Line & Circle at Boot and Saddle 10/26

Line & Circle from Los Angeles are performing at Boot & Saddle on October 26th right before the release of their self-titled EP on October 28th. They will be supporting indie folk band Streets of Laredo. Line & Circle’s new release was mixed here by Philadelphia’s own Jonathan Low and Brian McTear of Miner Street Recording. Rock On Philly had an opportunity to talk to Brian Cohen and Brian Egan of Line & Circle to discuss their music.

Rock On Philly: How did the band members meet and come together?

Line & Circle: We are both from Ohio, but met in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When we got out to LA, we met Eric’s brother Phil, who eventually suggested that Eric join our band. We saw a video of Nick playing drums in a ski vest, and convinced him to move to LA to join up. Eric knew Jon through mutual friends, and talked him into learning to play bass.

ROP: What is the writing process like? Does everyone come together to write or write individually and edit with the band?

BC: This is sort of different each time. Sometimes, I’ll get an idea demoed and everyone will start bringing it to life in the rehearsal room. Other times, songs just evolve out of experimenting when we’re all in the room.
BE: Often, two or three of us will get together at each other’s places to fine-tune arrangements, since we all live nearby. We’ve started recording drums at Nick’s apartment, astonishingly without complaint from his neighbors.

ROP: What has been the most interesting/crazy thing to have happened on tour?
BC: Honestly, just hearing that people have listened to our songs on the radio and come to the show because of that is so meaningful to us that no other stories about debauchery or excess or narrowly escaping the long arm of the Salt Lake City Fire Department can really compete.
BE: I guess it was pretty interesting that Mike McCready bought a t-shirt and 7” at our last Seattle show.

ROP: Which musicians inspire you the most?
L&C: Erik Satie, Robert Pollard, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and lately, Squirrel Bait.

ROP: Were you able to come visit Philadelphia during the mixing process for your EP?
BC: Yes—I stayed mostly in Fishtown, where we were mixing at Miner Street with Jon Low and Brian McTear. It seems like there is so much great music coming out of there the last few years. It would be really fun to make a record there. Our drummer is actually from just outside Philadelphia. I feel very at home as well, since it’s not unlike Cleveland’s blue-collar neighborhoods (near Akron, where I grew up), although increasingly hip. To that end, surprisingly excellent vegan food at Rocket Cat and Loco Pez. Liberty Choice also served us well. Wherever Jon and Brian seemed to take me was always wonderful.

ROP: What were your influences in writing “Mine Is Mine”?
BE: Musically, we were just trying to do something very simple, but tense instrumentally. We wanted to leave open space in the arrangement, but for it to still feel moody. There are a lot of simple melodic phrases that repeat over and over again—not too unlike some of the people mentioned above.
BC: Lyrically/thematically, it’s all about self-knowledge and self-actuation, trying to find a way to own both the good and the bad that makes you you. Not unsurprisingly, I’m not sure what influenced that to happen.

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Photo by Megan McIsaac

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