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A Cool Stick: Keeping It Fresh.

March 27, 2012

A Cool Stick has come a long way since their triumphant appearance at their first battle of the bands contest when they were in college. They moved from Baltimore to Philadelphia and they’ve released three different projects, including their 2011 LP, Bird’s Eye View. The four-piece, alternative hip hop act has shared the stage with the likes of Drake, Big Sean and Sammy Adams.

A Cool Stick continues to spread positivity and optimism through their music, and they shared their thoughts with our Kiara McKnight.

I know you won the battle of the bands contest at your school and that set the stage for your career. Describe that moment.

Luke O’Brien: That moment was beautiful. It was the first time we ever were on a big stage playing. It was a rush – and a rush that I’m addicted to.

Brian Aranda: That moment that we won is pretty much why I’m here. It was an awesome moment for sure. No regrets at all, it’s been awesome.

You released your first mixtape in 2009 and your latest mixtape in 2011. How has the band progressed from then until now?

Luke: The first one we did was called It was kind of all over the place. In a word, it was really elementary for us. And now we’ve grown into our own sound. The latest LP we put out, we’re super proud of. I hoped in a couple years that I would be doing something that would suprass what I was doing at the time in 2009 and this kind of exceeds my expectations. Our latest LP is awesome.

What kind of message are you trying to spread through your music?

Brian: To me, the message of the music is to be honest and have fun and do what you want in an honest way. Love your life, seize the day. We don’t try to be anything we’re not on the back end of the music and the front end of the music. Its just, “Love life.” That’s what I always want to get out of the music.

What can fans expect to see from your shows?

Luke: One thing we always try to do is hold ourselves to putting in new songs so that the set is always fresh for our fans. It’s our obligation to them to keep it fresh.

What can we expect from A Cool Stick in the future?

Luke: Definitely new videos, new songs. We’re working on a collective celebration of musicians we know and we’re bringing them all together on a blog exclusive to these acts and we’re calling it “The Camp.” And it may be launching pretty soon.

Brian: New drumsticks.

One Comment
  1. April 2, 2012 11:37 am

    Great band. Their new album is fantastic.

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