Although their surf-pop makes them sound is as if they have been plucked straight from the beach, the Vancouver band, Peach Pit, has started to make impressions globally. The band consists of bassist Peter Wilton, guitarist Chris Vanderkooy, drummer Mikey Pascuzzi, and vocalist/guitarist Neil Smith. During SXSW, we lounged poolside with the guys talking about their new album, Being So Normal, guitar solos, and staying motivated.
A new take on Chicago’s music scene, Varsity, are showing their true colors with Parallel Person, the latest release from the retro pop group. Led by singer/keyboardist Stephanie Smith, she surrounds herself with guitarist/vocalist Dylan Weschler, guitarist Patrick Stanton, bassist Paul Stolz, and drummer Jake Stolz. The band took time out of their packed SXSW schedule to answer a few questions about the making of Parallel Person, challenges they’ve faced getting to releasing the album, and goals for the rest of the year.