Each week, we will be profiling one of our top artists who will be performing in front of the legendary Don Was!
This week we had the chance to catch up with Pullman Standard members Kevin, Austin, and Timmy.
Originally from San Diego, California, Pullman Standard exemplifies the resilient and persistent qualities of independent rock bands. Refusing to give up his music dreams, vocalist Timmy Daniels recorded the first Pullman Standard song “The First Dance” on his computer with an acoustic guitar inside his old Jeep Cherokee where he was also living. Pulling from both rock and pop of all eras, Pullman Standard is able to bring us a truly vintage indie/alternative rock style while maintaining a high quality standard of music.
Read our exclusive interview below, and discover 10 things you didn't know about Pullman Standard!
GTG: Where was your band’s live performance on the Gimme the Gig II Focus Tour?
Timmy: We played at the Ontario Mills Mall out in Ontario, CA.
GTG: While you guys were there, did you get a chance to sit and try out the new Ford Focus and what was your favorite feature of the Focus?
Kevin: Ya, we got to ride in them, it was really cool. They are really nimble and quick and have a very sharp turning radius! And we rode with the stunt driver, so we had a really good time riding in it. I also love the USB ports in there, very convenient.
GTG: What is one thing about your band that your fans would never guess?
Kevin: I would say it’s our demeanor as a rock band, everybody always thinks you are very serious or you have an attitude about you. But we are just 4 really dorky guys.
GTG: How did you guys come up with the name for your band?
Timmy: Pullman Standard is actually a vintage rail car company and they set the standard for style and class at the turn of the century that other rail companies followed. It’s a cool choice that fits us because we move forward with who we are and we don’t worry about what else is going on. Maybe in turn, others will follow our footsteps.
GTG: What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to one of your members on stage?
Kevin: (Laughs) Well Timmy fell off a table that he was dancing on, luckily he landed on his feet! He just kind of slid down and the expression on his face was priceless.
GTG: Where does the inspiration for your music come from?
Timmy: Mine came a lot from early 2000 and late 90s rock, like Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, as well as late 80s pop and early 90s pop.
Kevin: I am really drawn to Timmy’s writing style. I am a big fan of melodic rock, very pop sounding stuff.
Austin: The Clash, The Rolling Stones, 50s rock and roll. Just all the greats of every era that have perfected their craft.
GTG: Do you guys have any guilty pleasures?
Austin: Gas station Sandwiches! We love gas station food in general.
GTG: Favorite Album of all time?
Timmy: I would say that the Weezer Blue Album changed the way I wrote music and thought about Rock and Pop melody.
GTG: Three words to describe your fans?
Austin: Loyal, Savvy, and Caring. We had a lot of equipment stolen from us not too long ago, and we actually received checks in the mail from people to help, it was really cool.
GTG: Does your band have any celebrity fans?
Austin: Katy Perry’s dad really likes us (laughs)!
Check out a video message from Pullman Standard to Gimme the Gig and their fans!
Make sure to check out their single “Ordinary Just Like Me (La La La La)” available now.