Q&A with AOTM Daisybones, see them live at The Old Court (10.20)

The Deli sat down with Jordan of Daisybones and talked about playing with the same people for years, joint euphemisms, influences, and musical diversity in New England.

By: Lilly Milman

October 19, 2018

"There is so much music that happens in New England, it's sort of pleasantly overwhelming."

Given that some of the members of Lowell's Daisybones have been playing together for nearly a decade, it would make sense to consider their journey to their exceptionally fine-tuned sound a slow burn. But it doesn't come across that way at all. The explosive, eruptive performances they give with every track feel completely spontaneous. Listening to their 2017 debut LP Gusto is like being trapped in a moment, one that grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you out of whatever funk you've been in until you start dancing. Their most recent single "Choke" follows suit. The anthemic single is a clear example of musical growth, while retaining the same energy. It's no surprise that Daisybones was voted The Deli's artist of the month, as they're surely one of the best bands performing in New England right now. The Deli sat down with Jordan of Daisybones and talked about playing with the same people for years, joint euphemisms, influences, and musical diversity in New England.

Catch Daisybones at The Old Court in Lowell tomorrow (10.20) at 8:15 p.m., and keep an eye out for Beautymark, their next release coming out in three days (10.22). 

I know that most of you met in high school, but that the band fully formed in college. Can you talk more about your origin story, and how the project has changed since then?

Jordan: A.J. and I have been playing together for almost 10 years now. We started off as the two of us playing guitar and drums in his basement, writing absolutely awful songs, but it was something. We've always been in the same project no matter what it was. After a few different members and names, we linked up with Dillon in high school and that's when we started to take it a bit more seriously. We started off by playing the classic emo/pop-punk type of stuff and wrote some absolute bangers, anthems if you will. That changed as we all grew more through music and other factors. Dillon, A.J., and I had a rad practice space that was basically an empty warehouse. We would go there for hours at a time and just write, jam, play Smash Bros. That was probably our biggest growth period in terms of writing. We harnessed all the indie rock energy we could and wrote an album under a different name. Flash forward to freshman year of college, we were starting to write new music and wanted to give ourselves a fresh start. So, we started a new band under a different name and needed something that was outside of the cookie-cutter cliche 'rock band' line up -- by that I mean just guitar, bass, drums. I had met Lucas across the hall in college. He produced music and he was a great piano player, as well. He helped us expand the sonic values of our first album and we wanted to bring that to the stage so he joined us and then daisybones was born.

Where did the name Daisybones come from, and who thought of it?

Jordan: Dillon and I spent about a month at least just shooting random texts to each other. We could probably go back on our phones to that time and it's just endless messages of random words put together that had some kind of ring to it. We came up with probably 100 different band names, but none of them sounded right or were too long, or they were already band names. It seemed like nothing worked. I started to just take the names we had and reorganize the words, and I texted Dillon 'daisybones'. The next day he texted me back saying, "that works. its like euphemism for a joint." And that was that.

Are there any bands or albums that heavily influenced your music-making?

Jordan: This list could go on forever. Directly or indirectly the following bands influenced everything we do: Thee Oh Sees, Animal Collective, The Districts, Vundabar, Vampire Weekend, Sun Club, Kings of Leon, Alvvays, BRONCHO, FIDLAR, White Reaper, Diet Cig, The Frights, Ghostt Bllonde, Arctic Monkeys, Mini Mansions, Queens of the Stone Age, The Buttertones, French Cassettes, And The Kids, Tokyo Police Club, Drowners, among many others.

What is your favorite thing about the New England music scene?

Jordan: The diversity. There is so much music that happens in New England, it's sort of pleasantly overwhelming. Especially in the Lowell area.

What is your least favorite?

Jordan: I think people could put more effort into helping bands from other areas come through and tour. I hear a lot of touring bands say they struggle to get a solid show in Boston or Lowell.

What was your most memorable live show, for reasons good or bad?

Jordan: Personally one of our most memorable shows was a recent house show we played. It was the first venue we played at as Daisybones and we haven't played there in over a year. We had a basement full of people yelling our songs back at us. The crowd was very active and very hype. It was very, very fun to play.

Here at The Deli, we love to talk about gear—we even have a blog dedicated exclusively to pedals! What gear, if any, can you not perform without?

Jordan: I personally have a lot of Earth Quaker Devices on my board. The Hoofreaper, The Afterneath are both pedals I can't play without along with the Green Rhino by Way Huge and of course the TC Electronics' Hall of Fame. Dillon has an absolute boss set up of a Hall of Fame patched into a Big Muff. It's badass.

Last, but not least, what is your favorite thing to order at your local deli?

Jordan: Roast Beef.

Dillon: Ham and Cheese with peanut butter and onions.

A.J.: Just bread.

Lucas: Grilled Cheese.

Listen to tracks by Daisybones and more local artists on The Deli New England's brand new Spotify playlist, Cold Cuts: Sounds of New England.