Monday, Novemeber 27, 2006; 9:00 a.m.
Every Monday the Pilot presents a quick Q & A with new, fresh band for you to start your week off to. This week: the Outline
A Quick Q & A with the Outline
With staunch drumming, soaring vocals, and eloquently mixed robotics, on their debut release, You Smash It, We'll Build Around It, the Outline has crafted a form of post-post-punk—both melodic and harsh in nature—that is unlike anything heard on Top 40 radio today. We sat down with lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Graham Fink, and made him run the gauntlet through our patented quick Q & A interview format.
The result? A bit serious and a bit silly, but interesting nonetheless:
How would you describe your band?
We started out attempting to recreate Enya's atmospheric beauty. But, I think we've come a long way. Now we incorporate all of the major categories of music: Smooth Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Celtic, and even a little Polka Punk (when we're feeling grungy). Our music has become a medley of the aforementioned areas, changing abruptly, without warning, and you can't help but grab hold for the ride. Of course, we still love Enya!
How did you all meet?
Austen [Lee--guitar and keyboards] and I went to middle and high school together and we started the band there. We picked up Max [St. John--bass] and Ryan [Rabin--drums] in high school, their old bands went their separate ways, and we lucked out and snatched them.
Who are your major influences?
As a band: David Bowie, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, Beatles, Tom Petty, Daft Punk, etc.
How would you describe your approach to songwriting?
Our band approaches each song as a collective effort. One person usually brings in an idea, and we expand on it by playing off of one another. Sometimes this can be extremely frustrating, but it usually works out for the best.
What are your band’s goals?
We're dying to tour overseas and continue to write interesting music that we're proud of.
What is our current touring schedule?
We head out for the Midwest and Texas in December, then the West Coast in January.
What about future recording plans?
We probably won't record our next record until late next year. Seems like we'll be on tour for quite some time.
What upcoming events does the Outline have instore?
The Echo - December 5th w/ Lemon Sun
What are your viewpoints on music (past and present)?
I just think music is having a huge comeback these days. There's so much incredible music on TV and the radio: Nickelback, Evanescence, Jason Mraz, and um, need I say Fall Out Boy. These are artists. They are visionaries creating real music, and I couldn't be happier about that. Don't get me wrong, I love the "oldies" as much as the next guy. Eddie Money and Bananarama did great things for classic rock, but there's something refreshing about today's stars that I don't think you find in those dinosaurs.
Why you play music and what your music is trying to say?
I don't think I'd be able to not play music. It's been my life since I started playing guitar at 11 and formed this band at 16. I put everything I have into it. As for what I'm trying to say, I avoid writing songs that would pigeon hole us. Lyrically, our songs run the gamut. Some are about mortality, others about concepts I've come up with regarding evolution, or love, or global warming for that matter. Hopefully our music speaks for itself, and if not, I guess that's another goal.