It's true, the Greater-Hartford-based McLovins are still young. Very young. After forming in 2008 and almost immediately blowing up and hitting the festival circuit (thanks in part to becoming an overnight YouTube sensation) it's easy to forget just how young they are.
"Jason and I are going off to college next year," says drummer/singer Jake Huffman, "and Jeffrey's still going to be going to high school, so we'll be gigging on the weekends, and maybe if we have a long stretch of time we'll do a mini tour or something like that. We're just going to let it grow itself, I guess."
What's great about getting so far so early, however, is that by the time they get old enough for us to stop obsessing about their age, they'll already be seasoned veterans with a honed sound and a massive wealth of experience. In fact, their sound is already developed far beyond where it was when they played the Green Vibes stage last year — so much so that this year they'll be debuting on the main stage (Saturday at 11 a.m.).
"We've gotten a lot tighter and we've got a sound that we really like right now," says Huffman. "We're going through a cool little phase."
Not many college freshman can say they've shared stages with Elvis Costello and Jane's Addiction and have been mentioned in Rolling Stone. These guys are destined to have as much, if not greater social success at school, than their namesake from Superbad, and for this we salute them.
"We've been trying to take it day by day, keeping everything fun and all about the music and stuff," says Huffman. "We've really enjoyed growing up together and being best friends. All the incredible experiences that we've had are just the icing on top."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times