Who are you and where are you from?
Ellis from San Fermin, from Berkley, Massachusetts.
What’s it really like touring?
It’s a series of high highs and low lows at breakneck pace. We just did a run in Alabama and Georgia where we had three straight 3 am call times. Which literally meant that our tour manager didn’t sleep for 72 hours. That was as unhealthy as I’ve felt in a long time.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
It’s always nice to play hometown shows in Brooklyn. We have a couple coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg that I’m really looking forward to.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year?
Well the year is young, but probably finishing this record, Jackrabbit. The first part comes fast but actually finishing it is tough. You find yourself questioning everything.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
A few people told me to sell my songs to other performers when I finished that first record, since I don’t sing and I wasn’t sure what to do with them. I’m glad I didn’t!
What do you do to relax?
I watch basketball. I’m a big Kentucky fan and have been since I was little.
What are you reading?
Right now I’m working on Rabbit, Run by John Updike and have been re-reading The Folding Star by Alan Hollinghurst
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I’ve been watching Twin Peaks— that show is terrifying! But addictive.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
My “suggested videos” are all indie rock sessions, basketball highlights, and extreme bug wars.
What website do you visit most?
I read Grantland regularly.
Who is your favourite current artist?
That’s impossible to answer but my favorite recent release is Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
It should be fun to have Natalie Prass along with us on this upcoming tour. I like her record a lot.
What was the last great gig you have seen?
I saw Rubblebucket at SXSW, they are such great performers. Really impressive live.
I saw a few bad ones at SXSW too, but I try to give everyone a break because that festival is so insane and there is really no time for a proper soundcheck or anything.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
The live show is definitely more high-energy than the recordings. We played Dublin and Cork last year and had a super good time—they were actually our singer Charlene’s very first shows with the band. So I expect she’ll be much more comfortable this time around!
San Fermin play in Whelans in Dublin on April 28th. Tickets are available here.