As a music enthusiast, I am constantly bombarded with new and exciting albums to discover. However, I have found it challenging to keep up with all the great music that comes my way. To tackle this, I have developed a system where I bookmark the most promising albums and make a mental note to share them with my friends and fellow music lovers later on.
Recently, I stumbled upon the newest album from Puppy Problems, a talented indie rock band hailing from Boston and Providence. What struck me the most about this album was its unique blend of jangly, alt-country vibes that are both fresh and familiar at the same time. Released on my favorite label, Anything Bagel, the album features a warm lo-fi sound that is perfectly complemented by the use of pedal steel guitar.
I have been listening to this album on repeat, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. Despite my postponing the album share on the blog, I found that the delayed gratification only served to enhance my experience. I am excited to share this gem with others and give it the recognition it deserves.
On another note, I recently realized that I had forgotten to share the answers to the three questions I had asked Puppy Problems four months ago. I want to apologize for my oversight and take this opportunity to remind everyone that we are always looking for new writers to help us cover more music.
What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?
Growing up, music was really a huge comfort and joy for me. I thought for a long time that making something that mirrored what I found so meaningful in other artist’s songs was the ultimate goal, but now as I grow, I see how important the community that forms around music is. sharing, supporting and inspiring each other is maybe the biggest thrill and blessing in my life so far. In my private time, I still feel driven to try and capture something that reflects the experiences and ideas that interest me, but that community and all the fun and mischief that comes with it feels just as important to me now. I would have surely given up a hundred times if not for my friends and artists around me here in Boston that have encouraged me, and kept music feeling fresh and new.
What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?
Money is by far the biggest challenge I have as an artist. I do not come from generational wealth so I have the same dilemma a lot of working artists have. I moved to Boston when it was wildly cheaper and have grown in this amazing community but as rent rises it’s hard to know what to do. I work 4 jobs right now. It’s nearly impossible for me to take a day off when I’m sick, let alone take time off to tour. It’s pretty hard to grow as an artist if you don’t have the wealth to support you until things take off (if they do). Money is also time; and if i’m working 4 jobs to afford to live, that’s also a lot of time and energy that can’t be put into art or music. It’s sad to feel myself falling behind my peers because I simply can’t afford to do the things they do.
What would you dream to do if anything was possible?
If anything was possible I’d continue to teach art but perhaps two or three days a week. I’d keep making music and booking shows in Boston and feel a sense of momentum and possibility though i’d never be wildly famous. I would tour a week each season, short and sweet and fun. I would have a little more time to draw and maybe finish a comic book. Me and my BFF Kaera would open a venue and live in a duplex with a swimming pool.
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