One of the hardest, but most rewarding things to do as a band is get on a kickass tour that’s sure to take them up a few notches in notoriety. So what better way to get in on that type of action than a battle royale of sorts. It wasn’t as intense as The Hunger Games, but it was still a battle amongst OurStage bands who duked it out for a chance to win a slot on the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour with Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds and I The Mighty. The northwest will get Shallow Royale, Texas gets to enjoy some Civil Sound, Florida will get down with The Armistice and the West Coast gets the boys who are no strangers to touring up and down the coast, LA’s own Culprit.
Their latest “Knock On The Sky” won me over in an instant, so it’s no surprise they were able to take the West Coast crown. You can see Culprit on the following dates on the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, but before you run out to get tickets, check out this mini sized interview with Culprit’s Travis Powell to get you even more amped for the shows.
Kendra: Before we get into what’s coming up, let’s play catch up. You had a lot of good response to your single “Knock On The Sky,” and then you hit the road with Back Pocket Memory. Is it safe to say you have a pretty strong bromance brewing with the BPM boys?
Travis Powell: Having the Alternative Press release of “Knock On The Sky” was pretty surreal. I grew up reading about all my favorite bands on their site and in the magazine, so to be featured was a humbling experience. All the awesome feedback was an added bonus. And what can I say about BPM? We’ve got a lot of love for those dudes. The NRB Tour was Culprit’s best to date, and I definitely feel like it had to do with our company, and our new material.
Kendra: That’s something I actually really like about you guys, you make and create strong bonds with a lot of the local bands. Was that gang vocal session you had with BPM and I The Mighty for an upcoming track for you guys? Is there new music on the horizon for Culprit?
Travis: The gang vocal sesh was for I The Mighty’s upcoming full-length. We hadn’t seen them in a while, so it was great to catch up. Screaming at the top of your lungs is a very cathartic experience, and you never really get an appropriate venue to get together with our band buds and make a big ruckus, it was a blast. As for us, we’re finishing up writing our next EP, things are coming together very nicely. We’re experimenting with some different time signatures and accents; I can’t wait to listen back to everything I’ve been hearing in my head.
Kendra: Now on to the present…You have a handful of days on the Rock Yourself to Sleep Tour, how do you plan on making a lasting impression on the Dance Gavin Dance fans?
Travis: We’re just going to be ourselves. We take pride in our live performances, and I can assure you we will not squander this opportunity. We feel blessed to be able to share the stage with these great musicians, and were going to make the absolute best of it.
Kendra: Since you’re already buddies with I The Mighty, can we expect any of those guys to come out during your set at least once?
Travis: That’s up to those fools. I wouldn’t mind joining them, that’s for sure. We haven’t played together in a while so this is going to be a great time.