A little while ago, a band from Champaign got in touch with us, contemplating the idea of streaming their new album in our dinky little website. That happened, then we fell head over heels over the album. Now, to get a trifecta, we got in touch with Isaac Arms from Withershins for an email interview. Space Rock, cartoon naughty bits and the state of art are talked … Continue reading Interview: Withershins
Well, colour me surprised, because one of my fave musicians of all time, Jeff Garber, kindly agreed for this interview. I grew up listening to many of the bands he performed but my clear fave has always been National Skyline. After a bit of radio silence, National Skyline came back with Love Letters for the Disenchanted, an album we absolutely adored. Naturally, we had to … Continue reading Interview: National Skyline
Like most of the nice folks in Sheffield, I met Adrian Carter through a combination of Twitter and musicians. The first time we had a long conversation was about Peter Davison‘s stint in Dr. Who. I can’t really recall how much we trashed or lauded the one in the cricket gear, but our usual conversations, whether online or at the earlier times at Tamper Coffee … Continue reading Interview : Adi Carter
We do love Seth Woods in his many faces in this Shithole of a Website (TM). As Sad Accordions, we have felt the past and present clashing, creating a wave of emotional songs that linger on like fine incense. As The Whiskey Priest, the melancholic lyrics ride on the upbeat music. It’s been a while since we’ve talked with Seth Woods, so when the … Continue reading Interview – The Whiskey Priest
I ran into the music of Monuments a couple of years ago, thanks to that old recommendation engine Last.fm. It was hard tracking them down because there are six bands under the same name on that site (sort it out, CBS!) but eventually managed to get ahold of them, especially after listening to their latest release, Brigadune. Gabe Berezin was kind enough to take some … Continue reading Interview: Monuments
A couple of years ago, while I still lived in Sheffield, I serendipitously ran into Emma Swift. She was living in Nashville but was from Sydney. Heard her music, mostly Americana based, and found a sort of kindred spirit: a stranger in a strangeland, doing something close to the heart. Flash forward a few years, a few singles and now a lovely mini-album (our review) and … Continue reading Interview – Emma Swift
1) Hey Joe, what’s up? What’s new in your world?
Hey, that feels like an odd question at the time cuz honestly everything has changed, and I’m afraid that lots of aspects of my life have taken a turn for the worse. First up I got attacked in my apartment, which opened up a court case trial. I had a pending arrest and subsequent trial I had to get done with. Which really wasn’t a big problem except for the hefty fines I’d to pay to the fine Metropolitan Courthouse and the Los Angeles Police Department. Short after that my kidney collapsed and I had to swear off a lot of things, not booze of course. You know what’s funny? Doc told me I had more damage from eating all the hormone-grown greasy bullshit than actual alcohol damage. So there you go. Then I got thrown into a State Psych-Ward because of another incident, completely unrelated, they actually ended up kind of apologizing for the whole ordeal, but still. Continue reading “An interview with Joe Volume”
I’ve been a fan of American Analog Set since that fateful day I came across The Golden Band. Living in Mexico meant that I never really had much chance to see them, until their show at Polyforum Siqueiros back in 2007. Skip forward a few years and I serendipitously find The Wooden Birds, a new project with Andrew Kenny sharing vocals with Leslie Sisson. I interviewed them and now, with the recent re-release of Know by Heart on vinyl, I interviewed Andrew Kenny. This interview was originally posted in Spanish at México’s La Pop Life, a cool website I write in Spanish for and the editor kindly agreed to let me post it here, unedited, in its original form. Continue reading “Interview – American Analog Set”
Pretty weird how things happen in this road we call life. A few years ago, out of pure dumb luck, managed to get an interview with The Wooden Birds and then managed to review (and interview) Leslie Sisson while she was touring her solo project, Sisson. Fast forward to March 2014 and I saw Leslie Sisson in her new band, Panoramas, perform at The Ginger Man. A quick missed calls, text messages and facebook messages later I’m in a lil’ coffee shop in Austin called The Flightpath Coffee House.
I’m sitting in front of Panoramas, a three member soundscape machine consisting of Leslie Sisson (vocals, guitar), Rozie Castoe (vocals, bass) and Karen Skloss (drums.) The topics of conversation are : influences, band naming, SXSW misadventures, the genius of John Paul Jones and vintage 90s films. All of this fuelled with tea, Topo Chico water and a slightly inspiring brew of curiously strong coffee. Continue reading “Interview – Panoramas”
A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to catch Retribution Gospel Choir at the now defunct The Grapes. Not only were they a fierce live monster, they all were very approachable people. Then I saw Low a year later and lo and behold, the beast behind the drums was on keys. Fast forward to a sampler I downloaded out of pure curiosity from a label called Chaperone Records, which included an Americana tinged band called Actual Wolf which I instantly dug.
30 seconds later, I realise the guy behind Actual Wolf is Eric Pollard, whom I’ve seen in both Retribution Gospel Choir and Low. Thanks to the wonders of social media, I catch up with Eric Pollard in a small apartment in Austin during SXSW 2014 and we talk about life, music and catharsis. Dressed mostly in black, like any modern cowboy should, we talked for a good half an hour.
Here’s the verbose gist: Continue reading “Interview – Actual Wolf”