Tonight, they’re playing at The Station in Charlotte with Group Text, Landless and Derring-Do, starting at 9 p.m. This week, Jarrod Hayslette interviewed football, etc. about their new full-length, their US tour, time spent in Europe, and their memories of playing shows in the Carolinas. Take a look:
[Jarrod Hayslette] To start, I’ll have you just say your names and what your roles are in the band.
[Lindsay Minton] I sing and play guitar.
[Mercy Harper] I play bass.
[Daniel Hawkins] I play drums.
[JH] You’re currently on tour here in the states supporting your brand new full-length “Corner,” which also happens to be your first US run in a couple of years. How have the shows been so far?
[MH] The shows have been good! One standout for me was Nazareth, P.A., a small town we’ve never played before. The show was in a bakery. It was surprisingly good—a really supportive place.
[DH] Yes, Nazareth was a total surprise and an unforgettable experience as was Cambridge, M.A., which was amazing.
[JH] Prior to this run, you just finished the European/UK leg of the album release tour. How was your time overseas?
[DH] I feel like this was possibly our best tour over there. We had an incredible time getting to see so many friends and meet new ones. We played in quite a few cities we hadn’t previously been to, and getting to tour with DAGS! (from Milan, Italy) was an inspiring experience. We love them. We’re always very thankful for the opportunity to tour in the UK and Europe.
[JH] Speaking of your new LP, “Corner” has been out for almost two months now. How has the reception been to the record, and playing new songs live?
[MH] It’s been very exciting to see folks singing along to some of the new stuff. I think people are digging it!
[DH] The reaction to the album has been incredible and very encouraging. We’re having a ton of fun playing the new songs live, and it’s great seeing people singing along already. Sometimes transitioning a set into primarily new songs can feel alienating to longtime fans, but thankfully this hasn’t been the case since we’ve begun touring on this record.
[JH] Previously, y’all had released most of your back catalogue via Count Your Lucky Stars. What made Community Records the right fit for this particular release, and the band moving forward?
[Lindsay] We did all of our previous releases with Count Your Lucky Stars, except for a demo and a tape. Community Records came along at just the right time for us, and when we met Greg and D-Ray, we knew that it was where we wanted to be. They have been such a pleasure to work with and become friends with. In fact, D-Ray is out on the road with us right now, which has been super fun.
[JH] Football, etc. has been a DIY band since its inception back in 2009. What about this community tends to be the most gratifying for a group of musicians and artists like yourselves, who obviously have other occupations and passions outside of the band?
[Mercy] Being a part of DIY has allowed us to build friendships all over the world. Experiencing new places by playing in a band is unique and awesome. We may not always see all the sights—in fact, we rarely do—but we meet great people.
[JH] Sonically, what has been the biggest influence for Football, etc. from a writing standpoint? Whether it be a band(s) who inspired your sound, or the general perspective or vibe you want your songs to give the listener.
[LM] I can’t put my finger on a single influence. The three of us share a lot of similar musical interests, but at the same time, we each have varied influences that are different from one another. I think the most inspirational thing for our band is just to have the three of us in a room writing music together. And similarly, what you hear on the album is just that: the three of us playing together in the same room.
[JH] Over the course of your releases, there are seemingly endless references to football and fútbol, both of the American and worldwide variety. I assume this is a deliberate play on the name of the band?
[LM] It’s a bit of a goofy thing really. After naming the band Football, etc., which itself is sort of a meaningless band name, I gave songs football related song titles. Then it stuck. I would research football terminology and keep lists in my notebooks, and then choose words that matched thematically to the songs. In the past couple of years, Mercy and I have become very big fútbol fans ourselves, so I thought this would be an appropriate time to switch fields with the song titles.
[JH] You’re playing Charlotte for the first time ever tonight, and we’re really excited to have you! What have your experiences been like show-wise in the Carolinas over the years?
[MH] It’s been a long time since we’ve been through the Carolinas. We’ve played Asheville twice with Football, etc., and Lindsay and I played in Durham and Charleston with our college band, Tin Kitchen. All of those shows were pretty different, but I remember them fondly. I kind of have a thing for the old North State—my family is from there and despite nearly 10 years living in Texas, I’m still convinced y’all have the best barbecue.
[JH] What’s next for Football, etc. moving into the fall of 2017, and into 2018?
[DH] We’ll be taking a little break for the rest of the summer to regroup, but then we’ll be playing at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida at the end of October as well as heading to Japan for a tour starting on Nov 20. So we’re excited to be home for a bit but real excited for the fall!
[JH] What artists or albums have y’all personally been enjoying of late?
[DH] Jay Som’s “Everybody Works” and Joanna Gruesome’s “Peanut Butter.”
[LM] Japanese Breakfast’s “Soft Sounds From Another Planet” and Palehound’s “A Place I’ll Always Go.”
[MH] I’m just enjoying the “first wave” Sirius XM station we’ve been jamming in the van.
[JH] Any final words or thoughts you’d like to share?
[LM] We are really looking forward to playing in Charlotte!
[MH] Likewise! Gonna be a great gig!
Photo by Gia Quilap.