If you missed your chance to buy tickets for My Town My Music’s sold-out show with Bad Bad Hats and Under the Pavilion at Thesis Beer Project this weekend, you can still shake it with The Shackletons next weekend. They’ll appear alongside Rochester’s own Hair of the Dog for the next MTMM/Thesis collaboration on Nov. 23.
The show is free, and it supports a good cause. MTMM and Thesis are asking you to bring gently used winter clothing like coats, hats, and gloves to help the United Way support children. Thesis will even give you a free half-pour of beer for supporting the clothing drive.
Collin Campbell, the frontman, guitarist, and vocalist for The Shackletons, took the time to answer some questions for 507 readers.
If you had to describe your sound to someone who's never heard you before, what would you say?
We like to think of ourselves as a punk band. Maybe indicative of the old MPLS scene: Replacements, Husker du, Soul Asylum and such. We try not to stick too hard to descriptors.
What's the best thing about playing in a band with your brothers?
I used to feel kind of left out and estranged from the “band dynamic” that more conventional friend bands always seem to have. But as the years have gone on, I've heard so much about stupid band drama and clashing of egos that we don’t really identify with. We are used to each other and understand where the others’ ticks are, and we all put forth an effort to not step on each others’ toes. I like to think that also transfers over to stage communication. I can give Cameron or Evan a look on stage and they know exactly what I'm trying to convey. Well, usually, anyways. We are brothers first and a band second, and I think that has helped us.
Where did the name The Shackletons come from?
Our band namesake is Ernest Shackleton. He was a British explorer racing to be first to the South Pole. His trip went horribly and his ship "The Endurance" got wrecked on a chunk of ice. Among other reasons, we named ourselves after him because we had a bit of a curse. Every show we played during any cold month, including May, we have to drive through a blizzard to get there. It became a running joke. So, I think we very dramatically were comparing our unlucky weather on show days to him walking on foot through Antarctica. It's also just a fun word. It's almost better if that's the sole answer.
Your single "Happy Boring Life" seems to depend on contrasts of volume, meaning, and style. What role do you think contrast plays in your music?
Thank you for saying that. We have always been super interested and focused on the idea of dynamic jumps. When a chorus or a loud part kicks in, we really want to make it a metaphorical punch to the listener. There's nothing worse than wanting a chorus or hook to really pop and come to life, and it falls flat.
What’s the next project you’re working on?
There might be an album in the works. Who knows?
What role do local venues and promoters like the Thesis Beer Project and My Town My Music play for performers like you?
Any venue or organization that actively works to create a great show experience for both the band and the audience is a rare breed. My Town My Music has been so helpful to us just because that's what they're here to do. I love what they're doing. I'm really appreciative of Thesis's space and help promoting the show.