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Evolving sound: Whiskey Autumn touring behind new ‘electric pop’ EP

Greg Laut is getting some rest after a 10-day tour.

And he’s about to embark on another tour, which will bring him to the Land of Enchantment.

“You take days of touring one day at a time,” he says in a recent phone interview. “It seems to keep our heads in a good space if we think like that.”

Laut is a member of the Boulder, Colo.-based indie pop rock band Whiskey Autumn.

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The band was founded by Laut as a bedroom folk project.

He then recruited Jason Paton and Matty Schelling.

The revamped lineup delved into new influences ranging from 1960s pop and soul to 1990s R&B and rock.

Whiskey Autumn released its latest EP, “Ice Cream in the Sun,” on April 14.

Since its release, the material has become a staple on college radio stations throughout the country and has received critical acclaim from music blogs and publications.

“Ice Cream in the Sun” took the band about six months to complete.

Laut says the new material is a musical departure for the band.

“We started as an Americana/folk sound,” he says. “With this record, there weren’t that many guitars in it. We focused on electronic beats. Because of that, it took a little longer than our other records to complete. In one respect, we wanted to keep moving forward. The songs I was writing were lending themselves to the new style of music.”

Laut says when the project started, he was the only member.

“I would write songs that were good for me to be on the stage,” he says. “As the band evolves and in the early stages of the writing process, I can tell how the band might play it. The entire process has improved over the years.”

Laut says that with the EP’s pop-rock style, the songs are also a lot happier and up-tempo.

“We’re playing the entire EP on this tour,” he says. “We’re throwing in some older stuff, too, and the songs have been transformed into an electric pop feel. It’s just fun to be on the road right now and getting the opportunities to introduce ourselves to new audiences. We’ve played Taos and Santa Fe before, and this will be our first time in Albuquerque. It’s a chance to have a bigger audience.”


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