Wednesday August 23rd 2017

Gotham Interview with Sons of Fathers

A week ago, I was asked, “Have you ever heard of Sons of Fathers?”

I said, “No, but I like the band name.”

After doing some research and digging, I realized that I liked much more than just the band name. I like the music, I like the harmonies, I like the twang…I like the feel.

Actually, I love the feel of Sons of Fathers.

Something about the music they create puts me at ease, while it keeps me interested and entertained.

I had the chance to talk with one-half of the singing duo behind Sons of Fathers, Paul Cauthen (the other half is David Beck). They’ll be playing New York City on October 12th (Freddy’s Bar), October 14th (Branded Saloon) and October 15th (Southpaw). They’re out promoting the release of their debut album that is set to hit shelves on November 1st. Get ready for the album, and get ready for a fun, great live show.

Where are you guys calling from?

Right now we’re in Knoxville, Tennessee but we’re on the road to Columbus, Ohio. Out on tour for the new album; doing a lot of radio work and getting everything set up for the November 1st release.

How long did it take to write and record the album?

We were in the studio for about four to five days. But, me and Dave did a lot of pre-production on the songs for awhile. We were in there, did a couple days of mixing and actually re-mixed it twice. We just put our heads together and freakin’ got a record out. And now it’s been a long time waiting to get this thing out and out to radio. We’ve had a lot of hiccups but we’ve definitely learned the whole process.

This is your debut album as a duet. Have the two of you, as solo acts, released albums?

Yeah, both Dave and I have released solo records. He had one he did called “Grand Island” that he released about two years ago. I released one called “Sound of Water” that I actually did with Dave, and that’s where we got our studio experience together.

Working together, in today’s day and age, did you notice things like iTunes and Spotify affecting the way you went into the record making process?

You’ve got to be ahead of the curve when it comes to all the Internet stuff. It’s just a necessity. We’re just adapting to the business around us. Twenty years ago, we were talking about vinyl! We’re definitely always thinking about what can we do to be cooler online, look cool, sound cool, be cool. You know how it is. We just try to put out an image and music that’s on the cool side of things.

How long have you two been together?

Dave and I have been making music since the end of 2010. In December, we started writing in Brooklyn. We wrote some songs up there and our two party harmony, well, we couldn’t turn our backs to it, man. You can’t back away from it. We’ve lucked out to have a cool ass band.

Who’s in that cool ass band?

Of course we’ve got David Beck on the upright bass and me on the acoustic guitar, and Corby Schaub on the lead guitar and mandolin, Regan Schmidt on the lap steel and lead guitar and Dees Stribling on the drums.

When you first hooked up, your name was Beck & Cauthen. How long did that last?

That lasted about as long as it took for us to get on Google and the radio. We kind of had a hiccup because of a trademark infringement with Beck! We backed off before it really started rockin’ and rollin’, thank God! If it was six months from now and the CD was out, we’d be going under. It worked out at a perfect time. But you know what, we’re all about the live music. It is what it is. We are Sons of Fathers. That’s what we’re really happy to say.

If I had to describe your sound, I’d say it’s a bit of alternative country and folk with a twang and tinge of rock and roll. Where do you find your inspiration?

Inspiration comes from a lot of people. I grew up listening to Paul Simon, Cash, Waylon and Willie. I was raised in the gospel church and my granddad was a big Gospel singer. He was more an inspiration to me than any star. He passed away when I was 10, and he taught me harmony when I was about 6 years old in the bath tub! There were good acoustics in there! I learned from there and moved on. Right now, I’m liking all the Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons music out there.

What else are you listening to?

Those three bands definitely. The new Wilco album. We’re listening to the real serious musicians that are doing it, we like to see what they’ve got up their sleeves. So far, they’re all coming up with really cool sounds. We’re excited for all of these bands. They’re changing the world.

You and David are both out of Texas, right?

Dave’s from San Marcos and I’m from Tyler.

Do you enjoy playing New York?

It’s the Big Apple!

Are there any differences between playing Texas and New York?

It’s like night and day! I mean, come on, man! Texas, everybody is getting trashed and throwing beer. They’re there to play pool and watch football and get drunk. We’re just kind of background music, until we get to the real clubs. That’s when you get the real listeners. That’s what I want. I don’t want to be a billionaire. I don’t want any of that. I just want to go to a show and people to be there to listen to this music. That’s all I want. If I can have that, dreams have come true.

I think you have that!

That’s why we’re rolling down the road, man! When that stops, when people don’t want to hear it anymore, that’s when we’ve got to figure it out…we’re in deep trouble!

October 12th, 14th, and 15th you’re playing around the city. What can fans expect?

We’re going to rock out. The dynamics are just humming, man. I cannot believe it. I’m blown away by it. It’s really magical, man. We just let it all out on-stage. This band is really hot right now.


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