Smallpools | All Your Favorite Things

prof smallpools_cd“To be able to tour the country and have RCA on our side is a pretty incredible feeling.”




I first heard Smallpools last summer. A song on the radio, “Dreaming,” caught my ear and I quickly Shazaam’d it. I searched for a full-length but came up short: just a four-song EP to whet my appetite. Then Mach 2015 hit and the band released its full-length debut, Lovetap!, which I quickly obtained and devoured. Yummy. Since then, the band has, if not exploded, then sizzled and sparked, threatening to blow at any time.

Smallpools crafts addictive, fun, sing-along pop, with music destined for a big audience and sizeable arenas. Until then, though, we have another chance to catch them in a more intimate setting. Having seen the band live on its 32-date U.S. headlining tour last spring, I can guarantee an engaging and entertaining good time.

To advance the tour, guitarist Mike Kamerman (who’s joined in the band by vocalist Sean Scanlon, bassist Joseph Intile, and drummer Beau Kuther) took a few moments to answer my questions.

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How cool was it to see the release of your full-length RCA debut? Is it something you can put into words?

It was, as you can imagine, very cool to see. We started this band with the small goal to play a few shows locally. To be able to tour the country and have RCA on our side is a pretty incredible feeling.

I know that, in a sense, Smallpools began in a small Los Angeles bar over multiple rounds of karaoke; in fact, you wrote a song about it. What were some of your favorite songs to sing?

Our #1 karaoke song is and always will be “You Get What You Give” by New Radicals. Some other honorable mentions are “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears and “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit (if we’ve had a few to drink).

You’ve opened for a number of of-the-moment bands, including one of my personal favorites, WALK THE MOON. Can you choose just one show of all those opening gigs that stands out the most?

Opening for WALK THE MOON at the Hollywood Palladium was an unbelievable experience. We also really enjoyed playing at Stubb’s in Austin. We had a lot of fun with Grouplove there, not once but twice.

Last year, you made your national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. What’s one interesting thing about Jimmy Kimmel that everyone should know?

He left us a bottle of moonshine in our green room with a personalized note. Class act!

Although Neon Gold poetically described your song “Mason Jar” as “a sepia splash of power-pop,” I disagree with the power-pop label. What is a better way to explain your sound to a Smallpools virgin?

I’m not a huge fan of labeling music with different sub genres as a description. With that being said, we’re a fun mix of ALL of your favorite things. 😉 muahahaha | Laura Hamlett

prof smallpools_tour-posterSmallpools Fall 2015 U.S. Tour
10.08.15 | Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale
10.09.15 | The Social, Orlando
10.10.15 | State Theatre, St. Petersburg FL
10.12.15 | Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
10.13.15 | 40 Watt Club, Athens GA
10.15.15 | Webster Hall, New York
10.16.15 | The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia
10.18.15 | 9:30 Club, Washington DC
10.19.15 | Royale, Boston
10.21.15 | The Intersection, Grand Rapids
10.23.15 | St. Andrews Hall, Detroit
10.24.15 | House of Blues, Chicago
10.25.15 | Wooly’s Des Moines
10.27.15 | Madrid Theatre & Café, Kansas City
10.29.15 | Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO
10.31.15 | The Black Sheep, Colorado Springs
11.03.15 | Slim’s, San Francisco
11.04.15 | The Observatory OC, Santa Ana CA
11.05.15 | The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles

About Laura Hamlett 467 Articles
Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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