K: How would you describe your sound?
TF: It's a big folk rock sound that's all acoustic with bluegrass instrumentation and drums. It's all song-based music with tight arrangements and vocal harmonies.
K: Who are some of your sonic influences?
TF: Bands like The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, The Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and classic songwriters like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and John Prine.
K: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a band so far?
TF: I think having our new record The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious land on various top 40 radio charts including #15 on the Roots Music Report and #40 on the Americana Airplay Chart.
K: What are your goals for the upcoming year?
TF: Our goals for 2011 include releasing a fourth album and touring heavily.
K: What has been your favorite city/venue to play in?
TF: Favorite city to play in is always back home in Chicago and it's a tie between the Congress Theater and the House Of Blues.
K: What’s on heavy rotation in the tour bus/ on your ipod?
TF: We actually don't listen to music much collectively on the bus but when we do it's usually Bob Dylan and The Band or Tom Petty's Wildflowers.
K: Who is your favorite new artist?
K: What would be your dream collaboration and why?
TF: The Giving Tree Band is my dream collaboration. Maybe further down the road another dream collaboration will come up.
K: Tell us your craziest/most embarrassing band story, and make it a good one.
TF: At our CD release show this year at the House Of Blues, we had arranged to wear custom suits. When we were getting dressed minutes before taking the stage, Eric realized that he left his pants at home. We didn't know what to do and had no time to think. So, our drummer Justin took off his pants and gave them to Eric. At the start of the show, the curtain was closed. When it opened, Justin was already behind his kit. So, no one knew he wasn't wearing pants. But at the end of the show, Justin came out from behind the kit in his underwear and joined us at the front of the stage to take a bow. The crowd went nuts. What began as one of the more stressful and potentially embarassing moments for us, turned out to be one of the highlights of the year. I guess that story officially makes us a rock 'n roll band.