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Take Five with The Alternate Side: People Get Ready

by Kara Manning

It's hard enough sustaining any rock band, but what if a group manages to weave two creative disciplines into one cohesive whole? The theatrical split personality of The Lisps or The Citizens Band comes to mind, but Brooklyn's People Get Ready is making strides as an indie rock band and a dance troupe.

People Get Ready released its self-titled debut in the fall on Brassland Records, but didn't follow the usual band trajectory, like first-time sets at the Living Room or Pianos. Instead, singer and guitarist Steven Reker (former dancer for David Byrne's last tour), drummer Luke Fasano (ex of Yeasayer), bassist James Rickman (ex of Lissie Trullie) and keyboardist Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow) honed their chops at performance spaces like The Kitchen in Chelsea, where they were part of a dance series several years ago.

The band is following a more traditional route these days, opening for Local Natives at a sold-out show tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Another gig, a late show at Mercury Lounge, follows on February 8 and People Get Ready commences a tour with Deerhunter this April.

Not long ago People Get Ready visited FUV for a live session to talk with Alisa Ali about their robust, hybrid vision of choreography and music. Listen to the interview and set today at 11 a.m. ET on TAS on 91.5 WNYE and online. For interview highlights and more in-studio video, head to The Alternate Side.