Two for the Highway is an artist-on-artist interview collection through which we pair two tourmates to debate life on the highway. Within the newest installment of the collection, The Lumineers’ frontman Wesley Schultz and Caamp’s Taylor Meier chat about their new albums and their present US tour.
The Lumineers have simply kicked off their tour in help of their 2021 LP, Brightside, however for Caamp, their new album cycle has simply begun. The Ohio people rockers introduced their upcoming album, Lavender Days, again in March and are gearing up for his or her busiest yr but: Round this month’s album launch, they’re set to play quite a few festivals and headlining reveals, in addition to becoming a member of The Lumineers on their intensive US tour.
There are some things that each of those bands have in frequent. For one, they’re each folk-leaning indie acts with frontmen that may conjure a substantial amount of emotion in a single raspy breath. However maybe extra importantly, they’re each extremely grounded, down-to-earth people, coming from humble beginnings and celebrated for his or her traditional, uniquely American songwriting.
Although they’re separated in age by just a few years, Meier is raring to be taught from a few of Schultz’s wisdoms and experiences on the highway. They discuss a lot about writing lyrics, with Schultz referencing Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” and Meier breaking down what the phrase “lavender” means to him. All through their dialog, nonetheless, one factor is evident: each songwriters try to faucet in to a weak, intimate area when writing and recording, and their respective outputs are brimming with soul and openness.
What’s much more fascinating about Schultz and Meier’s dialog is the emphasis on what it means to be the first vocalist and songwriter of a band. “I believe quite a lot of singers who additionally write, you’re on an island at instances,” says Schultz, “as a result of the buck stops with you, the writing, even going stage… they will’t do it with out you.”
Meier agrees, sharing the difficulties that Caamp overcame when including members to the band having began as a duo. “It’s a relentless tending of the backyard,” he says, however assuring that egos apart, “issues are fairly fucking peachy proper now.”