The Local 913: Zoom Grand Caravan
"I think we start with a folk song and we make it into something more confusing," says Joe Kukula from Zoom Grand Caravan. Joe, along with his bandmate and writing partner Linus Morales, has a knack for turning something simple into something confusing and something confusing into something deeply personal. "I think it’s good to feel understood," he says. "I think a lot of the time we want to feel understood. I hope people can feel understood when they listen to our songs. I think sometimes they’re about a feeling and I think sometimes a song that seems like something esoteric is actually something very intimate and can help you feel understood and cared about."
Over the last year, Kukula and Morales have worked remotely from each other as Morales pursues higher education in Arizona. However, the pair didn’t let physical distance stop them from telling their story. "We definitely created a trail together in the last year that we’ve had to work apart and that year apart has created such an interesting trail," says Kukula. "I think if someone was spying on us or collecting our data in order to do anything other than sell us camping stools in sponsored ads, I think there would also be a beautiful story to tell about a year spent creating things in spite of distance. Or maybe because of distance! It makes you be very intentional about that time."
He explained that, at least for him, the best songs evolve over time and with a little help from friends, "It’s the other person responding to it and being excited about it and discovering it for something greater than it was intended to be that really makes a song special. It makes the song something that you want to hang onto in the long term. I feel a lot happier hanging onto songs where it became what it was because someone else was excited about it and appreciated it."