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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Oliver House

Oliver House, Phoenix, Bandcamp

Phoenix-based Oliver House began as a folk duo two years ago with members Sean McCauley (guitar) and Holden Flesner (drums), but its sound evolved into indie rock when Dan Horner III joined on bass a little over a year ago.

On Oct. 2, the trio released its debut album, Fall Apart, as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp. Give it a listen and catch Oliver House live at Crescent Ballroom on Nov. 16 or The Rebel Lounge on Nov. 24.

Get to know the band in The Spec‘s interview below…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
We are a couple of music-loving guys playing rock ‘n’ roll. We are all from the Phoenix area.

Who/what are your influences?
We have a lot of influences. Holden likes more psychedelic stuff (Tame Impala, Deerhunter), I like indie rock stuff (Real Estate, War on Drugs) and Dan likes classic rock (Zeppelin, Stones, etc). We kind of just combine all our influences and write songs that we think sound good.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Our favorite song we’ve released is “Warhawk” simply because Dan and Holden say it’s their favorite one of ours. I wrote the melody line and chorus to that one myself, and we kind of added onto it as we kept playing it. We’ve also heard from several other people that “Warhawk” is our strongest.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We want to keep playing shows around the Valley (you can see us at Trunk Space and the Crescent Ballroom this fall/winter) and eventually release more music!

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
If I could no longer be a musician, I’d be something related to a MA in history, which is the degree I’m going for right now at ASU. Holden is already an engineer and Dan is also a student. I’m sure we’d find something to do if music all of a sudden died!

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
We only “look up to” a band in the sense that we enjoy their music. We do enjoy a great plethora of artists. For me, Radiohead is #1. They are geniuses and their ability to change and adapt while constantly writing good songs illustrate their genius.

Why do you make music?
We make music because we feel compelled to. It’s a form of expression and it’s also a great way to relax and have fun!

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We love baseball!

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