Local Sounds: Rock duo Palace of Buddies push boundaries

Local sounds • Utah rockers play hard, land soundtrack gigs, and dream big -- working on that 10-year-get-rich plan, anyone?

By David Burger The Salt Lake Tribune

Published June 28th 2012 11:41 am



Since junior high school, Nick Foster and Tim Myers have been jamming.

When they reached high school, they began talking about starting a thrash band. From two years in the early '00s, Foster and Myers played in the metal band Pushing Up Daisies.

After they left that band, four years later they launched Palace of Buddies. The experimental rock duo will play a free show at City Library on Sunday, July 1, at 7 p.m., an Urban Lounge gig on July 17 and an Aug. 15 date at Kilby Court.

Foster (drums, keys, voice, sampler) and Myers (guitar, keys, voice, sampler) answered Tribune questions and talked about, among other things, googling Demi Lovato.

What was your reaction to Whitney Houston's death?

Foster • We had a show at The Complex that night. As we were loading gear for the show I had my roommate find his "Whitney" CD and we had an homage. I wasn't sad -- just disappointed somehow. Maybe because she never got out of her latest slump before she passed. I asked the sound guy at the club if he would play a tribute, since he had his phone plugged into the PA. He said "yeah" sarcastically and kept on bumpin' his dubstep. Lame.

Myers • Pretty shocked. I remember not being able to escape her music when I was younger. It was on all the radio stations all the time, especially the "Bodyguard" theme song. So there was definite time spent inadvertently listening to her music which sort of brings you back to a certain time in life. Kind of a nostalgia-type thing for sure. I honestly thought that Bobby Brown would have gone first. He seems like more of an overdose type guy than Whitney. RIP Whitney.

What are your goals, musically and professionally?

Foster • We have been writing at a good pace lately. Hopefully, our third full-length won't be far off. We've also both been working on music for film and web-media in the last few months and have been approached to do a soundtrack as Palace of Buddies. We have discussed pursuing this type of work more aggressively. Sometimes it's nice to have deadlines and the challenge of doing sound design and music for someone who has an idea of what they want.

Myers • We have already started to write the next album. So in the next year we would like to have that complete. Tour more. We haven't been on a tour in a little while and sort of miss that. We have both been involved with soundtrack music, sound design and other audio projects so I imagine more of that. And of course the yacht and private island thing -- that is in the 10-year get-rich plan.

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Since junior high school, Nick Foster and Tim Myers have been jamming.

When they reached high school, they began talking about starting a thrash band. From two years in the early '00s, Foster and Myers played in the metal band Pushing Up Daisies.

After they left that band, four years later they launched Palace of Buddies. The experimental rock duo will play a free show at City Library on Sunday, July 1, at 7 p.m., an Urban Lounge gig on July 17 and an Aug. 15 date at Kilby Court.

Foster (drums, keys, voice, sampler) and Myers (guitar, keys, voice, sampler) answered Tribune questions and talked about, among other things, googling Demi Lovato.

What was your reaction to Whitney Houston's death?

Foster • We had a show at The Complex that night. As we were loading gear for the show I had my roommate find his "Whitney" CD and we had an homage. I wasn't sad -- just disappointed somehow. Maybe because she never got out of her latest slump before she passed. I asked the sound guy at the club if he would play a tribute, since he had his phone plugged into the PA. He said "yeah" sarcastically and kept on bumpin' his dubstep. Lame.

Myers • Pretty shocked. I remember not being able to escape her music when I was younger. It was on all the radio stations all the time, especially the "Bodyguard" theme song. So there was definite time spent inadvertently listening to her music which sort of brings you back to a certain time in life. Kind of a nostalgia-type thing for sure. I honestly thought that Bobby Brown would have gone first. He seems like more of an overdose type guy than Whitney. RIP Whitney.

What are your goals, musically and professionally?

Foster • We have been writing at a good pace lately. Hopefully, our third full-length won't be far off. We've also both been working on music for film and web-media in the last few months and have been approached to do a soundtrack as Palace of Buddies. We have discussed pursuing this type of work more aggressively. Sometimes it's nice to have deadlines and the challenge of doing sound design and music for someone who has an idea of what they want.

Myers • We have already started to write the next album. So in the next year we would like to have that complete. Tour more. We haven't been on a tour in a little while and sort of miss that. We have both been involved with soundtrack music, sound design and other audio projects so I imagine more of that. And of course the yacht and private island thing -- that is in the 10-year get-rich plan. [2] =>

Do you have a tour rider? What would you like on it, if you were as big as U2?

Foster • Ha! Our tour riders thus far have been a 4Runner with a trailer and a Chrysler safety van. There was enough room for the gear, us and our tourmates, which we were lucky to have. If we had U2's rig, I would have a constant flow of all my favorite cheeses (Havarti, Gouda, blueberry coated Chevre), a sizable bed (rotating), fiction library, simple recording studio, full kitchen, Stegosaurus poster, Squatter India Pale Ale on tap and whatever quick fixes U2 would have had in their heyday.

Myers • I am not sure that I understand what a tour rider is.

If you had the choice to go to either a high-school girls volleyball game or a Demi Lovato concert, which would you choose?

Foster • We had to google Demi Lovato. She seems like a total square. Give us the female athletes. I don't know what that illustrates, besides me not knowing who Demi Lovato was.

Myers • To be honest, I don't know who Demi Lovato is, so that nixes that one out of the answer. But I can't completely say that I would choose a high-school volleyball game. Maybe a college volleyball game just to avoid the creepiness of ogling underaged women. Also, I am afraid of women who are taller than me, which might nix that answer out as well.

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