Having been voted the best band in Charlottesville for the last 4 years running, Sons of Bill grew beyond being just Charlottesville’s best kept secret in 2012 with their third full-length album, Sirens. The band describes this record, released in March, as a musical arrival point. The album debuted #12 on Billboard among new artists and garnered the band its first taste of critical acclaim for its mix of introspective lyricism and rock-and-roll bravado.
With a live show known to evolve from acoustic ballads into sweaty stage dives, Sons of Bill has always kept a grueling tour schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, sharing the stage with artists ranging from My Morning Jacket to the Drive-By Truckers and playing coveted slots at Bonnaroo, ACL Fest, and SXSW. We caught up with the guys before their show at the State Theatre in DC. Here’s what they had to say!
Who or what inspired you to become a band?
This band was really accidental. The three brothers just moved back to Virginia and started doing some shows together. There was something special there.
How did you come up with your band name, Sons of Bill?
Bill is our dad, and we think he’s pretty neat.
You have a new single out, “Bad Dancer”. What makes this song different than your other singles?
Its definitely a new direction for us, in terms of the writing style and production. But it’s still the same group of guys that wrote our previous stuff. Same heart is still there.
You released a vinyl 45 on 4/20 for Record Store Day. Are you big fans of Record Store Day? Do you participate?
Who knows the future of the music industry– but we’re all still big fans of the local record store, and the local record store culture. I think something really special is going to be lost once it’s just atomized individuals and the infinite abyss of Spotify.
What artists/bands have you been listening to lately?
Dawes, Shovels and Rope, Ray Price.
What would be your dream gig?
I’ve been asked this several times before and I never have a good answer. Maybe singing “Money Talks” with ACDC at the Super Bowl. I’m not sure.
Make sure to catch Sons of Bill rockin’ out at the State Theatre on May 10! Tickets below!