Discover The Undiscovered: Major Major Major
By Staff on December 11, 2012
December is here and we have one last DTU artist to introduce before we enter 2013, so please meet Major Major Major. The two-piece garage pop band featuring singer and guitarist Adrian Sebastian and drummer Andrew Torrey, hails from Austin, Texas and is influenced by the energy and rawness of bands like Ty Segall and WAVVES. After recording their EP, the band (then a 4-piece) continued playing live shows 1 band member left for Harvard and the other got kicked out of venue for being too wasted before taking the stage. Initially the band was hesitant to continue playing as a two-piece and thus, reinvented their sound. This December, Major Major Major will embark on their first tour from Texas to Alabama; after which, the band plans to record their sophomore EP.
FILTER: Who are your main influences?
MMM: Both Andrew and myself (Adrian) agree with most of our musical tastes with the exception of Bjork, who Andrew constantly makes fun of me for being obsessed with her. However, as far as our band is concerned, our main influences are Deerhunter along with some garagey stuff like Ty Segall, King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees and we also love glam such as David Bowie and Roxy Music. Andrew also claims to draw his drum parts heavily from Mastodon and Slayer although I’m not sure I believe him.
FILTER: How did you meet?
MMM: Andrew and I first met nearly two years ago through mutual friends at the University of Texas at Austin. I heard he played drums from a friend and I immediately called him up to schedule a practice. We immediately worked up a set and played our first shows during South By Southwest 2 months afterward. We recorded our first EP that May.
FILTER: What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
MMM: We are extremely proud of our debut EP which has gained a lot of exposure in the Austin scene and has started to get exposure elsewhere. The songs mean a lot to us, and we were relatively new before recording the EP. The recording process really brought us together as a band and created an organized focus for the kind of music we aim to make. Also, we had a very small budget, which led us to use Kickstarter to raise money for the album. We also chose to put the album exclusively out 12” in order to give our fans something special especially since they were so generous in helping us fund the it.
FILTER: Where did the band name originate?
MMM: The idea for our band came from the character Maj. Major Major Major in the novel Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Maj. Major Major Major is a comedic character in the book used to point out the absurdity and uselessness of authority. His Father named him Major Major Major as a joke, and ironically he later becomes a sergeant in the Army therefore acquiring the rank Major. Although we are fans of the book, we mainly are attracted to the way our band name looks and it’s reference doesn’t hold any relevance to our music.
FILTER: Favorite Bands?
MMM: Adrian: Deerhunter, David Bowie, Ty Segall, Wipers, Husker Du, Elvis Costello, Deerhoof, Tame Impala, Talking Heads and XTC
Andrew: Magnetic Fields, Mastodon, The Wave Pictures, Cake and Lightening bolt
FILTER: Plans to Tour?
MMM: We are going on a short tour through Texas, Louisiana and Alabama this coming week starting Dec. 14th. Andrew has to go to Huntsville AL to celebrate Christmas with his parents so we figured we’d plan a tour on our way to Huntsville and drop him off. The cities we are playing include, San Antonio, Houston, Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Birmingham. A summer tour is definitely on our agenda as well.
FILTER: Plans for next release?
MMM: We are mostly in the stages of pre-production demoing varies songs. Our plan is to start recording a 3 song EP this coming January which we are really pumped about. This upcoming EP will take a more raw approach in comparison to our last EP but will maintain the pop sensibilities of our debut.
Major Major Major tour dates:
13 Austin TX - Holy Mountain w/ Sphynx, Hello Caller, and Growl
14 San Antonio TX - 502 Bar w/ Sphynx and Lonely Horse
15 Houston TX - TBA
16 Lafayette LA - Artmosphere w/ Brand New Bag
19 Baton Rouge LA - North Gate Tavern w/ Woozy
20 New Orleans LA - Circle Bar w/ Sun Hotel, and The Tix
21 Birmingham AL - Spring Street Firehouse w/ Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, and Model Citizen