Kira: Since you guys are about a style that does have influences in the 60s and with older, classic singers like Joplin and the Supremes, are you doing this with the intention of resonating with older audiences from those times…or are you looking to get younger listeners of today into this kind of sound, or are you just doing it to do your own thing?
Alex: Just in terms of the question, “Is this music going to relate to a certain age group… you know, 15 to 22 year olds…” you know, we’re not sure. We’re going on faith that the music itself is kinda fun and catchy, and I feel like artists like Adele or like Amy Winehouse, have already sort of primed listeners to be open to our sort of sound. If kids today want to listen to us, that’s always cool. We’re not doing it to fit any kind of mold that happens to be on the rise. Sure, we’ll probably be more likely to connect with older people because of our sound, but we’re not looking to only connect with them. I feel like, it’s just the type of sound that is coming from all of us right now.
Kira: Really? I think it’s kind of interesting how you explain balancing listeners. Yeah, Adele sounds kind of “older,” but Adele sort of just steam-boated and now she’s gone from a singer that’s “older sounding” and in a vein with non-poppy material, to now being popular but not with older individuals.
Amy Lynn: Yeah….
You know, to be honest, the first thing I thought of when I heard you guys, yeah, Amy Winehouse and all that, but really more about Fitz and the Tantrums.
Amy Lynn: Yes!!
Kira: They have that thing, being in a groove where people know who they are, but they’re not…not all over the map and they’re actually still like this hidden little gem.
Alex: Yeah, totally. Well…
We’re actually covering one of their songs at Joe’s Pub
Kira: Really…..? (insert highly intrigued tone here)
Kira: I love that song.
Amy Lynn: Me too…–laughs-…me too!
Alex: Fitz and the Tantrums is a great model for kind of what we’re doing right now.
Amy Lynn: It’s also the same instrumentation, correct?
Alex: Yeah, pretty much. They’re…a little smaller than we are. You know, they only have one horn player and one backup singer and we have three horn players and two backup singers.
Kira: (jokingly) Bigger is better.
Amy Lynn: -laughs- …I think so, sometimes.
Alex: We do what we can.
The upcoming show at Joe’s Pub mentioned by Amy Lynn, is on Saturday, August 18th at 7PM.
You can buy tickets here.
Throw together these jazzing horns with the Pub’s ambient atmosphere, and Amy Lynn and the Gunshow can easily rival the infectious energy of any big band show –past, present and possibly even future. It’s not something to be missed!