Hey everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints! For this edition, I have Tyler Coyne returning to the show. Our first episode together we had a very silly, fun time and as we recorded this episode during our finals week we may be a little bit more restrained–hopefully not too much so. As mentioned before, Tyler is one of the members of Starving of Thirst, who provide the intro and outro music. This time, though, Tyler came on to promote his own record which he wrote, produced, and published on his own! We laughed a lot, talked about writing music, drank some delicious beer, and heard some of his new music performed live! Unfortunately we had some issues with the recording equipment so I apologize if the audio doesn’t sound perfect but hopefully you enjoy this episode nonetheless!
The beer we sampled on the podcast was actually a wonderful coincidence because it happens to be made a few minutes from where Tyler grew up! We enjoyed Spencer Trappist Ale made by the monks of St. Joseph’s Abbey. When I told Tyler before the show his eyes lit up and his enthusiasm was obvious. I was so happy to have bought this beer, which I really only bought because I hadn’t had it in awhile and loved it the first time I tried it. It’s an amber, nearly orange, color with fruity and spicy notes, perhaps a little clove or pepper, in the nose and taste. It was delicious.
We dove into our one-word descriptions and lingered over words like “home,” “nostalgia,” and “pride.” We then tried to think about what would pair well with the beer beyond the tater tots that we were munching on during the recording. Tyler decided to pair the beer with pizza from a local pizza shop, the Paxton House of Pizza. I immediately thought of having Spencer Trappist Ale with a plate of sausage and cheese. Lastly, Tyler and I considered what this beer’s spirit animal is. Tyler said a “snow leopard” and I thought of “Fawkes the Phoenix” from the Harry Potter series. We both really enjoyed the beer and had a lot of fun “reviewing” it.
Tyler took some time describing the challenges and pleasures of making, recording, and producing music on your own. He had a lengthy process and drew from a wide variety of influences to put out his album Simple Things. He described the album as music that he had thought of that didn’t seem to fit the tone or style of Starving of Thirst. He has had some apprehension in putting out the album on Spotify but also feels a sense of relief in having it out of his hands.
After talking for a bit, Tyler played a song, “Think About It”, off Simple Things. You can find the full album below or look it up for yourself on Spotify. I was also thrilled to learn that I had a very small influence on one of his songs! So give the album a listen.
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