Histories is a four-piece rock band from Springfield, MO.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Aaron Klimmek - Vocals
Grant Stafford - Guitar/Vocals
Keaton Katzfey - Drums
Shon Tetlow - Bass
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to Histories? How
long has the band been around?
We've been Histories since the end of 2012. Grant played in some bands in
Texas, and Keaton and Shon played in their own projects, growing up in
Springfield(Money Tells the Story, Only the Brave, Met by Waves).
Whats the origin of that name and have you changed the bands name before?
We were originally rounded up for the band Ambrister, but we started heading
a different direction and broke off into Histories. The name, for myself,
represented a never-ending goal to draw from our own histories when we
write, in hopes that we or anybody else might be able to learn from our past
fuck-ups. Writing shit down is one of the best ways to separate your present
self from the person you used to be.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your
songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
We write our own music, mostly handling our respective parts. And there are
a lot of reasons to write, whether it be to communicate our feelings, learn,
or just to reiterate something. I'd certainly hope that we grow and change
over time and that our lyrics will be a reflection of that.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you're making?
Piano's Become the Teeth, The Hotelier, Ramona Falls, Portugal. the man, The
Shins, and about a billion others.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a
Not really. New Found Glory got me interested in singing in the 7th grade
when I realized you didn't have to play guitar to sing in a band, but I kept
it to myself and didn't really consider starting one. This opportunity just
kind of fell into my lap.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, etc
I drink water in excess, take a shot of honey, and that's about it. Now that
you mention it, though, I probably should make a routine of stretching or
warming up or something.
What has been the biggest highlight of the bands career so far?
Playing in Colorado has probably been the highest point for me.(Triple-pun
intended) Any time we get to go on the road together is a highlight, though.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and
That's a hard question to narrow down. Assuming this hypothetical tour only
has 4 bands on it, maybe Jimmy Eat World, Circa Survive, and Brand New. It'd
just be nice getting to know any of them or learn any more than I already
have from them....possibly over a blunt. Or possibly not; I guess they're
all old guys now.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We're recording our first LP in San Fran this coming spring, so keep an eye
out for that next year if you don't hate our tunes. In the meantime check us
out on social media!! Thanks for the spotlight, Kill The Music!