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Do you have a favorite memory of playing Monster Island Basement?
For me, it was when we had our album release show with ITI in July. It was a late show with a bunch of friends' bands like Shark? and Dinosaur Feathers, and I think we ended up playing around 3am. Point being, people were drunk enough to be singing along and whatnot, and people were able to come there after other shows had let out. You can't play that late at a lot of places.
How about of another band you've seen play there? Anyone in particular stand out?
So many bands. Off the top of my head, some of my favorite performances there were YellowFever and Box Elders. It was my first time seeing each of them, and they both sounded great in that space.
With Market Hotel and Monster Island now closed, not to mention the recent troubles Silent Barn has faced, there's been some talk about the death of Brooklyn's DIY scene. Do you feel as though it's as vibrant as it once was?
I mean, it sucks that MIB is closing, but there's still DBA, Shea, 285 Kent, etc. Plus, the people that ran spaces just open new ones, like now there's already The Living Bread. I also feel like this summer there were more house shows than I'm used to seeing; for instance, there were a lot of Silent Barn benefits that people would throw at random places.
If not, does that bum you out, or do you chalk it up to the natural progression of any so-called music scene?
It always sucks when a good place closes, but it's unavoidable with DIY venues. Especially once somebody builds a bunch of condos next door.