Tristan: Yeah pretty heavily in that song I’d say. The first EP I wrote freshmen year of college was almost all not personal feelings and then the one song that really survived from that besides ‘Congressmen’ was ‘Trash Treasury,’ which was the only one that was introspective at all. This was a few years ago and I hadn’t felt comfortable enough, it was the first time I wrote a song, but the one song that really did stick was about myself and that was the direction I went in from there and now I very rarely touch on that, I just think ‘Congressmen’ is so fun that’s why it’s stuck around.
CM: Is there anything that specifically inspires your songs?
Tristan: Pretty much all varying methods of heartbreak I guess.
CM: Is there a lot?
Tristan: Yeah, so I did the count on this album and there were, there are songs based off of feelings that came specifically from 6 different people of this 12 song album. Those are people that made me feel strongly in some way, either I was in a romantic relationship with them or in a friendship or in something more ambiguous, and it wasn’t like I was writing to them necessarily but they mostly just sometimes you get the people in your life that make you feel a way that you haven’t felt before and sometimes it’s bad.
CM: Are there any happy songs? Or are they mostly sad or angry?
Tristan: I was considering the title for the album something like ‘11 Songs About Dying and One About Guns.’
CM: Can you explain what the actual title ‘Cage in Search of a Bird’ means?
Tristan: ‘Cage in Search for a Bird’ is kind of like an excerpt from Franz Kafka’s notebooks, the third one is really good and ‘Cage in Search for a Bird’ is one line, but I just think that imagery it’s inspiring. It’s relatable to me personally because sometimes you feel like you need someone in your life even though you know you would restrict their freedom or not allow them to live as freely and happily as they could be.
Gabe: So are you the cage in a way?
Tristan: Yeah it’s about feeling selfish for wanting happiness for yourself.
Derrick: I thought it was about you [being] a cage, but you’re just a shell of who you are and you’re looking for meaning, so the bird represents meaning and when the bird enters the cage, because that’s like life, like the cage is dead by itself, when the bird comes in it’s life.
Gabe: The way that I was thinking it was you’re a cage and you take something beautiful, like a person, and make it yours to keep. Like if you could capture a rainbow, people would make it so we could buy rainbows.
CM: What’s on the cover of the album?
Tristan: It’s a picture of a window and a chair, taken by a friend of ours.
Micah: I almost like it because the title goes with the picture too and you see the trees outside and kind of like the outside world and then you feel like stuck inside.
Tristan: Definitely, when the pictures were run by me, it’s part of the reason I was attached to it immediately.
CM: So what the best part about being in this band?
Gabe: That were all kind of specially picked kind of in a way, we all kind of picked each other to be in this band.
Derrick: Like when we had to get a replacement for guitar, we all hand picked Gabe to be in this band.
Gabe: My first instance playing with this band was filling in for Derrick on bass.
Tristan: Yeah the first show with this kind of line-up, [Gabe] was on bass because he was going to come to just check it out just to watch, but he came early and Derrick wasn’t going to be there.
CM: So you knew the songs already?
Micah: He’s just that good.
Gabe: I’m not even that good, bass you can play quietly.
CM: So you guys have mentioned your local music scene, you wear their shirts and everything, can you describe more about it? Or what you like about it?
Micah: It was interesting being in 8th grade and going to house shows and kind of like little local scenes. I remember looking up to these people in the bands and being like, ‘Man, if I could only play shows or like be in a band.’
CM: Did you play instruments back then?
Micah: No, I like I kind of just messed around on keyboard and I actually started on bass.
Gabe: You joined ‘The Freedmen’s Bureau’ as the accordion player.
Micah: I actually joined ‘The Freedmen’s Bureau’ not really knowing anything, so they really took me under their wing and I actually started playing music because of that band, but it’s been really interesting kind of being part of the local scene, and playing and collaborating with different bands like ‘Desert Woman’ and ‘Echavox.’