Portland band Ask You In Gray provide enough energy to power the party all night long!
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Ask You In Gray are here to transform your day with dizzyingly fun party music that’s equally influenced by punk and synth-pop. We met the band to find out a little more about them and discover their choice of Placelist.
Hi guys, good to meet you. How would you describe Ask You In Gray?
Hey, nice to be involved! We’re Nick and Trey and we’re a super-fun electropop band. We play high-energy music that’s fun to dance to, written about topics such as life, love, science fiction, world crisis, death, and anything else that inspires us! We’ve been together since 2006, and over that time we’ve released three albums and played all over the US.
Tell us where you wrote your song for 52 Songs of Happiness?
We wrote ‘Under the Summer Sky’ at several locations, but mainly at the location itself, Colonel Summers Park in Portland. For this song we hung out there, then would occasionally take walks to local cafés to grab a coffee and talk more about the idea. This inspiration for the song was a particular night when we chose deliberately NOT to go downtown and deal with the insane bar culture, but instead just lay out with friends in the grass and watch the stars. After a few hours, it became clear that we were going to just stay there all night. So we settled in and enjoyed watching the stars pass overhead while the Earth spun. Once the sun came up, we all got up and went our separate ways. It was totally incredible…
And Colonel Summers Park is where you've chosen for your Placelist?
Yes, ‘Under the Summer Sky’ was written about the park, as it’s a central hang-out spot for anyone that lives within a couple of square miles. It’s perfect on summer days to just hang out and absorb as much sun as possible, and it’s great for summer nights to just relax in the warm air with friends and enjoy life.
Your music is very melodic, but also with lots of electronic influences. What artists have inspired you the most?
Dang, that’s tricky. I think one would have to be Sufjan Stevens. He’s such a talented artist, who started doing music early in his life and just kept expanding his talents and techniques. He’s still writing new songs that are exceptionally different from his earlier work and incorporating new styles that keep his own music growing.
Another hero would be Justin Timberlake. That guy is so eclectically talented, it’s kind of unreal. Coming from the early childhood television appearances into the boy-band era, then somehow surviving its decline and breaking into pop culture as not only a singer-songwriter, but also an actor and businessman, is bananas. He deserves some props and everyone should be inspired by his drive and passion for the industry.
A third musical hero would be the group MXPX. Mike, Tom, and Yuri have been playing over-the-top punk shows since the early 90s, and these guys are so passionate, energetic, and contagious they create a vibe of community punk rock that is impossible to ignore. Collaboration is one of our favorite ways to get to know artists. We’ve been working a lot with local musicians in Portland, and we’re always open to team-up with people around the USA and abroad! We would love to join forces with artists like Lights, Kavinsky, Matt & Kim, or Breathe Carolina - they’re all so talented and the energy they emit could be a perfect synergy with us!
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