Thursday 1st February 2018
Oh, how I do get excited when a new pop-punk band arrives in my mailbox! It’s not a genre that Denver rockers One Flew West have associated the band with, until they found themselves being added to two of the largest pop punk playlists on Spotify, and now as they say, the rest is history… well, not quite as One Flew West continue to take inspiration from a broader spectrum, including rock and indie, but it has certainly helped them to produce their stand-out debut EP “Trial and Error”. Having formed the band in 2014, they have continued to make waves across the scene, winning awards and being crowned CBS Denver’s “band to watch”, and rightly so. But don’t take my word for it, you can read for yourselves below…
Please could you tell me a bit more about the band? Have you been in other bands previously, and what has driven you to form One Flew West?
Jonah, David, and Linden have been playing in bands together since high school, but One Flew West didn’t form until college. In the summer of 2014, we decided to go a new route with our music and with that came a new name and sound that has grown into what you hear today!
Your single “Trial & Error” is already receiving quite a lot of momentum. How are you finding the support and response to your music so far?
The response to “Trial & Error” has been fantastic so far, having it in two of Spotify’s largest alternative playlists has introduced us to a bunch of new listeners in markets we have never reached before. Our fans have been very responsive as well, already throwing their middle fingers in the air and shouting “fuck you” with us at our shows.
You’ll be releasing your EP this month too. How are you feeling about getting new music out there, and are there any tracks in particular that you’re excited about being heard?
We spent a lot of time thinking about our sound with this EP and we took our time to make sure the songs we ended up recording would be songs we are proud of forever. We are excited for people to hear all of these songs. We’ve never been more excited for a release than we are with this one.
How did you find the process of putting the EP together, and did you face any hurdles that you had to overcome?
We started writing with the goal of making a cohesive five-song EP. We ended up with way more than five songs, and as we kept writing, each song came out better than the last. It was a crazy feeling having that many options going in to the studio. We kind of had an idea of the what final five songs would be, but it wasn’t until we were in The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO that it all finally came together. Our producers, Chris Beeble and Randall Kent also really helped us steer the ship in the right direction.
How easy was it to pick the final 5 tracks, and were there any that didn’t make the cut?
Like I said, we ended up finalising the tracklist once we were in the studio with the help of our producers. I think being at The Blasting Room where the Descendants, Rise Against, and a ton of other amazing punk bands recorded their albums helped us pick these final songs and shape the feel of the EP.
Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they encouraged and helped you develop your sound?
By far our most noticeable influence is Frank Turner. His blend of folk and punk gave us the inspiration to blend more genres into our our own sound. Of course, we are also influenced by bands and artists like Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, Weezer, Blink-182, Johnny Cash, Green Day, and New Found Glory. We didn’t do it intentionally, but ever since “Trial And Error” was released, everyone has been calling us a pop/punk band. We’ve always considered ourselves folk/rock, but gotta say that we’re pretty stoked to be in the same category with some of the bands I just mentioned.
How do you feel that you’ve developed as a band over the years, and how does your music compare now to your previous material?
When One Flew West started we had 6 members, including a trumpet and piano. Over the last couple of years, we’ve whittled it down to just the four of us (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums) and it’s lead to us getting more creative with our arrangements and writing. Our sound has always been acoustic-based rock music, but with fewer members we’ve started drawing in more of the punk side of things.
What’s the music scene like in Denver for up and coming artists, and are there any venues in particular you enjoy playing at?
Denver is amazing for up-and-coming bands. You’d be hard pressed to find a scene within a three-states radius that shares the same enthusiasm for its local musicians. We have so many supportive venues and promoters here that help bolster the scene and grow bands into the Nathaniel Rateliffs and One Republics that you see blow up from here. From the Bluebird Theater to the Larimer Lounge to the Marquis, you can find a packed out local show almost every night of the week.
What are your plans for 2018, and what do you hope to have achieved by the end of the year?
We are focusing on growing our audience and getting these new songs into as many new ears as possible with touring at the center of it all. Denver has been great to us, but we’re ready to see what the rest of the country thinks of us!