If you're looking for "coffee poured over cheesecake," you've come to the right place.
That's one of the more creative ways up and coming local Knoxville band, Maplehurst, has described the band's unique sound. Though modern-jazz or indie-jazz may be a more clear description, it's true the band has a sound that's hard to put into words.
Composed of cellist Gideon Kein, guitarist David Platillero, drummer Cole Campbell, pianist Will Sliger and lead singer Jenna Weaver, the band will be releasing its debut album after a year's work on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Square Room. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Daily Beacon contributor Corinne Smith got the chance to sit down with Jenna Weaver and David Platillero to discuss the band, the album and their plans for the future.
Corinne Smith: What is your favorite part of making music and being a musician? Is there one part of it that really speaks to you?
Jenna Weaver: It depends on what style of music really, but the main part is that it's a different way to express what you're feeling. When I write a song it's basically like a journal, so no matter how I'm feeling during that time I use music as my avenue in order to express the way I'm feeling. What I've come to find out is that I'm probably not the only person that has those same feelings; it's just that I put them down in this particular way. It's really a healing thing for me, and I've had some people come up to me and just say, 'Thank you for sharing that.'"
CS: Do you have a favorite show that you've played?
JW: We played at Milligan College just this August. They were a good crowd, and there weren't really that many people. It's a small coffee house place, and it's a small college, but it was a lot of fun to go as a whole band for the first time and we were really comfortable with each other. We weren't really sure how it was going to go because we had just added Cole to the group, but we didn't even notice. It felt like he had been there the whole time.
CS: How does it feel to be releasing your debut album?
David Platillero: Awesome. As a producer, I just really wanted to do this probably the most out of anyone in the band. I have all the recording equipment and stuff, so I was like, 'Yeah, let's do this. Let's make it really good.' I've done one before, but this one's been different because I'm actually in the band. And I believe in this music even more. So for me it has been really fun to capture the sound, that right from the get go, was like, 'Wow, this could be really cool.'
CS: Was there a specific idea behind the album?
DP: The front of the album has a little emblem on it. It has a similar logo to the sign in the neighborhood. We were just like, 'Let's just keep it focused on the neighborhood and the grassroots.' Actually, I wrote a song a little bit after the band started and I was like, 'We can all sing. Why don't I just write something that we all get to sing on?' Kind of more folky sounding like the Fleet Foxes. So I wrote a song called "October," the last song on the album. It's really fun to sing that one for me because it's about the band and how it started, and it's also all four of us singing on it.
CS: Do you have a favorite song on the album?
JW: My favorite is not necessarily the most interesting and intricate because "Papaw" is really neat. We used different instruments and then we also used our voices in a certain way to make the words come alive. It's actually a song written about my grandfather who has cancer, and so it's really cool that the guys really came together and really made it something special. But, I really like "Next to Me" and "One Dark Night". Those are just two that I really, really enjoy and I just feel them every time we perform together.
CS: Do you have any goals for the band, as far as it being long term or not?
JW: It's definitely not something we're opposed to as a band. But we each have our own paths. We all have these different backgrounds and different dreams, but we all share that one thing with music. And so, really at the core of it, it all comes down to God. It's that type of a thing where if it's supposed to be something big we definitely wouldn't fight against it, you know? But, at the same time we understand that it could just be kind of a small thing, but I don't think we're dreaming small.