Columnist interviews ‘Stereo’


Cat Hill

On Nov. 20, I went to what marked my 27th concert of 2009. It consisted of four bands: A Bright Idea, Thrust, AndRemote and Something Stereo. The night started around 7:30 p.m., and before I knew it, it was 10:30. The first band, A Bright Idea, had a lot of crowd interaction and put on an amazing show. They were very welcoming to me when I went up to talk to them.

Thrust was the next band and they were highly energetic and seemed to have fun on the stage. They were really nice when they were out in the audience and kept up a fun banter with me when they asked about my crutches. The third band, AndRemote, was very professional-looking and had a great sound. The other bands spoke highly of them.

Finally, the headlining act came on stage. Something Stereo definitely has a unique sound that was great to hear live. They put on an amazing show. They had a great stage presence. I could tell they were having fun and I really enjoyed watching them. Overall this concert was great. I really enjoyed it and hope to see these bands again in the future.

The day before the concert I had an awesome opportunity to sit down with Chris Kappen and Alex Carney of Something Stereo. The Sioux Falls-based band answered questions about the band, their future and ? Frisbees.

Cat Hill (iCat): Tell me, how old are you guys?

Something Stereo: I’m [Chris] 19, Alex is 19, Nick is 16 and Zack is 16.

iCat: What are some of your influences?

SS: [laughter] That’s a long list. A few of them are Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Hives, Velvet Revolver, Sick of Sarah and Jet.

iCat: What are some of your goals for the future of the band?

SS: We definitely want more exposure. We started as Sinner’s Swing in 2007, but in the summer of 2009 we experienced member changes and sound changes and we changed names to Something Stereo. We have a brand new exciting sound.

Chris: Those who didn’t like Sinner’s Swing stuff should definitely listen to this stuff, because they’ll probably like this better.

iCat: What are some ideas for merchandise that you have?

SS: We were definitely thinking the usual T-shirts, rubber bracelets and then we were thinking of getting Frisbees printed with our name on it and then maybe throwing them out in the crowd with EPs taped to the bottom.

iCat: If you could do collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

SS: I’d really like to work with Linkin Park just to see how they operate. Or maybe Avenged Sevenfold or even My Chemical Romance.

iCat: Any final comments?

SS: Yeah. We recorded an EP in November and we’d love for people to know about it. Also, we’re playing two shows in December. One on Dec. 11 with Future Leaders of the World in Harrisburg, S.D. (18+) and then one on Dec. 12 in Watertown at the Basement on Broadway.