Joseph

Locals Only Artist of the Month: November 2016

November 1, 2016

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

Joseph, the Oregon band that has been blowing up on an international scale the last year, has been a station favorite on Locals Only for quite awhile. Joseph is three Closner sisters that make up the band, which is named after the small town in eastern Oregon. 

Joseph released its second full-length album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, this year and it has landed the sisters on The Tonight Show. It's a remarkable feat for any band that grinded its way through the old-fashioned way, playing living room shows, backyard parties, and house parties and distributing their music online to friends and anyone who would listen.

Get to know Joseph a little better with this Locals Only Q&A:

END: Give us a little overview of your last few months. Have you been on the road? Recording? Writing?

Natalie Closner: The last few months have been spent on the road in the U.S. and overseas with both headlining dates and supporting James Bay.

END: What’s next for your band? Upcoming projects? Keep on touring?

Natalie: Next we play on Jools Holland in England, then we'll be finishing out this tour with Michael Kiwanuka in Europe, then some radio shows in December. 

END: How do you approach playing live? What can people expect from your shows?

Natalie: As far as playing live goes, we hope to always bring an honest, dynamic show. We'll be open and real. We invite the audience to be open and real with themselves. 

END: What memories do you have of playing in Seattle, or just the PNW in general? Any quintessential “Northwest” moments?  

Natalie: We have absolutely loved being from the Pacific Northwest. Venues like the Fremont Abbey in Seattle, Mississippi Studios and Doug Fir in Portland and the Bartlett in Spokane have all championed us and given us our start. The PNW music communities, especially in Seattle have always been so collaborative and welcoming.

I remember watching and appreciating bands like Hot Bodies in Motion, Macklemore and Allen Stone supporting each other, guesting at each other's shows. Kris Orlowski, Noah Gundersen, OK Sweetheart, Shelby Earl playing in the the Abbey's Rounds together... these were the names. And I'll never forget when that moment first happened for us. It was a Cellar Door CD release show at the Crocodile with Mary Lambert and Pacific Gold (then Wayfarer) on the bill. Daniel Blue from Motopony showed up and guested on other people's songs. I remember roaming the green room, hanging out with everyone thinking we were finally a part of that community. 

END: Tell us about your band name and how it came to be?

Natalie:  Our band name comes from a small town in Eastern Oregon called Joseph. Our Grandpa Jo grew up there and we spent summers camping at the lake.

END: What do you hope people get out of your music?

Natalie: When people listen to our music we hope they feel less alone knowing they're not the only one who feels a certain way.

END: What bands (other than yourself) should people be listening to?

Natalie: We're always listening to more and more new music but off the top of my head I'd recommend Liza Anne, Paul Arend, William Wild for autumn feelings. Slow Dancer for making dinner in your kitchen with a glass of wine. The new Sylvan Esso single for mornings or afternoons that need a kick. Duncan Fellows! Always Duncan Fellows. And Corey Kilgannon for late at night when you need someone else's brutal honesty to make you feel stuff.

We're always updating our #ontheroadjo Spotify playlist, which I recommend following. :)

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