BNB: The main reason we are starting this blog is because I continue to be amazed that no Salt Lake bands have really broken nationally. When I heard Mammoth I told a friend of mine that if there was any justice in the world, you guys would be playing summer festival small stages this year. Is there any particular reason you think that Salt Lake bands have such a hard time gaining recognition?
SA: I think that the single most reason for that is our fault. Hardly any of the great groups in SLC don't tour extensively enough. It's totally up to us as bands to bring our music to the people but it's hard without any financial backing to do that. Gas is so expensive!!! We all have jobs that we can't leave multiple times in one year for a substantial amount of time and what not. It's a chance that is scary to take the older one gets.
BNB: Who are the local bands you’re most excited about? What have you been listening to lately (local or not)?
SA: NIGHTSWEATS!!! Spell Talk, Eagle Twin and Deerhunter and Celebration.are rad too. I've been listening to allot of Colder, Deerhoof,
BNB: What do you think is the biggest thing missing from Salt Lake’s music scene that would help it thrive?
SA: Touring like i said earlier but also maybe just one group to land a really well known label. Although in my opinion Eagle Twin has done that with. Besides that maybe a venue with an indoor water slide park?
(Could not agree more on this part, a bar with an indoor water slide park is the obvious next step in this city's musical maturity. The Complex has some extra room or maybe a big pool in the middle of In the Venue and you can jump in from the second floor. Or just water gun night at Urban or Kilby.)
Thanks so much to Shane for answering some silly questions for us. Laserfang truly is an amazing band that put out easily one of the best albums of last year.
Go to laserfang.com to listen to Mammoth and then you can buy it there or at Slowtrain.
Here's a video of them performing Alan Stanwyk at Urban Lounge: