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Mother’s Day with 2AM Club

In Interview on August 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

*This interview was done in May. I apologize for the lateness. Check out the sass Tyler Cordy gave me and the inspiration from Marc Griffin.

Jesus, Matt Reagan's wearing a lot of wristbands. Left to right: Matt Warshauer, Dave Dalton, Marc Griffin, Tyler Cordy, Matt Reagan.


         They looked like New York. All six of them were wearing black skinny jeans, v-necks with too many layers for this heat, and Ray Bans. 2AM Club is Marc Griffin and Tyler Cordy on vocals, Matt Reagan on guitar, Sauce, AKA Matt Warshauer on bass, Dave Dalton on keys, and Ian O’Neill on drums.

         I asked Tyler a few questions while Marc completed a project I gave him. He was supposed to write down fifty things that inspired him. “It’d be cool if you brought your laundry and you were like, ‘I have one great task for one member and then I’m going to ask questions to the other members. So, this is my laundry..’” Cordy is a funny guy. A funny guy that describes his band’s music as “new and interesting pop music.” The difference is their pop music contains rap and funk influences. Marc would later list Tupac Shakur not once, not twice, but three separate times in the list he was writing.

         In the band’s bio, Cordy discusses their venture into pop music on two levels; one being to make it smarter and represent a bigger idea of love, conflict, greatness, and bullshit, and the other is not only acknowledging that it’s “drunk party music” but making it the best and most interesting party music it can be; which it was. They performed on an outdoor stage near a pool at the Dayton to Daytona event. Their music was upbeat and welcoming summer or rooftop music; it floated upwards into the palm trees.

         The most competition the band experienced was during their formative years in L.A. There were tons of other bands pushing their shows, “their flyer, and their cool catchy thing and edgy vibe” while 2AM was attempting to do them same to get their music out and develop their foundation. Once they relocated to New York where their label and management were located, Cordy described their experience as less about being in the trenches competing and more about writing an album they were excited about, which was what they were able to do in a Brooklyn studio with their debut album What Did You Think Was Going To Happen? due out on July 27th 2010.

         With a record label contract and debut album coming out in the middle of summer, have they “made it” yet? Cordy’s answer was no. Being content means different things for everyone, but Tyler’s answer was either ‘not yet, but soon’ or ‘not yet, but probably never.’ He’s searching for something that’s “a little bit intangible and weird.” It’s the point when there’s no groaning. Tyler explained it sometimes happens when he’s sitting in the hotel room at the end of the night or hearing his alarm go off far before he’d like to be awake and neither the feeling nor action of groaning crosses his mind. It’s extremely vague, and he knows that. “It’s hard for me, too. But I think it has to do with writing music that we’re proud of and conducting ourselves like young adults that are happy with the way we act and treat each other and our family and friends.”

         “How do you spell ‘architecture?’” called out Marc. Each of us were spitting out two letters at a time in a team effort before Tyler took over. “‘Architecture.’ Next word, please,” said Tyler when he finished, which brought on some laughs from the group.

         The name ‘2AM Club’ came after a studio session with Jerry Harrison, who was the guitarist and keyboardist for the Talking Heads, and producer Eric Thorngren, AKA E.T. It took place in a suburb outside of San Francisco called Mill Valley where a few of the guys grew up. After the session, they headed to 2AM Club; a diner located in the heart of Mill Valley that holds the name originally. They filled up sheets of paper with ideas and shot possible band names down left and right. One of the guys’ then girlfriends pointed their focus to the sign of the diner. It seemed fitting since a literal and metaphorical club was what they had created for themselves.

         They used to be call themselves “The Transfer” and were almost “The Outs.” Another almost band name was “Hotel Pool,” which led to some snickering in the background. “I was really angry about this “Hotel Pool” idea. I don’t back it; I don’t want to be in “Hotel Pool,” said Dalton. “But if there was an indie band that was really cool and good, it would be a fuckin’ awesome name.” Cordy interjected with, “But I have that trademarked so don’t use it, whoever,” with a laugh that meant it. “TM’d by T.C,” added Reagan.

         Cordy mentioned that he, Griffin and Reagan were ex-retail employees. When I announced that I had worked as a seasonal employee for Old Navy in the past, Tyler laughed and said the four of us made up the company; Cordy was ex-Gap and Griffin and Reagan were ex-Banana Republic. But, what was more bizarre was the fact that in the middle of mine and Matt’s discussion of our distaste for re-folding, Tyler said, “I enjoyed it a lot.” Why anyone would enjoy retail is an absolute mystery, though he concluded by saying, “You fold all the jeans at the end of the day and tell everyone that you’re saving money to go start a great band. And then hopefully go do it.”

         “I’m on thirty-one. Am I still lagging?” asked Griffin, who bravely volunteered to complete the project of jotting down fifty things that inspired him. “If the pen’s not moving, you’re not inspired!” teased one of the guys. I laughed, said “No” and thanked him again for writing all of them out. Sure, coming up with ten, even twenty people or things that inspire you is not a difficult task. But as for the extra thirty, it’s going to take a while. Even so, Griffin’s answers were funny and endearing, and not so surprising in the fact that they were very insightful into what makes him tick. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

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