Family of the Year are creating a fetching brand of “backyard midi loop folk pop”. The first song I heard by them was St. Croix; a track with great lyrics, a ridiculous hook-laden chorus, and a lovely good-times vibe. AMBY wanted to catch up with Family of the Year, and the band’s Christina graciously took the time to answer some questions for us! So, have a read as we spoke about nostalgic lyrics, Drifter Babywoman, and ghost stories!
AMBY: How would you describe Family Of The Year’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
Family Of The Year: Backyard midi loop folk pop.
AMBY: You released your latest album Loma Vista last year. What are your feelings about the record now that you’ve had time to reflect on it?
Family Of The Year: We released it in July, but honestly we finished recording it sooo long ago… I think over two years ago, so we’ve had some serious time to sit with the record, and we love it. we recorded it with our friend Wally Gagel and he really brought some magic to it, something we couldn’t have done if we recorded it ourselves again. Also it feels good to have it done and not have to think about what we could have changed. When you’re getting ready to release something there are so many decisions and so much love for so many songs, and I think you kind of question yourself until it’s finally out there. That being said we can’t wait to record another album.
AMBY: I love the lyric “You bring the ocean, I’ll bring the motion” from St. Croix. Which lyrics are your favourites from Loma Vista?
Family Of The Year: Those lyrics are funny. We were just kind of joking when we wrote those but they stuck around… we were kind of going through a rough time being super broke and uncertain about the future, so those lyrics made us laugh. but on the opposite end of that spectrum my favorite lyrics are probably every word in “hey MA”…. It feels like it’s pushing and pulling, kind of like an internal tug of war…if that makes sense. the conversational lyrics are just so visual to me. Joe wrote this song and it’s so honest and reminds me of graduating high school missing everyone, wanting to keep in touch, but realizing what we had in common wasn’t as relevant anymore. I started to make new friends and everything was kind of changing, and I changed as a person. It makes me feel so nostalgic, and a song that can make you feel a way you used to feel is something special.
AMBY: Hero is a terrific song, what is the story behind it?
Family Of The Year: Sometimes Joe says it’s about wanting to take care of everyone but not being able to. He wrote “hero”, and sometimes I think it’s about being under a lot of pressure to write songs for the record. He’s never said that was what the song was about but I’m not sure he really knows what it’s exactly about either.
AMBY: If you had to describe each band member with one word, which word would define them?
Family Of The Year: Alex – topknot, Seb – ironman, Joe – blt, James – chef
AMBY: Who influences you as a songwriters and musicians?
Family Of The Year: Everyone, we love all music like Bob Dylan and Garth Brooks and Animal Collective and Beach House and Lady Gaga and Nirvana and Crystal Fighters and Blur and Air and Sublime and Bob Marley.
AMBY: What would a movie based on your life be called?
Family Of The Year: Drifter Babywoman.
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
Family Of The Year: Weezer- Pinkerton, Green Day – Dookie, Operation Ivy – Energy
AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?
Family Of The Year: I mean, it’s not funny but it it’s just kind of a funny story, but tragic, so maybe it’ll act as a lesson-learning fable. So last week we played at this awesome venue in Newport Kentucky called the Thompson house. as soon as we get there everyone who’s working there starts telling us all these ghost stories, and how the place is super haunted. Like a kid killed his parents there, a woman hung herself, how the sound board and lights will start acting up for no reason, how you’ll see weird things, etc… So Seb, our drummer, kept doing things all day to try to scare everyone, he made a bunch of ghost jokes, and you know did whatever he could to anger the spirits. So at the end of the night, after our show, he goes to slide down the banister and immediately, like he didn’t even last one second on the thing, falls over the other side. He was wearing his backpack so that totally broke his fall, but he also broke his foot. And he swears a ghost pushed him. And now he has to wear this funny boot til it heals. And he spray painted it gold so now he looks like Ironman.
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Family Of The Year: We’re probably gonna be on tour all year so I’m excited to play some bigger shows and maybe, just maybe get the hell out of this van and into a tour bus!
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Family Of The Year: Buy our record Loma Vista or get thrown in the slammer!
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Family Of The Year that nobody knows yet?
Family Of The Year: Alex our bass player is a trained professional classical guitarist. I don’t know if that’s the right way to say it, but yeah, he’s good.
Thank you Family of the Year, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout