When it comes to interviews with musicians, the possibility of a total train wreck can never be ruled out.
Some of the best artists can also be the worst when it comes to talking about what they do. And then there's at least a handful of musicians who totally despise journalists, which is understandable.
But in the first few minutes of talking to Dango Rose from Elephant Revival (see cover story, here), it's clear that none of this will be a problem. He's thoughtful, articulate and, best of all, speaks in complete paragraphs. True, he says a lot of "you knows" and "kind ofs" along the way, but then, so do the rest of us.
He's also got a lot to talk about, not least of which is the success of a band that started out in Nederland, completely unknown, and has now worked its way up to international festivals. In fact, Elephant Revival were hailed by NPR as one of the "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2013," and one year later, they've gone on to become the most recognizable act on the list.
The band has also built an exceptionally enthusiastic following here in Colorado Springs, where its shows at Stargazers either sell out or come within a few seats of doing so. They packed two back-to-back dates there in 2012, and that will likely be the case this weekend as well.
All of which means this might be your last chance to see them in a 500-seat venue. But I'm guessing they'll always be good interviews.