“It definitely helps to know that people dig what you
are doing, but the way we look at it is the pressure is on us,” Winter
says. “Most of us think what we've done in the past isn't the best we
can do and we can always do better.”
residencies they are currently fulfilling ,the band also served a
month-long residency at the Silver Lake Lounge earlier this year.
know that people feel like (residencies) have become a trend in the
last couple of years. I was never aware of (them) as a fan before I was
in a band,” Winter says adding. “The great thing about doing a residency
is you get to play around with the set.”
do. One recent show at Detroit Bar involved people dressed as a rabbit
and a chicken wrapping the band and audience in construction tape
throughout the set. It was a not-so-subtle visual expression of the Aesop fable inspired “Our Fabled Little Rabbits.”
has a distinct range of notes to dance across the ear canal. It's just
more fun for the brain to process. The Steelwells
have been playing together since 2008; their music makes one
think of an aural vineyard. Take any song off their 2009 release Shallow on the
Draft and one can clearly distinguish between the band's
influences: Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, and even dare we say,
Coldplay. Yet they manage to package it in a format that is uniquely
their's, and always slightly askew.
elucidates the band's wonky approach to performance and songwriting when
discussing the artists who have inspired him over the years, most
notably Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline period. This was
the album wherein Dylan presented a radically different, almost
unrecognizable voice to his audience.
Take the song “Lay Lady Lay,” Winter says. “It's got a quality to it where he was
going somewhere he hadn't gone. But it's popular for a reason. It's got a
good hook and that's where musically I like to go. I like to do things
different but still give something for people to hold on to musically.”
Steelwells will be playing every Monday night at Detroit Bar for the
rest of June. Admission is free.