Our very own Shelby recently had the opportunity to interview one of our personal favorite bands, The Greeting Committee.
Can you describe your journey of becoming a band and gaining attention?
We formed The Greeting Committee in 2014 and shortly after played our school talent show. After that, it seemed like we had a good thing going so we decided to record our first EP, “It’s Not All That Bad.” A friend from high school, Peyton Marek, and her father, Mark Marek, recorded us in their basement. From there, Peyton became our manager. And as all good managers do, she shared our music with everyone. That’s how Lazlo Geiger, Program Director for Kansas City’s Alternative Station 96.5 The Buzz, got a hold of it and played it on air. “Hands Down” got a wildly positive response, so Lazlo became interested in us and then became co-manager with Peyton. Because of the buzz “Hands Down” was creating in Kansas City, record labels started messaging us on Facebook, emailing us, and calling Lazlo. It was all very exciting.
What are your plans and dreams for the future?
We are currently writing our full-length Album. We hope the songs do well and connect with people. We’re also excited to go out and tour again, though, once we’re done with the recording process.
Who are your musical icons (artists and certain songs, if any)?
I (Addie) love The Killers, Death Cab For Cutie, Amy Winehouse, Daughter, and so many more. My favorite song of all time, however, is probably “You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are” by Keaton Henson. His lyrics hit you hard. Brandon and Austin both love Radiohead and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Pierce is a Coheed and Cambria guy all the way.
What is your favorite part of traveling for shows?
The actually traveling part (sitting in a van for endless hours) isn’t too thrilling, but getting to explore new cities and meet new people is incredible.
What are your favorite songs to perform and what has been your favorite show so far (if you have one) and why?
My favorite songs to play live are “Someone Else” and “She’s A Gun.” I’d say as a band, one of our favorite shows was our first headline show in Columbus, OH. Everyone in the room knew the words to songs other than “Hands Down.” One song into the set, I stopped and said, “This is already the best show we’ve ever played. Thank you, Columbus,” because the boys and I just kept looking at each other like, “Holy shit. Do you see this?”
Do you have any upcoming shows? (Where and when)
We are playing KC’s Brew at The Zoo on October 14th and Skate or Die Fest in Dallas on October 22nd.
Since growing as a band, have you met any cool celebrities?
I met Elena of the band Daughter at Lollapalooza. It took me 30 minutes to build up my courage, but it was way worth it. She was unbelievably kind. We were lucky enough to play a show with Death Cab For Cutie so I also got to meet Ben Gibbard, another hero of mine. I had rehearsed what I was going to say to him for weeks, but when I actually saw him I think I just sounded like another fan girl.
Who writes your songs? What are most of your songs about?
The band writes the songs collectively, and I write the lyrics. Most of the songs are about relationships of all kinds and my personal struggles. Every once in a while there’s a song I write that comes from some bizarre story I thought up in my head that has never even happened.
How have you evolved collectively as a band since your first started playing?
Hopefully we are a lot better than when we first began… We focus on things like tempo, staying in the groove of the pocket, and what not at practice in hopes that we’ll look like we know what we’re doing on stage.
What advice do you have for young musicians that want to form their own band?
DO IT. Make the band. Practice at least three times a week. Try to play as many shows as you can. Share your music on Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, or whatever. I know you don’t think it’s good enough, but no artist ever does so JUST DO IT.
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