It's Time You Got To Know Strangers You Know

The duo sweeping festival season

Photographed by Kara Smarsh

Music festival season is, first and foremost, about discovery. Sure, the headliners draw the crowds but the element of finding a new band is the blood that pulses through these special five months or so. This year, Strangers You Know has already played Coachella and is slated to take over Hangout Fest this month. They have a gig at Firefly in June and more shows after that. For a band still riding high on EP hype, that's pretty stellar, and a sign they're doing something special. 

Together, Grady Lee and Adam Haagen make up Strangers You Know. Their latest EP, Loosen Up The Leash, flirts with pop, folk, funk, and electronica. It's a formula that could only be accomplished by these two: Haagen's a country fan while Lee pines for hip-hop. Their live sets are upbeat and infectiously good—exactly what a festival setting needs—and strong enough to make a lasting mark on fresh ears. Strangers You Know won't be strangers for long. Well, at least, not after this interview that is.