Best Behavior is a Garage Pop band making serious noise with their ridiculously catchy tunes. They have a sonic appeal similar to The Strokes, with the playfulness of Say Anything intertwined. To get an idea of what they’re about check out their music video for “Say”, off their new EP, out now and available for purchase HERE
We spoke via email with Best Behavior and asked them to tell us a little more about themselves:
How would you describe your sound if talking to someone who had never heard your music before?
ALEX: Garage Pop. If The Strokes and Phoenix had a cute baby.
DAN: Ah the all dreaded elevator pitch. I think it sounds like the 21st century kinks if they were from suburban America.
How did Best Behavior first come together? Is the band still all original members?
ALEX: My buddy put us all in touch. Chris Jimenez and I started the group.
DAN: I came in a year or so after they started to really get serious and I was introduced to Alex and Chris by a guy who I used to play drums in another band that fell apart. It’s really crazy how these things come together. Its just these weird chance connections. The band has been through a lot of line up changes. But that’s part of the growing pains of a band that’s trying to get serious and learn how to play, not everything works right away. You all see all these bands and they looked fully formed and like they just instantly had the right members and could play perfectly. Maybe some bands are really like that, but not us. We go in for the long laborious haul….Does that make us masochists?
What show would you consider to be your “breakout gig” to this point?
What do you think it takes for band to stand out in a large music environment like NYC?
ALEX: Be genuine.
DAN: TIME. It takes a lot of time and focus to develop a sound and learn how to play. We’ve all been playing our instruments for like 20 years and sometimes I feel like I’m just starting to figure out how to actually do it.
What should people expect from your live performance when coming to see you?
ALEX: Real rock n roll. It’s always a good time.
DAN: The connection that three of us have is starting to really make the live show special. You can’t fake years standing in a small room together for the shear love of it. That’s the sound.
Who is the primary songwriter in the band?
ALEX: I write the material in my studio.
What should people expect from the band in 2018?
ALEX: More songs. More tours. Harder sound.
DAN: Creating art is exhilarating, going through releasing it and distributing it can feel alienating. By the time I’ve ever released anything, I have felt like it doesn’t really represent me anymore. I think its something you have to go through. You work on every detail endlessly, obsessively… excessively. You spend all of your time thinking about it. And then when it comes out, you have already transformed into something else. Look for something completely different in 2018. Get busy being born or get busy dying. I think Dylan said that. Or he stole it from somebody.What was the first album you purchased?
ALEX: No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
DAN: Beach Boys Greatest Hits. Still the greatest.
First concert you attended?
ALEX: NO DOUBT! Same tour. They played with weezer on their Pinkerton tour.
DAN: By myself? It was definitely Weezer in 1998. You wanna talk about songs?!
Most influential band to you personally?
ALEX: The Kinks changed my life.
DAN: Lou Reed’s solo career and obviously his work with the Velvet Underground