It’s a common story in rock, especially with younger musicians: bands play gigs together, become friends and gradually find that their true musical partners are those who they’re not currently in a project with. Such was the case for ACRONYMS. Consisting of Billy Tataryn (guitar/vocals), Adan Lemus (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Brynn Krysa (bass/vocals) and Tyson Goodyear (drums), the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan indie rockers released their debut EP SimpleComplex in January, led by single “Fake Fear”. While heading out on a Western Canadian tour in support (which they’re on as we speak), they took some time to chat with TPS.
You guys first came together by filling in with each other’s previous bands. What was the moment that made you think “this might become something bigger”?
First time we came together to try and see if us playing together worked, we jammed straight for like 8 hours. At that moment we were certain this could form into something special.
Anyone who owns a flanger is a fan of Tame Impala and who doesn’t like Radiohead. We draw influence from everything we listen to. Nothing is off-limits, at the moment some of our favourite groups would have to be Beck, Foals, Close Talker. Pretty much anyone who’s doing something that comes across as genuine and makes us feel something.
SimpleComplex was named in honour of recording the album live off the floor. What made you do that instead of regular studio production?
To be completely honest we didn’t have the funds to record a full-length as tracking individual instruments would take up way more time in the studio. That being said we play really well together as a group live and in practice. So it only made sense to try doing it live off the floor.
You’re doing a Western Canadian spring swing right now. Any plans to tour outside the region?
After experiencing ACRONYMS for the first time, is there anything you especially want people to take away from it?