A wide array of musical genres are represented at Lollapalooza, and the American indie band The Lonely Biscuits attended with its mixed style of funk, soul and hip hop. Grady “Gravy” Wenrich, Sam Gidley, John Paterini and Nick Byrd first got together in college, and they’ve been jamming ever since.
The Miami Hurricane had the chance to chat with the group about its music and aspirations.
The Miami Hurricane: How would you describe your style to someone who’s never heard you play before?
Wenrich: We are alternative rock with some hip hop and some funk and some jazziness. Not actual jazz, just jazziness.
TMH: What kind of instruments do you play that contributes to your music?
Gidley: There’s drums, two guitars and bass, and two lead vocalists. Grady used to play trumpet.
Wenrich: [chuckles] I’ve never played trumpet on any of our songs, but in fifth grade band I played trumpet.
TMH: Where do you look to for inspiration in writing your music and your lyrics?
Wenrich: For music, I’d say playing with each other, jamming with each other and feeding off what they play. For lyrics, just relationships with people and friends, other music and experiences.
TMH: Are your songs about shared experiences or about individual member’s experiences?
Wenrich: A little bit of everything.
Gidley: We’re kinda in similar situations. We’re all the same age, we relate to each other, and we all link together.
TMH: Where does the name “Lonely Biscuits” come from?
Wenrich: Freshman year, we were all just joking around. Before we were serious, we were called “Grady and the Biscuits” and just playing our music in the dorm room. Then we took it a little more seriously and someone told us that we would have trouble copyrighting that name and being able to sell [merchandise]. So, we picked a new [name] and I have no idea how we picked it.
Gidley: It was just kinda random.
TMH: So you guys aren’t lonely?
Wenrich: [chuckles] No, not necessarily. Well, I mean, sometimes. Everybody gets lonely sometimes.
TMH: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Wenrich: Listen to a lot of music, support a lot of music, always make music, and enjoy making music. Community is important and make music that’s important to you. And play a lot of shows. In the beginning, play as many shows as you can.
Gidley: Put out a lot of music for a year. Get yourself out there and make [your music] accessible. Try to get as many hits as possible.
Byrd: Don’t be afraid to try new things, because that’s when the coolest things happen, when you try different stuff.
TMH: What would be your dream venue to play?
Paterini: The Moon.
Gidley: On Earth, maybe Red Rocks or Madison Square Garden. Something crazy like that.
Wenrich: As long as it’s sold out. If there was nobody there, it wouldn’t be a dream.
Gidley: But if we’re talking about the whole universe, then the Moon for sure.
TMH: Any chance you’ll be coming to Miami any time soon?
Wenrich: We hope so. We’ve been wanting to go to Florida for years, but it’s just hard. We’ll be coming for sure.