The Photo Ladies set out to cover Australia’s The Faim on their first US tour opening for Hands Like Houses, in November and December of 2018.
Nov 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's: Justine Willard
Nov 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex: Rachel Leonard
Nov 16 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge: Jennifer Machuca
Nov 17 - St. Louis, MO @ Carlie Aubuchon
Nov 19 - Louisville, KY @ Trixie's Entertainment Complex: Emily May
Nov 23 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall: Lisa Czech
Nov 24 - New York, NY @ Gramercy: Stefanie Dabs
Nov 25 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry: Carolyn Lederach
Nov 29 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown: Alaina Broyles
Dec 3 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music: Violeta Alvarez
Dec 4 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill: Bridget Craig
Dec 7 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom: Kristen Nicole
You went straight from your US tour with Hands Like Houses to your first ever headlining tours of Australia and the UK/EU! What were those experiences like for you? How did headlining a tour differ for you from touring as a support act? How did you decide which bands would support you on your Australian and UK/EU tours?
As the headlining band, the biggest difference is the engagement of the crowd with your performance. The energy that the crowd brings to our headline shows is absolutely insane! When choosing supports, we look to bands that would fit well with in a lineup sonically, and also bands that can bring their own unique identity to the tour.
You guys recently performed your first US tour on the Hands Like Houses tour! What were some highlights of the tour? Having never played here before, did you have any expectations going into the tour or anything that surprised you?
One of the highlights of the tour was definitely the bowling championships between the bands. It’s always a great time getting to know the people you’re on tour with and creating memorable experiences with them. Going into the tour, we expected lots of long drives, and that’s definitely what we got!
You have said that having the opportunity to travel globally has changed the way you do things since your first show. What have you learned about yourself, touring and your fans over the years?
We’ve learned that taking care of yourselves and each other is really important on the road. Playing the actual shows makes up about 5% of touring, so all the behind the scenes work is a crucial part of what keeps the tour strong and on the road.
You collaborated with Pete Wentz, Mark Hoppus, Josh Dun and Ashton Irwin on your ‘Summer Is A Curse’ EP and recently collaborated with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low on new music! What was it like working with Alex? What do you feel that you have learned from each of these experiences and are there any particular artists going forward that you are hoping to work/collaborate with?
We’ve learned so much from working with all these artists. The great thing is that each one of them brings forward their own unique writing style, which we’re able to draw from and pick up new techniques when it comes to songwriting. Personally, I would love to work with Chris Martin from Coldplay one day.
I know you are really close to your fans and try to interact with them as much as possible! Do you have any particularly memorable tour stories or fan interactions from your recent tours?
Just being able to hear the positive impact that our music has on our fans is such a rewarding experience in itself.
You have done a few music videos for your songs. What is your process for making videos? Do you have an idea beforehand of how you want your videos to look or do you collaborate with the directors on ideas? Do you have any music videos in the works?
On our most recent videos, we’ve collaborated with Sitcom Soldiers who have been great to work with. We’ve actually just released a new music video for our new single, ‘Fire’.
Who have you been listening to lately? Do you make tour playlists? Are there any artists you feel that people should know about?
A few artists that I’ve been listening to recently are Anderson Paak, Bring Me The Horizon and Point North. I’ve been jamming to the new Point North EP lately, which I think is well worth checking out!
I have read that you guys are constantly writing songs. Do you find it easier to write on the road versus writing when you are home from tour? Do you feel that each circumstance provides you with different inspirations?
Writing on the road definitely poses its challenges. Finding time to sit down and be creative is one of the big tasks, but it can be extremely rewarding when you do. Inspiration comes from all around, so the different circumstances definitely allow for different kinds of creativity.
You will be releasing your debut full length album this year! What can your fans expect? What else do you have coming up this year?
Fans can expect the same diversity that we’ve displayed in our previous releases. We want to keep all of our releases fresh and exciting. There’s so much planned for the rest of this year including more touring and music so stay tuned for when it’s all announced!