Western Education: The Secret’s Out – From Flyers to Rivals

western-education-interview-golden-mixtapeImagine finding some of your best friends because of a flyer you posted around campus. It’s weird, but the reality for Massachusetts’s Western Education. They’ll talk more about that later but for now I’ll let you in on a little more – they just dropped their first full length this month, Let Your Secrets Out, and are ready to take on whatever comes their way. Enough from me, let’s get to more of what Greg and Georgio of Western Education had to say.

Kendra: Being that you guys formed from flyer postings, what’d you do aside from playing music to bond and become comfortable with one another when you guys started out?

Greg: Good question. I remember times where I honestly just asked them questions. What do you like to eat? Do you play video games? What else to do you like to do? It was easier with Georgio, because we are both 100% Greek, so we had something to talk about. We’re all friends now, but it took some time.

Georgio: There were a lot of awkward situations at first. Obviously we are all insecure in our own way, but as time went on we got more and more comfortable. Now, after a few years of playing together, our chemistry and the way we feed off of each other musically is stronger than ever.

Kendra: How’s your debut full-length, Let Your Secrets Out, differ from your previous EPs? Do you feel you’ve grown a lot or just stayed the same with a little extra on top of things?

Greg: I guess both. This album is a culmination of everything we have learned as a band. It isn’t too distanced from the EP’s in terms of music. It’s just noticeably higher quality in terms of recording. I feel like we have just gotten better and better at what we do. From the beginning we wanted to write big pop songs, and think we have just become more experienced.

Georgio: This release is primarily different because we recorded it in a studio with higher-budget gear. Before this everything we did was basically DIY. We have definitely grown as songwriters and I would like to think that we are continuing to grow in that respect on a daily basis.


Kendra: Who’s the worst in the band at keeping actual secrets?

Greg: Probably me. I’m kind of a loudmouth and tend to talk a lot. I actually love interviews, as well.

Georgio: I would say on the contrary that we are all pretty damn good at keeping secrets. We had to put out a revealing album called Let Your Secrets Out just because we aren’t good at letting this stuff out in person.

Kendra: Going off your single, “Rivals,” do you have any solid advice for those out there for dealing with their own rivals?

Greg: It’s easier to be nice to someone than to be mean. Just kill them with kindness. Or, just start an Internet feud with them and get a ton of press; either one works.

Georgio: You need to write a badass riff in the intro of your song if you want to have any chance with your rival.

Kendra: I noticed you were playing shows here and there, but is a full tour in the works for later this year?

Greg: It’s up in the air right now. We’re doing some one-off dates in other states, but mainly playing in Massachusetts. We’re considering doing a small tour in the fall.

Georgio: We are currently playing in the Boston area regularly and also playing one-off shows in different states (Just played in Brooklyn, NY). We hope to have an east coast mini tour in the near future. After that, who knows what will happen. It is all up in the air right now.

Kendra: Random, but is there any band that’s no longer active that you wish you had the chance to play with?

Greg: Tough one. Bloc Party is on hiatus again, that’s a shame. I don’t know if I would necessarily want to play with my 80’s idols, or bands that have long since broken up.

Georgio: The White Stripes

Kendra: If you had to make a mixtape that best represented your college days, what five songs would have to be on it?

Greg: I’m still in college, so this may change:
The Strokes- “Is This It
Bloc Party- “This Modern Love
Jukebox the Ghost- “So Let Us Create
Vampire Weekend- “Campus
Western Education- “Young Love

Georgio:
This is Not an Exit”- Saves The Day
Honestly?”- American Football
Failure By Design”- Brand New
Carrot Rope”- Pavement
Whatever (Folk Song in C)”- Elliott Smith

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