What do you get when you combine “Archer” and advertising? Well, a kick-ass commercial, presumably, but also a pretty awesome alt-electro-synth-indie mashup music-making duo.
The Electric Sons’ frontmen Andrew Miller and Ben Richards both had very different lives before deciding to drop everything and focus on their band. Miller was an illustrator for the show “Archer” and Richards was an advertising graduate student.
In 2012, as their band started becoming more popular and they started playing shows in venues other than their college’s student center, Miller and Richards decided to abandon their previous lives and fully commit to The Electric Sons.
We’re glad they did, too, because now The Electric Sons is coming to Columbia.
The band recently released their second EP, “Chromaesthesia.” (We looked it up, and chromaesthesia is when a non-visual stimulus causes an individual to perceive color where there is none.)
Miller says the title of the EP just popped out at him, similar to the way lyrics of songs do.
“Everything’s foggy at first,” he says. “We try and find stepping stones from song to song … catching little bits of color and things that pop out at us.”
It’s Miller and Richards’s goal to express themselves more colorfully than they did previously.
“I’m really proud of the job we did,” Richards says.
For a band that does all of their own mixing and producing, an EP is a long, but rewarding endeavor.
The band kicked off their tour with St. Lucia, sponsored by Red Bull Sound Select, Monday in Ohio, and are very excited for the remainder of their dates together, along with the touring they’ll be doing the remainder of the year.
“It’s gonna be wild and crazy,” Miller says. “It’ll be really cool because we’re playing all cities that we’ve never actually played in before.”
Miller, who sings lead, plays guitar and periodically plays a “small piano,” is very excited to be playing with St. Lucia, a longtime Instagram buddy.
“We’re old social media friends,” Richards says of the band, who they’d never actually met in person before the tour.
Richards plays a fairly new role in bands of today: programmer.
In addition to playing keyboard, singing backup and the drum that he “hit(s) with a stick occasionally,” Richards really pays attention to the electro aspects of other artists’ work.
“I like the rest of Gotye’s album,” Richards says, excluding the popular “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
“Just in terms of programming,” he says. “I think he uses the same stuff I do … Listening to someone that does that really, really well like he does is a treat.”
Miller says he’s partial to Gorillaz, Frank Ocean and has recently rediscovered Sia.
Although the band has been together, in a sense, for two years, Miller and Richards both consider it to be in its early stages.
“There’s a lot of obstacles you have to overcome when you’re forming a band,” Miller says. “It’s kind of difficult to stick with it … You want to be playing in front of these huge crowds of people but you’re not and it can be frustrating.”
They’ve been picking up steam lately, though, and Richards says the hardest part is maintaining relationships. He says that it’s important to make sure to hang out together instead of just working.
“It’s been the biggest challenge, but I think we’ve done a good job of it,” he says.
When asked who they’d most like to tour with, Miller’s immediate answer was Beethoven. After a lengthy narrative about a lone organ on stage, lasers and the like, the pair added that they’d also love to tour with Phoenix or Foster the People.
See them with St. Lucia on Sept. 19 at The Blue Note. Tickets are $5 at the door or free if you RSVP online.