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November 16, 2011 / punkcakes

Future Of The Party

All good things must come to an end… but with every end comes a new beginning… a future… a Future Of The Party – a New Jersey bred pop punk band consisting of, but not limited to, members from former NJ local legends Paulson and Houston Calls. Future of the Party is a successful succession of danceable rhythms, belt out lyrics, and an overwhelming sense of passion for playing music. They recently released their debut EP, Future of the Party, available here… fo’ freeeee! I talked with Alex Burton, formerly of Paulson, about the past, present, and future of Future of the Party:

Q. Can you give us a brief history lesson on Future of the Party… who are you and what do you do?

I started doing demos for this band a long time ago – probably around 2008. I spent a long time trying to find the right people to work with, and also trying to figure out what I wanted to do musically. Now that the people are in place and we’ve got some songs under our belt, we’re just a handful of musicians who might be jaded on the business, but are still in love with playing and recording music.

Q. Explain Future of the Party in 5 words… GO!

Blood, Sweat, Tears, more Blood.
Q. Alex, you were formally in Paulson … how does your past musical history lend itself to what you’re doing now?
Paulson is very special to me. It taught me a lot about who I am and what I love and where I want to go. But we did it pretty much all on our own, and when you’re young and thrust into that sort of a situation it’s easy to lose sight of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Starting over with a new project like Future of the Party is bittersweet – it marks a definitive switch in priorities in my life from one band to another, but at the same time now we can just do whatever we want without answering to anybody, and that makes the whole musical process really liberating.
Q. How is it different?
Inevitably there will be similarities and differences, We’re both danceable indie rock with keyboards and lots of harmonies, but ultimately we’re still exploring where we want to go. I think it’s probably too early in the process to really compare and contrast the two bands.
Q. What inspires you guys as a band/songwriters?
I can’t really speak for anyone else, but I find myself being inspired by places I’ve been, people I’ve known, and things I’ve done in my life. Looking inward and reconciling my past has been more difficult than I expected, but it’s definitely given me more inspiration than I could have anticipated. That being said, certain bands really get me excited, like The Antlers, Friendly Fires, M83…
Q. You guys recently released your debut EP Future of the Party, what are you most stoked on with its release?
We recorded that thing on and off over the course of a year. To be honest, I’m just glad to have it done and available to the public so we can start playing it for people. We’re all really excited to get back to playing shows again!
Q. What does the EP mean to you?
It’s the first step in what I hope is a long, long journey. A building block. A foundation from which to grow. It reminds me that the future is wide open, and we can make what we want out of it.
Q. After the break up of Paulson, what made you want to keep playing music? What do you love about what you do?
As hard as we worked in Paulson, I really loved every second of it. Continuing on seemed natural to me. I took some time off, toured with some other bands, had a serious moment of self-realization while traveling through Iceland, and then went to work on what would become Future of the Party. At the end of the day I just love connecting with people through music.
Q. Any shows in the New Jersey/New York area planned?
Right now – December 10th at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick. Connect with us on Facebook (Facebook.com/futureoftheparty) and Twitter (twitter.com/future_of_party) to find out about future shows. There will be many!
Q. What piece of advice can you give to young musicians/bands?
Be realistic. You’re probably not going to make it. That doesn’t mean don’t try, but you should have a backup plan.
Q. Obligatory Punkcakes question … What is your favorite dessert?
Coincidentally, I had the best dessert of my life last night at Locanda Verde in NYC. It was a truffle-honey cake with whipped ricotta, chamomile granita, and hazelnuts. I think I’ll dream about that one until the day I die.
Samantha Sicilia
October 25, 2011 / punkcakes

The Go Round

Brooklyn’s very own The Go Round has been my go to Autumn band of choice, leaving my ears warm and nostalgic with their Dylan, Nelson, and Young inspired sound. The Go Round brings something new to folk rock, and it totally works. I mean, who can hate anything when a banjo, mandolin, and fiddle are involved?

Q. Who and what is The Go Round? 

Brandon: The Go Round is a folk-pop-rock-country thing out of Brooklyn, NY comprised of Brandon Whightsel and Richard Duke on vocals/guitar/banjo/mandolin etc with Theodora Prunoske on Fiddle and Scott Townsend on drums.

 Q. What are your musical backgrounds?

Brandon: We are all pretty much self taught troubadours except for Theo who has been studying violin since she was in the womb. Scott can hold his own on most any instrument, and me and Richard mess around the best we can.

 Q. If you could give The Go Round a catch phrase or slogan, what would it be?

Brandon: “Awe horseshit!” seems to be a phrase that comes up a lot lately, but I think that’s because we are currently motoring through Montana in a station wagon.

 Q. With that comforting and familiar folk sound you guys do so brilliantly, what musicians influence your songwriting?

Brandon: Besides the trifecta of Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson you can probably pick up on some Elliott Smith, Townes Van Zandt,  Jeff Tweedy, Gillian Welch, Malkmus…

Rich: the three Bs. Beck, Biggie, Buddy (holly)

Q. What else influence your music?

Brandon: A lot of current events. We try to reference at least one periodical in every song. Poetry is a great source of raw material because no one reads it anymore. You can basically sample TS Elliott or Gary Snyder verbatim but then you end up with songs about crabs and buddah.

Rich: I like to go backpacking. John Muir trail, appalachian trail, the Tahoe rim trail. They all influenced my songwriting. I can’t think straight when I’m in the city.

 Q. Being from Brooklyn, are there any spots you guys particularly love to write at or feel inspired by? 

Brandon: Oh sure. The Badlands, South Dakota aren’t bad. We wrote a song about a cave in Kentucky.

Rich: Yea. Brandon’s got a big closet in his apartment. We hide out there to parse things out …

 Q. Speaking of Brooklyn… September 20th saw the release of Eastern Parkway. What are you guys particularly stoked on with its release?

Brandon: Ah a chance for some sincerity! We are really excited about this release because it was so fun to make. We did it ourselves by converting Rich’s apartment into a big recording studio and we recorded the whole thing live which was so much better than all the overdubbing we did previously. It just let’s the sound breathe in a big, full, and natural way. Also, it goes so much faster so you still like the record when it comes out.

Rich: Scott said it well the other day. We recorded eastern parkway when we all had a lot changing in our lives. The band was changing, we were all moving, our personal lives were in flux. Those four songs were something we could all center ourselves on for a weekend.

 Q. What do you hope Eastern Parkway says about you guys as a band? What’s the message?

Brandon: Besides the narrative of the songs which is always important to us, there is a kind of subtext that it’s just an affirmative and optimistic thing to make music or any kind of art these days. We hope that comes through on the recording because we feel it when we play.

Rich: Yea they may not be the most affirmative songs, but we feel communal singing them. What’s that Gillian Welch lyric? …Stick together, that’s how you make a crowd… Something like that

 Q. What’s in the future for The Go Round?

Brandon: We are currently about 1/4 of the way through our first national tour which is amazing. When we get back home we’ll spend a couple weeks fulfilling all our kickstarter rewards (if the project is successful – fingers crossed), then well start planning the recording of our 2nd full length record which will start in January.

 Q. You guys are now on tour promoting Eastern Parkway, what is your favorite part about playing live shows?

Brandon: Making the venues color sort all the M&Ms. Each band member likes a different color. Nobody will eat the yellow ones. Seriously though, playing live is where it’s at for us. Nothing compares to thrill of a new town and new venue and connecting with strangers. Just one person coming up after to say they dug it is worth a 10 hour drive.

 Q. If you could give any piece of advice to young musicians struggling to get their sound heard, what would it be?

Brandon: Man. If we knew we’d tell you. We aren’t as young as we used to be but it’s still a struggle. The important thing us to be as creative and flexible in your promotional thinking as you are with your music. There is no right way to do it. There is no formula. Just exploit every angle technology wise and try not to be a dick.

Rich: I think it’s important not to get caught up trying to get heard too fast.  We’ve played hundreds of shows and we still learn something about sound, about the industry, about our equipment, and about our songs, every time we play. There’s no hurry with this kind of thing.

 Q. Obligatory Punkcakes question… What is your favorite dessert? 

Brandon: Just took a quick band survey and couldn’t form a consensus, so try and imagine a mint chocolate chip ice-cream sundae with nutter butters, sprinkles, peanut butter, fresh chocolate chip cookies, bacon and bourbon.

(Favorite answer to date).

Download Eastern Parkway here for 5 bucks and go take a walk.

You can download and listen to their song “Angela” here (for freeeeee!)

Samantha Sicilia

September 7, 2011 / punkcakes

Awesome Autumn!

And so it begins… the miserable early morning wake ups, the decay of sunlight and the long nights filled with layers of clothing and homework. However, what better way to deal with the dreary change in seasons than music? Circa Survive’s Juturna has been my go to Fall album circa 2005, as well as my dad’s old Neil Young records and anything with that nostalgic warm and fuzzy guitar sound. This fall, luckily, we will see a bunch of new album releases and tours! New Ruins release their fourth LP, This Night is Not Ours to Keep, September 20th – an album with a new twist on a comforting and nostalgic old sound. Robin Bacior, the lyrically beautiful and musically talented, will release her first LP Rest Our Wings November 1. Unfortunately for us East Coasters, the West Coast gets her all of September.  Brooklyn’s own folk quartet The Go Round will celebrate the release of their debut album Eastern Parkway September 16 at Piano’s. And something I am super stoked on… Widowspeak and Vivian Girls go on tour beginning September 6th in Philadelphia. They will make their way to New York September 20th at the Knitting Factory. Yuck (pictured above) will re-release their self-titled album which they made even better! Yuck Deluxe Edition comes out October 11 with a side of shows starting September 22. Catch them October 13 and 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. K, well I hope this makes the decay of the beautiful green lush a little more cheerful for you guys!

July 23, 2011 / punkcakes

Hot Panda, an Interview!


Hot Panda is just so hot, I don’t know how else to explain. Their sophomore album, How Come I’m Dead, is the perfect arrangement of loud, weird and obnoxious (making it, of course, my latest go to album of choice)… it’s brilliant. The band is four musically intelligent and creative heads pounding themselves together creating a messy brain juice explosion of purely awesome sound. And they’re Canadian, so obviously they know how to have a good time. See for yourself, listen to “Mindlessnesslessness” and check out the interview below!

Q. Who and what is Hot Panda? 

A: We are a Canadian Rock N’ Roll band. NOT a sex act. No matter what the internet might tell you…

Q. What inspires your songwriting and that spectacular spunky lo-fi sound?

A: We sound like four distinct personalities trying to mesh our ideas together. I think we all like being undefined and unpredictable, playful and quirky. I think we sound lo-fi, because we always record our albums cheaply. It might be nice to have some cash and make a pet sounds! 

Q. As musicians yourselves, who are some of your own musical heroes?

A: Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Television, Sonic Youth… ummm, The Beatles. 

 Q. If you could describe your music in a few words, like a catchy/cheesy slogan, what would it be?

A: Playful Art Pop delivered with Punk rock Spirit. 

 Q. This past October, you released How Come I’m Dead, your sophomore album. What has the release of this album meant to you guys? What has it brought you?

A: I don’t think it’s sold any more copies than Volcano, but the people that like it like it a lot. it’s seems to have gotten the attention of lots of the right people. 

Q. Do you feel as though you’ve grown as a band since your debut album, Volcano… Bloody Volcano?

A: We’ve changed members since volcano. I think we’re a lot more confident now. We weren’t just putting out a record with How come I’m Dead, we we’re trying to see through an idea from start to finish. Make a solid album that was more thought out than Volcano. 

Q. Hailing from Canada, do you guys have any plans on gracing us with a US tour? 

A: We’ve done little mini jaunts, we’re definitely going to try and go there more! As soon as the money can get to where it is in Canada, we’re in! 

Q. What does making music mean to you? What is your favorite aspect of being a working/recording band?

A: Music is the thing you can’t help but do. it makes relationships harder, it makes paying rent harder, yet you can’t help but do it. I love when you record something or play a show and it just works. You can’t explain why it works, and you can’t replicate it. It just works at a specific time and place. It’s a wonderful thing. 

Q. If you could give any piece of advice to young musicians trying to get their sound heard in the music industry, what would it be?

A: Play a lot of music, play a lot of shows. It’s no secret, the more you do something, the better you get at it. 

Q. What is Hot Panda’s favorite dessert? 

A: I’m an ice cream man. That’s my weakness. I could eat a whole tub in one sitting. 

June 24, 2011 / punkcakes

JEFF The Brotherhood, an Interview!

 

Photo Cred: Chad Wadsorth

 

 

 

JEFF The Brotherhood’s sound is dirty and beautiful, kind of like that guy your mom hates but you can’t stop calling. The constant need to listen and re-listen to their recently released second album, We Are The Champions, is unavoidable. It’s the perfect follow up to JTB’s first piece of awesome Heavy Days. I recently talked with Jake from JTB, and I only fell more in love with this band. Listen to “Diamond Way” & “Shredder” off We Are the Champions, and seriously go get your hands on a copy.

Q. Who is Jeff The Brotherhood and what do you do?

 JTB is my brother Jamin and I; we play music and run a label called Infinity Cat Recordings. 

Q. What are your musical backgrounds? What kick started your dreams of being men of rock and roll?

We grew up listening to a lot of fun music from our dad’s record collection and eventually started playing instruments.  I think seeing young punk bands in basements in Nashville when we were in middle school kind of kick started us I guess.  It was very inspiring to see kids who dropped out of school living out of their vans and playing shows wherever they could. 

Q. It’s that grungy, fuzzy, garage band feel to your music that makes it so rad. Who and what influence your sound and songwriting?

We are really influenced by Nashville and the surrounding area I think, just the relaxed easygoing atmosphere and cheap rent, cheap beer etc and the lazy rivers and lakes all around.  We also really like 70’s hard rock, 80’s punk, and grunge music.

Q. If you could describe your music in a few words, what would they be?

hard n heavy

Q. June 21 brings the release of the long awaited LP We Are the Champions, what can we expect from this album?

You can expect the best JTB record ever!!!! I hope you have an awesome time listening to it.

Q. What are you guys most stoked on with its release?

Probably the naked lady on the inside of the gatefold sleeve.  It’s our first gatefold.  

Q. How do you feel you guys have grown as a band from your previous album, Heavy Days? How is it different?

I think its different because our songwriting is a bit more developed, a bit more mature maybe? We took the ideas from Heavy Days and just brought them to the next level.  It’s the logical next step in the evolution of our sound.

Q. What is We Are the Champions about? Why these 11 songs now?

That’s a secret!

Q. You guys are on tour now promoting the overwhelming hype and excitement of We Are the Champions, what is your favorite part of playing your music live?

My favorite part of playing our music live is being really really really loud.

Q. Any fun/weird/ridiculous tour stories you’d like to share with us?

One time we drove 16 hours in the wrong direction and ended up at the ocean, so we went body surfing!

Q. If you could give any piece of advice to young musicians trying to get their sound heard, what would it be?

Quit your job, get in the van, and learn to love pb and j sandwiches because that’s mostly what you’ll be eating for at least the next year.

Q. What’s your favorite dessert?

Shot of whiskey-shot of pickle juice-shot of beer, in that order.

Catch them tomorrow night, June 25, in Brooklyn @ 285 Kent.

June 15, 2011 / punkcakes

Bearstronaut’s Satisfied Violence

On June 18th, the summer heat will be made a little bit more bearable with the release of Bearstronaut’s new EP Satisfied Violence. The synth-pop band from Boston is perfect at their job of getting people moving and grooving, and is one hell of an accomplice to those long summer road trips, beerbq’s, and frolicking escapades through the sweaty city smog. Lit Lounge will be housing the release dance party on June 18, and I suggest you make it out. Bearstronaut will be playing with The Bynars, another awesome band from Boston, and Dead Rabbits. Listen to Bearstronaut’s new single off Satisfied Violence,Roger Was a Dancer” and go celebrate and dance with them June 18th.

 

Interview with Bearstronaut (via Punkcakes February 23, 2011)

Interview with The Bynars (via Punkcakes March 30, 2011)

 

June 9, 2011 / punkcakes

Matt Bauer, an Interview

Matt Bauer is not only a beautiful musician, but a storyteller. His songs are full of chilling chords and emotional lyrics; it’s hard not to be there with him as he sings softly through your speakers. His fourth album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living, proves this skill all too well. It’s both haunting and serene, and rather than sitting on my bed in New Jersey I am instantly in his native Kentucky underneath a blanket of stars. This album is a magnificent piece of folk art, that breaks my heart in the most beautiful of ways every time I listen to it.
Watch the video to “Blacklight Horses” here, and check out the exclusive interview below.
Q. How did you begin your musical journey? What made you decide this is what you wanted to do with your life?
Well I wrote songs and played in a band in high school, but i mostly put music aside to study painting in college, and then came back to concentrate on music again after school.  I don’t know if there was one thing made me decide I wanted to do this with my life, I think I just slowly realized music is by far the thing that makes me the happiest and that means the most to me.
Q. Who are your own musical heroes?
Bill Monroe and David Bowie are two of the biggest. Both of them ( ok well Bowie up till about the mid 70’s) do so many things so well – amazing arrangements, great songs, great live performers, both innovators. I keep coming back to them over the years and they continue to be amazing to me.
Q. Your music is hauntingly beautiful, and as a listener it takes me away to a dark, beautiful, place of emotional serenity. When writing, where/what is it that influences your music? 
Oh thanks! I think when I’m writing it’s mostly places from where I grew up in Kentucky that i think of. that and some sort of imagined places, or hybrids of real and imagined places.
Q. On June 7th, we will be graced with your fourth album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living, what should listeners expect?
Hot summer jams? Probably not! Well, this record has bigger arrangements than my previous records – lots of strings, brass, woodwinds. so more orchestral, and i think more hopeful, at times, than my other records.
Q. What are you most looking forward to with its release?
I’m kind of curious to hear what friends think of it. I arranged and recorded it without sharing it with many people at all and kind went into my own little world. So i’m not really sure what it is I made. 
Q. How is this album different from your first three albums: Wasps and White Roses, Nandina and The Island Moved in the Storm? Do you feel as though you’ve grown as a musician and songwriter?
I think I learned a lot about arranging while I made this record, and I wrote for a lot of instruments I haven’t written for before (like baritone sax, bass clarinet, french horn). I think I learned some things about different tones and colors I could work with going forward.
Q. What is The Jessamine County Book of the Living about? Why these 10 songs now?
It’s a set of songs about places in central and eastern Kentucky where I grew up. It’s hard for me to sum up what it’s about – I think lyrically and in mood it comes close to magic realism or even fantasy, even though I don’t really go for either of those things usually.  
Q. June 2 you began the US tour promoting this album, what is your favorite part about playing your music live?
I really enjoy listening to the musicians I get to play with. The songs can become new to me all over again listening to the different improvisations that come a out night after night.
Q. If you could give any piece of advice to young musicians trying to get their own sound heard, what would it be?
Oh man! I am the wrong person to ask, but  I’d say don’t let that take priority over making something that’s satisfying and meaningful to you or you will drive yourself bonkers.
Q. The obligatory punkcakes question – what is your favorite dessert?
My mom makes a lemon sponge that is incredible, and I can’t even think of anyone else that makes it. That would probably be it, or a really killing pecan pie.
The Jessamine County Book of the Living
Make it out to a show:
07.21.11 – Kingston, NY @ Market Market 07.22.11 – Kittery, ME @ Buoy
07.24.11 – Manhattan, NY @ Ace Hotel
07.25.11 – New York, NY @ Live on WFMU with Irene Trudel
07.28.11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Zebulon
June 3, 2011 / punkcakes

Death Cab For Cutie @Bowery Ballroom

As I have previously stated on this blog, I was a bit heartbroken on Death Cab’s new, way too light and fluffy Codes and Keys; Zooey Deschanel just makes Ben Gibbard way too happy. However, as a devoted DCFC fan for the past seven/eight years I was so stoked on seeing them at Bowery Ballroom this past Wednesday, despite my anxious worry that they would play only Codes and Keys. As my friend stated: “Ben Gibbard may be too happy to write a decent album, but he’s not an idiot. He knows what his fans want”. So I went with the hopes that the boys would pull from their past and play what everyone who was there wanted. Well, Ben Gibbard, you brought me to tears at least three times – and that’s all that I ask of him. It was the PERFECT set, the perfect venue, the perfect night; Ben Gibbards sweat landed on my face more than once. They played everything from “Crooked Teeth” to “Styrofoam Plates” to “A Movie Script Ending” to the Ben Gibbard solo/acoustic “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”. They even went as deep into their roots as 1999’s We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes and played “Company Calls” – a personal favorite. I didn’t even hate “You Are a Tourist” as I usually change the radio station the second it comes on. The night was perfect, and the seven year wait to hear my favorite band serenade to me my past went exactly as I hoped it would be. I will never forget it.

May 17, 2011 / punkcakes

Big Pauper, An Interview


Big Pauper, formerly Panzah Zanzah, is just ridiculously good. A deejay, producer, and former manager of hip hop label Token Recluse– he knows what he’s doing when it comes to rhythms and beats. April 26th birthed the release of Beyond My Means, an album which only proves the intelligence and creativity Big Pauper brings to the genre known as hip-hop.

Listen to Big Pauper’s track “Big Sick”

Q. To put it simply, who and what is Big Pauper?

Big Pauper is my mid-twenties.  It’s my required credit check, my
uneasiness having to force a smile, my suit and tie noose, my dinners
out I put on credit cards i’ll never pay, my innate hypocrisies, my
flabby will, my empty bank account,  my constant ailments, my
frustrations with humanity, and my fight against settling into
self-defined mediocrity.  It’s also my extensive catalog of beautiful
moments, my love for the people in my life, my connection with the
various scents one discovers in the pacific nw forest, my sense of
accomplishment seeing an idea to fruition, my desire to live more in
harmony with the natural world, my garden i will plant in a few
moments, and my appreciation of various grainy, soot-covered, broken
and dusty aesthetics.

Q. First of all, I have to compliment you on your choice of name…
Big Pauper is just excellent. What made you decide to move on from your previous identity Panzah Zandahz and create this one?

Panzah Zandahz was some silly shit I came up with as a kid.  I
delighted in everybody’s inability to pronounce it for a while, but it
began to bug me when so many mis-spellings or omissions of it surfaced
with the Me & This Army stuff from 05.  It also began to feel like
some late 90’s DnB deejay name like Cupah Cyentific, Elektrizz.ity or
Psylensah.  Not too tasteful.. kind of like what I called my label in
it’s infancy, Zero Skillz Recordingz.  I think I even used to ALL-CAPS
them Z’s.

Q. I love the Radiohead remix/mashup “Me and This Army”, are you heavily influenced by other musicians? Who?

My world is driven by the artistic efforts of others.  Big influences
over the years (not limited to music) include Robert Crumb, KMD’s
“Black Bastards,” Beck, Vera Chytilová, Edan, Moondog, Clara Rockmore,
Lydia Kavina, Andy Votel, Karen Dalton, Tom Waits, Julia Doucet, Karl
Klomp, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Bruce Haack, Vidvox, Folktek, the film
“Death Laid an Egg,” Odd Nosdam, Julian House, Matthew Lesko, Brad
Hamers and of course.. Radiohead.  This was a very incomplete list.

Q. What else influences your songwriting?

A bad day, a good day, illness, euphoria, my environment, the people
in it, the equipment i’m using, my limitations, my boundaries, myself.
I’d say the biggest influence however is the clock ticking on the
wall.. there is no shutting that damn thing up.

Q. As a hip hop artist, what’s your opinion on mainstream hip-hop out today?

Contemporary hip hop lost me around 2004 or so.  I’ll still throw on
some Lord Finesse or Ultramagnetic, don’t get me wrong, but nothing
new has moved me in years.  As far as mainstream hip hop goes, it does
and says what it needs to in order to make money.  It continues to
provide a constant barrage of ideological nonsense in support of
excess, money and material bullshit, further perpetuating it all.  The
majority seems all too happy to give in to any shiny object presented
before them as long as it provides the much needed temporary
distraction from anything that has any real impact on themselves or
their environment.  Not that there probably aren’t people out there
trying to say something substantial within mainstream hip hop, they
just probably aren’t selling many records.

Q. So about the album, that I can’t stop listening to… you just
released Beyond My Means April 26, what are you most looking forward to with its release?

Being able to move on to the next project.  It is rare I finish any
project I set out to complete, so it is always a bright day in my life
when some big project sees itself to fruition.  I had been working on
Beyond My Means for over seven years.  Lived in a lot of different
places over the span of that time.

Q. How is it different from your previous “Cops Eat Flowers”?

Not to speak ill of Cops Eat Flowers,but those are cutting-room floor
tracks.  I didn’t want those tracks on the album for various reasons
because I didn’t feel like they fit.  I was shooting for something a
little more cohesive on Beyond My Means.

Q. If you could create a slogan or catch phrase for Beyond My Means, what would it be?

Ooo, like on movie posters?  Hmmm… too borrow the tag-line from the
film the Innkeepers “a ghost story for the minimum wage.”

Q. So you’re ready to embark on an overseas European tour with Brad Hamers to promote both your new albums, what are you most looking forward to on that adventure?

I’ve been rather hermit-ous all throughout this bleak six month
portland winter and haven’t had much human interaction for a while.
I’m looking forward to meeting the good folks you meet on the road,
seeing my old friends from the last tour and catching up with Hamers.
Hamers is my right hand man and we travel really well together.  Not
only that but being in his presence triggers off a healthy creative
mania in me.. we always seem to just go fucking nuts everywhere we go.
Travel is what keeps me going…. I stay in one place too long and I
lose circulation, limbs die and I become comfortably numb in routine,
a very dangerous place to be.  It’s been almost a year since I hit the
road so I’m due for some serious shenanigans.

Q. Are you planning any US tours?

Lining up a west coast tour with Hamers for the summer.  It’s coming
together slowly but surely.  It’s looking like september will bring an
eastern European tour which I am very excited about.  The overseas
adventures always seem to just fall in to my lap… but booking
domestically is always a real jobby job.. I still haven’t been able to
book a home-town show for this album, haha.

Q. Do you have a favorite show you’ve played to date, any ridiculous tour stories you’d like to share?

This tour is going to take the cake… it is a story in the making.
But, the most immediate tour memory that jumps to mind is the time I
got in to a full on brawl with some rent-a-cops at twelve in the
afternoon in the parking lot of some Kent, OH supermarket.  I’ll spare
you the embarrassing details.

Q. What piece of advice would you give to young musicians trying to make it in the music industry?

Make your own industry.

Q. The obligatory Punkcakes question – As a music blog with an
appreciation for the pastry art, what is your favorite dessert?

Hmmm…. I could go for box of french macaroons in the tub with the
mrs. right about now.  Yum yum!  Thanks for chatting and be well.