A complicated web of human interactions and emotions has never sounded so fun and playful as it does with Thao with The Get Down Stay Down. Thao’s music is indie rock at it’s finest, with elements of chamber pop and alternative folk mixed in for good measure. It’s catchy, quirky, and everything you’d expect from a band that sounds like they could be your best friends. Thao’s voice and lyrics are laced with an innocent sexiness that enhances the fun and fresh melodies of the band and the music strikes a balance between being both relatable and danceable.
The band’s latest album, Know Better Learn Faster, boasts songs like When We Swam, which instantly make an audience want to sing along. The title track is another standout and highlights their ability to produce an escalating progression of sound and emotion. The music portrays a kind of human quality that lets us know that this is a band that has lived their lives like the rest of us: just trying to figure it out as they go along and doing their best to enjoy the ride, even through the pain.
Thao was gracious enough to take some time out during the band’s current US tour to answer a few questions for The Rock and Roll Report.
Q: At what point in your life did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
A: I think I knew very young, around 13, that I wanted to be a musician. I didn’t fully commit to the idea until the end of college when I intentionally left myself no other option. By this I mean I refused to even consider going to grad school and did not have any other kind of job lined up.