They’ve been together for years, they’ve done festivals, they’ve got a new album out in Feb and a single from said album out as you read this sentence (psst go download it, it’s great). The Districts have just announced a UK tour starting in April 2015 too, Conor predicated right! The cuties with even cuter accents have some very wise heads of their shoulders, and some very intriguing answers to my “would you rathers”. We’ve established that they’d be the new Wild Thornberry’s if they could.
Braden: Yeah, we’re from Lititz Pennsylvania. And now we live in Philadelphia.
Braden: Yeah, us four and then some other guys too.
Conor: Not as bad as last year.
Braden: Last year was really bad.
Conor: In our hometown. We all went to the same high school, we got together there.
Braden: I went to preschool with Rob, so I guess I kind of knew him. I went to preschool with him but then didn’t talk to him until eighth grade. But it’s a small town so… I knew him.
Conor: Just practicing, trying to write new music. We didn’t start playing gigs until like…
Braden: We played at the Coffee House.
Conor: Yeah, yeah.
Braden: I was like the last person to join because they needed a drummer to play at the Coffee House, which was like a high school talent show kind of thing. Then I joined and they told me “we’ve got like a week to practice”. We were all really nervous, it was all, well it was my first real gig I guess.
Conor: Yeah we played the Sebright Arms that was back in April. That was good.
Conor: We haven’t been to too many places, but I like Brick Lane a lot though.
Braden: Yeah Brick Lane and the food stalls always fight over each other. It’s fun.
Conor and Braden: Oh yeah.
Braden: Rob writes stuff that is really personal to him and we approach music like not trying to be really, like do something different or trendy. We do what we want to do. So we go with that.
Braden: No, not at all. I guess when we started the band we were playing older music, like when we were doing covers and stuff. I guess that kind of helped us develop. We never really like went into the band with an idea of what it should be. It was more over time it just became something.
Conor: We’ve been working on it for the better part of a year. The first song we recorded like last September and in April, we were in Minnesota with John Congleton.
Braden: It’s just like writing songs, like “oh this goes better there”. So yeah we’ve been working hard, it’s been a while since we put out a full length so a lot of songs came and went… We’re excited to release it.
Braden: Oh… it’s just like a bunch of dudes hanging out and you’re like “oh my neck hurts”. (Conor proceeds to rub Braden’s neck).
Braden: You can get a train going and everything.
Conor: Helps you to relax.
Braden: Yeah, mostly. We watch the Real World and give each other Bro Rubs.
Braden: Yeah… I dunno. They were all really good. I mean, being an opening band feels like more work because not many people go to see you. So it’s kind of different. But New York was awesome. Montreal was pretty cool.
Conor: Yeah we leave tonight to drive to Paris.
Braden: And tomorrow night we have to leave right after the show to come back here. So it’s like, we only have a few shows but it’s a lot of doing stuff and moving around.
Braden: It was more like a carnival, like with all the rides.
Conor: Maybe at like Coachella, but we haven’t been there.
Braden: There are so many festivals in America. I don’t know if the promoters are the same, but a lot of the time it will be like the same food, and even the same people sometimes. They travel between the festivals. It’s pretty similar but yeah…
Braden: Yeah, the people are different, more party-like I guess.
Conor: Yeah, probably.
Braden: Because 18 year olds can get drunk and do stuff, and in America you’d have to sneak stuff in. There was this one girl who was like crying her eyes out by the fence, she was like tripping her balls off. Really fucked up.
Braden: No, she was just fucked. Crying and then laughing. And there was people peeing on the fence.
Conor: Yeah definitely.
Conor: I’m thinking April…
Braden: Whisper. Because like it wouldn’t be annoying.
Conor: Probably arms for legs, because you can pick stuff up.
Braden: Yeah true. I mean would you still have arms too? (Yeah). Well you could be really lazy. You could be in the shower, picking stuff up with your hands feet. You won’t need to bend over, perfect. I’d be fine in prison.
Conor: Never be able to eat pizza.
Braden: I’d get sick of pizza, it’s really greasy food. I mean I love pizza as much as this guy (points to Conor).
Conor: And I’d give it up. You could eat lasagna.
Braden: And garlic bread.
Conor: Oh animals.
Conor: People are kind of boring. Animals would be cool.
Braden: Could it be any animal or would you just hear voices in your head? (Like animal voice schizophrenia). So you wouldn’t be walking in the forest and be able to hear like every animal? That would be weird.
It would be just like The Wild Thornberry’s!