Before starting their Pacific Northwest tour, a few members of Eliquate (Cosmo Stevens, Elliot Wright and Jamie Schnetzler) took the time to talk with WGWIt about their new album Ark Rhythm, their influences, and moist importantly, their facial hair.
WGWIt: I love all your guys’ beards, is that a requirement to be in the band?
EW: Yeah we’re touring in the Pacific Northwest so we figured if were going to be going up there we need to look grizzly. Everyone has to have one or else you’ll be kicked out. We’ve got flannel and beanies, and we’re ready to rock. We leave the 22nd and we’ll be doing 14 shows in 18 days (view tour dates at Eliquate.com) and then after this tour we’ll be going back down south.
CS: I’m actually from Southern California, Ventura County/LA area. We’re going to be down South in the winter, late December and January, and this is all to promote Ark Rhythm.
WGWIt: Is Ark Rhythm just a collection of songs or is it more of a narrative?
EW: I could explain how all the songs tie together and how thematically they kinda work together, but that would probably take up the rest of our time. The beauty of music and literature is that they can be interpretive. I definitely had intent when I wrote all of the lyrics, whether that intent be to sort of create a feeling, capture a story, to get people pissed, or even make myself sound cool –which is what a lot of hip hop is- but I don’t know as a consistent theme.
CS: It will all be on the DVD. We’re working on putting together a press kit with an Eliquate t-shirt, stickers, sweatshirt, we’ll have them available online.
Listen to Ark Rhythm here and read the rest of the interview after the jump!