The Hundred Days is our last SB7 artist of the season, and we are excited to introduce you all to them! Their sound is influenced by post punk, alternative, and britpop styles and they have been compared to The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Radiohead, as well as contemporary rockers Franz Ferdinand, The Bravery, and The Killers.
The indie/alt group is planning to release a new video for the self-titled song “The Hundred Days” in the next few weeks and they are excited to be heading into the studio to record an EP. With a bunch of new songs, they are fast-tracking some studio time with a plan to release it in February before they head out to SXSW. To find out a little more about about the band, we caught up with them before their gig this weekend at Neck of the Woods in San Francisco.
How would you want people to describe your music?
We get classified as “Indie” all the time but, I don’t really understand what people think that means. I kinda like “Indie Dance” because it doesn’t really say anything about the actual style of music. It’s more about the whole experience. A reviewer referred to us as “Dirty Disco” once. I like that too but, we have a lot more to offer than just music that you can dance to. Our writing process is really organic so, it feels weird to fit the songs into a category. They all started in such different places originally. We don’t try to write for a style, it just happens.
What are three different types of venues or situations where you would feel really good and excited about playing?
I’m honestly really excited to play any show. Connecting with 10 people can be just as exciting as thousands. That said, I love the whole summer festival vibe. It always seems like anything is possible in the summer.
Also, we all love international travel so, getting ourselves far away from home makes things exciting. We have a bunch of fans in France and Spain but, we’ve never even played there. I’d love for us to make our way over there.
You can’t beat a good hometown show. Reconnecting with the people who supported you in the beginning is really important.
What are some ways you are different from other artists in your genre?
We don’t use any sequencers or loops. Not because we don’t like that sort of thing or anything. It’s just that we’re all comfortable with our instruments and really enjoy the live interplay. All kinds of unexpected things can happen and that always keeps things exciting.
What is a source of inspiration when you are feeling stuck on something?
Documentaries (music and non-music). Is that weird? I find that completely disconnecting yourself from the songwriting process can be really helpful and inspiring. It’s like you’ve led another life by the time you get back to the song (if the documentary is good).
That or just move on. Sometimes you just need to step away and create some distance between the technical side of songwriting and what feels good. Good songs come from real life experiences, not practicing alone in your room or studio.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
I know that everyone says this but, deciding to really do this (music) and putting everything we have into it. The highs and lows are so drastic. It can be incredibly draining to really care so much about what you’re doing but, we can’t stop.
To check out more from The Hundred Days, visit their Songbird.me page!