Paul Varjak looks on as Holly Golightly explains a term he'd never heard before: "No. 'The blues' are because you're getting fat and maybe it's been raining too long - you're just sad, that's all. The 'mean reds' are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid and you don't know what you're afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?"
The Well Reds, named after a spin-off of the musing in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," introduces a sort of antithesis to Golightly, presenting their music with upbeat harmonies and confident acoustic sets.
Their latest EP, "Violet," can be purchased on Amazon or through the iTunes store. Before their show at Armstrong Atlantic State University, DO spoke with members of the Atlanta-based group and talked about their sound and what it's like being second-generation musicians.
You've compared yourselves to The Killers and OneRepublic. Could you describe your sound a little more or discuss what influences your writing and style?
Torin Degnats: With our new, soon-to-be-released record, I think we set out to write songs that would ask a listener to feel and move, without placing any limitations or expectations on what they should think or experience.
We wanted our new music to feel big and spacious.
We also explored a variety of tempos and grooves, and placed a heavy emphasis on finding the right feel and pocket for each song. While many of our new songs definitely pushed our musical boundaries, we also wanted to highlight some of what has helped define our band: tight vocal harmonies, diverse instrumentation, melodic sensibility.
Being from Atlanta, you must have traveled to Savannah before.
Jeremy Ezell: Absolutely. Savannah is one of my favorite towns in Georgia, but we haven't played Savannah consistently.
I believe we played a show at the Wild Wing Cafe downtown a year or so ago.
We'd love to come back. No direct connections with Armstrong or any local bands, really. After this show, hopefully there will be.
What has been the motivation behind your four years together? How do you keep it going?
Ezell: The music really keeps us going as a band.
Our love for people and performing keeps us on the road. There's always the hope that one of your songs will deeply affect someone, and playing shows is one of the best ways to do that.
We've always prided ourselves on being a personal band - a band that cares about our audience.
We want them to have an experience that, for a moment, helps them forget about the world around them and live in presently in that place.
Speaking of the road, how is it?
Degnats: The two best parts of the road: the band performances get really tight and intuitive when you're touring; you're able to see different parts of the county and to appreciate what makes a region, city or state unique.
What's really cool is that sometimes an area ends up being far more diverse or eclectic than you would have ever imagined.
We've seen country sunrises and city sunsets all over the place and been able to meet some really incredible people.
But this isn't exactly new for y'all, coming from families with histories of performing.
Degnats: We're all second-generation musicians, and this probably influences our playing more than we even realize.
We love to perform and feel that maintaining a high standard in not only the performance but also in the preparation for our performances is key.
Many shows present their own unique challenges, and the goal is to do the best we can for that specific performance given whatever good or bad circumstances may come in to play.
Are y'all full-time musicians? Or are there other jobs you juggle?
Degnats: We all do other work outside of The Well Reds. As a band, we're definitely chasing the dream, so a very large percent of the money we make is instantly reinvested back into the band.
We're fortunate that the bulk of our outside work all revolves around music, too: music production, music camp direction, private lessons, band coaching, recording work.
You said hopefully you'll make some connections down here to return.
Ezell: When we discuss tours, Savannah is always on the radar. Thus far, dates just haven't worked out, but we'd love to make Savannah a regular stop.
We hear you guys have a pretty crazy St. Paddy's.
Anything special planned for the show at Armstrong?
Ezell: We have been working on a new album that we are really excited about. We worked with some pretty amazing people on this record and we can't wait to release it.
We'll be playing a few cuts from it at our show at Armstrong Atlantic.