Loud and weird

The Orphan, The Poet play Canal Public House

By Rusty Pate

Photo: The Orphan, The Poet will host their Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 18 at Canal Public House; photo: Corey Davis

The Orphan, The Poet are a rock band. They play loud and aggressive rock music. They were once told at their merch table that they play “loud and weird music” and it has become a title they wear as a badge of honor.

Bass player Jake Floyd recently sat down with Dayton City Paper to talk about the band’s influences, their upcoming Christmas Extravaganza at Canal Public House and whether it is a great time to be a band or a terrible time.

Who are your influences?

Jake Floyd: We all have a wide variety of tastes in the band, but I think there are a couple common bands that we like a lot, especially bands we grew up listening to. There’s a band called Thrice that we like a lot. There’s a band called Circa Survive. Those are two of the big ones that can sometimes be apparent in our music. Copland is another band that we all grew up listening to. I think that’s why we bond so well. None of us knew each other in high school, but we were the same type of kids growing up. That kind of bonded us together.

Tell me about the Christmas show. What is the idea behind it? 

JF: The show is Dec. 18 at Canal Public House. We’re calling it our Christmas Extravaganza. It’s basically us coming back—we don’t play in Dayton too much—and it’s a chance for us to have all of our friends in other bands on a show. We teamed up with our friends Come Wind from Akron, as well as two Dayton Bands. Jetty Bones are incredible. They write really sad, pretty songs. Also, our friends Weathervein who is a new band, but we’ve been friends with all of the guys in the band for a long time. It’s a cool chance for us to come back to Dayton and play.

We also teamed up with the organization Toys for Tots, which, if you’re not familiar, raises money as well as toys for children around Christmas. We’re donating 25 percent of all the presale money to Toys for Tots. We’re really excited and trying to push people buying tickets in advance. For one, it’s cheaper for everyone and two, it goes toward children in need. That’s a cool thing for us to be able to do—to give all of our fans an opportunity to give to a charity on Christmas. There are a lot of kids in need and we want to help.

Genres almost mean nothing in modern music. Music fans have access to streaming services and are listening to and open to so many different styles. They also are not really buying music like they used to.  Is it a great time to be a band or a terrible time to be a band? 

JF: As far as genre goes, we spend hours in a van together and have these conversations about genre. It’s cool to be our band. For those not familiar with our band, it’s easy to say we’re a rock band, but in 2014 we played a show in Detroit and an older woman came up to our merch table and described us as weird and loud. We’ve kind of adopted that as our unofficial genre for the past year. At the core of it, it’s just rock songs.

As far as it being a good or bad time to be a band, I think it’s a great time to be a band. Since everyone listens to all these different types of music, we’ve done tours with metal bands and were just as accepted on those tours as some rock and pop tours we’ve been on. Fans appreciate all different types of music, especially with the Internet. You can go from listening to Justin Bieber to death metal and it’s not that weird in today’s society.

What’s your take on streaming services? 

JF: It affects every band. I won’t be one of those people that say it’s bad and it’s ruining the music industry. As far as a listener, we’re all fans of music and it is cool that I can go on Spotify and listen to whatever I want at whatever time I want. That’s definitely a cool thing.

The best bands are just finding ways around it and finding other ways to support [themselves]. We push merchandise at shows. That’s how I think a lot of bands are sustaining themselves. Touring lets us do what we love to do and play shows in front of people. If they like our music enough, they can buy a t-shirt or a physical CD there. I think the biggest thing in music right now is finding ways to make money instead of relying on the old model of selling physical copies. It’s not feasible right now, but maybe someday.

The Orphan, The Poet will host their Christmas Extravaganza on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m at Canal Public House, 308 E. First St. Also playing is Come Wind, The Jetty Bones and Weatherview. Presale tickets are available for $8 on Ticketfly.com. Day of show tickets are $10. A donation of 25 percent of presale tickets will be made to Toys for Tots. For more information, visit theorphanthepoet.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Rusty Pate at RustyPate@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Rusty Pate at RustyPate@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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