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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Labor of Giants

Labor of Giants, Bandcamp, Interview

Connecticut‘s Labor of Giants has been making music together since 2010. The band has had some members come and go along the way, but currently features Tim Braun on keys, Nancy Michaud on vocals, tambourine and guitar, Ed Sabourin on vocals and guitar, Kevin Hugh on drums and lastly, Dan Garaffa on bass.

In June, the band self-released its debut full length Jelly. The 11-track album is available digitally or on CD and can be purchased through Bandcamp for $7.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Labor of Giant’s Nancy Michaud, Tim Bruan and Dan Garaffa…

How long have you been making music?
The band has been together since 2010. We’ve had a few people come and go, but we all get along so well, it seem like it’s been forever.

Who/what are your influences?
Radiohead, Umphrey’s McGee, Neko Case, Aldous Huxley, Frank Zappa, The Beatles (duh!). There’s more…

What is your favorite song off Jelly and why?
Dan: “Time.” The swing always makes me want to dance!
Tim: “The Beginning.” It’s one of the simpler songs, but it’s so darn catchy and fun to play.
Nancy: “When the Thunder Comes.” When we were recording and I was putting in my guitar tracks, Ed asked if I had anything else, so I played it. A few weeks later, when I came to put in my final vocals, the other guys had added everything else. It was crazy, like a circus. I wouldn’t say it’s the best song on the album, but it certainly was the biggest surprise.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We just recorded a new song and a few covers for a promotional video. We’re working on writing material for a follow-up album. Maybe a theme album? Who knows? The ultimate goal is that each project is better than the last, and the people will want to hear it. That always helps.

What inspires your music?
Dan: Listening to good music, late nights, and early mornings.
Nancy: Travel inspires me. I love listening to the foreign radio stations on international flights, watching people, and talking to strangers while in transit.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Dan: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead are my two biggest influences.
Nancy: Cocorosie puts on an awesome show, Sleigh Bells is super entertaining to watch, Freddy Mercury was a legend. I think I look up to people with a lot of showmanship. I wish I was more of a ham.

Why do you make music?
Dan: As an outlet. To adapt mind clutter into organized chaos.
Nancy: Because I have to be making something or looking forward to making something or I’ll go crazy. I was an art major in college and my day job, of course, isn’t in the arts.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Tim: The word “lethologica” means the state of not being able to remember the word you want to use. It happens to me frequently.

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