Art&Seek’s sister station KXT is celebrating their 7th anniversary this Wednesday, November 2 at The Kessler Theater. The party will feature a performance by the Austin outfit White Denim.
So in advance of the big show, KXT’s Lauren Menking interviewed the band’s frontman James Petralli about the ever-evolving band, making a record in less than 20 days, and what’s dominating his airwaves these days.. That interview can be read below.
James, congrats on the latest record, “Stiff.” What do you want folks to know about it?
Weird? How So?
Is it true you guys put it together in 20 days?
Was that just a whirlwind? Sounds exhausting.
You’ve added two new members to the band. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, a band is like a family in a lot of ways. I wonder — how has that transition of two new band/family members been going?
It was definitely hard to lose those guys, but you know it was one of those things. It was tough. It was a shake up, but in the end it’s been a good thing. They’re doing things and we’re still going really strong and it’s a happier situation for everybody.
Did that make you have to think about what a “band” is? Sounds like things got kind of deconstructed.
Well, kind of on that note, I know y’all take a lot of pride in being a Texas-based band. You’ve said yourself once you’re a “Texan through and through.” So, what does that mean to you? To be a Texas musician?
But, you know when I was growing up there was Black Dog and that was it. You had to go to Denton. Deep Ellum had kind of changed — there were good touring bands, but their heyday was definitely over when I was in high school. Like, to get a gig anywhere or to even go see people play, it was in weird strip malls. The radio was brutal. It was a much different place. And I didn’t like that, you know? I don’t know — I don’t like it very much, the way Texas treats its musicians. Austin boasts about it, but it feels more like a slogan a lot of times.
But actually I am a Texan and I really love living in Texas. But as far as being identified as a Texas band — I don’t really care about it that much. I would rather play small places to my buddies in these towns than try to make a big push or try to make it something that doesn’t feel natural to me. I definitely like the smaller sense of community, but I don’t have any grandiose Texas identification.
Read the rest of Lauren Menking’s interview with James Petralli at KXT.org.