First off, you’re going to want to cancel your New Year’s Eve plans. I know the holidays have barely begun and you still have plenty of time to decide how you want to end 2019, but why wait when the perfect NYE party is right at your fingertips? The Anthem, one of D.C.’s loveliest and most beautiful venues, is bringing in White Ford Bronco, D.C.’s biggest cover band, for a night of nostalgia and singalongs and pure joy. If you’re doing anything else on NYE, you’re messing up.
To get you excited for the concert / party to end all concerts / parties (at least, until 2020 full hits), we emailed White Ford Bronco to ask some scintillating questions. We talked about their dream NYE plans, the songs from the 2010s they never want to hear again and chronicled their tried and true New Year’s Day hangover tips. Keep on scrolling to soak up some knowledge and then grab those tickets before it’s too late!
Brightest Young Things (BYT): If you could spend NYE anywhere you wanted doing absolutely anything, what would you do? Who would you be with?
Gretchen: Well, considering I asked for this specific night in a Washington Post article not a year ago… I would have to say the Anthem with my band mates and “6000 of our closest friends.”
Diego: This is a loaded question and I won’t fall for your sneaky lawyer tricks!
BYT: What song defined this decade for you / the band? Why?
Diego: American Football LP 2 because it’s never too late to be what you might have been. For the band? “Vogue” by Madonna. Kevin Garnett once said anything is possible.
Gretchen: “Good as Hell” by Lizzo. I’m sure that’s so cliché right now in 2019 but “Boss up and change your life,” is a fire line and a good reminder to change shit if you’re feeling stuck – relationships, jobs, friends, whatever. For the band? quickly scrolls to Spotify catalog That’s a tough one. I dunno. “Life Is A Highway” by Tom Cochrane? We’ve been doing this for almost 12 years and have had so many twists and turns but at the end of the day, I don’t think any of us want this to end any time soon so just kind of enjoying this crazy ride.
BYT: What song from the 2010s do you never want to hear again?
Billy: Anything by Ed Sheeran or Beiber.
Gretchen: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Blech.
Diego: “Despacito.” Ricky Martin did it first.
BYT: What’s your number 1 tip for someone planning a NYE party playlist?
Sean: Just come to our show instead.
Diego: Save some bangers for after midnight and keep the party going.
Gretchen: I’m with Sean on this one. We take the work out of it for you!
BYT: What was the best show you saw at 9:30 Club (or anywhere!) this year?
Billy: It’ll happen on New Year’s Eve.
Diego: Strand of Oaks at the Omera in London.
Gretchen: Marcus King Band at 9:30 Club. Homie can wail on a guitar.
Sean: Sturgill at Black Cat. Just kidding, someone gave my ticket away. Thanks, homie!
BYT: What’s the last song you want to hear in 2019? Why?
Sean: Whatever song is at that point in the setlist. It will indicate we’re on track.
Diego: “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis. No reason to harp on it – what’s done is done.
Billy: Whatever we play at 11:55pm on 12.31
BYT: The first song you want to hear in 2020? Why?
All of us except Diego: The next song.
Diego: “Despacito.” I’m not above trolling myself.
BYT: Favorite hangover cure?
Sean: Spicy V8.
Diego: A 4 pack of 3 Stars to the dome and check back tomorrow.
Gretchen: All about that pizza n’ chill game.
Billy: Fetal position in bed like a little girl until further punishment at the gym.