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A brief chat with X Ambassadors


New York soulful alt-rockers X Ambassadors play the Larimer Lounge next month, so we chatted with Noah Feldshuh about what we can expect.N

Yellow Scene: When did the band form and what was the mission?

Noah Feldshuh: I grew up with Sam [Harris] and Casey [Harris] in Ithaca, New York, and we met Adam [Levin] in 2006. We’ve been playing together for a really long time, and it’s really a band of brothers, a family. Sam and Casey are literally brothers. We’ve all had the same mission for a long time, which is really to play music and to get our music out there, and affect people in the best way we can with our music. We usually defer to the term “alternative rock,” but with much heavier soul and R&B sensibilities.

YS: The VHS album came out last month, June. Was it exciting to get that out there?

NF: Oh yeah. We feel like this is something we’ve been working up towards for our whole lives, and something that we’re super-proud of. We’re really psyched that it’s out in the world.

YS: Do you guys like playing Colorado?

NF: Oh my God, it’s been great. We’ve played the Larimer Lounge and a couple of other places. We absolutely love it there. I have some family, a cousin and an aunt, down there so I usually get to see them which is really special. It’s a great city. You guys always treat us so great there.

YS: What can we expect from the set?

NF: You can expect to hear some new stuff, and a lot of energy. You can expect to have a great time. We’re working the new tracks from VHS, and we’re peppering them into the set, getting geared up for our big headline run in the fall. I guess that’s what you can expect.

YS: When this tour’s done, what’s next?

NF: We’re touring. We have shows, on and off, for the rest of the year and hopefully we’ll keep on touring. Also, we’re constantly writing on the road so we’re sitting on a lot of new material. You can maybe expect some new stuff out or see some acoustic versions of some songs properly recorded. There’s a lot more content to come.

X Ambassadors play with Lany and Phases at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 at the Larimer Lounge; 2721 Larimer St., Denver; 303-291-1007.


Brett Calwood
Brett Callwood is an English journalist, copy writer, editor and author, currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is the music editor with the LA Weekly. He was previously a reporter at the Longmont Times-Call and Daily Camera, the music editor at the Detroit Metro Times and editor-in-chief at Yellow Scene magazine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Callwood

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