It's just before midnight on a dreary Tuesday night and Christopher Dee, Chris Boron and Patrick Boland of the Conformists are sitting around a small table outside the Royale, sipping drinks and pulling on cigarettes as they remember nineteen years of playing music around St. Louis. Only a thin canvas covering separates the bandmates from the falling rain, which after a day of thunderstorms and showers has slowed to a drizzle.
Chris Muether An outdated photo of the Conformists. Former bassist James Winkeler (right) has been replaced by Chris Boron (not pictured), who initially replaced singer Mike Benker (center), who has returned to the group. Got it? Good.
"This is a great place to be a band. It's super cheap, its easy to have a practice spot, you're a hub in the country. The city is a big part of our identity for sure," says Dee, who plays guitar in the band. "I think something about being secluded here and having to let your creativity keep you occupied and busy does something a little bit different than it does elsewhere where you have this built-in reputation."More »