Posted On 06 Dec 2017
Meet the Brooklyn-based Garage-Pop band, Best Behavior! They are gaining momentum with their “infectious garage-meets-surf rock sound” [Nylon]. The trio recently self-released their new EP, a four-track dance-inducing stunner entitled ‘Things That Happened.’
The project is stacked with “timeless vocals, driving bass and fun percussion,” with Best Behavior being hailed as having “found a sound that falls in line easily with the likes of The Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes – it’s something that not only stands out from the pack, but will also stand the test of time.”
‘THINGS THAT HAPPENED’
EP Premiere on Idobi Radio: http://idobi.com/1st-listen/exclusives/best-behavior-things-that-happened/
Stream / Purchase the EP: https://ffm.to/thingsthathappened
PRESS ARE RAVING…
“LA with a New York twist, giving us ‘summer’ but with a kick” – Earmilk
“Garage pop sweetness” – Substream Magazine
“Best Behavior stand out from the crowd with ease, their upbeat indie pop brightening up this dreary time of year. Every song on Things That Happened is so gotdamn catchy, you won’t remember what it was like not to have this EP in your life.” – Idobi Radio
Compared to other rock bands, a crowd notorious for its outsize egos, Best Behavior’s sense of brotherhood might seem too good to be true. Hailing from Brooklyn, songwriter and guitarist Alex Gruenburg, Dan Jacobson (bass), and Chris Jimenez (drums), crash together with the kind of swagger that would be hard to fabricate. Alex is an eclectic, taking cues from the classics of surf rock, hip hop, and Britpop. Taken all together, their music chronicles something like a New Yorker’s fantasy about L.A – catchy dance-meets-garage-pop melodies reminiscent of cinematic palm trees and sunsets. #nofilter, but everyone knows the view’s a little too pretty to be real. Absorbed in their early morning reverie, the band is always evolving.
With Best Behavior, life imitates art. The party they sing about is the party they seem to ignite. A little something for the strange children of the world. With each wave of sound, you find yourself spirited away. The scene disappears, and you feel as though you have your thumb on the pulse of the night. You’re caught and conquered on a sticky ballroom floor. And still, all the way home, you’ll blink out the hypnotic rhythm of rock ‘n’ roll, readying yourself for where their party will take you next.
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Learn more about Best Behavior in the following All Access interview here:
Thanks for your time for this All Access interview! Where does this interview you two today? Is there music playing in the background? What is it? What is one song that you are all loving right now? What is a song that you disagree about loving right now?
No problem! There’s some sort of top 40 playing. We’re loving that Vince Staples. 745 is our jam. We’re little torn on the new Taylor Swift. It sounds so weird when you hear it in the grocery store.
How did this group first come to be? Can you recall the moment when you all thought you could be in a band together? Was it hard to come up with a name that you could all agree on? How did you come up with your band name?
I asked around and my buddies recommended me some players once I had started recording demos. The name took us forever! I heard some kids talking about being on the best behavior and I thought it was cheeky because you’re never really on it.
How do you think this band has been influenced by the city you are from? How did that particular music scene affect you all?
There’s just so much happening in NYC. That’s why we went for that “wall of sound” type of feel. You get to the city and it just hits you. We were lucky to come up in the Bushwick garage scene. So many great bands.
How does 2017 compare to last year? What all are you most excited about for 2018? Will any of you make New Year’s Resolutions?
Wow it’s been a wild year, right?! I think we’re excited about touring and writing new songs. Changing up the feels again. I think our new years resolution would be to release songs faster!
Let’s talk about you new EP, “Things That Happened.” What was it like putting these songs together? Did anything surprise you guys about the overall process? Were there any unexpected challenges?
The songs changed a lot throughout the process. The farther you go the more you learn about recording and songwriting. You keep wanting to add stuff but at some point you have to stop. It gets so crazy in the studio!
Can you a pick a song or two from the EP and talk about how they came together and what the inspiration for them was exactly?
A lot of the songs on the EP are about relationships. Every song is a different experience I’ve had over the past couple of years. Say references a time when I just couldn’t get away from this person no matter how bad they treated me. Some people are toxic. You have to break the cycle.
What was it like making the music video for your track “Say”?
It was such a blast. We really went under the radar with that so there was an element of stealth to it. People were trying to stop us but our leading lady was tough as nails! She worked 12 hours straight!
While this may be difficult to answer, where do you think you are all happiest- on stage performing, in the studio recording or elsewhere?
A lot of emotion goes into songwriting and that’s where I’m happiest. Being in the studio and discovering happy accidents that make it to the record is the best. It’s tough though because of lot of times when I’m writing I’m out of my head.
Do you have any other touring plans to end the year with? Where can people see you perform live next?
We’ll be touring in early spring!
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being in this band gives you the most joy in life today? Do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect this difficult time?
You’re so right. I’m not sure though, the internet and social media have really changed things in a weird way. We have started to experience life in a different way. People are so in their heads these days. Creating is so important to life so we’re really glad we get to do this.
Who are some of your favorite artists right now? Who would you love to work with in the future? What would be a dream collaboration for this group?
I’d love to work with Mark Ronson. We love his records. I literally listened to only Back to Black for an entire year!
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
I’m not sure I have a specific message. It’s like life. Is there a purpose? I’m not sure. It’s all about the journey. So keep listening!