Stranded In Stereo: The Stranded Q & A : This Car Up

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Stranded Q & A : This Car Up

The range of styles I’m able to cover for the Stranded Q&A is definitely the best part of doing this piece every week. I went from hip-hop to soul, to Irish rockers, and now I’m happy to share with you all an indie folk rock band from Allston, This Car Up.

This Car Up has been playing together since 2006, and in a relatively short amount of time, has caught the attention of press around New England. They’re also slowly gaining some global attention, as the band is signed to a Japanese label (Moorworks), and has toured the US extensively.

The music is fun, largely upbeat, experimenting with synth elements in some tracks. The band, as you’ll see from their answers below, is a lot like their music.

Their debut album, Smile When You’re Alone, is out now. Check them out at and check out the weekly five below.

Hailing from Boston makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because:

Because of all the tea-bagging.

Name at least three bands that are still around and touring that you’d love to be on a bill with, and think it fits well:

The Weakerthans, Gin Blossoms, Maritime,

Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is:

Any basement

Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can’t hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.)


Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is:

The Silhouette

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