By: Chris Coutsoukis
HeadRush TV had the chance to catch up with Canvas/Island Records band the Karma Killers, who won over U.S. audiences across the country on the mammoth 42-city, 21st annual Vans Warped Tour 2015. The Karma Killers includes Micky James (vocals/guitar), Mango (bass/vocals),Billy Stevens (guitar/vocals), and Josh Grigsby (drums) are heavily influenced by classic rock, punk rock, and soul, which has guided them to creating their alternative sound, described by them as “Night Pop.”
1) Alot going on for the Karma Killers, you guys are coming off a summer long run on Vans Warped Tour, enjoying success with your EP Strange Therapy, now on the road on your own, what have the last few months been like?
It's been amazing. A long time coming for us I feel. We've been writing for the past few years, so it feels good to finally get released from the cage.
2) You guys made a big splash on Vans Warped Tour this summer, but for those who haven’t heard of you, what can people expect when they come out to one of your shows?
3) Sticking with Warped Tour, what are some of your best memories from this year's tour?
Well, because it was our first National tour, everyday was an eye opener for us. Everyday was one to remember. Some shows were definitely better than others. Warped Tour is just this big communal tour. You make a ton of friends with the bands and crew. It's a blast.
4) Warped Tour has seen a lot of changes in its identity over the years, moving from a very punk environment to recent heavier trends. What was your take on playing to a crowd as diverse as Warped?
It was fantastic for us. It was a challenge but we love that. We love having to constantly prove ourselves. Going into the tour, I wasn't expecting the response that we received throughout warped. The kids were super open minded. They wanted to give every band a chance. They gave us a chance. I feel like that's always been the vibe Ive got at warped tour. They wanna hear new music. They wanna find they're new 'secret' favorite band. It did a lot for us.
5) Let’s talk about Strange Therapy, what did you guys want to achieve with this album both musically and lyrically?
Overall, we just wanted to give the listener a little taste of what we are. We didn't want to spread ourselves too thin.
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