18th & Addison is the coolest band. It’s not like they are even trying to be cool. They just are. 18th & Addison will be releasing their latest EP on September 6.
If there was ever a reboot of Pretty in Pink, they could be the band or probably whatever character they wanted to be. Maybe Andie and Duckie? Anyway, if you want to know more about the cool kids at 18th & Addison, read the following interview.
Where was your 1st show as a fan? As a performer?
Kait: 1st show as a fan was *NSYNC but as bands go, it was Good Charlotte. As a performer, it was definitely a little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop.
Tom: I saw Blink-182 with No Doubt and The Living End in Holmdel, NJ. I went twice and I was in heaven both times. As a performer, I barely remember my first show since I was so young so I’ll go with when my old hardcore band played at The Stone Pony when we were about 14 or 15 years old.
Who did the cover art for the new album?
Kait: Burla_22 on Instagram! He’s from Italy and is incredible!
Tom: He does a lot of amazing wall art as you can see on his social media. He caught my eye, I showed Kait and we felt immediately connected to his work and knew he was the guy for the job.
Is there something special at 18th & Addison?
Kait: It’s the street I grew up on and Tom’s house number so in our world it’s not a real cross street. There is one in Philly but we had no idea!
Tom: We make our own damn locations!
What is the scariest thing on the planet?
Kait: Hands down, clowns.
Tom: Dying too soon. I’m not scared of death, but we’ve got a lot to do still.
What’s the furthest that you been from home?
Kait: Tom and I played a show in the British Virgin Islands and it was FAR. Literally 24 hours straight of traveling, 2 planes, 3 cabs, and 2 boats.
Tom: It was a long day but we had fun. It was one hell of an experience.
Do you enjoy having alone time?
Kait: I definitely do. I need time to decompress sometimes or just calm down. Sometimes I do that better when I’m alone but I definitely need to be around someone to stay out of my own head sometimes so I think it’s a healthy balance.
Tom: I do as well. I work faster and can exorcise new ideas more confidently when I’m alone. I have no problems going to a coffee shop or grabbing some food by myself. If you’re in a band and you’re working, and I mean really working, you’ll notice alone time becomes a lot more common as well as enjoyable.
Which is the worst? Leeches, vultures or parasites?
Kait: Ooh what a great question. I’m sure it’s obvious we hate them all and I hate them all for the same reasons. I’m going with Leeches though. It’s never fun when something or someone sucks all the life out of you.
Tom: They’re all equal in my eyes. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have gotten records written about them! Haha!
What do you want people to know about 18th & Addison?
Kait: I think it’s important for people to know we genuinely love interacting and communicating with fans and friends of our music on a daily basis. Getting to know them, finding out what it is they love or hate about music helps us grow as a band and we just love the connections we make with everyone.
Tom: Hell yes. The interaction for us is huge. It’s so validating but not in a narcissistic type of way. More in the sense that we feel the connection is genuinely being made and that’s our main goal. It’s great to play music for people, but it’s even greater to play music and give your all to a room full of people ready to return that same energy. The color of our skin or sexual preferences don’t mean anything. Everyone is welcome, supported and safe to come out and be more a part of what we strive to create.