Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston of Wallows have been hunkered down just like the rest of us, but they’ve broken out to join RADIO.COM LIVE for an exclusive, at-home performance and Q&A with RADIO.COM's Kevan Kenney.
The band is currently holed up together in an undisclosed location, the Wallows bunker if you will, working on, “something,” says Dylan slyly at the start of our chat.
Could that “something” they’re working on now, looking back on the success of last year’s hit "Are You Bored Yet?", have the same feel or be inspired by the song that shot them into the mainstream? “It’s interesting because the music we have now was made in the thick of the success of “Are You Bored Yet?,” but I don’t know,” Dylan admits.
“I don’t think it necessarily has,” says Cole. “I don’t think we think that way. Each project for us is very separate from each other, so I don’t think so.” Although, you could tell the question had everyone in the band wondering a little about themselves.
Fans wrote in prior to our chat asking how the trio have been handling the lockdown, and singer Braeden, the only one wearing a mask in the room, admits “it’s been something to get adjusted to. I mean, it is one of those years that you’ll never forget, especially people in the future. In 2070 people are gonna be like, ‘wow, 2020,’” he laughs.
“I’m very paranoid when it comes to diseases and whatever. I didn’t want to go out much, I didn’t want to do anything. And then the resurgence of it happened,” he explains about the rush to reopen. “It’s just this strange thing where… they didn’t listen.”
The seriousness of Braeden’s answer got a good laugh from Cole and Dylan, with both of the band members wondering aloud if he was ok. A bit more lightheartedly, he says the time at home “has been nice. We’ve been working on a lot of music…”
“I think that’s what the silver lining is,” says Cole. “We’ve had a lot of time to work on, something. I won’t give the details of what that thing could be possibly, maybe. There’s songs in the works. Just having some personal time, time with the family. I’m reading books and watching TV... so I really can’t complain too much.”
New life experiences are always a source of musical inspiration across the spectrum, but as we all live the same day over and over like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, is the band pulling their creativity from other sources now?
Cole says, “it’s funny, a lot of the songs,” before stopping himself from giving away too much information… “We had done a lot of writing over the past couple of years, so luckily we had a base of material to continue working on.” “All the bass lines,” joked Braeden.
“So we just kind of worked off that,” Cole says. “But I don’t know if we have been necessarily ‘inspired’ by the quarantine. I think we have just been writing songs the way we always do.” Although they did have to lean on group text messages to keep in touch and share song parts.
“The one way it has influenced it though,” says Dylan, “some of the songs that we’ve been working on are our favorite songs that we’ve made and they wouldn’t have been made, at least in this form and some of them at all probably, if it wasn’t for quarantine.”
The Los Angeles natives just released their latest single, "OK," in May and have been hard at work keeping fans up to date on social media about new projects and their philanthropic efforts both as a group and separately.
Those text messages between the band members have spawned some interesting results, like collaborations with Sachi DiSerafino and John DeBold, their socially-distant, acoustic version of "OK," and a cover of The Beatles classic "With a Little Help From My Friends," donating all proceeds to Feeding America.
Watch the full interview and performance above as all three members get in the same room to jam out on “OK,” “Are You Bored Yet?,” “Drunk On Halloween,” and “Scrawny” in an exclusive set for RADIO.COM.
Stay tuned for more exclusives from your favorite artists at RADIO.COM/Live.