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HUH? What's that? What's BLASTING outta my Ear-Buds? Man that's the NOW SOUND of the yesterday from the future. Turn it up? I CAN'T! IT WON'T GO ANY LOUDER! Oh, turn it down! I CAN'T DO THAT EITHER! I need it to hurt me to feel it. And anyway, I work in a windowless room in a shitty city (true story) and it's the only way I can sufficently pretend I'm riding a nitrous balloon to San Francisco with Noel Redding (on the same size handful of horse tranqs as K.Moon) givin' a hand buzzer to the Dead C. This is music for grownups who shouldn't be this nuts. Crawl down into the sewer and plant and nurture some fresh basil. I don't wanna write an intro any more than you wanna read one so let's do this.
So, my favorite interview thing is when the band just goes through a record song by song and talks about whatever they want, which Mike Donovan kindly obliged:
Lars: Side A - "Description of the Harbor"
Lars: Side B - "Love is Strange"
Lars: "A Story Over There"
Lars: "Be a Song"
Lars: "Message From the Law"
Lars: "Who Has Time to Protest?"
Lars: "Bells (w/Tremolo and Distortion)"
Lars: "The News Today"
Lars: "Hey! Sofia"
Lars: "Dr. Bag and the Pomade Nature Giants"
Lars: Can you tell me a little about living in San Francisco?
Lars: Where are you from and when did you move to SF?
Lars: What's your perfect day off there consist of?
Lars: Can you talk about the metamorphosis of the band?
Lars: Can you talk about the songwriting process? Do you
and Hartman write together?
Lars: How much does he contribute to guitars/songs/lyrics?
Can you talk about his input into the recordings?
Lars: On "Message From the Law" was the Kinks quote
intentional or an accident? I remember hearing that riff the first time and being
excited you were covering it and then more excited you had the balls to
sing your own lyrics over the top of that riff! Genius!
Lars: Can you tell me about the "amp tower"?
Lars: Who did the "Semi-Streets" video? Did you say that the
idea came from a dream when you were traveling or something?
Lars: Please tell me about "Semi-Streets", inspiration, etc...
Lars: Are you still gardening? What are you growing in
Lars: Do you exercise?
Lars: What is your take on cigarettes?
Lars: Weed vs. speed?
Lars: What is Folding Cassettes? What do you think the BEST
thing on there is?
Lars: What have you been listening too latley?
Lars: What is next for you guys?
Bonus question from The Editor, because I had to ask: What inspired the song "Arthur Machen"? Was it sort of random or were you reading him at the time? What are the lyrics?
gone, by sail
3 months, it's bigger here
trees, precious few
something to do
i heard them squeal
"i'll never peel"
black was the night
that i know
Church Steps and bells
fortunes and tongues
a litte pair
but I'm not there
coldly they led
down endless stairs
"you're car is waiting, Sir
abandon your cares"
i was a block of air
just standing there
Sic Alps on the web.Pics borrowed from the Sic Alps webpage, if anyone would like a credit please contact the editor.
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