American Authors are a four-piece alternative rock band from Brooklyn. Their positive and infectious songs, coupled with some incredibly good luck and a pretty nifty press campaign, has meant that they are now one of the most successful bands on the circuit.
They will be best known over here for their runaway single ‘Best Day Of My Life’. We caught up with the band ahead of their mini UK tour, which sees them performing a rare and intimate show at The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on the 20th of November.
Over the last year or so, things have really taken off, and you’ve had some great successes! For you personally, can you tell me what have been some ‘pinch yourself’ moments, what are your highlights?
We’re grateful and lucky enough for there to have been more than a few ‘pinch me’ moments in our career. The first time we played a late show (Jay Leno) was a crazy moment! There was so much anticipation for three minutes of music and we were all pacing back and forth and nervous! Thankfully it went over really well. Having a Number One record in the States was what we would call a ‘punch me’ moment...definitely a dream come true. Even going back to when we signed to Island Records was a big moment for us...There are so many more, and we are so thankful for all of them.
How does touring and playing in the US compare to shows in the UK? Are we Brits as reserved as people think we are?
Absolutely not! You Brits are actually quite fascinating! Touring is very similar wherever you go and yes each culture is different, but the common thread is that everyone is a music lover, and that’s what brings us together.
Who is your favourite American author and why?
John Fante. Read his book, ‘Ask The Dust’ and you’ll know why.
What have you all learnt about yourselves as people and as musicians in the last 18 months?
That the four of us are inseparable both in music and in life. Most people don’t know we’ve been friends and playing music together for just under 8 years and when you think about it, that’s longer than some musicians careers. There are times that some of us get a little lost, but the beauty of our friendship is that we somehow find a way of pulling each other back in...friends first always.
November 20, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 7.30pm, £12. http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/american-authors/