You know your Wednesday was well spent when you head out to N Lamar street to see live music in intimate quarters. Shannon and I had the pleasure of watching Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers do their thing in Dallas last week. The band’s tour kicked off just a couple weeks ago, so we were extra fortunate to get the opportunity to sit down and speak with them before the show started.
SS: How’s Dallas treating you?
JH: Well we just kinda got here. We went to a comic store, bought some cool magic cards. We also went to a coffee shop. We haven’t had much time to do stuff.
SS: What has it been like since the release of Terra Incognita?
JH: I think it’s going to take a while for it to take momentum. It’s sorta going to take a lot of hard work. It is our first time touring like this for just being a regional Michigan band.
SS: Have you had a favorite stop on tour so far?
JH: Well we have been away on tour for six days so far; it’s a two month tour. Nashville was pretty cool but there was a lot of exercising. We went bike riding uphill and downhill. Carbondale, CO was also great. There was super nice people and a very receptive crowd. Touring is all about the cool people you meet.
SS: Do you have a favorite song to perform?
JH: Ahhh that’s hard. They’re all super fun to perform. It does take two to three times of playing to fill up a room. I guess I have to say Feel is definitely the most fun on stage.
SS: So we have to ask… what are you guys wearing?
JH: Well we have these super cool kicks…. (referring to their tennis shoes). I’m not going to lie, I usually wear wings but they have been misplaced. We believe costumes transforms us into stage creatures. I love etsy. If we had a bigger budget, we would so hire costume people. It would get weird REAL quick.
SS: Is there a dream venue you all wish to play at in the future?
JH: I mean we would love to play at RedRocks… we also would love to take it back home and hit the big spots- The Fillmore, Sonic Temple.
SS: Are you excited to play SXSW?
JH: As intense as it is, its exciting to play. Feels like work while we are there, but we hope to have time to enjoy it this year. I hope to see Future Islands. I’m going to make it my goal to see them live and a few other DJs.
After watching them play, Joe and the boys mingled with the crowd. They played songs from their new album, and a few songs from their past works. I really believe they sound exactly, if not better live. They truly are a humble band and are just happy to do what they love- play music.