No matter what you do in life, you will leave some mark on the world. It is up to you to decide what kind of a mark you want to leave and how you want to be remembered when all is said and done.
– Poor Old Shine
Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?
POS: We met at the University of Connecticut. Antonio Alcorn and Chris Freeman met as members of UConn’s Folk Music Club (believe it or not, that existed) and were mistaken to be a band by a friend who booked them for a show. After pulling together a few songs and fishing out a lyric from one of the songs they were playing that night (Ain’t No More Cane) to be their band name, the band was born. With the addition of Max Shakun on Guitar and Pump organ, Harrison Goodale on Bass and Glockenspiel, and Erik Hischmann on drums, the band has evolved quite a bit since that accidental first gig. We still live around the area of UConn as we enjoy its rural lifestyle and pace.
What does Reflection and Response mean to you?
POS: Reflection is when you make an observation of what is going on inside and outside yourself. The response is what you decide to do with this newfound knowledge from your observation.
How does your song Weeds or Wildflowers fit in with that definition?
POS: Weeds or Wildflowers ties in with these definitions as the song discusses how no matter what you do in life, you will leave some mark on the world. It is up to you to decide what kind of a mark you want to leave and how you want to be remembered when all is said and done.
What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?
POS: We are currently touring with our first full length album, Poor Old Shine, and that has been keeping us very busy! We really love touring as it gives us the opportunity to experience new people and places that we would have never seen otherwise. Next up for us is heading back into the studio to record an EP that will be released this summer.
Who or what inspires you?
POS: Individually we all have different inspirations, but as a band we have learned so much from listening to The Band. In our everyday lives we are inspired by our friends, family, and all the interesting people we have the incredible opportunity to meet on the road.
Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?
POS: We really appreciate what you guys are doing and are honored you are including us! We have some exciting news to share with the world come this summer…wink wink
Reflection and Response.