Audiofeed 2019 preview: Idle Achiever
Last year, Audiofeed came to a close with the usual Flatfoot 56 set. It was fun, chaotic, and a classic ending to the festival. While that set felt nostalgic and like family, leading into it was quite possibly a moment that represented the future of Audiofeed.
Earlier that day I met this kid wearing a Blurryface t-shirt. Being from Columbus, I had to compliment the twenty one pilots representation in the sea of punk, avant-garde, and experimental bands represented via merch. That night I saw this kid perform a really fun cover of “Car Radio” on the impromptu Front Porch Stage. I don’t think anyone was more excited to hear that song played in the context of Audiofeed live than I was.
The Twenty One Pilots comparisons with Idle Achiever are obvious: two dudes. A singer and a drummer. One dude spazzing out on stage at times. Okay, so that last thing might just be Chase, but you have to admire the similarities between him and Tyler Joseph. For as young as these two are (sorry to reference your age, guys), their songwriting is really solid and they’re off to a catchy start. As the production quality and branding gets more and more polished, the fans will follow. You can catch these guys in the Asylum Tent at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 5th.
We asked the guys some questions. If you’re not convinced by now, maybe getting to know them better will move you to catch their set or some tunes online.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Noah: Breyer’s Reese’s Peanutbutter. But if you want to bring us some food at a show, be sure to bring skittles and combos. We love those.
If your band was a cocktail, what would it be?
A splendiferous mixture of rap, pop, rock, funk, and EDM.
What’s a memorable live show you’ve played? Why?
We played a DIY show at the veterans hall in our hometown of Sidney, OH. It’s probably the first show we remember having fans engaging and singing back lyrics.
What music has really impacted you this year? Why?
Jon Bellion dropped a record in November. It’s probably our favorite record of his thanks to the lyrics, particularly on songs like “Stupid Deep” and “Blu.” I’ve (Chase) personally become a huge fan of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus this year for the same reason. We’ve also been diving into old Foster the People albums to draw stylistic motivation, as well as the new Twenty One Pilots record and bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Half Alive, and recently some classic Royal Tailor.
What books or films have impacted you in the past year? Why?
I recently read This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and it really changed the way that I view spiritual warfare. I would recommend it as a must read to any Christian. Also the Bible—another must read for any Christian. I also re-read Animal Farm by George Orwell recently as well as The Great Divorce by C.S Lewis.
What is your one weird thing you never tour without?
We love to longboard so we always bring those. One weird thing I’ll probably have to bring on this tour is a mouth-guard since I smashed my front teeth last time I fell down a hill. It’s too bad we’re not signed to Tooth and Nail [Records]. Could have been a great pun there.
What is that don’t miss spot in your hometown?
Our local park, Tawawa Park, is pretty great. It’s huge, and we spend a lot of time there soaking up nature.
Besides Audiofeed, what is a don’t miss festival?
I’ve been to Alive Festival in Mineral City, OH a few times, and it’s pretty great. I hope to play the Beach Stage someday.
What is the most exciting thing happening in your world right now?
Loaded Nacho Tacos at Taco Bell. God is good.