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Interview with the band The Smart Set part two

24 Nov

The Smart Set

Continuing my interview with the second half of Cheyenne based The Smart Set. (Click here to see part One)
These are my questions as responded by the second half. Some answers may be similar as they both answered them individually.
If you would like to listen to The Smart Set please visit their Myspace page here. http://www.myspace.com/thesmartset

A few questions with Dillon Petrillo from The Smart Set

What are your names and what do you do?
My name is Dillon Petrillo – guitar/vocals
How did you guys meet?
We met in junior high and started hanging out in high school when we were both in an improv group at our high school. Near the latter of our high school time, we were both heavily involved in the local music scene. We’ve been close friends ever since.
How did you guys come about forming the band?
This summer both of us were forced to move back to cheyenne and live with our parents. We had been discussing starting a band for a long time, but Cade was living in Laramie and I was in Fort Collins. When we both moved back to Cheyenne, we thought “what the hell. let’s start something up so we both don’t go insane.” and so it became.

Style

What style of music do you play?
I would say that our style is post-punk, pop. We draw a lot of influence from older groups such as the Pixies and the Talking Heads, as well as newer indie acts.
What do you do that makes you …well you?
I think what makes us “us” is a combination of our individual inspirations as well as our joint inspirations. Cade brings a dancy, modern indie, aesthetic to the songs which I think compliments my grungy, formulaic, pop style.

Name origin

Where did the name The Smart Set come from?
The name the smart set came from an episode of This American Life, where a girl was talking about a club she had as child with her stuffed animal collection. The name of the club was “The Smart Set”
Why are guys only a two-piece band?
We are only a two person band because … I think that’s all you need. I don’t know. I really like both ends of the spectrum. I like stripped down, minimalist groups and solo acts, and large orchestral groups. I think it was after we saw Liam Finn perform at Monolith that we decided that we could do it and still sound good.

Working away

I noticed you guys have played Laramie County Community College a bit this semester, how did that come about?
We were invited to play the battle of the bands and I guess the people involved with the student activities committee liked us and asked us to come back.
Do you have any releases that are are available?
We have a five song E.P. called “Tito Loves E.P.” that is available. However, you can currently only get it from us personally.

Playing Soon

Do you have any upcoming shows?
On the 10th of December, we are playing a set with our good friends The Photo Atlas at Surfside 7 in Denver. We don’t have anything lined up before or after that, but hopefully we can get something soon.
What is in The Smart Set’s future?
Come January, we will be relocating to San Francisco, where we hope to expand the Smart Set word and hopefully go on a tour in the spring or summer.

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Interview with cheyenne band ‘The Smart Set’ part one

23 Nov

The Smart Set

The Smart Set is currently a Cheyenne based indie rock band that plays fun dancey pop influenced music.
I had the opportunity to interview them via email recently. Today I will Post my questions as answered from the first half of the band. Tomorrow I will Post the second.

A few questions with Cade Weidenhaft from The Smart Set

What are your names and what do you do?
My name is Cade, and I play drums.
How did you guys meet?
We met back in junior high. Dillon was the cool kid. i was a fan boy, i just pestered him enough until he hung out with me.
How did you guys come about forming the band?
We had talked about it for like 2 years but never actually did it. I broke my neck this summer and had nothing to do, and we both had to move back to Cheyenne, so we started working on a few songs.

Style

What style of music do you play?
I’d say we are a garage/pop/indie rock band.
What do you do that makes you …well you?
Being a two person band makes us…us. We’ve had people not know our name, but know us as the two piece from Wyoming. That, and I think this band is the band that we both have wanted to be in for awhile. We both had played with other people, and in my case for certain they were the driving force of the band. In this one, I take a bit more responsibility. I know that being 50 percent of a band is heavy duty, so i think I’ve tried to step up and be more involved with song writing.

Name origin

Where did the name The Smart Set come from?
It actually came from an episode of This American Life. Two sisters had this club called the smart set…we were listening to it and when we heard their club name I think I told Dillon that would be a sweet name. I wrote it down in my phone, and a few month later when we started playing we went with it.
Why are guys only a two-piece band?
I think partly because when we started it was only the two of us, and we just kept playing that way. We have played with people doing cover songs for a few shows, and have talked about how nice it may be to add synth or another guitar or something, but I like playing with just two. Its nice for loading and unloading things. Set up is super easy, and like I said it gives us a little, and emphasis on little, edge.

Working away

I noticed you guys have played Laramie County Community College a bit this semester, how did that come about?
It came about by a really nice guy named Mark at LCCC. He had gotten us shows at the Plains and then told us about a battle of the bands here. He and all the ladies and gents at the student activities council. They have been really really great to us. I think they do a heck of a job trying to have things to do for the students and faculty at LCCC.
Do you have any releases that are are available?
We have an Ep out called Tito Loves It! There are two versions, one with real artwork and production value in the packaging, and the cheap-o version, with just the songs.

Playing Soon

Do you have any upcoming shows?
We play in Ft Collins with The Photo Atlas December 10th. We are always looking for shows around town, so we may be playing here soon. Know of any good house parties? Do you own a venue and need an opening band…we would love to play!
What is in The Smart Set’s future?
The future of The Smart Set is going to be out on the West coast. We are moving to San Francisco in the middle of January, and hopefully we can get do a tour soon. That’s a goal of mine to tour by the summer of next year.