By Nadia Noir
“You just had a baby,” says Nicole Alvarez, fisting some “It’s A Girl” and “It’s A Boy” baby balloons. The Brooklyn-based band, American Authors, who met at Berklee College of Music in Boston joke that Alvarez has the “wrong band. ” But for the “Best Day of My Life” songwriters, their performance at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ might be close to the best day of their life.
The band performed at the intimate space on the heels of the highly-anticipated release of their debut Oh, What A Life on Mercury Records.
For those just getting to know American Authors, the band has been around in one iteration or another (their first name was the Blue Pages) since 2007 when they met. Frontman Zac Barnett was the president of the Songwriter’s Club, had already been working with drummer Matt Sanchez on a couple of projects, and met guitarist James Adam Shelley when he came to the club.
“We kind of started writing together and whatnot,” said Barnett before joking that they met their bassist Dave Rublin when he hit Barnett up on Facebook saying, “Hey dude, you look really cute in your profile pic.”
After a few moments of back-and-forth banter that the guys said was a combination of “ADD and being tired,” the mother of a fan held up a Facetime call for her daughter to interrupt the interview and say hello. “Hey, Sarah. Thanks for interrupting our interview,” jabbed Barnett playfully. “You’ve done well.”
American Authors has the kind of rapport that makes sense considering they’ve been living together in a tiny Bushwick apartment since they all quit Berklee and moved to make it.
Even though they have better careers now, they all still live in that apartment together because they are never there—and also because it would be really sad not to wake up to each other’s “beautiful faces.”
They still hold true to their humble musician roots, but consider their heavily-licensed feel-good hit to the be “weirdest song” they’ve ever written. But after awhile, they realized they had something special there.
“It’s pretty strange because it was actually five different pieces from five different songs smashed together.”
When Barnett tried to explain the artistic process behind another song, someone else in the band had to summarize his artistic ramblings, saying: “ “We actually put a lot of time and effort in what we put out to the world.”
With their new album, which Alvarez calls a very “human record, very uplifting and positive,” American Authors’ hard work is paying off.
- “Think About It”
- “Best Day Of My Life”
Pick up their debut album Oh, What A Life on iTunes now.