Baby’s Grand: The Murals 00:00
We did Wonderwall at a talent show. It went pretty well. All the girls cried during the audition.

Evan Blum, Rob Monsma, and Jacob Weaver spent their teenage years jamming together in Louisville, Kentucky. The three of them form the alt-rock band Murals, and recently road-tripped up to New York to play in the CMJ Music Marathon.

We caught up with them during one of their recent sound checks. We were pleased to find out that, although boys in Murals take their music seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously. In between their warm up tunes, the three old friends ribbed each other, bemoaned the lack of taco costumes on set, and offered up their best impressions of the Crocodile Dundee.

CONVICTS

Hey boys. Thanks for having us. Where are you guys from?

MURALS

Louisville, Kentucky.

CONVICTS

What’s Louisville like?

MURALS

Louisville is bourbon and horses. That’s what everybody says, it’s kind of dumb though. We gotta find a better answer for the Kentucky thing.

CONVICTS

What’s your bourbon of choice?

MURALS

Bulleitt. Basic, standard, spicy.

CONVICTS

Sounds about right. What brings you guys to New York?

MURALS

We’re doing the CMJ festival. Playing eight shows up here. We’ve done two alreadY.

Everyone’s packed in there throwing beers at you. Might get a can to the head.
CONVICTS

How have the shows gone so far?

MURALS

Manhattan was good. They like to dance. Louisville crowds, they stand still.

CONVICTS

What do you guys think of the city?

MURALS

It couldn’t be further from Kentucky. It’s huge, you know, hanging around up here bouncing ideas of each other-it’s exciting. But we’re kind of removed from it a little bit, we look at it from afar.

CONVICTS

How did you guys get up here?

MURALS

We were in a big van for fifteen hours together. We stopped in Pennsylvania at a Motel Six, ripped ‘em off. It was good.

CONVICTS

Right on. What were you guys listening to on the way up?

MURALS

This American Life, Diane Reams. Those are our road games.

CONVICTS

What about music?

MURALS

We did some Homeshake. We did some, some hip hop. Mostly Lil’ Kim and ODB.

CONVICTS

Do you guys share musical tastes, or do you like different sounds?

MURALS

We all kind of like similar stuff.

CONVICTS

Cool. Tell us how Murals started?

MURALS

I (Rob) met jacob in the sixth grade in church choir, and we met evan freshman year of high school at soccer practice and we all started singing together in choir. We started playing together when we were sixteen and we’ve been doing it since.

CONVICTS

What were the first songs you guys played? Covers, or your own stuff?

MURALS

We played nothing for a long time. We did Wonderwall at a talent show. It went pretty well. all the girls cried during the audition.

Manhattan was good. They like to dance. Lousiville crowds, they stand still.
CONVICTS

Sounds like a good start. What does the creative process look like for Murals? How often do you guys write new material?

MURALS

Oh man, pretty much constantly. Everybody kind of writes all the time.

CONVICTS

Do you write music together, or on your own?

MURALS

It happens organically-a lot of it comes from playing together. Sometimes we’ll write on our own. Whatever works.

CONVICTS

Did your background singing in choir help you guys, musically?

MURALS

It kind of helped us learn how to move together, and understand each other without having to necessarily speak.

CONVICTS

Do you guys have a favorite venue to play?

MURALS

I think our favorite place to play is a dive in Louisville called Nachbar. Everyone’s packed in there throwing beers at you. Might get a can to the head.