New Years resolution?
Eat more bacon.
Favorite album of all time?
It's hard to pick just one, but Time (The Revelator) by Gillian Welch might be it. I always come back to it. It's like a hazy dream, and it covers so much ground, even with just two guitars and two voices. Beautiful.
How band assembled (in 60 seconds or less!)?
Sarab (drums) and I played together starting in high school with our band PEA SOUP (yup, that's what I said), we went off to different colleges, I met Pete, the three of us moved to NYC together, lived in a big loft with no ceilings on the rooms, lived above the bagel store, gained 20 pounds each, moved out, met Whynot, and that's all she wrote. We've since lost the weight...
Who's closet (dead or alive) would you raid?
Dead: Jimi Hendrix and alive: Brandon Flowers. I want some tiger wings or whatever the sweet Jesus he has.
Fashionable Bystander: J. Blynn of Harper Blynn
Story from the road most likely to be made into a feature film?
Harper Blynn, a struggling, well meaning band from Brooklyn, unwittingly stumbles upon Deadwood, SD in the middle of Sturgis, the biggest motorcycle rally in the country. Will they survive? Especially with a skinny Indian drummer in tow? In a heart-wrenching story of hardship and redemption, love is tested, friendships challenged, and Harper Blynn emerges victorious, with mustaches, a stronger, more closely knit band with more rock and roll attitude than ever. That actually happened, and we did all have mustaches at that point in the tour, we danced all night to a terrible cover band in the bar where Wild Bill was shot, and were called "fuckin' hippies.
Backstory to your EP cover?
We had a day off to drive down from the Northern tip of Idaho, and we took a road that followed this amazing 40 mile long lake. Finally, we found a place where we could pull off and jump in, so we did. Our friend Cary Brothers, whom we were on tour with, took the photo with his iPhone while we were joking around. Talk about a modern album cover.
Best piece of clothing you own?
Well it's either my bellbottoms or my yellow fringe jacket (real deer hide) from San Francisco. Thing RULES.
J. stands for?
What does it take to have hair like yours?A perm, or sticking a fork in a light socket. In my particular case, some good old WASP-y luck (this is a completely natural non-jew 'fro) and occasionally a hair pick. But mostly it's an attitude, a state of mind.
Who's idea was it to cover Beyonce? And do you like her as much as I do?)
It was Pete's idea ultimately. My girlfriend's ringtone was "Halo" when I first met her, which I though was annoying, but then I bought the record, and was like "holy shit this is good", so YES, I like her as much as you do. I started playing the record in the van, and Pete finally suggested we do it. She's just one of those artists that is undeniable. Even if you hate what she does, you can't argue about that voice, and the fact that she's a consummate performer.
Song you are most proud of?
It changes a lot, but now I think a song called "Bound to Break". It seems to have caught on well with our fans, and it also has served to steer the band in a sonic direction that we are really loving and think is right.
Favorite place in Brooklyn to find clothing suited for stage?
Beacon's is a staple, but recently I've been checking out Armacord on Bedford, and also a place on N 6th and Metropolitan, which I can't remember the name of.