“Choir Vandals is a four piece band from St. Louis.
Austin McCutchen sings and plays guitar. He is the face of the band.
Josh Cameron plays bass. He is the hair of the band.
Wil McCarthy plays drums. He is the tat daddy.
Micah Kelleher plays guitar. He is the extra guy kind of hanging out in the corner.” - Wil McCarthy
They recently released a six song EP in October titled ‘Darker Things' available for free here. As a new band, they decided that it would be in their best interest to offer their album for free so they can catch listeners’ attention with a true representation of what they are all about.
Q: How did Choir Vandals come together?
Wil: We started as a band just this past April. We all kind of knew each other from playing in bands. Austin and Josh used to play in a band called Bestfriends. After that band split up, Austin reached out to me about starting a band. It started off as just Austin, Josh, and me. We kind of tried out a few different guitar players before we decided on Micah. He went to school and slept with all the same girls as Austin growing up. Musically, we all have different tastes. Micah comes from the DIY scene, Josh plays music on a Gameboy in a speedo, I have played in a bunch of mediocre bands, and Austin likes anything that nobody has ever heard of.
Q: What does the song ‘An Honest Conversation' mean to you?
Austin: Each song on this EP was written about a different event that happened in my life. An Honest Conversation, without going into too much detail, is basically about a weeklong party that my friend had while his parents were gone about three winters ago. During this week I did a lot of experimenting and one night it definitely got the best of me. With this song I just tried to recall as much emotion about that night as I could so that the listener could put themself in my shoes and feel it for themself. Even though that night was probably one if the worst nights of my life, I actually get a lot of joy out of playing this song live. The fact that it is such a personal song to me just gives it that much more life when I get to preform it.
Q: How would you describe your genre?
Austin: As far as our genre goes, it can be described as indie, emo revival, or alternative. We don’t really want associate to closely with anything though. We want to keep our options open, in case we decide to write an electronic record or something.
Listen to these guys. They are pretty rad.
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I try! Also, I would have added a picture of Don Cheadle as Captain Planet, but my phone won’t let me do it… Anyway! Let’s hang sometime! I need more friends since all my other ones are far away!