Smallpools Share The Sounds Behind “The Science Of Letting Go”

Guitarist Michael Kamerman discusses the songs that shaped his formative years and contributed to the indie pop band’s latest EP

Small Pools The Science of Letting Go interview

It’s been two and a half years since Smallpools released the debut album that put them on the map, Lovetap!, and as fans have been eagerly awaiting the latest collection of jams from the LA-based indie pop trio, they’ve been generously dropping singles leading up to their The Science Of Letting Go EP release.

They whet our appetites with 2016’s “Run With The Bulls” and fueled the flame with this year’s “Million Bucks” and “Passenger Side,” but today the wait is over, as we celebrate the release of The Science Of Letting Go.

ARTISTdirect chatted with guitarist Michael Kamerman about the music that formed him into the musician he is today and his favorite Smallpools tunes.

First single I bought…

Oddly, I can only remember the first CD I bought. It was the 1996 Grammy Nominees disc, I was super young and I only got it because “You Outta Know” by Alanis Morisette was on there.  I’m not sure why I didn’t just get her album instead. Looking back on the track list, there are some other serious gems on there though.. Seal, MJ, All-4-One… hit after hit after hit.

First live show I attended…

My first concert ever was Counting Crows and The Wallflowers down in West Palm Beach, Florida.  My grandparents worked at the amphitheatre and they hooked my parents and I up with the ultimate VIP treatment. I watched the show from the first few rows, directly in front of CC’s guitar player, it was life changing.

First song I learned to play…

I learned “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison and “Enter Sandman” by Metallica around the same time. They probably both sounded unrecognizable, but it was fun to pretend that I had it all under control.

The song that encouraged me to learn my instrument of choice…

I don’t think I can pinpoint just one song. When I was young, bands like The Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers were in their heyday and I was genuinely in love with all of the music that was being released at that time.  I couldn’t wait for the bell to ring me out of school and get me back to my radio or my MTV. I just had to learn how to play.

The song that reminds me of home…

Listening to “River of Dreams” by Billy Joel in the car with my parents is probably one of my earliest memories while living in my childhood home. It’s hard not to listen to that song without being blasted back to times of only caring about pizza and Ninja Turtles.

My guilty secret track…

I kind of have no shame when it comes to music BUT “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis is a song that I probably wouldn’t want to take to 11 with the top down.  I love it, though..

The song I wish I wrote…

There are so many! “Everybody Wants to Rule The World”, “Take It Easy”, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “With or Without You”, “Don’t Stop Believing”, “We Will Rock You”, “Dream On”……

The finest song from my all time hero…

“Everybody Wants to Rule The World” has got to be my favorite song of all time.  There are a handful of Tears For Fears songs that are simply untouchable in my opinion.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

I’m probably most proud of our song, “Dreaming”.  It’s the song that put us on the map and changed my life.  The few initial melodies/chord progressions poured out of us but we then spent many days/nights/weeks working really hard to make sure we “got it right”  There are other songs of ours that I listen to more often but they wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for “Dreaming”.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

Hmm this is a dark question…. “Thunder Road” or “Landslide”.

My favorite track from my most recent project

“Centerfold”; it’s a rocker and I’m most interested to see how our fans react to that one.

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