It’s hard to find a music genre to which the members of Strangers You Know are actually strangers. From electronic to folk, Grady Lee and Adam Haagen seemingly make anything they play work just fine, with all of it coming together to create a unique indie sound. Strangers You Know will be appearing at Coachella on Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, April 23. For more information, visit www.strangersyouknow.com. Both Adam and Grady recently answered The Lucky 13; here are their answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
Adam: Pearl Jam.
Grady: Green Day.
What was the first album you owned?
Adam: Wildflowers, Tom Petty.
Grady: Elephant, The White Stripes.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Adam: Sia, Civil Wars, Lily Allen.
Grady: Anderson .Paak, Grey, Scout.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Adam: I enjoy the production aspects of some modern R&B-influenced hip-hop, but the whole trend of nonsensical rap like Fetty Wap just doesn’t register with me.
Grady: I fuck with Fetty, but some of that inaudible shit that people bump really doesn’t hit me.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Adam: Led Zeppelin.
Grady: The Beatles.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
Adam: Taylor Swift (not that guilty).
What’s your favorite music venue?
Adam: The El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Grady: The SOhO in Santa Barbara.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
Adam: “And in the end, the love you make is equal to the love you take,” Beatles, “The End.”
Grady: “And I can’t keep a girl, no. ’Cause as soon as the sun comes up, I cut ’em all loose and work’s my excuse. But the truth is I can’t open up,” Mike Pozner, “I Took a Pill in Ibiza.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Adam: Beck, (because of) the weird experimentation and genre-bending. He plays every instrument, which I strive to do.
Grady: Kendrick Lamar. No one speaks the truth like him.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Adam: Rick Rubin: “Teach me everything?”
Grady: John Mayer: “Wanna jam?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Adam: “One of These Days,” Neil Young.
Grady: “Move Bitch,” Ludacris.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Adam: Beck, Sea Change.
Grady: Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Adam: “Whiskey and You,” Chris Stapleton. (Scroll down to hear it.)
Grady: “Warm on a Cold Night,” HONNE. (Scroll down to hear it, too.)