“We’re 5 best friends from AZ. We love the desert, we love our city, its people, and we love each other.” Like the dusty landscapes of their native Phoenix, the folk pop yarns of Jared & the Mill are distinctly American, filled equally with wonder and grounded realism. We’re excited to welcome the band back to Union Stage for a special show this Saturday (3/30 · TIX) celebrating the release of their latest LP, This Story Is No Longer Available, out now.
We caught up with JATM frontman Jared Kolesar as they continue their national tour, which included a fruitful extended stay in Austin, TX for SXSW. Check out what he has to say about their new album, touring the states and his favorite pizza toppings.
Interview by Kayley Nagle
UNION STAGE: Congrats on the release of your new album This Story Is No Longer Available! How would you describe the ideal setting for listeners to enjoy the record? What kind of headspace?
JARED KOLESAR: I love this question!! I think you should listen to this record in the car, on a single drive! Or sitting in a coffee shop in the rain, or with your best friend in your room. Really whatever place you feel most yourself and ready to identify with the words of another, empathy is extraordinarily important in this experience in my opinion.
US: I really enjoyed your music video for “Soul In Mind.” What was the creative process like? Can we expect more music videos off the album in the future?
JK: Thanks! The creative process was really just handing over the song to our friend Freddie Paul who had a bunch of live footage of us! And I think we’ve got some good stuff coming your way! Can’t promise you any straight up music videos but definitely some cool stuff.
US: What is your favorite song to perform live? Why?
JK: “Fees Like” will never get old, I love hearing Larry shred his guitar to pieces every night!
US: I read that you all met while in college in Phoenix. What was the Phoenix music scene like? How did it inspire you as a band?
JK: The Phoenix scene is super supportive and friendly! There aren’t as many bands as in the other big towns so it leaves enough space for everybody to be really helpful and kind to one another. The types of music are really all over the place, there’s not really a genre that flourishes over the others in AZ, so I think the influence from our scene was actually the lack-there-in a weird way.
US: What are you most looking forward to about touring around the U.S.? Any shows you are specifically excited to play? (Beside DC of course!)
JK: Seriously can’t wait for DC! But NYC is always fun, Denver is great, Seattle is fantastic too! I don’t know it’s hard because all towns and cities have something unique and cool about them. Me and the guys really love eating, we’re kinda foodies at this point, and we all get really excited about all our favorite restaurants and food staples all over the country. It really is a treat to be able to know great spots in every town across America.
US: Important question…what is your favorite pizza topping? We are big pizza fans here at Union Stage, you might remember from last time.
JK: Oh man! I love pepperoni big time. But ricotta cheese is a very VERRRYY close second. My ideal pizza is Extra sauce, pepperoni, onions, garlic, basil, and ricotta. I do remember however y’all have a Sweet/Spicy deal with jalapeño and honey, which is super cool. [ed. note: he’s referencing the Hot & Sweet, and yes, it’s super cool]
US: What can we expect from you in 2019?
JK: We’re just gunna keep on touring and getting this record into the hands of as many people as possible. Playing our music and meeting people, doin what we love. We hope everybody checks out This Story Is No Longer Available and gets out to the show at Union Stage! It’s gunna be a blast!