Ear Pwr Interview: SXSW 2010
Baltimore continues to churn out synth-heavy pop music with Ear Pwr, a dance-happy duo made of Devin Booze and Sarah Reynolds. Booze and Reynolds' friendship started in the summer of 2005 when they met nearly every afternoon for two-person dance parties. Their friendship blossomed into a musical collaboration. We spoke to Ear Pwr about how the band formed, where the unique band name came from and what we can find in their festival survival kit.
Describe your sound in your own words.
Devin Booze: Our sound just recently underwent a massive overhaul. It used to be like neon shoelaces on crack, but now it's like evergreen trees on a snowy mountain.
How did your band form?
Sarah Reynolds: I was a big fan of Devin's former band, Hide and Seek. I started a dance brigade and we went to all of their shows and danced really hard. Eventually, Devin and I started hanging out and dancing together. We dreamed up the idea of Ear Pwr, but I moved away to Italy shortly after that. While I was gone, Devin wrote music and when I came back I wrote lyrics to his music. We soon started playing shows, and the rest is history.
What are your musical influences?
DB: Raymond Scott, Toots and the Maytals, Alan Jackson, Kurtis Blow.
How did you come up with your band name?
DB: It came from the headphone and power inputs on an old cassette player.
What's your biggest vice?
DB: Liquor and cheeseburgers.
What's in your festival survival kit?
DB: Whiskey, water and tacos.
Who was your first celeb crush?
SR: Fred Savage
DB: Will Smith
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
DB: Animal Collective