Vodi are an indie-rock band who are soon to be on your radar. Made up of Tom Lynch, Haley Lynch, David Lascoe, Austin Sepulvado, E. Marshall Graves, Tank Lisenbe and Gus Alvarado, the Houston based band have created their own unique sound by fusing 70’s/80’s vibes with a modern indie style.
This eclectic combination of sounds can be heard on Vodi’s debut album Talk, which was released earlier this year. The album showcases their nostalgic yet modern sound across nine tracks and is proof enough that they are ones to watch.
On November 28, they will release their first ever Christmas single, called ‘This Is The Best Christmas’. The track is set to capture their sound whilst adding fun festive cheer to proceedings.
We recently spoke to Vodi about their band roots, their upcoming Christmas song, their favourite track from Talk and much more.
First off, let’s take it back to the start – how did Vodi form?
We kind of stumbled our way into it I guess. The drummer (Tank) and I started a project where we would go into a studio and write a song on the spot. We wrote a bunch of demos and it was a ton of fun so we just kept at it. Then I met Haley, who had just started playing around town in her band Dollie Barnes, and thought, oh man, I wonder if she’ll come out and sing on these songs with us. I was a bit surprised when she did ha. And they were terrible demos, but we had a great time making them. So naturally we decided to start playing them in front of people so they could all hear how bad they were. Then we started adding pieces, wrote better songs and here we are.
Was music something you always wanted a career in or did you have other aspirations?
Definitely, I think everyone in the band is pretty much the same on that. We were all kids who wanted to sing or play or perform at some level.
You’ll be releasing a Christmas song called ‘This Is The Best Christmas’ at the end of the month. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the song and how it came about?
Yeah, this was kind of out of nowhere and more fun than I thought it would’ve been. Our manager called us up and asked if we’d be up for doing a Christmas song to which we all immediately said absolutely. Our studio engineer only had 2 days available on his schedule, so we booked them, wrote it, went in and Christmas miracled our way through it. While I think everyone in the band maintains that Santa was our inspiration, it’s a love song. We sort of asked ourselves, what would Hall and Oates do.
You released your debut album Talk earlier this year. You obviously love all of the songs but is there one in particular which stands out for you? (Our fave is ‘Riverside’)
I really love ‘Pressure’ and ‘Gold’. Those two songs came very quickly and felt like I just caught them or something. I know a couple of the guys in the band like ‘Talk’ the best. And you’re not alone on ‘Riverside’. I’ve heard that from a lot of people. That song almost didn’t make the album. We had I think 4 different versions of it before we landed on that and a lot of credit has to go to Steve Christensen, our engineer and producer, for getting it to sound so good.
Your sound has a slight 70s/80s vibe to it. Which artists from those decades would you say are some of your key musical inspirations?
Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, Hall and Oates, The Police, Talking Heads, and we may or may not have an undying love for Phil Collins. Honestly anything from that time period, except maybe Air Supply. I don’t know if we have any Air Supply fans, but my mom loves them.
You have a great relationship with each other, but with so many of you in the band, how does that impact on your creative process?
I’ll usually write the bones of a song and then bring it to the band and we’ll work out ideas, maybe rearrange some things, figure out tones and hooks and what not, but everyone in the band is really great at what they do so it makes the process pretty easy. We try to move quickly, not get bogged down on tiny stuff. Everyone in the band has been the front of a band at some point too, so I don’t know, maybe there’s a coup in our future.
What do you hope that people will take away from your music?
Well, we hope they like it, you know? We hope they enjoy it and share it with people, and we hope those people like it and share it. Because sharing is caring.
You’re already being heralded as ‘ones to watch’ in the indie/rock scene. What would you like to achieve in the next five years?
Ha! I did not know that. Gonna have to have a chat with the guys, make sure we don’t screw this thing up. In the next five years… Well, we’re musicians and don’t think that far ahead, but if all the stars were to align and we could have anything, I think doing at least a record a year and touring to a large fan base would be all we could hope for. I can’t imagine anything better than getting to do this for years with this group.
What’s been your highlight of 2017?
Other than this here interview, I would say maybe the record finally getting done and having a great release in our hometown.
What have you got planned for 2018? Can we expect more music/a tour?
I think a tour is definitely in our future and hopefully we can get over there to see all of you guys! We’re currently writing for the new record, so hopefully we can have that out around the same time next year.