The Brooklyn by-way-of New Orleans experimental rock band Callers recently performed songs from their forthcoming album, Reviver, live in the studio. Afterwards, we asked band members Ryan Seaton and Sara Lucas a few pressing questions. Read on to find out their favorite crying song, which subway stop is best for insipiration, and what's going to be playing in the van on their tour this fall with Wye Oak.
1. Best place to get a taste of New Orleans in New York?
Ryan: There was a place called Mara’s Homemade on 6th Street, in the strip of all the Indian restaurants in the East Village -- It's gone! And that was always my favorite place for crawfish in season. But I have a standing invitation from a friend who ships up live crawfish every year and has a big boil in her backyard. She would probably host whoever would come!
2. Favorite venue to play, and see a show in New York?
Ryan: My favorite venue, just in general -- because it’s one of the few places left with a sense of community -- is Zebulon, in Williamsburg. It’s tiny. So it's limited, they can't have everything. But when I’m there I inevitably run into other musicians doing interesting things. There’s a feeling of camaraderie there.
3. Best spot in the subway for inspiration?
Sara: There are a lot of great musicians playing on the platform in Union Square, and I love to listen to them. There are a lot of Mariachi bands in the city -- when you’re leaving Manhattan for Brooklyn, you get to hear them for like a whole 5 minutes. It's really wonderful, that's inspiring.
4. Song that makes you cry?
Ryan: "I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know," by Donny Hathaway. It’s like the sweetest punch in the face you’ll ever receive.
5. You’re going out on tour with Wye Oak – what will be playing in the van between gigs?
Sara: Depends on what time of day! Janes Addiction, Donny Hathaway, Robyn.
Ryan: There’ll be moments when we’re searching for the station that most resembles bodegas in New York…
Sara: …and then hopefully a Led Zeppelin song will come on somewhere, somehow!