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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Spoon to the Moon

Spoon to the Moon, Bandcamp, Olivia

Spoon to the Moon formed about a year ago in Los Angeles. Originally the project of husband and wife Brad and Lauren Pena, the band has grown to include drummer Rodrigo Gonzales and Tim Cummins on bass.

This month, Spoon to the Moon released its debut album, Olivia, available for $10 on Bandcamp. The album is an honest look at human emotions and experiences.

The Spec interviewed Spoon to the Moon about its upcoming plans, read what the band had to say, below…

How did you all meet and form the band?
It started out with Brad and Lauren. They’re married, so that’s how they met. Then we added Rodrigo, (who we call John for no apparent reason). He’s Lauren’s cousin’s boyfriend and a brilliant drummer. Tim came along after we needed a bassist to record bass tracks on Olivia. We didn’t think we could survive without him, so our three-piece became a four-piece.

Tim and Rodrigo are also a part of the band, The Local.

Who/What are your influences?
We love people and believe wholeheartedly that everyone has a story worth sharing. Most of the music we write deals with just that. We strive to love people in whatever way possible.

How did you come up with your name?
Lauren and Brad were sort of obsessed with this silly little riddle about taking things to the moon. Either Brad or Lauren said, “We can spoon to the moon,” and it sort of stuck. We could pretend there’s some existential profound meaning behind it, but there isn’t.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Play lots and lots of shows. We’d love for people to listen to Olivia, be moved by it, and pass it along to their friends. There’s also been talk of writing a concept album.

What is your favorite song off of Olivia?
We all have different favorites. Tim’s is “Patient Little Spider.” Brad’s is “Tennessee St.” Rodrigo’s is “The Pavement,” and Lauren’s is “Empty Chairs.”

What inspires your music?
We like to write about human emotions and experiences. Pain, suffering, joy. A lot of Olivia is about a struggle to find peace and the sigh of relief in finding redemption. It’s about finally coming home.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Manchester Orchestra (or anything by Andy Hull‘s genius), Brand New, This Will Destroy You, Rush (but that’s mostly Tim), Pink Floyd, Memphis May Fire, I, The Mighty…just to name a few. We’re pretty diverse in what we listen to.

Why do you make music?
We can’t imagine not making music. It’s such a huge part of all of our lives. A big part of what we do is driven by the people around us. We want to love people, to know them, to make sure they know they’re important. That could look like a number of things, but we’re musicians. It’s our thing.

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