Music Monday: St. Lucia

This #MusicMonday, we’re bringing you an exclusive interview and behind the scenes photos of the super-talented, Peter Gabriel influenced and South African natives St. Lucia. Check out the interview below:

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Behind the scenes photos of St. Lucia on September 25th at Mr. Small’s Theater in Pittsburgh, PA

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

St. Lucia:  I can easily say Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’. It was a turning point in the whole way that I thought about music, and it’s still an incredibly impressive album today. My parents got it for me one Christmas because of a recommendation of some guy at a mall that they asked what they should get their son, and I remember listening to it the first time and it sounded like noise. I’d never heard anything remotely like it, and so I wanted to return it, but all the ships were closed because of Christmas weekend. So, I was forced to listen to it a few more times, and it started to open up to me. Eventually, I was listening to it nearly every single day a few times. It made me realize that music can be accessible, catchy and can act in a deeper and more cerebral level as well.

AEO:  Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?

St. Lucia:  Playing in South Africa was pretty incredible to me because when we did it, I hadn’t played there since I left about 12 years ago. My family all still lives there, and so it was incredibly moving to see all of my old friends and family in the audience, and get to hang out with them afterwards.

AEO:  Where was your first show together and what was it like?

St. Lucia:  Our first show was a secret show at Union Hall in Brooklyn. It was terrifying. We already had a fair bit of hype at that point, and so we felt a lot of pressure to do something great. I think that at that point we were more-or-less standing completely still on stage, at least compared to now.

AEO:  If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?

 St. Lucia: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Zebra Shirt.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

St. Lucia:  Our craziest one, was when we forgot to close the door of our trailer in Minneapolis on our Winter tour earlier this year. It was the coldest day in 100 years there, -40F, and we ended up driving 30 minutes with the trailer open. Fortunately for us, the only things that fell out were two suitcases. Things could have ended VERY badly.

AEO:  Describe a day in your life in five words.

St. Lucia:  Coffee, Music, Food, Sleep, Try-to-work-out- (In no particular order).

Love St. Lucia as much as we do? Then check out our in-store playlist which features their song, Closer Than This.

 

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7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING: THE AEO SWING TANK DRESS
We’re all about easy, effortless dressing—especially when we can take a piece from boho to moto with a few simple accessories or the addition of a leather biker jacket. And this dress is one that lets us do it all. We love the bold stripes and the swingy silhouette, especially since it’s forgiving—which means we can eat all the cookies we want…

WHAT WE’RE EATING: GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
…Which leads us right to our next love. These. Cookies. Are. Everything. Now that it’s officially fall, we’re craving all things pumpkin—and these are a great way to satisfy our sweet tooth while still, shockingly, not being too unhealthy. Pumpkin’s full of good-for-you stuff like beta-carotine and fiber, but don’t let that fool you—these taste delicious.

WHAT WE’RE READING: FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
Now that we’ve read (and are still obsessing over) Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, we’ve been devouring everything else she’s written. Fangirl is written in a similar style but this time follows Cath (short for Cather), a college freshman who writes widely followed fan fiction, has an identical twin and, in short, is struggling to figure out who she really is in the world. While the passages of Cath’s fan fiction seem a bit extraneous (and, if we’re being honest, we ended up skimming them), the story in between is sweet, honest and funny.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: GONE GIRL
We’re pretty sure we don’t need to give you a synopsis of one of the most widely hyped, must-see movies of the year. So we’ll just say that we’re going to be first in line to see it. It stars Ben Affleck as the protagonist/antagonist and promises to be just as thrilling and captivating as the book (that pretty much never leaves the bestseller list).

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING: THE PARTYPARTY APP
Not only is this app one of the easiest to use EVER, but it’s SO. MUCH. FUN. You can select 4, 9, 16 or literally infinity photos to upload from your camera roll and put into a slideshow that’s shareable on Instagram, Facebook and even your blog. (Definitely good news for Blogger users.) You can add filters, you can add different frames, you can control the slideshow speed. Basically, it’s a party in your pocket.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO: ELEVATE BY ST. LUCIA
Want a unique throwback sound with a modern feel… that almost sounds like you’re listening to Phil Collins and Genesis, but in a totally new way? This feel-good song will make you dance in your seat and will put the biggest smile on your face. Guaranteed.

WHERE WE’RE GOING: THE HUDSON VALLEY
Want a really great view of fall foliage? The Hudson Valley is where it’s at. A drive through upstate New York is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall thanks to the leaves changing colors on the trees. There’s a ton to do here, from a visit to the little town of Nyack (filled with cute boutiques and restaurants) to the Mohonk Mountain House, where you can go hiking or visit the spa. There are farmer’s markets and places to go apple picking scattered all over the area, too.

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Music Monday: Hunter Hunted Interview

For this week’s installment of our AEO Up Next series, we bring you the epitome of dream pop with LA-based Hunter Hunted. We sat down with Daniel Chang, one half of the duo, to chat about how he and Michael met and what inspires their sound. Check out their video for the single “Keep Together” and get to know them more after the jump!

AEO:  Tell me a little bit about how this band came together.

Hunter Hunted:  We started this project about a year and a half ago. Michael and I collectively had this desire to make a new sound that’s a little bit different from Lady Danville. And so a year after we just decided to branch off.

It’s funny because even as we grow up together. Our tastes and stuff still go kind of go hand-in-hand. So this project allowed us to explore different tastes and different directions together.

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Photo Credit: HunterHunted.com

AEO:  Did you grow up in Los Angeles?

HH:  No, I grew up in a small town in Northern California called Danville. Michael actually grew up in the same town but we met in college so we didn’t know that we grew up in the same town. We actually went to rival high schools.

But we met in college when we were auditioning for an acapella group.

AEO:  How would you say the area that you grew up in or the area that you lived in when you were in college affected the music that you make?

HH:  For me, I actually didn’t start playing music until I got to UCLA. And I was, ya know, a college kid with a guitar so a lot of my songs are sort of acoustic, singer-songwriter driven. Then when Michael and I got together, we were coming from the acapella world so a lot of our songs were very harmony-based because we were so used to singing together in harmony.

As far as how where we’re from informed our music, I guess, I don’t know. It’s funny because a lot of people identify our sound as having a sort of California-indie sound. Personally, I don’t know what exactly that sounds like but I guess I can kind of feel it.

AEO:  Yeah, that seems to be the difference between East and West coast artists. For some reason, the East is just a bit darker. Maybe it’s the weather.

HH:  True. Our songs have some darker meanings but I guess as far as how it comes across, the sound can be kind of a sparkly upbeat vibe. Some of the songs that have a darker meaning can be disguised with a poppy sound.

 

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#MUSIC MONDAY: AEO UP NEXT BTS 2 Playlist Curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk

This Back to School season, we’ve paired up with insane musical talent to bring you a killer playlist in our stores. Check out the list of songs curated by De Lux, Hunter Hunted and Strange Talk and be sure to listen along on Spotify.

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Air Dubai – Afterglow
Anna Lunoe – All Out
Miike Snow – Animal – Mark Ronson Remix
Fences – Arrows (feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Savoir Adore – Beating Hearts – French Horn Rebellion Remix
Chance Waters – Bonnie
Ray Foxx – Boom Boom (Heartbeat) – Radio Edit
Catey Shaw – Brooklyn Girls
Empire Of The Sun – Celebrate – Hook N Sling Remix
Pharrell Williams – Come Get It Bae
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
Ra Ra Riot – Dance With Me
Hardwell – Dare You – Radio Edit
MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance
Kid Mac – Dream Weaver
Savoir Adore – Dreamers – Golden Pony Remix
Sia – Elastic Heart – From “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack
Tritonal – Electric Glow – Original Mix
Krewella – Enjoy the Ride
Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee
Ghost Beach – Every Time We Touch
Disclosure – F For You
The Black Keys – Fever
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Zedd – Follow You Down
Tiësto – Footprints
Dan Croll – From Nowhere
Sheppard – Geronimo
Bear Hands – Giants
The Naked And Famous – Girls Like You
TeamMate – Goldmine
Archipelago – Hang-up
Betty Who – Heartbreak Dream
i.am – Hello
Gorgon City – Here For You
The Ready Set – Higher
Tiësto – Let’s Go
Dylan Gardner – Let’s Get Started
Blondfire – Life of the Party
Bleachers – Like a River Runs
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes – Love Letter
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
Foxes – Night Owls Early Birds
Great Good Fine OK – Not Going Home
Coasts – Oceans
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Zinc – Only for Tonight
Fitz and The Tantrums – Out Of My League
Rudimental – Powerless – feat. Becky Hill [TIEKS remix]
Lilly Wood and The Prick – Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit
Dana Buoy – Preacher
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Rango
Clean Bandit – Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – All About She Remix
How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
The Griswolds – Right On Track
Bleachers – Rollercoaster
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
Ghostland Observatory – Sad Sad City
Bad Suns – Salt (Peter Thomas Remix)
Colony House – Silhouettes
Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)
Fitz and The Tantrums – Spark
Samsaya – Stereotype
Vacationer – The Wild Life

What is your favorite song from the lineup? We would love to hear! Tell us in the comments below!

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Music Monday: Strange Talk Interview

Somewhere between indie pop and electronic dance music sits the stylings of Melbourne based band Strange Talk who just so happen to be our featured act this lovely Music Monday. We sat down with the multi-talented Gerard Sidhu to chat about the band’s formation and how they met. Get to know more about Strange Talk’s unique live show after the jump. And be sure to check out their new record, “Cast Away.”

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Strange Talk. Photo Credit: All Things Go Music.

AEO:  Did you guys all meet in Australia?

GS:  We all met in Melbourne. Steve, myself and Travis, our drummer, are all from a country town about two hours outside of Melbourne. And Gillian is originally from Tazmania. But everyone, after school, moved to Melbourne and we’ve all been based there for the last six or seven years, I think.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how Strange Talk was formed?

GS:  So basically, Steve and myself were more of a production duo. So I had a studio and was doing a lot more, kind of, dance tracks and remixes. And Steve and I met out one night while I was DJing at a club. And we just kind of got along at the same pace in music. We started chatting and he is actually a classically trained violinist.

So we got to talking. And I’ve always had a love for strings in an arrangement. So I asked him if he’d come in and record some live strings on a remix I was making. So he came in and we got along really well. And from that point, we just started working together on different projects and that just turned into Strange Talk.

We put out, like, five songs on Facebook, ahem, Myspace [laughs]. And we had a great response from labels that we didn’t expect. And all the sudden they were asking for a live show that we didn’t have. And that’s how we met Trav and Gil.

AEO:  That’s really interesting that it started out as a production duo and then you took it to a live show. What was your strategy there?

GS:  Having produced and mixed all the original music, we knew it inside out. And we knew what we could play live, and what we could put on a backing track. And because of my history with studios, I figured out how to set it all up.

So we just kind of went backwards, everything that we could play live we took out; all lead vocals, guitar, bass, snare, etc all came out. And anything that we can’t humanly play live, just because you know, you need 20 people on stage to do it, we put on a backing track.

AEO:  So what was your first live show like?

GS:  It was a long time ago now.

AEO:  How long ago?

GS:  It would’ve been like five years ago. And we were nervous as anything! I was feeling sick to my stomach, I think we all felt that. But it went really well. We were obviously nervous. We weren’t engaged as much with the crowd like we are now. And we were just focused on a playing a perfect show. And we did. There were no mess-ups.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Strange Talk, shop their #AEOStyle.

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9: Legend Colorblock Pocket T-Shirt
10: Camo Sneaker
11: Slim Jean
12: Plaid Button Down Shirt
13: Suede Boat Shoe

Bonus! Coming to an in store playlist near you on September 23rd.  We’ve got an amazing remix of Strange Talk’s “Morning Sun” Dillon Francis.

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AEO X Budweiser Made In America: Blogger #AEOStyle Roundup

This past weekend, as the official fashion partner of Budweiser Made In America, we celebrated great #AEOStyle, fantastic music and good vibes in L.A. and Philly. Check out some of our favorite blogger festival #AEOStyle in this weeks roundup.

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Graphic Babydoll T-Shirt
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Describe your festival #AEOStyle in the comments below.   We’d love to hear what you rock out in at your favorite shows!

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