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posted Friday, June 10, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 23
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Augustana frontman a real rock-star daddy

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Dan Layus likes being called 'daddy' - well, not by everyone. The California native is currently juggling dual roles while on tour with his band Augustana: lead singer-guitarist and father - his two small children (and wife) are on the road, too. The four-man group is out promoting this year's self-titled album, but are probably best known for 2006's All the Stars and Boulevards that produced a pair of hit singles, 'Boston' and the title track. Augustana lands at The Showbox Market on June 11, performing a double-bill with The Maine (who interviewed with me last year) - visit www.theshowboxonline.com for ticket information. I caught up with Dan Layus a week ago, as he was sitting on a tour bus in Cincinnati after spending quality time with his kids. Here's what he had to say in The Music Lounge.



Albert Rodriguez: Do you have any fond memories of Seattle? Anything you specifically like about the city?

Dan Layus: It's always a really nice, refreshing part of the tour. Obviously, every band loves Seattle. It's a great city. We love coming there. Great shopping, great stores downtown, all the stuff you need is right there.

Rodriguez: What do you shop for?

Layus: You know, they got all the essentials. American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Levi's, all that kind of stuff. I'll grab a quick shirt here and there.

Rodriguez: And underwear?

Layus: Uh-huh. I know the other guys do American Apparel, usually I stick to Hanes or Fruit of the Loom from Target because it's cheaper. [Laughs.]

Rodriguez: For anyone who's never seen you guys in concert before, tell us about a live Augustana experience.

Layus: It's not much of a pyrotechnic, lighting-crazy experience. We model ourselves after Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, and bands that just get on stage and play their songs. There's no backdrop, there's no light show. I think those things are distractions from the music.

Rodriguez: Where do you call home, when it's not the tour bus?

Layus: Los Angeles. I lived in West Hollywood with my wife and kids for seven years or so, and we just moved over the hill into Studio City for my daughter's elementary school.

Rodriguez: There are no Gay people in West Hollywood.

Layus: None at all, man. [Laughs.] We found that our favorite neighbors and landlords have all been Gay. They're always so nice. I love living in an area where everybody is super cool and there are flags everywhere. It's the best place to live.

Rodriguez: Did you ever get hit on when you went to buy milk?

Layus: Sometimes, sometimes. It's good, it's flattering.

Rodriguez: Did you and your wife go to any of the Gay bars there, in West Hollywood?

Layus: My wife did. She used to go with her friends a lot. I never went. I don't go to bars, really. I just started cutting booze out of my life. It took a while to get there, but I got there. Even when I did drink a lot, I never went to bars. I was never a bar guy for whatever reason. Straight or Gay bar, either one. [Laughs.]

Rodriguez: Do you follow current pop music?

Layus: I'm actually pretty aware of what's going on in pop because of my daughter, she's almost 5 years old, and every time I get in the car she's listening to Katy Perry or Bruno Mars or Taylor Swift. So I'm up to date on that stuff.

Rodriguez: I really dig Katy's new single, 'E.T.'

Layus: I do like 'E.T.,' it's good! I laugh every time that frickin' Kanye rap comes in: 'First I'm going to probe you, disrobe you.' [Laughs.] It's so cheap. But I really loved 'Teenage Dream,' the single.

Rodriguez: Some people thought it was too cheesy, but they didn't really listen to it.

Layus: It's really good. If this was the mid '80s, it would be the perfect movie soundtrack song for a John Hughes flick.

Rodriguez: For each city you play, do you mix up the set list?

Layus: We mix it up every night. For a long time, we didn't know how to successfully mix up a set. But steadily playing over the years, we finally figured out how to make it work and how to try new things.

Rodriguez: Are you guys doing any covers on this tour?

Layus: Just last night we started doing a Tom Petty song called 'Walls,' from the soundtrack for She's the One.

Rodriguez: You've got the kids with you on this tour, so there's no party bus, right?

Layus: At least not in our section of the bus. There's definitely a little partying that goes on, but we do a good job of keeping the kids away from it without making the other guys feel alienated or uncomfortable. The other guys, they've all kind of cut back a lot as well. But every once in a while a stray girl will end up on the bus.

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