Matt from Princeton was awesome enough to answer a few questions and provide some insightful answers. Here we are.
First off, when and how did the band meet?
Ben, Jesse and I met when we were very young. We were friends through childhood and started playing music when were about 14. We had known David throughout that time, but only really became friends with him about two years ago. Shortly after connecting with him we decided to ask him to be our drummer. And then the line up really solidified.
For Brits who stupidly haven't yet sampled your music, could you describe your style in 3 words?
I don't think I could characterize it appropriately with only three words.
You've recently done some gigs over here, how did you find the crowds and the UK in general? (especially Live at Leeds, I couldn't make it and was mega disappointed!)
The UK is a nice place to play. I think it's a bit hit and miss depending on the venue, but we had a great time playing The Great Escape in Brighton. It's a beautiful city and the crowd was really enthusiastic at that show. Live at Leeds was one of the stranger shows we had on this past tour. There were a few drunk dudes at the show giving us a hard time and one of them threw a shoe at us during our set. Needless to say we were weren't happy about that, so I think it may have jaded our opinion about Leeds' audiences. Hopefully our next experience there will be a lot better.
Out of the tracks you've produced, which one is your favourite and best captures what the band's about?
Well, out of the music we've completed, I'm most proud of "Calypso Gold." I felt like that song was done in a really unique way. It's sort of this wall of sounds, chiming guitars, rhythms, strings. It drew from so many different areas of our influences at the time and I'm definitely proud of it. Each record is a different and unique experience for us so I don't feel totally comfortable saying any recorded thing really captures what we're about musically. Our new record, which we are recording this summer, is probably the most indicative of where we are now.
If you put on a club night, what bands and songs could we expect to here on your perfect night?
Well, if I put on a club night, I would probably make it an epic power rock/pop night. So the crowd could expect me to spin some Smashing Pumpkins, Big Star, Nirvana, Replacements, Sonic Youth, Polaris ...
And finally, if you could sit down and have a natter with one musical icon, past or present, who would it be?
I would meet Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. I've always wanted to meet him, I think we'd get along. I love Wilco.
Cheers Princeton. Here is their myspace http://www.myspace.com/princetonmusic and official band site(with great art work) http://www.princeton-band.com/
As usual their music is available from all good outlets, itunes, amazon, blah blah