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Would You Kindly?

Sioux City, IA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Sioux City, IA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Post-punk




"Local Rock/Metal Band: Would You Kindly?"

Typically, the Siouxland’s Choice Awards voters opt to honor the same winners every year. In the years I’ve been involved at The Weekender, The Kelly Quinn Band usually takes home the gold. Now that the group is retired, it was only fitting that a new band wins the best “Local Rock/Metal Band” award.

And Would You Kindly? is about as new as they come. This local group is made up of vocalist Hunter Milner, bassist Elijah Carrier, guitarist Andy Copple and drummer Jakob Dirks. The Weekender spoke to Milner, Carrier and Copple about what the group has done to achieve this most recent win:

You guys won out over other fairly established bands. What’s that feel like to get that kind of recognition?

Copple: It’s a little unreal, actually, considering we’re one of the youngest bands in the scene, that I could think of at least.

Milner: When something like this happens — like Andy said — it’s unreal. It’s kind of hard to wrap your head around that, but it happened. It’s a good feeling. It’s kind of like the same feeling we got last fall when we got first place at WITSTOCK. It took awhile to set in. It’s crazy.

Was WITSTOCK your first big recognition or victory in the scene?

Copple: Yeah, that was our second year competing actually. The first year… we don’t talk about the first year [laughs].

Milner: The first year we did it was the first year we started out as a band. So it was fall of 2016. We had probably only been a band for three months or so. I’m pretty sure we got last or second-to-last. We came back a year later and we take first place. It’s awesome to see that progression and have that sense of getting better at what we’re doing.

What moves have you taken to progress further as a band since WITSTOCK?

Carrier: Musically, we’ve been a lot more diverse than we were at the beginning. We’ve incorporate bits of metal, some punk, jazz — we’ve just experimented with a lot of different sounds and genres with our music. We’ll throw everything at a song and see what sticks. That’s how we’ve made some of our better songs in the past year.

Milner: It helps we all have completely different music tastes for the most part, too. I feel like a lot of times it makes it really difficult for us to sit down and agree on one certain thing. But when we actually do agree on that one certain thing — since it’s something we all agreed on — it’s something we all love and ends up turning out better. - Siouxland Weekender

"Woods Unsigned Battle of the Bands XII WINNERS!"

Another year of the Woods Unsigned Battle of the Bands has come and gone and has given us a new winner with local pop-punk band Would You Kindly?

The band consists of East High School student Jacob Dirks on drums and East High graduates Hunter Milner, Elijah Carrier and Andy Copple on the vocals, bass and lead guitar, respectively.

Would You Kindly? took top honors over eight other bands this year including Edenforge, Brainwreck Band, TJ F1GH, My Enemy, Biscuits N Gravy, Verb the Noun, In Due Time and Arch Your Back Girl.

“We were really shocked when we won,” said Carrier. “We weren’t taking it super seriously; we just wanted to have fun with it. We hadn’t practiced for about a month and a half before the day of the show. We like entertaining people with our stage presence as much as our music…we are very high-energy.”

“It was really surprising when we won,” said Milner. “It took a minute for it to sink in because we didn’t think it was going to happen. Looking back at all the hard work we’ve put in over the past two years, it feels about right that we took a win. It was one of our better shows in a while.”

The winning band was created over the summer of 2016 when the East High School friends gathered for jam nights at The Chesterfield.

“We all knew we liked to play music,” said Milner. “After participating in jam nights, we were given our first show by Rosario Perez (REV). After that we realized we could keep writing music and go ahead with the band instead of just playing at the jam sessions.”

Listening to some of the band’s tracks, it is easy to hear the band members’ influences showing through the music. The sound is, in a way, reminiscent of My Chemical Romance and early Panic! at the Disco.

“It is an amalgamation of a bunch of things,” said Carrier. “It’s mostly based in pop-punk, but we mix in some post-hardcore, jazz and Latin music. My bass playing is influenced by John Taylor of Duran Duran and my guitar playing is influenced by Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance.”

“We have a core set of influences we all agree with,” said Milner. “Outside of that, we all have personal music tastes. We don’t stick it inside of a genre box…we just do what we think sounds good when we are writing. I don’t like to try to go after other vocalist’s sounds, but I feel like I sound like a mid-career Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance.”

Music is often an emotionally driven form of artful expression. What feelings do the members of Would You Kindly? emote into the songs?

“I’d say it’s happy sounding sad-boy music,” said Carrier.

“It’s sort of rebellious in a way,” said Milner. “We are one of the younger bands in the scene, and that makes us feel a bit different than everybody else. Generally we want to be as high-energy as possible, and we are known for that.”

Each artist has a reason to create, so why do the members of Would You Kindly? play music?

“It is a good way for me to release my emotions,” said Carrier. “I’ve been involved with music since I was a kid. My parents are both musicians. I like the scientific behind music, the whole theory end. It gives me an outlet to be creative and analytic about what I’m doing.”

“It’s exhilarating,” said Milner. “It helps you connect with random people in the audience you don’t know. It helps us connect with each other. It’s really rewarding in the end.”

“Over the past two years I can see how we’ve grown as musicians,” said Carrier. “That’s kind of why I do it.”

If you would like to see Would You Kindly? the band’s next show is at Whiskey Dick’s on Nov. 4. - Siouxland Weekender


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A Post-Pop/Punk band from Sioux City, Iowa who’s first song ever written is called “Fling Thing” so that’s something. Fueled by the McWhoppinator. 

Est. 2016
Would You Kindly is a pop punk band that draws influence from many genres of music such as jazz, 
classical, ska, and pop. Consisting of four members Would You Kindly? is an energetic group that loves pushing the envelope of musical genres.

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