What is it about summertime that makes us look forward to it every year like a little kid unwrapping a Christmas present? It's all coming back to me. Summer flings, skinny dipping, ice cream trucks, music festivals, and generally pleasant lulling about. It's a time not to care too much about anything except for having a good time, something we often forget to do as adults.
During summer it's easier to feel that there is no age bracket for feeling free and boy ain't that the truth. This is the gift and sound of indie pop rock band EZTV, playing loud and clear for the world to hear : Don't forget to have fun. For EZTV, happiness lies in keeping things simple, and they share that experience with their audience so naturally in their single "Trampoline".
Don Saas, Managing Editor at Baeble, gets behind the scenes with EZTVs Ezra Tenenbaum and Michael Stasiak.
I hear a lot of 1960s pop on "Trampoline" -- Rubber Soul-era The Beatles with a touch of the Yardbirds and a hint of the Beach Boys even. Were 60s pop acts an influence on your sound?
Ezra: I love the songwriting and simplicity of early British Invasion bands like the Hollies and Kinks-- also Motown and Stax. I'm always drawn to music that can convey a feeling with minimal instrumentation or elements. The way EZTV arranges and records our basic tracks, live as a trio, doesn't stray much from how they were doing it then either.
EZTV is a very evocative band name. Beyond the internal rhyming, what does the name EZTV mean to you?
Michael: We're just another in a long line of bands with great four-letter names: AC/DC, KISS, Nazz, INXS, Opal, ABBA, Ride...the list goes on. We definitely thought too long and too hard about a band name--over the course of a week, we were The New Sonics, Human Zone, and The Bumps--so when Shane joked that EZTV stood for "Ezra Tenenbaum's Vision," we all just laughed and decided to just run with it, torrent sites be damned.
I also hear some Ariel Pink on this track in the way that these classic sounds are filtered through modern lo-fi effects. Are there classic-inspired acts today that are doing fuzzy production tricks with their music that you're fans of?
Michael: Oh, hundreds of bands! I could actually go on talking all day about this, but off the top of my head, there's a couple of Kevin Morby songs on his most recent album that feel like they're outtakes from Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (I'm thinking of "Parade" in particular, when those horns come in, and there's a mean reverb/tremolo sound on "Bloodsucker" that's just chilling). Jessica Pratt's album also feels like a bridge between past and present, as does Jacco Gardner's first LP. And of course the three W's: Woods, White Fence, and Warm Soda.
The notion of going "up and down" is present throughout all of "Trampoline." What's that journey a metaphor for?
Ezra: When I was writing "Trampoline", for some reason I was getting flashbacks to Middle School Earth Science class. That diagram about rain falling and then evaporating into clouds and falling again. Also, the sensation of being a kid on a trampoline, endlessly and easily entertained. Expansive youthful feelings, mixed up with feeling detached and stagnant as a 20-something.