“We met in our freshman year at Loyola—started jamming in the dorms. We’re seniors now so that’s been going on for four years.
[Fellow Loyola students] Naughty Professor and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes were one of the first shows we ever went to. It was at Tipitina’s—a lot of fun. We look up to these older bands, because Naughty P was once in our position.
We’ve played Mid-City Masquerade, we did Freret Street Festival, and a festival at Loyola. This is our first Hogs for the Cause. Recently, we’ve been doing lots of runs on the weekends. We go up to Memphis and play the Hi Tone a lot. Alabama—Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile. We just had a great show in Baton Rouge at the Spanish Moon. Around here, we’ve played Gasa Gasa, Tiptina’s, Howlin’ Wolf.
Spence writes most of the songs; Abner has written some, too. We write improvisation into our structures, and everybody always ends up bringing in something new. Sometimes lyrics come completely written, sometimes they’re finished with everybody. It’s an interesting dynamic between the two of Spence and Abner; Spence’s background is more pop, while Abner is coming from the jazz, improvisational side. Abner is our horn leader and the only horn player that’s a consistent member of the band. We’ll bring in friends every once in a while when we have a bigger show.
We like being able to play a lot of different types of music. At this point, when we’re early in our career, it’s great being able to explore that. We’ve played some rock shows, some jazzy shows, and with electronic artists.
Recording our album Lampshade Sessions, which we dropped in November, was awesome. We’re still learning to play our songs, reformatting them, making sure they’re tight. And we’re in the songwriting process for our next album. Once we’re all done with school, we want to hit the road. We want to make music for a living and make it happen in some form in whatever way we can.”
Elysian Feel plays Hogs for the Cause 4 p.m. Friday, March 31.