Droughts have been making their way around the Midwest for years, touring and putting out splits with bands like Prawn, Frameworks, Kittyhawk and William Bonney. The three-piece punk band will head south from Chicago and play Skeletal Lightning Fest for the second consecutive year. We caught up with Joe Klomes (bass/vocals) and Will Seals (guitar) before their set at this weekend’s festival.
buzz: How did the band start?
Joe Klomes: Well, Will (Seals) wanted to record some demos of ideas that he had and I offered to record them. He wasn’t sure what he was going to do with them, so I took it upon myself to record vocals over them, essentially forcing my way into the band. I lived with Nick (Spiese) at the time and we asked him to play guitar.
buzz: And why the name Droughts?
Will Seals: I had names and that was the only one that stuck.
buzz: How would you describe your music to our readers that have never heard you?
JK: It sounds like we really like Thursday and These Arms are Snakes.
buzz: What should people expect at Skeletal Lightning from your set?
JK: Last year, we had a lot of technical and instrumental problems, so hopefully that doesn’t happen this year.
WS: Maybe this time around we won’t forget our songs.
buzz: Do you have any bands that you are excited to see at Skeletal Lightning?
WS: Marcy, Brighter Arrows, Coma Regalia, The Reptialian and Two Knights.
JK: Aviator, Scowler and Life in Vacuum. We would probably just list out the entire fest, because all the bands are good.
buzz: How do you keep your vocal chords healthy when primarily screaming?
JK: I take really bad care of my voice. I usually lose it on tour. When it does go out, I go on a “drink only hot tea, no dairy, talk as little as possible” routine.
WS: Even though our new songs are still in their early forms, I have a feeling there will be more melody this time. Maybe the vocals won’t be as harsh on his voice.
buzz: What have you guys been doing these days? Touring?
JK: We are finishing the writing to a full-length. We had some member changes that have slowed down writing, but fortunately we are almost there. A little while back, we did a really fun weekend with Caravels.
WS: Like Joe said, finishing up the album. Things are more conceptualized and further along than they were a few months ago. It’s exciting.
buzz: How does the song writing process work with you guys?
JK: Slow. Will usually has an idea and show it to us, and then we pull it all together.
WS: We have written a few songs together, but it isn’t as easy writing together. It is usually easier writing with just a few of us in the room. Our approach recently has been different than what it normally is.
Catch Droughts this Saturday at 4:25 p.m. during this year’s Skeletal Lightning Fest. Saturday’s show will be held at the IMC in Urbana.