Interviews // Riley!
Interviews // Riley!

Interviews // Riley!

How has your tour gone so far, what happened to your van?
Ryan: Our van is old, our van was old—we had like 500,000 miles on it and before this tour we were like “all right we’ll do this tour, we’ll take it back home and we’ll see if we maybe need to sell it and get something new”—then 3 days into this tour the transmission fails on us. So the tour has been great other than that. We were lucky enough to have a friend drive us around for a few days while we sold that van and bought a new one literally on the road.
Your Tesla!
Ryan: Our Tesla! We had to sell the Mercedes for the Tesla!
Izzy: We settled for the Cyber Truck, they were out of Model S’. The Cyber Truck will have to do.

What’s the most important thing that you want people to take away from your music?
Izzy: I think, personally on my end, I feel like everybody should be able to take away that anybody can do it. That we are from Texas, a small town, middle of nowhere, really far away from here and we just kind of bit the bullet and said we are going to go on tour and we are going to do it whether there’s ten people or one hundred, or fifty, or five. So if you get anything from the set I say have as much fun as possible while you are up there and do it if you like it.
Ryan: Just have fun, that’s literally everything.

Which of your influences might surprise your audience?
Izzy: A lot of the drums on the second record and the new record that we just recorded are influenced by hard core, and punk, and metal. Because that was my primary playing style on drums, so that kind of blends itself into the new record. The new stuff is a little bit more abrasive—a little bit punkier. It kind of shows live a bit. That’s one influence, punk and hardcore, it’s like my bread and butter, that’s all I listen to.

What’s a tv show, movie, or song that you put on repeat?
Kris: I would say Seinfeld
Ryan: You would! Seinfeld is F tier, I wanna put that on the record. I will put on It’s Always Sunny to this day. It’s an S tier show.
Izzy: I don’t watch a lot of movies or tv. That’s kind of my biggest downfall, I guess. I watched a lot of things in Spanish growing up so, I don’t know, I don’t watch a lot of movies. I watch a lot of Youtube.
Do you have anything that you prefer to repeat?
Izzy: A lot of true crime stuff. There’s this one guy who is really good at telling stories, his name is Mr. Ballen. I like to listen to him tell me scary stories before bed.

How do you choose your song titles?
Ryan: I’ll answer this because I named them all I think so far. Thus far there is no rhyme or reason. They are just something funny that we come up with and just, boom, song title.
When you have a new song is it hard to remember which title goes to it?
Ryan: Absolutely, yes, 100%, especially when they are new.
Izzy: We call all the songs by their working titles. So we will look at each other and say one word and be like “oh that one.” They are all working titles at this point and we never remember them.

Do you have any projects coming up that we should know about?
Ryan: Yes! We just finished recording a new album and we’re hoping to drop it by the end of the year so that’s something cool to keep an eye out for. We have a few more tours also in the works that I can’t talk about but we’re very excited for. We are going to be busy, busy bees this year!

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