Based in San Diego, rising post-punk band [mp3com-artist]Tropical Popsicle[/mp3com-artist] weave intimate melodies and pop hooks under a blanket of lo-fi haze. We spoke with Tim and Chase after their Cake Shop performance about their sound, a penchant for fog machines, and opening for [mp3com-artist]Lana Del Ray[/mp3com-artist]. Read the interview and grab a free mp3 from the band after the jump... Where 's home for you guys? Tim: I've lived in San Diego my whole life, but I was born in New Jersey. Chase: I grew up in Orange County, then moved to San Diego and have lived there for eight years. MP3: How is the music scene in San Diego? Chase: It's exciting, it's doing very well. There are a lot of great bands coming out. We're doing an in-studio session with Break the Radio on Friday, there's Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls...we're excited to be a part of it. Tim: We probably won't be moving to LA or NYC anytime soon like everybody else. MP3: How did [mp3com-artist]Tropical Popsicle[/mp3com-artist] start? Tim: It started off as a pet, solo project that I was doing while I was in another band, and then it just started to pick up interest. I knew these guys in the band, and really wanted to work with them so we got the band together with just a handful of songs. Our first show was only about five songs long. MP3: How would you guys describe your sound? Tim: Goth, psychedelica, little bits of new wave all merged into one. Chase: It is a dark sound, but there are melodies and hooks intertwined so it has an appeal even though it is pulled back from the mainstream. Tim: It's definitely influenced by a lot of sixties stuff. Bands like[mp3com-artist] Bauhaus[/mp3com-artist] really come out a lot in my writing. MP3: What is the band's live setup? Chase: A lot of multitasking. Tim: I play keyboards and guitar, as does the other guitarist Kyle, and Chase plays bass and drums. A minimal drum setup, like Velvet Underground. We use lots of effect pedals to, you know, drown out the sound a bit, haha. Chase: Effects really help everything we've done. Not relying on them, but we've found a way to make the songs sound exactly like we want them to soung using pedals. Tim's guitar tone is insane, and he won't tell us how he does it. Tim: We didn't get to use our fog machine tonight, though. We usually have a lot of fog and lights on stage. Bands don't really use those anymore. Chase: We've embraced the performance aspect of the live show. Nowadays, you see a lot of bands that just plug in and play, but we want to support the eyes and the ears. MP3: Was it difficult to translate the songs as written for the live performance? Tim: I was originally worried about how it was going to come across, I thought we weren't going to be able to do a lot tunes, but things came out exceptionally better than I thought. They've transformed from studio to live, they've got distinct natures. Chase: We've been getting peeople to the shows through the recordings, then they come see us live and it's a whole new thing. Each show we introduce new songs, try out new stuff, so people don't see the same set over and over again. That gets stale. MP3: What do you hope to get out of your time at CMJ this year? Tim: Exposure. MP3: Do you have more shows this week? Tim: We have one at Bruar Falls, and a second in the works. We had a third but that one got pulled yesterday. Chase: I didn't know about that. Tim: Hah, sorry - last night was last night. MP3: Are there any bands performing this week at CMJ you're looking to check out? Tim: I'd like to see [mp3com-artist]Zola Jesus[/mp3com-artist], [mp3com-artist]Dum Dum Girls[/mp3com-artist]. Dum Dum Girls are from San Diego, so I try and see them whenever I can. MP3I think Dum Dum Girls are playing an acoustic set tomorrow. Tim: Yea, I heard about that. I'm not sure I'm going to go, though - I'm not to into the 'acoustic' thing. Chase: When we joined the band, Tim said: "We're not doing any acoustic sessions." Tim: Yea, I refuse to. MP3: Why is that? Tim: I just don't think the music will come across the right way. Chase: It's not our sound. Tim: A lot of the songs were initially written on acoustic guitar, but that's just out of necessity because I couldn't make too much noise at the time. MP3: Do you have any releases for people to check out? Tim: We're with this small, DIY label based out of California called Volar. We've put out a 7" with them, but it's pretty loose. We are looking out to release some more stuff soon. We have songs ready to go, probably a few more 7"s in the future before a full length comes out. MP3: What are your plans post-CMJ? Tim: We doing a short tour of the West Coast. We're opening for [mp3com-artist]Lana Del Ray[/mp3com-artist] at a KCRW show called "School Night." I don't know how we got lumped in with Lana Del Ray, it's a total polar opposite. I want to come out on stage with facepaint and wings on our back or something, just mess with people. Chase: We'll need like, three more fog machines. [mp3com-download url="" artist="Tropical Popsicle" song="Age Of Attraction" expiration="01/01/2012" email="none" year="2011" label="Volar"/]

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