Band To Watch: Krill
There’s a certain rhythm to the morning after a house show. Usually it involves an assortment of touring musicians and housemates hanging around, some still asleep on the floor, others wandering around picking up empty beer cans, maybe someone making breakfast. Other times people will pick up their instruments, playing whatever, killing time until leaving for the next town. “Aaron and Jonah were just playing in the basement and my drums were still set up so I came down and started playing them,” remembers Krill drummer Luke Pyenson of the day after a basement show his old band played at singer/bassist Jonah Furman’s house in 2010 in Chicago. “The song we were playing ended up being ‘32 Teeth,’ which was on our first album.” It was the first time Krill ever played together.
Aaron and Luke – friends from Tufts University – had been living together in Boston. A few months later, Jonah moved in with them to record demos in the basement all summer. “That’s when Krill really started,” says Pyenson. “Aaron was in a band in high school called the Sea Monsters and would always kind of joke that there should be a Sea Monsters spinoff called Krill, because a krill is the most diminutive form of a sea monster.”
The band played their first show at the Whitehaus in August of 2010, one of Boston’s longest-running house venues. They home-recorded their debut album, Alam No Hris, in 2012, a psych-tinged record of deconstructed melodies and Furman’s urgent, moody vox. By the end of the year were back in the studio to record their forthcoming LP, Lucky Leaves, with Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna at Brooklyn’s Silent Barn. It’s an excellent, intricate rock record; good places to start are “Never a Joke” or “Purity Of Heart.”
“By the time we went into the Silent Barn to record them, we ran through every song in only two takes, all live, and we recorded the album in about 10 hours,” says Pyenson. “We absolutely love the Silent Barn. It’s really inspiring to be there. You feel like you’re a part of something really cool when you’re there.”
And while they do play around New York regularly, being invested in the Boston music community has been inspiring for Krill. “Living here is really important to us,” says Pyenson. “Even when we’re not playing shows, we all go out and see multiple shows every week. It’s amazing to be in a room at a show where a band you love is playing, and you look around and the audience is all people from other bands that you love. We were at the Elks Lodge the other night watching Guerilla Toss, and you look around and see Sean from Fat History Month, and Luke from Arvid Noe, and Carl from Kal Marks, and Darl from Speedy Ortiz, and Lee from SaraLee. It’s awesome to be in a room like that. It’s really supportive.”
Lucky Leaves will be self-released by Krill on 6/24.