For this installment of the Top Bunks and Aisle Seats podcast, Ampersand’s Ashley Eady interviewed Sim Jackson. Sim is the lead singer and guitarist for the Los Angeles-based band, The Vivids. Despite the band’s colorful name, The Vivids isn’t exactly what you would listen to at a sunny day at the beach. Their music is dreamily dark and artfully truthful. Listen to Sim and Ashley talk about his music and the challenges of living in Los Angeles.

Photo credit for The Vivids, featured image: Ryan James Coyle

Podcast theme music: Revolt covering CAN’s “The Thief” (courtesy of dublab)