For members of The Decadence, there’s nothing quite like writing a solid pop song.
“There’s something about writing that three- to four-minute song, that ultimate music hook that sticks in your head,” said Matt Andersen, the bassist for The Decadence. “That’s what I want to be able to do.”
The Nashville, Tenn.-based pop rock quartet — which includes singer and guitarist Drew Mowell, guitarist and vocalist Brian Smith, and drummer Padraig Boyle — will be one of several bands playing the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival later this month.
Andersen grew up in Paducah listening to FM radio, which he said is largely responsible for his musical tastes.
“Pop rock is the music I always listened to,” he said. “I like the structure of it.”
Although the band members come from different musical backgrounds, they found common ground in old Tom Petty records, Mowell said. Other influences include Butch Walker, Cheap Trick and the Foo Fighters.
Members described the group as a do-it-yourself band, and said raising the money to record its first album, “So Long Stella,” was a worthwhile challenge. The group is now wrapping up a year’s worth of work in the recording studio.
“The record was a good chunk of change,” Mowell said. “We just love what we’re doing, and we’re going to make it happen some way or another.”
The band will tour through the South and Midwest over the summer. Although life on the road sometimes means showering in truck stops and crashing on couches, band members say they love every minute of it.
“If you aren’t having fun, you just need to call it a day,” Andersen said. “No matter how many shows I play, I love stepping on stage every time. It never gets old.”
Andersen added that he’s looking forward to the band’s two performances at the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival, as they mark a homecoming for him after 11 years of living in Nashville. “It’ll be nice to come home and be able to play for my mom and say, ‘See, Mom, I’ve been working on stuff,’” Andersen said.
Musical entertainment on the festival’s main stage will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, and resume at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18.
The Decadence will play two sets on Saturday. The band will take the main stage at noon and play at 2:15 p.m. on the Harrison Street stage.
Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641 or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.
Want to go?
What: The Decadence
When: Noon and 2:15 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
Where: The main stage and the Harrison Street stage at the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival in Paducah.
The festival will offer live music from regional acts from May 17 to May 19. For more information, including a schedule of bands, visit lowertownamf.com.