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Your first show in NYC as Caged Animals—where’d you play? How’d it go?
The band started as a home-recorded project. I had almost no intention of performing it live, but our friends were throwing a huge party on this rooftop in Bushwick, and it was too tempting. We pulled it together in about a week and performed a chaotic set dressed in all white. The show was eventually shut down by the police because there were, like, 500 people on the roof! A legendary summer night.
On tour for a month, what three albums would get the most play in the van?
We just got home from a six-week tour, so I can tell you definitively: Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, John Prine’s first album, and Prince’s Dirty Mind. But we’re more of a singles band in the van.
Ideal four-band bill—who’s playing with you, and where are you playing?
Jeff Mangum, Beck, John Frusciante, Caged Animals. The Apollo Theater.
Favorite song about NYC?
That’s way too hard! Here’s our top five: “Positively 4th Street,” Bob Dylan; “Romeo Had Juliette,” Lou Reed; “Walk on the Wild Side,” Lou Reed; “NYC,” Interpol; “Frank Mills,” from Hair, “Empire State Of Mind,” Jay-Z—it doesn’t matter how played out it is, it’s beautiful and true. Sorry, I think that’s six.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you be headed?
Photo by Katie McCurdy
8 Bands You Need to Hear: Caged Animals