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Unless you’re Calexico or Giant Sand, bands from Tucson traditionally don’t see their singles premiered on Stereogum or their videos shown on NPR.com. Prom Body is changing that.
Over the past year, Michael Fay has seen this bedroom recording project blossom into one of the hottest bands in town — both from a creative and a commercial standpoint. Prom Body’s sound is tough to pin down — a little bit of Ty Segall-style garage, a bit of Wavves-influenced punk, some ambient post-rock thrown into the mix — but Fay and his crew (including our guest from Episode 003: Matt Baquet) have established themselves as one of Tucson’s most promising bands, as well as the ambassador for our town’s burgeoning music scene as they head out on tour this summer.
Mike and I talk about, well, a little bit of everything in this wide-ranging interview. He discusses his musical background and his songwriting process, as well as his appreciation for how the Tucson music community has come together to help him see this project through. Mike is one of the most insightful young musicians I’ve ever met, and it was a real pleasure to talk to him.
Prom Body released Creep The Strange almost exactly one year ago — a collection of Fay’s bedroom recordings when he was living in Kansas City. These songs found a home in Tucson, when he put together a live band. For the past year, with the encouragement of Topaz Records co-founder (and guest on Episode 009) Joel Leshefka, Fay has put every ounce of creative energy he can muster into his band’s second record, Naughty By Natural, which comes out July 29.
The buzz has been deafening. The single (and official SideStreets Song Of Summer) “My Paradise” was premiered on Vice’s music blog, Noisey, magazine last month.
• “Prom Body Should Be Your New Favorite Band" Noisey, June 16.
In addition their single “Pretty Flower” made its way to Spin Magazine’s website.
• “Prom Body Share ‘Pretty Flower,’ a Bouquet of Garage-Punk Goodness" Spin, May 30.
The momentum kept rolling, as Prom Body’s phenomenal Nika Kaiser-directed video for the instrumental track “Guttuggering” was premiered on NPR. Bob Boilen called the clip “jarringly beautiful.”
• “Prom Body: ‘Guttuggering’" NPR, June 27.
The biggest break came on July 16, when Stereogum premiered the third single, “Vibrant,” for its thousands upon thousands of visitors.
The culmination of all this hard work happens on July 29, when 500 limited-edition vinyl copies of Naughty By Natural go on sale at templeofcairo.com or at prombody.bandcamp.com.
Be sure to check out Prom Body on tour, as well!
July 29th - Tucson - Album Release & Tour Kick-off w/ Katterwaul & Kid Puto @ TOPAZ
July 30th - Phoenix - w/ Numb Bats, Man Hands, & Drainbow @ The Crescent Ballroom
July 31st - San Diego - w/ Heavy Hawaii & Heaven @ The Hideout
August 1st - Los Angeles - w/ Numb Bats @ Lolipop Records
August 1st - Fullerton - w/ White Night & Pine Hill Haints @ Dude’s House
August 2nd - Los Angeles - SOAI Harder Summer @ Pehrspace
August 2nd - Los Angeles - w/ Heaven, Heavy Hawaii, & Susan @ The Smell
August 3rd - Oakland - w/ Meat Market, Numb Bats, & Fiscal Cliff @ The Nerd Castle
August 4th - San Francisco - w/ Union Pacific, Numb Bats, & Banshee Boardwalk @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
August 5th - Stockton - w/ MLTD & Digital Ketchup @ The Bus Stop
August 6th - Portland - w/ Feel Young (Reunion), Sad Horse, & DJ DNA @ The Know
August 7th - Olympia - w/ The San Onofre Lizards & Clayface @ Hot Tub House
August 8th - Seattle - w/ Dude York & Pony Time @ CAIRO
August 9th - Vancouver, BC - w/ WEED @ Horses Records
August 10th - Missoula - w/ Muff Dive @ Ole Beck VFW Post 209
August 11th - Boise - w/ Toy Zoo & Numb Bats @ the Crux
August 12th - Salt Lake City - w/ Season of the Witch & Numb Bats @ the Barrel Room
August 13th - Flagstaff - w/ Human Weather @ Cottage House
September 3rd - Tucson - w/ Ty Segall & Wand @ Club Congress
Bed music: @dashflanagan
Song before the Michael Fay interview: “Vibrant” by Prom Body.
Bed music for Michael Fay interview: “Stupid Astrology” by Prom Body.
Closing song: “My Paradise” by Prom Body.
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Topics: Prom Body, four-track recording, making it happen, the buzz, hiding things in a recording that only you know about, a little help from your friends, trading stability for the artistic life, setting things on fire, getting off the assembly line, the Song Of Summer, excitement in all its forms, Tucson pride, paradise, and the things we do for love.
- It’s my paradise.