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03/17/2011 - 10:50am
An Interview with Breaking Laces: Ready for South By Southwest
Death Cab for Cutie come to mind when you listen to the music of Brooklyn trio Breaking Laces, and make no mistake, they love the comparison and think very highly of the band. So much so that they are listed as one of their major influences on their Facebook page. “We welcome any comparisons to them. We cover them and in an odd way we did make music the same way they did,” says the band's guitarist and vocalist, Willem Hartong.
Believe it or not, Breaking Laces were unaware of Death Cab For Cutie’s existence when the band initially got together in 2003. Now the group is down at Austin's South By Southwest to build the buzz for their newest album, When You Find Out, will be released on April 19 via Tenacity Records. So how are the band’s nerves at this point? Noisevox's Robby Frezza had the chance to sit down and talk to Hartong to find out.
Noisevox: Breaking Laces was born in ’03. Do you think you guys are on the way to making it in the business at this point?
Willem Hartong: I sure hope so. In a general sense, we have been up and down for a long time now, but we are doing well now. Some people think we should be a lot further along than what we were about two years ago. We have been told that we should get off the road and put together a record within seven or eight days. That’s what we did. It’s been fun, frustrating, and beneficial all wrapped into one.
NV: What age demographic do you see coming out to your shows?
WH: You know, we don’t get the teenagers too much, but probably the 20 to 30-crowd and beyond.
NV: Is this your first time playing South By Southwest?
WH: No, it’s actually our second time as a band.
NV: Are you more excited about playing it this year?
WH: Yeah definitely! It’s like Disney World for the music world. You can be as much as a fan as you are in a band.
NV: There is Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, not to mention the band’s original web site. Which social media platform do you find to be more beneficial for the band and why?
WH: Facebook has to be the most helpful. There’s a company that takes care of it for us and helps us to what can be done with it. Facebook is the dominant one right now. We just update it now and then. It’s a way to connect.
NV: Your album is due in April. What are your feelings now? Do you feel any pressure now to follow up than with previous efforts?
WH: We are pretty much beyond it when we finish it. We just look toward the future and see what it holds. You want to celebrate the album for what it is. Yes, we probably do feel pressure because we could never keep up with our momentum, especially when we come off the road.
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