let myself get too far away from the lyrics. That’s why I play with my eyes shut a lot of the time while performing. Part stage fright, and being easily distracted I guess.
“Absent Sounds” is finally released out to the masses, how does it feel to know that it’s out of your hands and finished?
It feels great now that people are reacting to it in such a positive way. I was pretty stressed about what people would think for so long, I feel like I’m sort of floating now.
Can you write us a quick two-line lyrical stanza using the words “soap” and “control?”
You were the one with the Soap and the Soul
Scrubbing me clean when I’d lost all control
Is writing and recording an everyday thing, or do you have to be somewhere secluded and “in the zone” to be able to get it done?
It is an everyday thing sometimes, but other times its not. I don’t really have a process and I like the challenge and the tone that different surroundings and studios can bring to songs. Its not always quite right and ill keep working on it, but you learn from every different recording experience.
What can people attending your show here in Denver expect out of your live performance?
A lot of dynamics, I suppose – a lot of dancing around from us. Our Denver fans are some of my favorite and they get really into it so if that’s not your thing don’t come up front I guess. One time a guy snuck up and before doing a stage dive, he sort of conducted the crowd like a choir coach in this really amazing way. I’ve never witnessed that at a show.
What can we expect out of the future of From Indian Lakes?
Hopefully things keep getting bigger and better.