For our second installment of AEO Up Next, we called up Kyle Henderson of the band Desert Noises to talk about the great state of Utah, Alabama beaches and life on the road. The twangish, indie-rock quartet recently released their LP, “27 Ways,” which is something of a tribute to their roots in Utah coupled with their life on the road. Get to know more about Kyle and listen to a track off of “27 Ways” after the jump.
AEO: Were you born and raised in Utah?
Kyle Henderson: I was, yeah. Most of us were. Brennan was actually born in California and then we’ve all lived here for most of our lives.
AEO: What’s Utah’s music scene like?
Henderson: It’s actually really good. It’s all sorts of different stuff. But yeah, there’s a really good music scene in my hometown of Provo.
AEO: How has the scenery of Utah or the music scene itself inspired your work?
Henderson: I think a lot of it is inspired by the surrounding nature. How this place is, you’re surrounded by mountains and kind of just trapped in, ya know? It’s also a really hard place to leave because it feels so closed. And the culture is so tight-knit and everything, that I’d definitely say that the beauty of this place plays a huge part.
AEO: Can you tell us a little bit about “27 Ways”? How long did it take to create and what was the process like?
Henderson: We were working on it for probably about two years before we started recording it. And it was basically like in between tours, we’d be writing new songs and really trying to focus on that. We’d take them out on the road and change them as we were touring. So it became an album that came from being on the road and living on tour. We’re on tour a lot. So we kind of have to do things a different way by trying out new ideas on the road.
AEO: Interesting. That’s almost counter to what you described Utah as being like: an insular sort of culture. You created this album in completely different circumstances. Were you just traveling the States?
Henderson: Just the States. We haven’t played outside the states yet.
AEO: It’s coming soon, I’m sure.
AEO: I know you guys have been billed on a few festivals. Which ones were your favorites so far?
Henderson: Oh man. They’re all so good. They’re all so different. Recently we just played this festival called Hangout Festival, which is on the beach in Alabama.
AEO: Alabama has a beach?!
Henderson: Yeah, you’re literally in the sand while you’re playing.
AEO: That’s awesome!
Henderson: Yeah. So that was very epic.
AEO: Can you tell us what the one album is that truly affected your path in music?
Henderson: I would say Led Zepplin III.
AEO: Good one. So, festivals aside, what smaller show was your favorite to play?
Henderson: I guess what comes to mind is Lincoln, Nebraska. For some reason, that place really just gravitated towards us. And so every time we go there it’s just like a riot. That kind of place was like our first show experience where it was like, whoa, there’s people actually coming to the shows. I think that that was a big key point in our music career.
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