INTERVIEW: pools are nice

14 Jun

And we’re back! What better way to kick off the return of I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times than by an interview with one of our favourite bands, pools are nice. 

The four piece are from Connecticut, and have been featured frequently on this website for their lo-fi brand of fuzz-rock – from ‘Then you’re thinking too much’ to ‘We live here now’, there’s something arresting and interesting about each of their EPs, while their identity remains. I had a chat with the band about the thoughts behind the name, and what they have planned for the future…

What’s the reasoning behind the name ‘pools are nice’?

Mike: Sean and I were chilling at his place a few summers ago, it was around the time Wavves and Best Coast were blowing up and the whole indie surf/beach thing was happening. Sean said something along the lines of “we live in the suburbs, we do pools not beaches” and the name pools are nice came out of that conversation somewhere. Sean can probably explain it better than I can, he has a really good memory. I think at the time we were really itching to start a new band, so the fact we had the name “pools are nice” kind of forced us into legitimizing it and actually making some new music.

How did you all meet and how did the band start?

Mike: We’re all from the same town and knew each other. Sean, myself and Mike Hirth are childhood friends and played in bands throughout high school. Vinny and Dan played music together throughout high school as well, so it kind of made sense to bring them into the mix because they were people we were already comfortable with.

You’ve got an EP coming out soon. What can you tell us about that?

Mike: Yeah our new EP will hopefully be out within the next month or two, it should have 5 tracks total. We started writing these songs towards the end of 2012. I don’t think we’re very traditional with how we release our stuff. We kind of just release each song separately as we write and record them and then throw them on an ‘EP’, which probably makes for a very inconsistent sounding album.

Do you feel that it would be a good first impression of the band?

Mike: I suppose it’s as good a first impression as anything else we’ve made. I think there are some similarities and common threads that run through all our songs. We don’t venture too far out stylistically. When Dan first joined the band we had an EP that was a little more aggressive sounding, I think some of the songs off this EP kind of venture back to that territory. It’s hard to make a judgement call right now because I haven’t finished mixing two of the tracks.

If pools are nice had a manifesto, what would it be?

Vinny: ‘We ball hard.’

You’re an American band. Do you feel that being from Connecticut has an influence on your music?

Mike: It probably does but I wouldn’t have noticed. I like to read articles about bands whose music was inspired by their surroundings. I’ve always loved bands like Interpol, who seem to encapsulate the idea of NYC and where they’re from. I think the fact that I’m from CT suburbia has made me adopt other soundscapes rather than embrace what’s directly around me.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

Mike: John C. Reilly, he’s great.

Would you rather play one gig on the moon or ten gigs around Europe?

Mike: Ten gigs around Europe, but that’s only because there’s no sound in space. Maybe if we were playing in a sci-fi, bubble-esque moon colony I’d choose that.

Finally, what can we expect from pools are nice in 2013 – and beyond?

Mike: Probably that new EP and maybe some other songs towards the end of the year. We have a hard enough time planning our next band practice let alone long-term escapades. We’re always doing something though. At some point in the future I’d love to work with someone to produce us. I’d really be interested in hearing what someone else’s take on our music would be; plus DIY-producing takes forever and hurts my brain.

Thanks, guys! Check pools are nice out here on Bandcamp (all their EPs are free to download!) or like them here on Facebook.

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