Q&A with Best Behavior: "We Wanted to Create Some Really Big Songs"
With a sound deeply rooted in '60s British Invasion bands and high energy rock n' roll, Brooklyn-based garage pop band, Best Behavior are hellbent on creating songs that are worthy of screaming out the window while you drive down the highway. Following their 2015 debut album, Good Luck Bad Karma, the band went right back to work, writing, recording and touring - most of all, preparing for the next step. Flash forward a few years, and they're gearing up to release their new EP in early 2018, with new songs "Say" and "Catherine No Chaser" out now!
Watch the adorable video for "Say" and read more about Best Behavior's growth since 2015, their new music and plans for the future below!
Interview by Shannon Shumaker
Can you tell us a little bit about Best Behavior for any readers who might not be familiar?
We're three best friends from Brooklyn, NY who like to play 60's inspired Garage Pop together.
Your sound is really deeply rooted in this retro 60’s vibe combined with modern pop. Who are some timeless artists that continue to inspire you musically today?
Those are two things we really love. A lot of time we'll be in the van listening to artists like Kanye West, Alvvays, and Deerhunter. We love big songs we can roll the windows to and scream out the window.
How do you feel the music scene in New York has affected the music that you write?
There's an undeniable energy in New York City. It sustains you, but it also drains you. The ebb and flow of that has really inspired me as a songwriter. The city is so big and there are so many small amazing details to write about. It's an amazing backdrop for a story.
This summer, you released “Say,” your first new single in about two years. How do you feel you’ve grown between Good Luck Bad Karma and the new music you’re working on now?
We've really grown as musicians and we started to take everything more seriously this time around. We're total nerds about music so we love playing songs in the rehearsal room for hours. For our upcoming EP, 'Things That Happened' we wanted to create some really big songs. So many bands are into this lo-fi thing and we wanted to do the total opposite.
You also released a video for “Say.” What was the inspiration behind it?
We were really interested in making a video that wasn't just a band playing in some random scene. We really wanted to tell a story that was unique to the video. 'Say' is such a beachy, fun pop song and we wanted to connect the colorful, coastal vibes of the West Coast and NYC. What better place than Coney Island?
More recently, you dropped your newest single, “Catherine No Chaser.” Can you tell us about the story behind this song?
'Catherine No Chaser' is a song I wrote after a night of chance encounters. I had met this amazing girl and she really drank me under the table. We ended in a bar dancing to Beyonce until 6 AM! After that she left and I never saw her again. It was one of those nights you wake up and think, "Did that really happen last night?"
I hear you’ve been working on a new album, as well! When can fans expect to hear some more new music from it?
Yeah! We took so long to record 'Things That Happened' we want to get our new material out fast as possible. We're thinking Spring 2018. Can't wait to show you.
You’ve been playing a few shows around home, but do you have any plans for the rest of the year yet?
We'll be doing some cool shows as we close out the year. We'll be supporting our friends The Sherlocks, from the UK, at Baby's All Right on November 6th and we'll also be doing a big end of year show in December to celebrate the EP. We'll be announcing soon on the socials.
What’s next for Best Behavior?
We're going to be touring A LOT in 2018. We haven't hit the West Coast yet so we're really excited to play over there and eat a California Burrito.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Follow us on instagram! We love posting weird stuff on our stories. @bestbehaavior Take care!!!