- Too High To Care
By Dave Schwartz
Wisconsin is famous for trees,
rolling hills, crisp air and people living honest lives. Integrity
and a strong work ethic is commonplace in the people. In the midst
of all this is Bourbon House, a young band that is making noise in
the entertainment industry. Lacey Crowe (vocals), Jason Clark
(guitar), Aric "Sheek" ChilCote (bass) and Ryan Sargent (drums,
percussion) have become adept at writing great songs and garnering
Lacey Crowe called into DaBelly so we could
discuss their new single. Check out the interview.
DB: Well first of all, I’ll admit that this
is the first time I’ve heard of Bourbon House. So, the PR
announcement hits my desk and it's talking about “Devil on My Heels”
and “Too High to Care.” I turn on your latest video, “Too High to
Care” and I’m very impressed. Congratulations on the song.
LC: Thank you. Thank you very much. We’re
really excited about it.
DB: Yeah, talk a little about putting the
song together and releasing it.
LC: Me and Jason (Clark) are typically the
song writers. He’s the guitarist. We wrote that song in the living
room on an acoustic guitar and then developed it from there when we
got the entire band together. We just wanted to write a fun rock
song, you know? There’s nothing overly profound about it. It’s
just fun. We recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit, MI with
engineer Steve Lehane (The Black Dahlia Murder, Citizen Zero) and
that was our first time there. Awesome studios, lots of people have
gone through there.
DB: Your engineer, Steve Lahane has worked
with many people and in such a wide variety of musical styles.
LC: Yeah, he’s all over the place.
DB: Yeah, it’s surprising to me. I never
would’ve expected him on your music. Talk a little bit about
working with him and what he brought to your music.
LC: He’s a super cool guy. Right off the
bat, we were clicking. We felt relaxed already. All of that is
definitely a plus when you’re recording. He’s also strange -- in
the best way. I hope he sees this and asks, like what do you mean?
(laughs) He thinks about some offbeat stuff that we really didn’t
think of doing. Not particularly with “Too High to Care” but with
some of the other songs we recorded. There was some really cool and
different stuff. He added some synth to one of the songs which is
definitely strange for us but it totally works in the song for some
reason. He was really great to work with and because he likes so
many styles of music, he is able to hear what a song could use to
add a little more danger. That’s actually how he phrased it --
adding a little more danger.
DB: That’s kind of clever. Lahane is such
an interesting choice to pair with your music. I love the
results. I know you refer to your music as blues-infused
psychedelic groove rock, and it is. In many ways it is also blue
jean wearing, seat of the pants rock’n’roll and very
refreshing. Lahane fits it perfectly.
LC: Yeah, yeah thanks. It’s all about
personalities, you know? It definitely helps.
DB: I’m going to ask this off the top of my
head, I actually don’t have this detail in my notes. This is going
to be your third album?
LC: This is just a single that we will be
including in an album that we put out later this year. We'll
probably release a few more singles from it and then later this year
we’ll put them all into an album. We released "Bourbon House" (ep)
in 2017 and "Wild Abandon" (lp) 2018. So, technically this is our
fourth release – two albums and “Devil on My Heels (single) in 2019
and now “Too High to Care” (single) in 2020.
DB: You mentioned your previous single,
“Devil on My Heels.” Obviously that song brought you a great deal of
success. It was quickly featured on multiple rock radio stations
around the world. It reached the number 1 spot on the indie charts
in Australia and the number 2 spot in the UK. You also received a
shout-out endorsement from Eddie Trunk on Trunk Nation which is a
big deal for any young band. This all doesn’t sound like a bad
LC: No, and it has been getting better and
better with each release. All of that was kind of why we decided to
release a single again this time. It’s a lot easier for us as an
independent band to promote one thing. We don’t want the other
songs to get lost. We like all of our songs and think that our fans
will like them too so we want to give each song some attention. So
every release is getting better and we’re getting some attention for
it and working with different people. We’ve got Amanda (Cagen, PR
Agent) working with us this time and we’ve got a new booking agent.
DB: You’ve already hinted a bit at my next
question which is about being an independent band and scratching
their way through the muck. Every young band has to find their way
to the daylight of getting their song on the radio or getting
noticed by an important figure in the music business like Eddie
Trunk. How did that all come together? Looking back a year, was
there something that sort of triggered all this attention for you?
LC: We started by trying to connect with
people we were pretty sure were going to like us. We don’t just
spam a bunch of radio stations or anything like that. I think that
is really important in building your fan base because you can like,
reach anybody. You can reach anybody now. I just felt that Trunk
would like us based on who he promotes and listens to. We’ve had a
lot of really cool radio DJs that either I’ve reached out to or they
found us through Twitter or whatever. We’re very active on social
media. We try to actually find fans by connecting to them.
DB: That’s a great approach and it’s been
working for you this far. You had a tour planned for 2020 and for
obvious reasons were all sitting on the sidelines hoping for October
when a few dates might start popping up. Talk a little about the
tour that was canceled, whether or not you’ve rescheduled and how
you’re going to approach 2021.
LC: We were planning just a smaller tour –
an East Coast thing. That was supposed to happen in early
May. Obviously we were about halfway through booking it when things
fell apart. And also, we were booking the tour ourselves which
takes a lot of time, effort and back and forth. Suddenly,
Covid-19. It came in like a storm and ruined it all. We haven’t
rescheduled anything yet. Actually we now just talked to a booking
agent and got on his roster. Plans are right now to have a little
tour in October in the south, southern USA. It will be a couple
weeks. A string of 10-12 shows. We’ll come back from it and try to
go out again in a couple months.
DB: If you don’t mind, I’ll share for a
moment here. I’m from Milwaukee.
LC: Oh, nice.
DB: I left many years ago. Reading over
your bio you mention playing Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee… You
appear to be doing exactly what bands did back in the day -- put
together a band, play 4 or 5 states and doing what you can to get in
front of people. I’m happy to see the tradition continues in the
LC: Oh yeah, absolutely and there are a ton
of bands. I don’t know what the health of the club scene is going
to be after this but… We shall see. I hope that we don’t lose too
many independent venues that support independent bands. But I
imagine that we will lose a couple, which sucks.
DB: Yes, 2020 has been a rough year for all
aspects of music. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what is happening. We
still might be 12 months from live, in person music. When this all
comes back we may find a very different music venue
landscape. Obviously this pandemic is a horrible thing for
everyone. When it comes to the music industry, smaller bands,
independent musicians and music venues are taking the worst beating.
LC: Agreed. I did an interview earlier
today and he made some comments that I actually agree with. He felt
there would be a lot of DIY venues and tiny little festivals that
will pop up this summer. But we’re going to have to wait and see
what happens to the music venues.
I want to thank Lacey from Bourbon House for
sharing a moment with DaBelly. Check out their new single, “Too
High to Care” and don’t forget to visit the socials!