• UO Happenings: UO x Jansport Event Recap

    To celebrate the launch of our collection of exclusive Jansport backpacks available only at UO, we teamed up with Jansport to throw a little party in NYC last week with performances from Phosphorescent and Strand of Oaks. In the midst of all the craziness, we grabbed some pictures of everyone jammin' and a quick interview with Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent. Check it out below! Photos by Jonathon Bernstein // Interview by Jessica Louise Dye

    Hi Matthew! Tell us a little bit about how you got started as a musician.
    I wanted to pick up a guitar probably just like every other kid - by listening to Nevermind by Nirvana. That’s definitely what made me wanna try and learn some tunes.

    How would you describe your sound?
    Oh, yeah. I would generally have to try to dodge that question, about describing sound. Hopefully it does that job by itself!

    What would you most like for people to take away from your music?
    I would want people to take away... just some sense of something beautiful I think is what we’re aiming for, some sense of beauty.

    A show is a success when we all make it out alive.

    I know you just became a father, congratulations!
    Thanks! She’s just a little baby still.

    What do you hope her first record will be?
    Well, it better be a Phosphorescent record.

    The best part about touring is the shows, and playing music all over.

    The worst thing about touring is the transit. The transitioning between places can be the thing that really weighs you down.

    What does the future hold for you?
    Yeah, I don’t know. I am going to be getting back into the studio after getting off the road and seeing what comes from that. We’ve been on the road for about a year and a half, so it will be good to get back into the studio and see what we can make of it.

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