What brought you all together?
Travis Perno: Craig and I are twin brothers, so we've obviously been together since birth. We played in a few local bands as teenagers together so the chemistry musically has always been there. Zach jumped in the mix after his former group disbanded. The three of us decided to move in together, form a band. That was basically the birth of The Naturalists.
Why choose the name 'The Naturalists'?
Honestly we never really gave too much thought to the name, we figured our music would speak for itself. Craig came up with the idea in the shower, it just kind of stuck.
Are there any bands or artists you're influenced by, either individually or as a band?
We're all super diverse in terms of music we listen to. Craig's probably the most open to new music. Specifically, Bully right now. I'd say he's most influenced by bands like Pavement or Krill. Zach loves his Hank Williams Sr. and any other outlaw country. I like to listen to anything from Biggie to James Brown to Alabama Shakes. We draw all sorts of influences to create our sound I think, while still maintaining an alternative sound.
Any tracks you're hooked on now?
Right now we've been into Alvvays, their self-titled album is amazing. "Pinkerton" by Weezer has been on repeat in the van as well.
How would you describe your sound?
We tend to write songs that are simple and easy to get stuck in your head. We keep it raw and give as much energy as we have during our live shows.
Could you sum up your latest EP, Home Honey, I'm Hi, in one sentence?
Eccentric songs with unique vibes, coming together for a consistent sound.
Is there a track off the EP you're most excited about?
We've had really positive feedback from "Fortune, Always Turning". I was definitely the most excited about that song.
What do you hope listeners can take away from your music?
I obviously hope that anyone who listens to our music enjoys it, but I want them to be able to interpret the songs and the emotions that they evoke in their own way because these songs have a message that are relatable.