Folly Collage to play at Downtown Bar and Grill
July 31, 2013 at 2:31 a.m.
From open mic nights at Steve-a-reno's to headlining the New Year's Eve show at Downtown Bar and Grill, Folly Collage is growing up fast.
With Danny Kuykendall on keys, Patrick Ellis on guitar and Patrick Lezama on drums, the threesome is getting ready to release their first EP.
Kuykendall caught up with Get Out to talk about the band's sound, losing a friend and his attempt to make a music scene for everyone.
How would you describe the Folly Collage sound?
It's got a pop-dance edge for sure, but the sound is set up to be like The Doors or Prince.
We mix in a little blues, or we'll have a spoken word poet perform with us. He'll do a few pages from one of his books; that always goes over really well.
We also have a few songs that are very hip-hop oriented. Our resident freestyle rapper, Cyrus Morton, recently passed away, so we haven't even wanted to play those songs.
We practice them, but we don't know anyone who was that good at freestyling. No one will take his space.
Did you want to make the music poetic?
It's a mix of imagination and trying to fit the right amount of syllables in a part. It's a little complicated.
There's always a meter to it.
The best way to think of it is that it starts off with a story: this girl is walking by, I raised my hand to say hi, but she walked right past me.
It was this girl, we used to ride the same bus in junior high, I don't think she recognized me.
Why did you choose that moment to write about?
We'll just be goofing off, singing random stuff during the songwriting process just to see what work. It's like word salad - it's a Beatles' trick. That story popped in my head, so I just saw where it went.
Was there a love interest?
It was more comedic. I thought it was funny. It didn't really break my heart or anything. It was too short of a moment to just have that be the song. She just blew me off.
I might have stewed over it; I forced myself to really think about that situation. When it happened in real life, it wasn't such a big deal.
Tell me about this line: "Life's lessons learned are measured in seconds."
You think people don't remember you, you wave and they walk by. That's going to happen sometimes.
Sometimes you'll just get shut down. But the long answer is that the one thing we can learn from history is that we don't learn from history.
Things are moving right along. Is there anything you're working toward?
We released our first single, "Walk Walk," on July 4. We record at East Side Tone in Austin; we've got a five-song EP just to get things rolling.
Every show, everything we've done has gotten better and better. We just want to keep the ball rolling.
I wouldn't say there's any long-term goals, but you look at it month-by-month, let everyone you can know about it.
The whole idea is getting people to have a good time.
Folly Collage hosted Rad Fest this summer. What's your goal to add to Victoria's music culture?
I've heard the complaint that Victoria is lacking in things to do. Instead of saying that, you have to make your own fun.
It was such an awesome opportunity. That amphitheater is well-built and is a nice little hill there for people to come out and have a picnic. We hosted it on a Sunday so everyone would have a nice Sunday in the park.
We didn't want to charge or anything like that.
And I hear you're planning another for this fall. Right?
That's the plan - in October. The staple local bands, I hope, will join, but it's still really far away. I'd like to see my buddies in Vincent's Betrayal and the Stout City Luchadores and maybe bring in some new acts from out of town.