Finding creative liberation during a trip to London, and having flipped through the pages of Watts’ insightful ruminations, bandmates Riley Knapp and Casey Barth felt the energy between them monumentally shift. “It was like this big veil had been lifted, and we both felt the energy,” says Barth. “Watts’ book really opened up a lot, philosophically and emotionally, that we wanted to explore in the music.”
Knapp and Barth’s destinies would become forever entwined during their music studies at University of Southern California. It was during a masterclass given by hip-hop performer and producer Young Guru that their worlds opened up, and they were able to see inside each other’s work. Their subsequent first creative session together gave birth to a song called “Comatose,” a cut off their 2015 debut EP, Short Films, which gave way to a yin-yang friendship. “Figuring this process out has been the most exciting part about this journey and is what gives us faith that we have a lot more to do and say,” says Knapp.