9:30 INTERVIEW: Devin Gallagher, Typhoon
Sydney [9:30]: I know that the big think about Typhoon that you’re probably sick of hearing about is that you guys are so big. Are there any weird problems that you run into when touring that smaller bands wouldn’t?
Devin [Typhoon]: I don’t really notice the downsides anymore. It’s really more of an advantage. Anything that needs doing, there’s twelve people who can do it.
Do you guys have any rituals that you perform before you get one stage? How do you get everyone all in the same mindset to perform so cohesively as such a big group?
Before we play, we gather in a big huddle and do a group cheer. Sometimes we’ll talk a bit in the huddle before cheering. We’ve been doing this for as long as I can remember. We might all be in different places psychically before hand, but when we cheer we’re all there together.
Typhoon seems like a big family, and that certainly comes across in your music. Do certain members in the groups play different family-like roles in your group? Who would you title with band mom or band dad?
We joke about that, but it’s probably more like twelve kids who’s parents left them the house while they’re traveling in Europe- brothers and sisters.
When the lineup of the band is constantly changing, what kind of challenges does that present to the songwriting and touring process?
Since we released “Hunger and Thirst” in 2010, the lineup has been the same, except for the departure of two members (our cellist and a backing vocalist). The twelve of us have been writing, playing, touring, and living together for over three years, and continue to grow stronger as a band.
You all are a pleasant departure from the recent trend toward minimalism in indie music. Where do you draw your influences? What other bands do you identify most with in terms of style and band structure?
Most of us were classically trained in addition to playing in garage bands, and seeing how orchestras and large jazz ensembles function probably gave us a good background for what we do now. When we were in high school and college, people like Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, The Polyphonic Spree, and Sigur Ros were experimenting with larger ensembles as well as utilizing strings and horns and more varied percussion- I think that influenced us quite a bit.
Plane malfunction takes you down and leaves you all stranded on a desert island together. You can only rescue one of your tour items before you make it to dry land…what would it be?
Probably the whiskey.
If you could sit down and have a drink and a chat with any musician, living or dead, who would it be? You don’t have to be a fan of their work—maybe you just want to pick their brain.
We’re super excited to have you guys on our stage in DC. Being from the west coast, is there anything you’re anxious to see or do when you’re back in the nation’s capital?
DC is just fun to be in. I have been meaning to check out the James Adkins University campus.
Typhoon performs LIVE at 9:30 Cub on March 19th!