After perusing through Facebook for new music, I was fortunate enough to find Seattle’s best kept secret, Eternal Fair. Wowed by their debut EP, Eternal Fair, Vol. 1, I managed to make contact and lead singer, Andrew Vait, was kind enough to spend a few minutes chatting with Lemonade Magazine.
Wyndi May: First off, I want to thank you for taking time out of you busy schedule to chat with me.
Andrew Vait: Of course!
AV: Seattle seemed to me like a reasonable splitting of the difference. Before I graduated from University of Miami, my plan was to move to LA. I only knew that I didn’t want to stay in Miami, and New York seemed too big and bad at the time. I was with a friend at this terrible bierhaus in Coral Gables [FL], and out of the blue, he mentioned Seattle and how much great music he was hearing that came from there. I hadn’t previously considered Seattle, and upon looking into it, I came to find out that one of my good friends from Alaska had already moved there and was working for a biodiesel company. I worked in Alaska for my dad the summer after I graduated and moved to Seattle in the fall. More recently, I’ve been making trips to New York to visit friends from University of Miami who have since relocated there. I’ll be back in November playing a showcase called Ex Libris in Manhattan and appearing for a live in-studio at Indaba Music.
WM: I am glad that you are able to expand your fan base beyond the Northwest. I really enjoyed the eclectic sound Eternal Fair brought to the table on your first EP. How did you guys come up with the idea for such a unique sound?
AV: It wasn’t much of a calculated effort; we took the four songs that sounded the best to us and recorded them the way that we wanted to. Not too long before we recorded that EP, we lost two band members and were using backing tracks to fill out our live sound, which made the songs easy to record because we were already used to playing along to the pre-recorded tracks. We were giving each song individual attention before going into the studio, which likely contributed to each of them having a distinct sound.
WM: Music always sounds better with a collective effort and the results were brilliant. Who inspires you musically?
AV: I’m always citing My Morning Jacket as a big influence, and Chris and Daniel both love this band from Sweden called Dungen. Classics like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin are hard to miss. We each spent a lot of time playing jazz in school, so then there’s that whole bag of players.
WM: With each of you having a bit of jazz background, I’m sure jam sessions are pretty frequent. Is there anyone out there who you would love to just jam with?
AV: You know, we don’t jam as much as we could. Saxophone was my main instrument in school, and I feel like I’m just starting to get to know my way around the guitar. We do like to extend certain sections of songs and see what we can come up with together. Chris always wants to take it off the deep end, Daniel likes a nice concise pop tune, and I’m somewhere in the middle. I would definitely say that we’re open to sitting in with musicians that we dig and respect, and we would love to have musicians whom we dig and respect sit in with us. I kind of have this fantasy of collaborating with Eddie Vedder or Tom Jones or someone weird. Grizzly Bear had Michael McDonald sing the lead vocal to “While You Wait For The Others” as a b-side for Veckatimest and it’s completely killer.
WM: If you could tour with anyone, who would your dream tour partner be?
AM: Dr. Dog and My Morning Jacket are two bands that cover this question. Those are some dudes who can play. I remember our Seattle brethren (and brethwoman) The Head and the Heart went on tour with both of them in a relatively short time frame, which was cool to see. Or something wild, like opening for Earth Wind and Fire. If Talking Heads got back together, I would quit 50 jobs to tour with them.
WM: What have you been listening to lately? Has that influenced your sound at all?
AV: We’re all really digging the new Grizzly Bear record. Miike Snow’s first album had a big impact on the sound we wanted to create going into the studio to record Eternal Fair, Vol. 1. Fiona Apple’s new release, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is fun to say.
WM: Yes, it is fun to say! Speaking of new releases, when can we expect to hear Volume 2?
AV: We’re trying to keep things rough around the edges for this next batch of songs. We’ll be taking some risks in the studio and certainly striving to stir up some unique sounds. We’re going to make an announcement about our next record at The Crocodile on October 29th, where we’re opening for Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells.
WM: Fantastic! Well, we are all anticipating your next release and again thank you for taking the time!
Please take the time to visit Eternal Fair’s website (http://eternalfair.com/) to find out more information about upcoming concerts and news!
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