We speak to the Knoxville foursome about their surf pop, psyche folk album set for release on LebensStrasse Records
Knoxville's Coolrunnings, initially made up of Brandon Biondo (ex-Royal Bangs) and Forrest Ferguson (before taking on two additional members for their debut album), combine a range of influences from new wave, psychedelia, afro-beat and synth pop.
I can tell you my least favourite [sound] is Ring Modulation on anything. I just think it sounds like audible doo doo
The Tennessee foursome's 60s surf rock vocal pop and psyche folk elements were the perfect blend to land on Portuguese label LebensStrasse Records (of Sun Glitters/The Babies/Hausu) who will release the album this month. Besides having dabbled in remixing for the likes of Twin Sister in the past, they've also been reworked in turn by Star Slinger who took on their track ‘I Am You’.
...your secret talent?
I am the best ever at Googling things. Like if you ever want to find something that doesn't exist, I can make it exist with Google.
...your worst vice?
Probably smoking cigarettes, I know it's disgusting.
…the story behind your name?
We went through a lot of band names before we decided on Coolrunnings, in the beginning we were going to be "Ghost Dad" and I think "The Band Before Time" got brought up. Coolrunnings just sounded like a good fit to the music we were making at the time and it wasn't as terrible as the others but still dumb enough to be cool.
... your favourite sound?
I like them all, but the other day at work I was washing a metal bowl and got made fun of because I kept hitting it with a spoon and listening to the warble water noise it makes. I can tell you my least favourite is Ring Modulation on anything. I just think it sounds like audible doo doo.
...your worst fashion secret?
Haha, I'm probably the least fashionable person you don't know. I don't think this question applies to me.
...your favourite website?
I'm a huge nerd so I'm usually trolling Create Digital Music, Ableton forums and soundcloud.
...your favourite label?
Tough question, I'm more into artists but I will go ahead and say my own because we rule king shit.
...at the top of your hit/shit list?
Yung Life - Breaker
Daddy Dont (Live)
Space Art's album "Play Back"
The Goddess Bunny und Tenderloin - The Golden One
Going to the Store
I don't have enough room to make a shit list but I will say that the majority of people getting indie "famous" right now can suck two dicks and don't deserve it esp based off of their music.
...are you listening to now?
The first six songs of our next new album.
...will you be doing in 10 years time?
Hopefully I will be alive and be making better music. I don't want to be one of those people that gets old and progressively worse at writing music.
How would you describe your work?
If we're talking about my job, I don't think anybody likes washing dishes. If we're talking about my music I'd say that I probably think it's 100 times more awesome than the rest of the world.
What are you most excited about next?
Touring, finishing another album. Putting out more and more vinyl.