The Austin, Texas-based band The Canvas Waiting has already had a brief, but enjoyable, love affair with Pensacola. They played last year’s DeLuna Fest after-party and from that point on have declared their affection for the town. They’ll return this year to play for folks at the End O’ The Alley inside Seville Quarter, and then in October they’ll take the stage at DeLuna. Frontman Jordan Spillane took some time out from the city of Austin to answer some questions for the IN.
IN: Are you aware that you have a rather illusive Internet presence? There wasn’t a whole lot about you on the web, but I guess that means the next thing to do is just listen to the band.
SPILLANE: Fair enough! Our website is being overhauled, so it’s not surprising to hear you’ve had some difficulty finding out about us. That being said, our music can be heard and/or purchased at any major digital media outlet (e.g., iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Pure Volume).
IN: Are you all originally from Austin, Texas?
SPILLANE: As is so often the case with ‘music towns,’ each of us moved to Austin with aspiration of finding like-minded musicians. Creating a successful band seems to be like a perfect storm: a myriad of factors like technical aptitude, musical preference, and personal compatibility are constantly at play. We’re fortunate enough to not only play well together, but genuinely like one-another; it’s a rarity. While none of us are from Austin, we all consider it to be home. There’s not another city in the world we’d rather be based out of.
IN: How did you guys come together to form the band?
SPILLANE: It was divine providence, Hana.
IN: What would you say the music scene is like in Austin, Texas right now?
SPILLANE: Austin is touted as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World,’ and for good reason. Not only can Grammy Award winning acts be heard throughout the city any night of the week, but the scene is chock full of talented up-and-comers. Austin is the fastest growing city in the country and there is no shortage of musicians moving here to chase a dream. Yes, the market is saturated, but there’s no place comparable.
IN: You’re playing at Seville in a few weeks, and then DeLuna in the fall. Have you ever played in Pensacola before?
SPILLANE: We actually played at a DeLuna after-party last year. It was a ton of fun and we’ve been itching to get back to Pensacola ever since. We absolutely love the city!
IN: What are your plans for the summer? Touring? Do you guys work jobs other than being in the band?
SPILLANE: We’re fresh off of a June run with the multi-platinum selling group, Candlebox, and are headed out for the duration of July with a band from Nashville called Neulore. Both acts are exceptionally talented and we couldn’t be happier to share the stage with them. While neither band will be with us in Pensacola, we’re definitely excited to be playing with Colonel Gentleman and Aubrey Nichols!
IN: What are some of your favorite shows you can remember playing?
SPILLANE: We’ve been privileged to play with some remarkable acts over the years—Young the Giant, MuteMath, The Format, and Matt & Kim, to name a few. Most recently, we had the honor of playing an official SXSW showcase with Candlebox and Live. Playing at the legendary Austin venue, Antone’s, in front of a sold-out crowd with bands of that caliber was utterly inexplicable. We had a ton of fun and made some lasting friendships with guys we’ve looked up to for a long time.
THE CANVAS WAITING
WHAT: The Canvas Waiting with Colonel Gentleman and Aubrey Nichols
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19
WHERE: End O’ The Alley, Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St.
COST: $5 ($10 for under 21)
DETAILS: thecanvaswaiting.com or facebook.com/thecanvaswaiting