Up-and-coming indie rock quartet The Districts are slowly but surely becoming a force to be reckoned with thanks to their powerful brand of emotionally intense music and impressive live show. Last week, the band took to the stage in Amsterdam as part of London Calling Festival’s spring edition. All Things Loud briefly sat down with the guitarist Pat Cassidy and drummer Connor Jacobus ahead of their show to discover a bit more about the band. Read on for more.
1. Debut album A Flourish and a Spoil’s main conceptual aspect stems from the idea of loss. According to guitarist Pat Cassidy, the record stems around the idea of “things growing and dying,” as well as the whole idea of “losing things”.
2. The song Chlorine originated from one of Pat’s old riffs, eventually being taken on by frontman Rob Grote and morphed into a fully-fledged song. It took a while for the song to come into existence, with a lot of different aspects being included and cut out throughout the process.
3. A Flourish and a Spoil was influenced by a lot of rock and jazz music, in particular music which was presented to them by album producer John Congleton (who has also worked with the likes of St. Vincent, Modest Mouse and Franz Ferdinand).
4. The band has been listening to a lot of Viet Cong and Iceage lately, with Cassidy citing these two post-punk groups as his main favourites lately. On the subject of new music, though, the band remain rather quiet, something which occurs very often throughout our short chat.
5. They don’t like to pigeonhole themselves into the “indie folk” scene, something which drummer Jacobus quickly points out. Cassidy continues by adding that their older songs, in particular the track Funeral Beds, lean more towards the folk side of indie rock. “I feel like our older stuff is more folky, and that we’re now slowly starting to drift away from that,” he adds before claiming that people are now starting to see them as “just a rock band.”
6. When it comes to what it takes for a band like The Districts to stand out, Cassidy reveals that they key is to “make real music”. He continues by saying that it’s “important to make honest, real music which people can connect with.”
7. When asked about what the best show of their career has been so far, both unanimously agree on their sold out “hometown” shows at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. “We saw a lot of bands there over the years as we were growing up, so it was awesome to finally play there and sell it out” he says.
The rest of 2015 will see The Districts focus on playing various festivals, including the likes of Lowlands Festival in Holland, Germany’s Melt! Festival and Splendour in the Grass down in Australia.