Interview with So Long Forgotten
Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011 20:05
Amongst the Pygmalion Music Festival bill this year was local indie rock band So Long Forgotten. The Prospectus was able to have a quick word with vocalist Micah Boyce and bassist Joe Brown last Friday before their show at the Canopy Club.
Prospectus: How did So Long Forgotten start out?
JB: It just kind of derived from two different high school bands a really long time ago. We played a show together and stole some members from both the bands.
Prospectus: What is the main thing that keeps the band together?
MB: I don't know, it's definitely not money. It's definitely not convenience.
JB: It's because we're friends?
MB: Yeah, we're friends. It's just the longevity of it. We would rather be doing this and I don't know that we understand how to live life without at least having a little bit of this in it.
Prospectus: What sparked this interest in music for the both of you?
JB: My brother used to listen to Nirvana all the time and I really hated them. So maybe I just wanted to play music that wasn't Nirvana. I don't know, I have no idea. (laughs)
MB: I think for me my older brother had a lot to do with it. He was always into a lot of different types of music so at a young age I was introduced to a lot of awesome classic rock bands. I would always listen to my brother play guitar in the other room and eventually one day I stated going to shows and I decided I wanted to play rock music, and it happened.
JB: Pretty much we just want to be cooler than our older brothers.
MB: Yeah, it has a lot to do with that. (laughs)
Prospectus: Is there anything you've been listening a lot to lately?
MB: Honestly, this is kind of weird because they're next door right now recording an acoustic set and we're playing tonight with them at Pygmalion, but Color Revolt's new album is pretty phenomenal and I've been listening to a lot of that. Then there's a band called Oceana who put out an EP called "Clean Head," and I've been listening to that quite a bit. Lots of Tom Petty. Some jazz here and there. Joe, Taylor Swift still?
JB: Oh, man. Yeah. Zach Brown just put out a new album and I love it. Country, you know what I mean? It's good stuff.
Prospectus: Micah, since you're such a big fan of Color Revolt, what's it like to be sharing the stage with them later?
MB: It's cool, man. I actually saw them last Friday in Chicago at Schubas and they're an incredible band. We've played with them once before at the Canopy Club. It's cool. They really are one of my favorite bands and they're really nice dudes. I don't know them on a real personal level or anything but it's just cool to meet a band you really admire musically and they're real down to Earth. And they're incredible live.
Prospectus: I see you've released your music for free digitally. What made you want to give out your music, rather than just sell it?
MB: Just because I think we were afraid people wouldn't buy it. (laughs) No, it's one of those things where we would rather people have it than not. We kind of came to the conclusion that making a lot of money at this isn't necessarily in the cards for us, so we would rather people have our music than not. It's just easy. When we play our shows we do still sell our music, the physical copies, but just having it online for free is the best way of distributing it at this point for us.
Prospectus: You have a Facebook, MySpace, Twitter. They're consistently updated, it's easy to find your music to stream. How important of a role do you consider social networking Web sites are in promoting your band?
MB: I think it's very important at this point. Especially because in 2010 we've done one tour. Well I guess two, technically, but it hasn't been a lot. We've probably played half as many shows as we played last year and probably even less than the year before. Social networking is one way to let our fans know not to just give up on us. I think if we're not playing shows all the time and there was no way to keep in touch with them through Facebook or MySpace or Twitter or whatever, people may end up just forgetting about us. I feel like it fills in the gaps between those times when we're playing out a lot or putting out a new record. We can keep in touch with our friends and our fans and people that care about our music, so I think it's made a huge difference even in the last year.
Prospectus: I noticed you've posted a new demo of the song "Maiden Name." Tell me more about that track.
JB: It's the first track we wrote with our new guitarist Todd. It doesn't feel too different from normal So Long Forgotten, but it's just exiting to play because it's kind of a new chapter we're starting. Sometimes when you get new members you go through a trial period where you write songs you don't really care about, but I think we all really dig that song.
MB: I think it's kind of transformed into something even different than the demo. We got to go record it at Great Western Record Recorders out in Tolono. It's a really awesome studio, we got to record live to tape which is something we've never done before. Even still, since we recorded I think that song's become a whole different monster now live and I think I like it even more now. It's a cool song, I dig it and I'm excited to keep writing music with Todd, our new guitarist, and see what happens.
Prospectus: Is it a glimpse of a big upcoming release?
MB: I think the next big thing that we will do is write another record or an EP or something. Just sometimes life takes over so we're taking it slow. We got a new guitarist and then he decided to start coaching JV soccer at Mahomet, so as soon as that's done maybe we'll start writing a new record.