The following year, the quartet's second album, the 33-minute, 15-song-long "Light Up Gold" was released, and critics across the nation became apoplectic, with Rolling Stone running stories on the band that made "near-perfect post-college rock," according to the mag, in two consecutive issues.
"It's an honor to have that review," Savage said. "Rolling Stone is an institution." (Then he added that most people he knows don't read the mag anymore for its music assessments, but rather for its political and foreign-affairs coverage.)
All four grew up In Texas, but only met up with one another when all have emigrated to New York City, with Savage initially working at a home-appliance store before quitting to focus on music full-time.
"I don't know what people's perceptions of us are," he said. "A lot of people like to call us slacker-rock. I take offense to that, because I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it. We're industrious rock."
Savage has been in Salt Lake City before, on tour as a member of the Texas-based indie-rock band Teenage Cool Kids, and remembers sleeping in a cold motel room, eating days-old focaccia bread out of a dumpster, and walking around the city in feet of snow after a storm blanketed the streets. He especially remembered the Mormon Temple. "I was awed by its grandeur," he said. "It was so snowy that it looked like an ice castle. It looked the White Witch's castle in the Chronicles of Narnia."
And he didn't mean that as an insult, honest.
Koala Temple and Pentagraham Crackers open.
When • Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m.Where • Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake CityTickets • $8 at 24Tix.com