With SXSW just around the corner there is a lot of attention aimed at those thousands of artists who will soon transform Austin, TX into a musical Mecca. If you’re a fan heading there, make sure you keep an eye out and both ears open for the Bay’s Fritz Montana. They’ll be bringing their blues infused indie rock to the RedGorilla Music Festival where they’ll share the stage with some of our favorites Lost in Society and Lime Cordiale.
Before you give Fritz Montana all of your love and attention at SXSW, you should get to know them a little better. Like the fact that Matthew was a gangster in kindergarten thanks to his Pog skills and even took out his now bandmate Kevin before. As for David, you’ll never find him with gadgets like Giga Pets as he’s scared of technology. Other than those must-know factoids you can learn a lot more like how these guys met, their beef with boy bands, what 2014 has in store for them and more.
Kendra: You all met back in the day, like way back in the late ‘90s but didn’t form the band until last year? What were you all doing between then and well, then?
Matthew: HA! You can thank the wonderfully inviting and eccentric writing style of our bassist Kevin Logan for our current bio. Kevin and I actually met while attending high school in 2004 and reconnected just as I had met Dave last year. After attending our respective colleges, the lingering desire to create and share music seemingly brought us together. While we all have had our fair share of musical projects in the past, I could not have imagined being able to share the stage with two other guys who are as passionate about music as Kevin and Dave.
Kendra: Your mission as the work towards the “betterment” of music, so other than yourselves what recent artist out there is doing music justice?
Kevin: Getting involved with the local music scene has blown us away with the level of talent some of the bands are playing with. But for the sake of keeping everyone on the same page: the new Beck album just dropped and naturally gets a nod from all of us. We were lucky to open for the Arctic Monkeys, and watching them perform their newest album AM was a real humbling experience.
Kendra: We just got to clear the air here – you got a problem with boy bands? (Note: I’m a huge Backstreet Boy fan)
Kevin: Not so much a problem with boy bands as with the industry itself. We appreciate a catchy, poppy song as much as the next person –but we can only stomach unoriginality for so long. Even pop stars need to break away from their formulaic methods of writing music (even though most of the writing is done by some Swedish dude, but I digress).
David: Beyonce is a favorite of mine. But considering she’s neither a boy nor a band, I guess my answer is pretty irrelevant.
Kendra: Usually I’d ask you guys to compare your sound to a place in your city, but let’s get a little more specific. Let’s focus on your new EP. If you had to compare that (does it have a name yet?) to an eatery in San Francisco, which would it be and why? So diners, restaurants, dive bars, food trucks…
Kevin: Where does our untitled EP fit into the San Francisco food scene? I’d have to say we best fit with the world-famous taqueria El Farolito…particularly between the times of 1 AM and 3 AM. El Faro offers a sanctuary to its customers – it doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you’re with, everything is put aside in order for the patron to enjoy the masterpiece of a burrito in front of them. Which is very relatable to our music- we don’t discriminate certain ages or genres, we just want to make the best burrito possible for you to enjoy.
Kendra: “A Girl Like You” reminded me of a dating profile; filling in all the data and whatnot. So what are three must-haves you’d list on your dating profile to find a significant lover?
Matthew: I am SO glad I finally get the opportunity to share this information without the imposing and often deal breaking monthly fees that those online dating sites charge.
- The girl of my dreams will not only be a huge San Jose Sharks hockey fan, but she will preferably own a hockey jersey as well. If this dream girl doesn’t exist, I will settle for a girl who can at least enjoy a good hockey fight.
- The girl of my dreams would always carry a napkin for when I get hollandaise sauce in my beard from eating Eggs Benedict.
- The girl of my dreams would not only understand but also whole-heartedly support the idea that some nights just call for McDonald’s take out, a 6-pack of craft beer, and some Netflix.
Kevin: Matt pretty much covered all the bases. I would just like to ad that our dream girl would know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek, be able to open a bottle of beer without a sanctioned opener, and have some sort of impressive skill – like juggling or having a photographic memory.
David: My only request is she should be pretty talented in the Japanese art of origami.
Kendra: You play all you can around the Bay, but are you planning on taking the show on the road in 2014?
Matthew: While we are continuing to play locally several times a month in the Bay including upcoming shows in Oakland at The Uptown Nightclub and San Francisco’s Bottom of the Hill, we do have plans to travel in 2014. Just mere days after our upcoming release of our new EP, we will be heading down to Austin, TX for South by Southwest. While in Austin, we are also really excited to be a part of the RedGorilla Music Festival as well as Heart of Texas Rockfest, which will be running simultaneously with SXSW. As far as tour plans go, let’s just say we are planning to meet a lot of new fans in 2014.
Kendra: If you had to make a mixtape that’d better someone’s life, what five songs would have to be on it?
Fritz Montana: Since we couldn’t decide on ONE mixtape, here’s three:
“The Widow” – The Mars Volta
“Never Gonna Give You Up” – Rick Astley
“Never Gonna Give You Up (Remix)” – Rick Astley
“Never Gonna Give You Up (Dance Club Version)”- Rick Astley
“Never Gonna Give You Up (Mashup ft. LMFAO)” – Rick Astley