October 18, 2011 by admin
Elliott Eglash ‘13
On September 10th, one of Weston High School’s most popular bands took the next step on their path to fame: The Interstellar Elevators released their first EP on iTunes, entitled “Paper on Plastic.” This marks the band’s official entry into the music business, and they’re ecstatic.
According to the band’s bio, the album centers on themes of “a developing sexuality, and its obstruction of the difficult world of being an upper-class white male in America.” Billy Richling, the band’s front-man, is the lead songwriter for the Interstellar Elevators, and the creator of all the songs on the album. His emotion and lyricism are present throughout the album, and he works hard to find just the right word for each and every phrase. They have won over countless Weston High School students with lines that are accessible and heartfelt at the same time (“You said/ It’s the start of the end/ And whatever it was/ It won’t happen again”). Their music is, as senior Morgan Folger says “not like every other band.”
The band, although relatively unknown outside of Fairfield County, are beloved by all in Weston. Their unique blend of jazz, funk, and hip-hop, according to the band’s bio, is “smoother than a baby’s bottom.” This adds to their sheer originality and showmanship, which has made them arguably the most popular band Weston High School has seen in recent years.
This is evident to anyone who has been to one of the band’s shows. To celebrate the release of their EP, the band performed on September 10th. Billy said the show was “really fly,” and gave a special thank you to guest performers Jake Melvin and Max Molinsky. Be sure to check out their upcoming gigs to see the hype firsthand: on October 15th, the band will be playing an all-Weston show at Trackside in Wilton.
The group consists of six members, all of whom are seniors: Billy Richling, the group’s guitarist and emcee; Jake Strauss on bass; Campbell McClintock on guitar, keyboards, and saxophone; Xander Landen on percussion; Stefan Rehr on drums; and Andrew Denicola, of Staples, on saxophone. The band has been a cohesive collaboration since 2009, when the group was created.
Collaboration is certainly a necessity for the band, considering their emphasis on the eclectic and diverse. Although the primary instrumentation is not unique, the band uses several other uncommon instruments, such as organs, bongos, a djembe, and, says Billy, “various assorted rubber duckies.”
Until recently, the Interstellar Elevators relied mostly on the Internet and occasional shows to get the word out. However, with their iTunes debut, the group may be able to make further progress. As Morgan said, “everyone knows their lyrics, and now they can listen to them on iTunes whenever.” This could be the next step to becoming even more popular in the Fairfield County area and beyond.
Category Out and About | Tags: