Out Like Pluto is an alternative dance-rock band in the vein of No Doubt and Blink 182, and they took the time to discuss their new album as well as their thoughts on the music industry with me. Check it out below.
Your new full-length album “Take Cover” was recently released on January 10, 2012. It’s beautifully produced and jam-packed with infectious pop/punk and rock. How has the general response been and what excites you most about the release?
OLP: The response has been amazing. We worked on Take Cover for the better part of a year so we were really anxious to be able to share it with our fans. Since release we’ve soaked up our fans feedback, enjoyed sharing our evolving sound to fans around the world, and loved every second of playing the songs live. It’s a bit surreal to know that your music is playing for people from the United States to Thailand to Mexico City. We’re most excited about finding new fans while giving our existing fans new music to listen to.
Do you feel like you’re championing a sound that is due for a comeback? Since acts like No Doubt and Blink 182 split up, there haven’t been many bands to carry the torch, so to speak.
OLP: We like to have a good time, so our vision has always been to wrap that into our music. I’d say bands like Blink 182 and No Doubt are very similar. For us, going to their shows was always so energizing. It’s probably no coincidence that we’ve covered both Blink 182 and No Doubt. We don’t try to over complicate things, just stay simple and fun. We’ll carry that torch for as long as we can.
Who are your music heroes?
OLP: We’re all products of 90s alternative rock so we’re influenced heavily by bands like No Doubt, Green Day and The Offspring. Metric, Jimmy Eat World and Paramore are on regular rotation on our studio’s PA.
Who in music today do you admire and listen to often?
OLP: In the last year we’ve all become completely smitten with two female fronted groups, we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with; Vanity Theft from Ohio and Nico Vega from LA. Also, we’re all huge fans of an LA-based band, The Relay Company. They’ve all been been blowing up this year and you should definitely check them out if you haven’t already.
How important is image in music? Out Like Pluto has a very approachable, party rock image. Does this help people relate to you and get friendly with the music?
OLP: Yes! More than anything else we’re just looking to have a great time and our only goal is to share that with fans. At shows we love to be close to the audience. Except for our drummer Andy, we all use wireless now and make it a point to jump into the crowd. They feel our energy and, more importantly, we feel theirs. It’s really cool to share that connection with our fans.
What are your thoughts on the music industry’s recent changes as well as the attempted crackdowns on file sharing?
OLP: Technology has made it much easier to produce high quality music without having to invest enormous amounts of money. We’ve certainly benefited from that trend. Take Cover was recorded and produced entirely by ourselves in our Seattle rehearsal space. However, there is a great value to professional help- for Take Cover we had the great honor of working with Grammy winner Gavin Lurssen who mastered our tracks and brought an incredible amount of depth to the final sound.
Technology has also made it more straightforward to share music directly with fans. We are supporters of sharing our music as broadly as possible and firmly believe that those who become fans will buy music, pay to come to our shows, or support us by buying merchandise. So, if someone chooses to share our music without paying us so be it. We like to think of them as evangelists.
What are the biggest challenges for a band like yours?
OLP: Probably balancing our work and family lives with our band lives. I think we’d love to drop everything and tour the United States, but we’re also (occasionally) practical and recognize the value of keeping a job. That said, with Take Cover we’re a step closer to going all in and seeing how far we can take this.
What kind of touring plans do you have for this Spring/Summer?
OLP: We’re just coming off a whirl-wind of local album-launch shows, so we’re taking the spring to re-group and plan a West coast tour for Summer 2012.
What have you found works well for you as far as promotion goes?
OLP: Connecting with our fans in meaningful ways. We’re always looking for ways to incorporate our fans into our recordings (there are a few that make cameos in Take Cover) or in shows on stage. We try to give back to fans as often as possible. The internet has made it incredibly easy to find and share our music with those who might like it. Discovery has become so much better and still has such a long way to go.
What else can we expect from Out Like Pluto in 2012?
OLP: We’re currently kicking around new material for the next album, gearing up for a summer tour and in talks for the second single’s music video. We’ll also continue playing shows as often as we possibly can so if you’d like to see us in your area just send us a note and we’ll do our very best! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Check out Out like Pluto’s music video for “Bridge” below: