Light synth-rockers and Chicago quartet, California Wives, have returned following the Affair EP, with the Art History LP and are getting nothing but good reviews from their critics. To play synth music with a decade that people may want to forget about may be challenging enough, but California Wives promises a mixed bag of music on their debut LP. “People are listening to a greater range of music right now and our new record is kind of like that,” says singer Jayson Kramer.
Kramer sat down with pingroof.com to discuss the status of Wives and more.
Where’s the band right now?
We are in Chicago just finishing up the sharpie commercial that will premiere on MTV during its Video Music Awards show.
So it’s a Sharpie commercial, then?
It’s a Sharpie commercial for our song Purple.
Are you excited about it? Will you be attending the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards?
Very excited about it! It came out great and looks fantastic. No, I will not be there—but will be watching it from my couch this year.
California Wives is based out of Chicago. Geographically speaking, you are following in the footsteps of Fall Out Boy.
They came from a different suburb from us. I never ran into them in Chicago at the time we were getting into the music scene—they were probably already out in L.A.
Who do you consider to be the band’s influences?
Our influences are pretty diverse. We like Pavement, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel. I like everything, personally. I grew up working in a record store because my mom was the bookkeeper of it. So, I would get a lot of promotional copies of records from working there. I listen to everything.
What made you decide to leave your career in medicine to get into music?
It’s just one of those things where you try to imagine doing something for the rest of your life. I couldn’t imagine doing something I was never interested in. I always had a passion for music. I played and listened to music since I was 5.
Where did the band’s name come from?
It’s just something that came up in conversation. It came up while we were in California and wanted to get something to eat at a restaurant and someone mentioned that the place where we wanted to go to was a place where California wives hung out in.
We just want people to focus on the music, that’s all.
Your Webster Hall show is coming up here in NYC.
We never played New York City and to play Webster Hall greatly exceeded our expectations.