Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!
I like your tattoo.
KM: Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.
Dwight: Are you Scottish?
KM: No, I’m a bit Irish.
Dwight: We played in Ireland.
KM: That’s so cool, tell me about it!
Patty: We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.
Dwight: Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.
KM: Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.
Patty: I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.
Dwight: I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.
Patty: And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.
Dwight: And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.
KM: That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?
Dwight: Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.
KM: 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.
Patty: Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.
Dwight: I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.
KM: I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?
Dwight: I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …
Patty: Like Omaha.
Dwight: Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.
Patty: Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.
Dwight: We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.
Patty: They know how to do it right.
Dwight: It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.
Patty: They’re always in the moment.
Dwight: American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.
Patty: Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?
Dwight: You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!