MEB staff writer/photographer M.J. Rawls briefly spoke to Fresno, California band Meet Me In Montauk to touch on their history, their recently released album Where The Grass Meets The Pavement and future plans for 2015.
MEB: How did you guys all find each other to start up Meet Me In Montauk?
MMIM: Our two vocalists Nathan and Dalton originally started this as their “emo side project” and then not long after that recruited our drummer (Logan) and myself (Bart) for guitar! The forming of the band was really a smooth process and everything seemed to just make sense.
You guys got your name from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you had to choose another Jim Carrey movie, what would it be and why?
I would have to say The Truman Show; not to sound like a boring dad at a family hangout, but it is a classic. A sad, yet quirky classic. Every time you watch that movie, it’s hard to feel like you’re not being watched all the time.
I really like the acoustic covers that you guys do on YouTube. Do you think there will be any plans to do a full acoustic record or EP?
Awesome, thank you! No plans at the moment to do a full acoustic EP or album, even though that would be a really fun experience. But we do have a 7″ record in the works that we recorded recently which features a pretty nice acoustic song in the track list with a few full band songs as well!
Do you feel platforms like BandCamp have been more instrumental to your success than say a major label would be?
I believe BandCamp and other storefronts / social media sites have been a very useful tool in the progress of this band as far as making our music as accessible as possible. But I do think with a label, there’s the aspect of a marketing budget that we don’t have for sure.
For Where The Grass Meets The Pavement, you guys are doing a cool thing where you’re selling it on cassette tape. With the resurgence of vinyl, do you see fans receptive to that?
Yes, definitely! The very first run of tapes we did sold very quickly, which is good because I love making cassettes and designing all the aspects of the tapes’ appearances. It’s cool to see more bands are doing and it adds a little more flavor to the music scene!
A lot of your songs have a very upbeat tone juxtaposed with a real honest narrative. Obviously the main goal in music is to play because you love it, but do you see your style of writing also bringing that honesty out in fans? Music is always a helpful tool.
I believe the music we make is something the whole band enjoys to play, and the stories and concepts delivered in the lyrics are something I believe most people can relate too. We’re trying to have something for everyone with the music we write!
“Kickball” was a powerful way to end WTGMTP. Was that song about any life experience in particular?
This song is about being with someone you don’t want to be with for way too long.
You guys are recording some songs while on the road. Any insight on when we are going to hear them and what they sound like?
We actually just recorded these new songs at the Panda Studios with our boy Ryan “RINGS” Ellery! We’re talking about putting them on a 7″ to be released in the coming months. These songs possess a little bit more of a happy feel to them even though the lyrics might not reflect the same feeling [laughs]. We’re really stoked on this next batch of songs!