Kyle Gibson says the word weird a lot. The Audacity guitarist/vocalist uses it at least 10 times in our conversation, mostly in referrence to his band's aesthetic choices, especially the music they started playing as kids around the age of 11.
"We were learning how to play together; [our band] didn't really resemble anything close to normal music," Gibson says. "It was like shitty little-kid symphonies, with never-repeating parts and no real choruses or verses--just a bunch of different parts thrown together. I mean, we listened to Blink-182 and Green Day back then and still do. But it wasn't exactly a little kid pop-punk band. It was much more deranged and nonsensical."
Technically, they weren't Audacity then. Sometime in 2001, while Gibson and guitarist/vocalist Matt Schmalfeld were in sixth grade, they formed a group with some now ex-members, calling themselves Non-Toxic. That Fullerton-rooted outfit would evolve into the Plaid, the Attachments, the Audacity and, now, officially, just Audacity. "It was always the same band," Gibson says. "It was just [us] going through different shitty names until we got stuck with the current shitty name."More »