Settle

SettleWe recently had the chance to send a few questions out to Settle to give us some insight on current events, as well as a little information on their upcoming album, At Home We Are Tourists, out May 19th on Epitaph Records. A special thanks to Nick Rose of Settle for taking the time to answer our questions.

RRR: First off, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Would you care to tell the readers what your name is and what you do in the band?

Nick Rose: No problem. My name is Nick Rose and I am the singer/guitarist for the band Settle.

RRR: Many of my staff (myself included) are eagerly awaiting the release of At Home We Are Tourists. For those not quite familiar with Settle, how would explain your sound?

NR: It’s rock and roll to us. It might not be to some, but it is to us. I could see how people would label us indie, or alternative, or punk, or emo, or whatever, and I understand why people need these genres, but we just call it rock and roll. I’m not really sure what any of that genre stuff means anymore anyway. We have so many influences and so many ideas that when we sit down to write a song, nothing comes out traditional-sounding. So, it’s hard to peg. We’d kind of like to keep it that way, too. So I guess, like, un-traditional-indie-rock, with an emphasis on rocking and being loud. We’re a loud band, so we’ve been told.

RRR: How was the band originally approached by Epitaph Records? How have you enjoyed your time with the label?

NR: That’s a really long story. The short answer would be that Brett heard us through an online contest, liked what we sounded like, asked for more songs, liked those, and then gave us an opportunity to make a full-length. For question two, yes, we’ve enjoyed our time immensely. They’ve been the warmest, most down-to-earth people we’ve met. Everyone there is super-psyched about the record and they’ve been more than helpful with our new-to-business questions.

RRR: With the new album taking roughly 5 years of writing and revising to become At Home We Are Tourists, how satisfied is the band with the final product? Looking back, would you have done anything differently, or do you believe the time devoted to this album ensured your intended vision?

NR: Well, we didn’t really write those songs with any particular goal in mind, like making an actual full-length record. Half of the songs were written after we gave Epitaph our demo (in Aug/Sept ‘07). The other half was written before that demo, within those past five years. I guess the best thing about five years of material behind us, was that it gave us the chance to sift through the songs and find the stuff we felt most confident about. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

Without trying to purposely sound blunt, we don’t really look back. We know that when we make the second record it’ll be a different scenario, for writing/recording. We’re kind of excited and skittish about it at the same time. I don’t think we could or would have done anything differently with At Home We Are Tourists. I think the record is a perfect representation of the band’s sound right now. It is what it is.

RRR: Who/what were your greatest influences during the writing process of At Home We Are Tourists?

NR: The writing process wasn’t much of a process as it was a roundtable discussion about what songs we had already written sounded the best together. I can’t really pinpoint a single major influence. Each one of us brought a bunch of things to the table to work with when we wrote the songs. This is a question we’d probably be better off answering together, as a whole band.

RRR: Should we expect a full US tour in support of the new album?

NR: Yes.

RRR: If you could pick one track off At Home We Are Tourists that completely represents Settle as a whole, which track would you chose and why?

NR: That’s pretty impossible. The opening track, "Grand Marshall’s Moon Cloth Robes," comes close, because it incorporates pretty much everything we do into one big song. But that’s such an oddball song. Compared to everything else on the record it seems a little unjustified saying that. I don't really know, I like them all for different reasons. Each song is about someone we knew or currently know.

RRR: What will the rest of 2009 hold for Settle?

NR: Tour dates, diner food, a few yard sales, maybe a thrift store here or there, sight-seeing, sleeping, eating, shitting, flying, an interview or two, driving, darts, beer, Nintendo DS matches, arguments, record store browsing/buying, meeting people who rule, meeting people who suck, more beer, laughs, a photo shoot, tears, most definitely blood, probably some puke here or there too, showering, disease, an economic surge, more beer, an economic collapse, a birthday, some kickball, classic BBQ chicken, cut-off’s, pictures of things, purchases of stuff, maybe a walk now and again, maybe a run depending on who’s chasing, probably a flat tire, broken equipment, etc. Lot’s of things I suppose.

RRR: What are some of your most anticipated releases in terms of music this year?

NR: I don’t know. I carry around a list of shit that I want. If someone makes a recommendation, I’ll write it down. I hope Pissed Jeans releases a new one this year, because I think I’ve listened to Hope For Men like, 30 times. Right now my list includes some new stuff (Doom, The Thermals, Wavves) and some old stuff (Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis). Random, I know.

Interview by Shawn Flanagan

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