Western Affairs is a dream pop band based out of the DC area, whose soaring melodies and wistful lyrics are sure to captivate any music fan who takes time to give a listen. Their latest EP is entitled 2000, a dazzling collection of memorable songs destined to sweep even the most jaded of critic into the stratosphere. With 2000 being such an exciting commencement for an imaginative trio, Highwire Daze decidedly to check into the sonic myseries of Western Affairs and find out more about their distinguished reveries. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Western Affairs and how long the band has been together.
Western Affairs is Alex Lee (Vocals, Keys), Davis Connors (Guitar, Synth, Vocals), and Andrew Monborne (Drums). The name has actually existed for a long time now. We’ve had members come and go, but our current lineup is the best it’s ever been.
What is the music scene like in Washington DC and how does Western Affairs fit into the scheme of things?
Its extremely diverse which is really nice. You don’t really hear the same music every night like you might in New York or LA, but musicians are a lot less serious than you would see in these bigger cities. We don’t even really have a literal association with DC right now. We are friends with some local bloggers, photographers, listeners and musicians but ultimately haven’t really impacted our local community completely. We have been trying to be more apart of the scene, but the music community is somewhat uninviting in the district right now. We don’t really care at this point because now we are working half the time in Chicago and it feels as if we have no ties anywhere.
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title 2000?
I remember as a kid playing a videogame at my friends house that he found in his dad’s old stuff. It had laser guns, spaceships, robots, and stuff and the title sequence said something in the lines of “ The distant future in the year 2000….” I didn’t really think much of it all the time, but looking back at the year 2000 today, we’ve all come a long way. 12 years is a really long time.
Being from DC, what made you decide to write a song called Iowa? Any story behind the song?
The meaning for the title isn’t really literal. This song is actually written for my dad. He is person that inspires me. Like all good fathers, he works really hard to support his family and always put wife and children before himself.
Who is Laura and what is the particular song about?
“Laura” is anyone you want her to be. To me, she is someone very close to me, but I feel like revealing the type of person she was or her relationship to me would ruin the listener’s take of the song. I will tell you though that the EP revolves around the idea of Laura and my time with her.
What could one expect from a live Western Affairs show?
Though our EP presents itself to be pretty clean, in our live shows we like to open up parts for improvisation. We try to segue songs into each other with ambient crossovers and sound effects. If you didn’t know our songs from the EP you would think we only write 10 minute songs…but we really enjoy doing all of this live.
If you could open up for any bands either now or from the past, which band would that be and why?
That’s a really hard question, maybe the Doors. We would probably have an opportunity to do acid with Jim Morrison which would be an experience like no other.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
I would hope Jelly filled. Isn’t it obvious?
Which member of Western Affairs is most likely to crank up Slayer on their stereo?
None of us really listen to Slayer, but if someone was most likely it would be Davis!
Are you involved with any other bands or projects outside of Western Affairs?
Alex has a side project called Vedas, but nothing has been published yet. Davis’ most recent project is called RCRDS, they just released their first single, “Summer Aches”. (if you guys want to link rcrds new single here is the stream from soundcloud –http://soundcloud.com/rcrdsdc/summer-aches-full-mix )
What’s up next for Western Affairs? Any new music or a full length coming up?
Davis is moving to Chicago this next year while Alex is staying in DC, so we are still trying to figure that out. We are just going to be writing material over the internet in the meantime. We probably won’t play any shows for a while because we want to make a more personally satisfying album which is going to require more time. We weren’t completely satisfied with “2000” and want to avoid making similar mistakes present on that past release by focusing more time and energy on the recording process rather than live performances. “2000” didn’t take any risks; we want to keep our sound for the next record, but explore realms of music we have never explored before.
Any final words of wisdom?
drugs are great. stay in school.
Western Affairs is:
Alex Lee- Vocals, Organ
Davis Connors- Guitar, Synth, Vocals
Andrew Monborne – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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