There's been something of a renaissance in American indie rock over the past few years. In the wake of the New York style of detached indie cool - Julian Casablancas' apathetic drawl, Interpol's anaesthetised instrumentals - these new bands are bringing a heartfelt and often ramshackle vitality to the genre.

With a disparaging indifference towards genre boundaries and a tendency to push the limits of traditional rock songwriting, this new school of bands nevertheless remain firmly rooted in the embodied vitality of independent rock and punk, resonating with all the riotous exuberance of sweaty basement gigs, the late night camaraderie that builds around a shared community of music lovers. Counting among its past and present roster such chart-knocking acts as Pile, Speedy Ortiz and Two Inch Astronaut, Boston based label Exploding in Sound is at the heart of this resurgence. The 405 managed to pin down ever-busy label founder Dan Goldin to get his thoughts on the label's continued successes.

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Where has Exploding in Sound come from? Where are you trying to get to?

Exploding In Sound came from very humble ideals about spreading the music we're passionate about and thats where we remain today. I don't have any unrealistic goals as to where I'd like to get the label too, but as long as things are always progressing, that's all I can really ask for. I'd love to one day be able to quit my day job and focus on the label full time, but we're still a long way away from that.

Can you give us a rundown of some of the bands on the label?

The label started off in our first year with Pile, Grass Is Green, Speedy Ortiz, and Two Inch Astronaut and has continued to grow from there. Our second year we added Fat History Month, Ovlov, Geronimo!, Porches., Kal Marks, and Palehound. Last year we continued expanding the roster with Disco Doom, Krill, Lost Boy ?, Baked, LVL UP, Washer and several other releases from friends and side-projects of our roster. Things continue to grow at a crazy rate for us and this year we've been happy to add Dirty Dishes, Leapling, Stove, Gnarwhal, Ex-Breathers and a few others to the label. It's been incredible to work with so many talented bands and overall great people that are supportive of one another, giving the label a real family sort of vibe.

A lot of the bands you work with are from the Boston area, is that a particularly fertile ground for new music at the moment? What other kinds of hotspots are there for musical creativity in the States?

Boston definitely has one of the best underground indie rock scenes in the country over the past decade or so. I went to college there and lived in the city for years after graduating. I got to witness the basement scene and the immense amount of talent coming from the DIY communities surrounding it, watching unbelievable shows to forty or fifty kids crammed into a sweaty basement. Boston has a lot of young and artistic musicians and there's definitely a sense of influence from band to band that I think pushes everyone to work harder. There's a sense of camaraderie that I don't think is found everywhere. As far as other "hotspots", I think the DC area is starting to make a big resurgence. There are a lot of great bands and great people working to bring DC back as a beacon for experimental rock and punk and it's been awesome to see it grow once again. Obviously there are a lot of good bands in Brooklyn and Philly as well, you just sometimes need to dig a bit deeper.

Most of the bands seem to have a pretty busy touring schedule. How does the music translate between the stage and the studio?

I think that all of our bands have an incredible energy to their live shows that truly captures the heart of what they're doing. While I think that translates on each of the releases we've put out, there's always just something different about seeing a band live that takes everything to the next level. Sometimes a band can be more aggressive live, other times it's a freedom to stretch out and experiment... live shows aren't always perfect, but that's part of the beauty, the flaws only add to a real experience. For me, the quality of a band live is extremely important. Anyone can make something sound good in a studio, but if they can't recreate that live than who really cares? The first time you see a great band should change the way you perceive their music and I can happily say that the EIS roster continues to amaze me with every show.

There's a kind of agitated feeling to a lot of the Exploding in Sound bands. Krill's self-deprecating lyrics, Pile's claustrophobic guitar lines, Fat History Month's ramshackle song structures - would you agree? Any ideas where this feeling is coming from?

I think everyone has their own reasons for agitation. The times we live in... [laughs]. Being in a band, touring, trying to make a living, etc. isn't an easy job, but the bands on EIS are hardworking, creating music because they have a desire to express themselves, and do so without any "music industry" delusions. I think a lot of our bands use their music to vent their frustrations with life, the world, and general complacency which can come across agitated but can also be a much needed release for themselves and anyone listening.

How would you place the bands you work with into the wider history of indie and guitar rock in the United States? Who are they building on, what are the roots of their sound?

I think the EIS bands have built their own path and ethos around them without the help of too many people, creating something new with influences that range all over the place. Sure there are '90s influences among a good majority of the EIS bands, but it expands so much further than that, from unlikely sources as hip-hop to folk and Americana. We have a lot of artists on the label so to generalize one sound and set of influences doesn't really apply as many of our bands are coming from very different places. For every band influenced by Dinosaur Jr or Fugazi, there's another influenced by Arthur Russell or Bob Dylan. I also think there's a great deal of influence among each other, the bands they play shows and tour with, and their peers that pushes everyone to try new things and progress their music in new directions.

Krill recently toured the UK, and Pile have a European tour scheduled for the summer. How's the reception been for EIS bands in the UK?

I think Krill, Pile, and Two Inch Astronaut's UK and European tours have been pretty great. There's definitely a lot of people over there that have been waiting a long time for a chance to see the bands and I'm just happy that's starting to happen. We want to continue to spread EIS throughout the world, so send offers, and we'll try and make them happen!

You've got a reputation as a DIY project. Do you think there's a place for DIY music in the contemporary music industry?

Absolutely, more than ever. There are independent labels that rival the majors in every regard and many of those started as DIY operations. I think people appreciate the realness of anything DIY because anyone with the passion and desire can do it too. It's motivating to see a DIY label do well and I think the music industry has become more open to the idea (to an extent) of the people and bands taking matters into their own hand.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to set up their own label?

It's a lot of work to run a label, and even more to run one that people actually care about (not real sure where we fall in that line... but we're staying busy). There's a lot to learn and that never stops. The more interest your label attracts, the more work there is to be done but the fact that people are hearing the music you're releasing should be all the reward necessary. Get into it for the right reasons and believe in what you're doing and the bands you're working with because you love their music... not because of any commercial expectations.

What's next for Exploding in Sound?

Still to come in 2015 we have new releases from Philadelphia Collins (mem of Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Speedy Ortiz, etc), Palehound, Stove (Steve Hartlett of Ovlov), Ex-Breathers, Washer and a few unannounced new additions to the roster from some of our favorite bands based out of DC, Hudson Valley, and New Orleans!!

You can visit Exploding in Sound by heading here.