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Art & Life with The Haunts, Max Collier, Aaron Brotman and Alanna Swadlow’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to The Haunts, Max Collier, Aaron Brotman and Alanna Swadlow.

The Max, Aaron and Alanna, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
We all met on craigslist, baby! In 2015 Aaron Brotman (age 20 at the time) answered an ad to play bass in a band with Alanna Swadlow (age 25 at the time). The band never came to fruition but Alanna and Aaron continued to play together. After a few years, a few different bands, and a few different line ups, Aaron and Alanna put out an ad to find a new singer with hopes of having a three piece live band (singer, guitar, drums). A new ad was put up in the fall of 2018 for a singer, which was answered by Max Collier (age 24 at that time). The three, all thankful that one another were not murderers or scam-artists, fell into place naturally and immediately, sharing a common love for garage-rock, surf-music, and catchy riffs.

Please tell us about your art.
We write modern/retro music that relies on a “surfy/beachy” sound that also edges on a bit of punk and pop music. The punk influences stem from a point of loving to play high energy live shows and getting people moving and grooving along with the tunes. The pop influences are sprinkled in to give the “retro” sound a refurbishing that can be palatable in the modern music market. There is something about a catchy chorus melody that just GETS OUR SPINES A’TINGLIN’.

Lyrics wise, most songs deal with social anxiety, good ol’ relationship problems, identity, self-love, and pretty much everything else Max talks to his therapist about.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
As long as we love playing the tunes we are playing, anything is a bonus. Also being able to pay rent would be pretty sick. But honestly we are here for the music, man. But if Burts Bees Lip Balm reaches out and wants to pay us $1.6m to use our song “Loose Lips” in an ad campaign, we’re pretty down.

But also success is continuously putting out genuine material that isn’t pandering to anyone else but ourselves. We want to write the music we want to listen to.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Come see us live! But if you don’t live in LA/California/the USA then you can find our debut, self-titled EP on all streaming platforms (Spotify/apple music/SoundCloud) and it is downloadable on Bandcamp! People can support us by putting our songs on their playlists, sharing our music with their friends, buying the EP on Bandcamp, and buying our merch (stickers, pins, shirts!).

We also love it when people use our music in their own projects (i.e. skateboard videos and other fun stuff).

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Image Credit:
Allyssa Cornier
Rebecca Schulman

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