Shawn Brackbill Featuring Eric Emm, former bassist of Pittsburgh math rock…
- Posted on Sep 9th 2010 5:00PM by Adam Horne
Hail From: Brooklyn, NY
Why We Love Them: Eric Emm and Jesse Cohen traded the frenetic guitar rock and dance-punk of their former bands (Don Cabellero and Professor Murder, respectively) for a tropical electropop aesthetic when they formed Tanlines in 2008. Just hearing a few bars of the Brooklyn duo's bubbly synths, shimmering guitars and calypso-influenced percussion has us reaching for our beach chairs and Mai Tais.
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Exclusive Q&A With Jesse Cohen:
What's your favorite album right now?
'Ridin' With My Top Down: The Essential Swizz Beatz' and 'On the Charts: IRS Records 1979-1994.'Tell us about the first concert you saw.
Mine was the Beastie Boys at the Capitol Center in Landover, Maryland. You know, typical suburban dropped-off-by-parents-type thing.
What's your biggest vice?
Tweeting too hard?
Many of your videos are re-cut YouTube clips. What are some of your all-time favorite YouTube videos?
This is one of my favorites: [Watch]
What's the story behind the band name?
You know, the old story -- needed to come up with a band name so we could post our first remix on the internet/saw it on the back of a truck/it happens to be representative of our lifestyle (sitting in front of a computer making warm sounding songs).
At what point did Tanlines turn from just a remix/production project to an actual band?
When a British label called Young Turks asked if they could release our first original song as a single, we decided we didn't just want to do remixes.
How is the experience of performing live as Tanlines different for you than it was performing with more traditional rock bands?
The house sound guy is usually not that into it.