It's clear we were catching the band at an interesting time in their career. Only a few months ago the band was writing and rehearsing in a dark, vibey warehouse, sharing their practice space with a one-man metal band (no word on how all the satanic, double kick drums rubbed off on the band), the next they're sharing the stage with the likes of Metric, Atlas Genius, and Fitz and The Tantrums. When we sat down with the band they were in the middle of a two night stand at NYC's massive Terminal 5, touring the country with their pals The Naked and Famous. Though, that kind of insta-success is a bit jarring, Tuttle is quick to point out that "this is what we dreamed of when we started the band." The long hours on the road, late nights, and early mornings (complete with pounding headaches) is all a labor of love. "We want to work hard and make every second worth it," declares Tuttle.
In return for the grind, the band is encountering more and more people interested in their self-proclaimed, "majestic jungle rock". "Its mind blowing," says Tuttle. "We meet people in every city we go to who know lyrics to songs or our music has touched them in some way...it's really cool to see the effect reaching beyond our own city."
What's spreading are their debut EP Lido's anthemic bouts of hyper-colored indie pop, awash in hazy synths, laser-like guitars, and rousing girl-guy sing-alongs. It's a collection of four upbeat songs, crafted from different components, meaning there is a lot of different chemistry bubbling around in there. Tuttle explains it as a "push and pull between really upbeat music," but subject matter that might be a little more dark. "You don't even realize what you're singing along to," she adds. The band's first single "Little Games" is probably the best example of this. Catchy as can be, aiming straight for the commercial radio dial, Castilla explains it as a song about a problematic relationship, plagued by little games, and one person just not being able to take it anymore.
One thing the band is certainly able to take are the musical opportunities currently being afforded to them, including a check off of the old bucket list with their appearance at Coachella this past April. It's all very surreal, but Castilla and Tuttle hope their experiences only get more intense. A full-length record sometime next year and plans to travel overseas should help out in that department. Until then, the band is just focused on writing good music and finding new fans along the way. Hopefully our session and interview makes one out of you.