The Greeting Committee -- Photo courtesy Sophia Ragomo
The Greeting Committee was formed in 2014 by Blue Valley High School classmates Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, Austin Fraser and Pierce Turcotte. The band has since performed widely, including gigs at a recent SXSW and a tour opening for the band Kitten. Their recently released EP Meeting People is Easy, is a huge sonic step forward for the band. We are excited to bring the Greeting Committee to Listen Local.
Please introduce yourselves. Describe your music for new listeners.
Hello, we are The Greeting Committee! We are a four-piece alternative rock band with hints of jazz and blues based out of KC.
Talk about your new EP Meeting People is Easy. How long did it take to make? What did you learn from the recording process that you'll take to future projects?
Our newest release, Meeting People Is Easy, was released in March of 2017 and is our second EP to date. We had been writing music for about a year and a half prior to our release and finally got to record in August of 2016. This EP is the first that we have been able to record professionally, so it acted as a learning experience for us as we start thinking about recording a full length album in the future. We had a lot of ideas in mind of how we wanted to record, but, after recording in August at the Capitol Records building, it gave us more perspective in how and where we wanted to record and whom we wanted to record with.
How does songwriting get done in The Greeting Committee? Who brings what to the table?
In the band, we are all acting songwriters. Each person is responsible for his or her own instrument. Often someone will come in with a musical idea, and we will bounce ideas off of each other from there to hopefully get something we are all happy with.
How has your current tour been going? What can fans expect?
We just finished our first headlining tour, and we are preparing for another tour in mid-June in support of Misterwives. No matter the show, fans can expect high energy and a fun time. We always try to integrate fan interaction into our shows, so we can get fans jumping, clapping, and singing along by the end of the set.
What music (new or old) are you currently raving about?
We all vary in music tastes, but some artists who have collectively caught our eyes are Bombay Bicycle Club, Chance the Rapper, and the Arctic Monkeys. Even some of the bands we've played shows with (Judah and the Lion, Misterwives, etc.) have been influential in our lives too.
What inspires you about music in Kansas City?
One thing that inspires us about music in KC is how much of a community it is. We've made some awesome friends by playing around the city because the music scene in KC is so tight-knit and supportive of local and widely-known bands.