It's always a joy to talk about new bands in the East Tennessee area that are doing exciting things and have a lot of potential.
In a short time, Art Smashes records has already put out an impressive debut EP and found themselves on the Rhythm N' Blooms lineup. They are in fact one of our Knoxville-based Rhythm N' Blooms 2018 bands to watch, and they were kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions so we could all get to know them a little better.
KMW: I know you guys as a new band, but that might just be because I just recently became aware of you. How long have you guys actually been playing together?
Art Smashes Records: We've been playing together for about a year now. Although we’ve each had our previous music endeavors, this was our first attempt at forming a serious band. We’ve never been a part of something so well-received before. We’re certainly still growing our fan base and developing as a band, but it’s surprising how eager and dedicated our fans have already become. We’ve gone from playing in basements to being on the Rhythm N’ Blooms lineup within a single year, and we don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
KMW: Congratulations on getting on the Rhythm N' Blooms lineup! Can you talk a little bit about your thoughts on playing the festival, and are there any bands in particular on the lineup that you're excited to see?
ASM: We love what Rhythm N’ Blooms does for the Knoxville music scene. Having attended previous RNB festivals as patrons, it’s very humbling and exciting to be able to experience everything from the other side this year. DK the Drummer (previously the drummer of Mutemath) is one of our all-time favorites, so we can’t wait to see his performance. You can be sure we’ll be checking out The Mowgli’s and Sucré during their sets as well. And of course we’ll be supporting all of our fellow locals – Sweet Years, Blond Bones, Andy Wood, Southern Cities, David Francisco, etc.
KMW: I know you (Zach) have cited Mutemath as an influence. Are there any others in that kind of electro-pop subgenre that you're into as a band?
ASM: We’re a huge fan of the alt-pop-rock scene right now - The Wombats, Walk the Moon, Two Door Cinema Club, and Mutemath are all major influences for us.
KMW: Word on the street is you guys have a new EP coming out soon. Anything you want to tell us about that or any other releases coming up?
ASM: At the moment, we’re working on tracking our new single, “Disappointments”, and shooting a music video for it. We are incredibly excited to share it with everyone, and we’ve got quite a few other new songs up our sleeves as well. Keep an eye out for that new EP coming this spring. As a band, we’ve really come into our own with these new tracks. We’ve worked hard on developing our unique sound, and this new music is leaps and bounds above anything we’ve released to date.
KMW: Anything else at all coming up that you guys want to plug or make people aware of?
ASM: We're working on quite a few bigger things this year. This will be a pivotal year for us as a band, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. Come say hi to us at Rhythm N’ Blooms – we’ll be playing all three days of the festival. Mention this article and we’ll be sure to hook you up with some free Art Smashes Records swag!