BY ANDREW KIM
When anyone comes to me looking for an indie-rock band with raw, natural charisma, I immediately think of the bona fide California-based group, Sir Chloe. Made up of members Dana Foote as guitar and vocals, Teddy O’mara as guitar, Palmer Foote as drums, and Austin Holmes as bass, the band has been making a prominent footprint in the underground indie-rock scene with dominant singles such as “Animal” and “Too Close.” Even without the release of a debut album, Sir Chloe continues to display their musical wizardry with their youthful sound and suave presence.
I had a chance to talk to Sir Chloe’s lead vocalist Dana to talk about the band’s livelihood, the recording sessions of their current discography, and plans for future projects after quarantine. Make sure to check out Sir Chloe’s latest single “July” to explore into this stellar sensation of a band.
[This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity]
How are you, Dana? Where are you right now?
I am in my childhood bedroom at my parents’ house in Connecticut.
In your label’s website, it said that the band is located in California. How are things working with you being in Connecticut?
We were in California because we were playing some shows up there. With the pandemic, I ended up back at the East Coast, and yeah, right at the moment, we’re all in the greater New York area.
Are you all from there?
Teddy is from Seattle, the same with Austin. Palmer and I are from Connecticut, ‘cause we’re brother and sister.
It seems everyone disbursed due to COVID. I have to ask, with this entire pandemic going on, how is the band faring within these circumstances? How has it affected the band’s time together or musical production?
We haven’t been able to see each other because of quarantine. Hopefully, that will change towards the end of either this month or September. We’re planning on spending some time together to write, but most of the writing that happened even before the quarantine happened remotely, so not a whole lot has changed with our productivity. We’re still sending ideas back-and-forth to each other as much as we can.
I’m glad to hear that the quarantine isn’t hindering you guys too much.
Yeah, a lot of other musicians I’ve been talking to have talked about not being able to see one another. I think everyone is learning how to keep going in the circumstances.
Let’s talk about your discography. It looks like starting in 2019, the band has been releasing single after single, and in 2020, you guys have released three singles so far, with the latest one being “July.” How do your recording sessions work? How do these singles come together?
So, we recorded in two chunks: two long sessions where we recorded four songs. In the first session, I think that we did it when the band first got together. That’s where we recorded the first four songs we released as a band, which was “Animal,” “Michelle,” Walk You Home,” and “Too Close.” That was different because that session was only for a couple of hours. We had pretty limited time in the recording studio, so we all kind of went in, banged out four songs, and then left. We did the vocal over-dubs when we could. And then the most recent songs that we have out like “July,” “Untie You,” “Easy on You,” and a couple more that are coming as well, we did last October during a weeklong recording session in this warehouse my friend owns called the Stationary Factory. He has the top floor of this warehouse that has a couple of mics and a personal setup of his. He was out of town for the week and said that we could crash at his place and use the space to record, so we were able to have free range over the studio. It was an opportunity not a lot of people get, so it was really special.
So you mentioned that you recorded these songs in chunks. Have you ever thought of grouping them together into an EP?
We do have plans to release everything as a body of work, but while we’re still pretty small and developing, we wanted to have singles instead of a larger piece of work. This is because when there’s a band that people never heard of before and they have a multi-track album out, it can be daunting to listen to the whole album, compared to a short, four-minute sneak peek of what they’re about. Singles just tell you what to expect from a band and they give you a snippet rather than an hour-long event. I figured it would be better to release shorter singles and that way we could also come out with things more often. It just seems like it would be difficult building off of an album compared to building off of singles.
What an interesting approach. So then, the band has now released a handful of singles and its name is now known by a large audience. When can your fans expect a bigger body of work, such as a ten-track album?
A ten-track album, I’m not sure. However, a body of work is already in the works and we have plans to release it in the near future. We also have something planned for release as far as a fresh, new set of songs that would be an album. I would say more than half of one is already written but nothing has been recorded. The only thing now that I would have to write the rest of it and the rest of the band and I would have to go into the studio to record.
Good to hear, I’ll be looking forward to it. So, your latest single “July.” How did this track come together? What does it bring to the table in terms of the band’s discography?
Gosh, It was an orphan chorus for a while. It was kind of sitting around for a while, I would say half a year. Then, when I finally wrote the song, it was very slow and somber until I sent it over to Teddy where he sent back the arrangement with the current feel. Once we brought the track to the band, it became all of our favorite song to play. Or at least, it’s me and my brother’s favorite to play live. The track just feels fresh and less straightforward rock, even a little bit weirder. For example, there are the dissonant synths that come in during the first chorus and go for a couple of seconds. I think that the overall arrangement is different from what we usually do. I think “July” is just smarter than what we’ve done so far.
Smarter, I like the sound of that. Okay, let’s take ourselves into the future: the quarantine era is finally over and the band is all grouped together in California again. What do you want to do with Sir Chloe? What are your horizon plans for the band?
I would say the primary goal is to be able to play as many shows as we possibly can. We want to tour and that’s really the priority, to be able to consistently play live again. As far as future goals, just getting to a point where we can do this long-term would be really great. It’d be really special if we could continue to play music for a while and have this be a sustainable thing.
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