Tulsa get headier with next release
If you thought the songs on “I Was Submerged” — the debut EP from the sonically adventurous, and exceptionally hyped-up Boston trio Tulsa — were expansive in their washes of pedal effects, furious drum rolls and meandering guitar complexity, then you won’t be surprised by their plans to go even further down on their next full length. So explains the band’s singer, guitarist and songwriter Carton Tanton.
It seems like it might be tempting to let your songs grow out of control. Do you force yourself to rein them in?
In the past I have, but for the next record it’s probably going to be like eight or nine songs, because they’re going to be long and they’re going to be really spaced out. They’re going to make the EP look like pleasant, easy listening. It’s going to go a lot crazier. ... That’s a product of playing live more. When we play live, by the time I get into a song it’s over. The atmospheric approach to how the songs sound, that’s just the way I feel about music now.
Do you think your songs would lose their meaning without the atmospheric stuff you talk about?
No, because I still write songs on the acoustic guitar. It’s just that, once other people start playing along with me they just change, because it’s louder or you click on the
Tulsa has been getting a lot of comparisons lately. Do they seem accurate to you?
I think we get compared to bands because of the reverb on my voice. A lot of people say it’s like My Morning Jacket or Band of Horses. I don’t really like either of those bands. I think they’re really boring and just clinging onto the reverb. I think the press just hears the reverb, and goes, “Oh, they must like this band.” And I don’t.
Now you’re giving me quotes!
[laughs] I have nothing against those bands, I just find them boring.
What makes your band any different than those ones?
I don’t know. I’m not good at defining what we do better than other bands. Who knows, maybe we do sound like Band of Horses. I hope not.