The Pity Party

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Name: Julie Edwards

Nickname: Heisenflei

Sign: Libra

Favorite:

Fruit: Avocado

Book: Post Office, Bukowsky

Place: White Sands, New Mexico

Q1. Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?

A1. And this is your business because…

Q2. Whats the most interesting thing you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place? A2. A wet t-shirt with “fuck it” scrawled across the front in sharpee

Q3. How many car accidents have you been in?

A3. 6

Q4. Do you have a phobia?

A4. economic slavery, spiders

Q5. If you could morph into any animal what would it be?

A5. a housecat

Q6. What was your childhood ambition?

A6. notoriety

Q7. Have you ever been in a food fight?

A7. no

Q8. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon??

A8. sight, don’t need it

Q9. What do you wish was invented?

A9. The Morchant Timeline

Q10. Do you have a childhood memento you keep with you always?

A10.  Animal.

Name: Marc

Nickname: M

Sign: Cancer

Favorite:

Fruit: Green apple

Book: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)

Place: Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Q1. Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?

A1. I rode my bike at night with the Wolf Pack Hustle years ago.  Less than 2 blocks into the ride, I rode straight into a pothole and was launched over the handlebars of my bicycle.  I ended up with two pins in my pinky and six stiches in my face.  It was awesome.

Q2. Whats the most interesting thing you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place?

A2. $20. I was 10 years old. My two older brothers and I were walking home from school in the San Fernando Valley, and I caught sight of it. They took it from me and insisted that we buy baseball cards with it. I didn’t get to use any of the money for myself.

Q3. How many car accidents have you been in?

A3. At least 10. I have a knack for hitting inanimate objects (dumpsters, parked vehicles, etc.)

Q4. Do you have a phobia?

A4.  Acrophobia (irrational fear of heights). The older I get, the more intense the fear.

Q5. If you could morph into any animal what would it be?

A5.  A cat.

Q6. What was your childhood ambition?

A6. Decline to answer.

Q7. Have you ever been in a food fight?

A7. Yes, in 3rd grade. I was suspended from Hebrew Day School for one day.

Q8. If you had to give up one of your 5 senses, which one would you abandon?

A8. Smell. As a male, I already suffer from a bad sense of smell. I can’t miss what I’ve never really had.

Q9. What do you wish was invented?

A9.  A “waste black hole,” to put all the trash of the world in so that it can no longer pollute the earth.

Q10. Do you have a childhood memento you keep with you always?

A10. A picture of my bandmate from when we were 12 years old. It’s adorable and prominently displayed on the refrigerator.

I have a tendency to talk about things I know nothing about. Take The Pity Party for example, their music has a late 90’s Lower East Side sound to them. But if you asked me to compare it to another 90’s group I can’t name one, all I can say is I think “Love Lies” could have fit in perfectly on the tv show Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s soundtrack  (which is my favorite show of all time – I love that soundtrack, so that’s quite a compliment). And I’ve never been to NY’s Lower East Side, but I know a bit about it and there is a basement bar quality to the hypnotic voice of singer Julie Edwards. It seems lately the LA music scene seems to be saturated with a vintage beach/ surf sound, so it’s refreshing to be torn from this “California” sound and hear something a bit more grity.

Listen to more of The Pity Party here

Fang Island

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FANG ISLAND:
chris georges- guitar.
jason bartell- guitar.
michael jacober- bass.
nicholas andrew sadler- guitar.

Name: chris georges
Nickname: crust crustopherson
Sign: Aries

Favorite:
Color. Seafoam green
Food. Tacos y burritos
Magazine. Mojo, 60s-70s rollingstone, creem

Q1.What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A1.I was straight edge in highschool

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2. Chester Cheetah

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3. Windmill strums

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. “The Kids Are Alright. ” I would be myself in the crowd at every show.

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. It would be every flavor on a sugar cone. It would taste like sweet, sweet infinity

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. The Ultimate Warrior

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. “Mein fraulein likes to party all the time”

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. No way

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. Yes way. As much as it takes.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
Q10. Black dice and sonic youth opening up for lightning bolt. That or Meatloaf at Mohegan sun.

Name: Jason Bartell (guitarist/singer)
Nickname: Bread
Sign: Me Up

Favorite:
Color: Aqua red
Food: Mom’s white chili
Magazine: That one Spin where Radiohead had their faces photoshopped

Q1. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A1. Be mistaken for Nic Cage

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2. KFC Double Down Sandwich

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3. (See spirit animal)

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. I’d be the cameraman on the set of Holy Mountain

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. Extra Spicy

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. Yes, all the future members of Fang Island

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. “Does people still say ‘stoked?'”

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. Sometimes?

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. I eat 5 bowls of coffee ice cream a day. It equals about one cup.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10. Rhys Chatham’s 10 guitar orchestra, performed in an abandoned silo.

Name: Mike
Nickname: Jonathan Davis
Sign: scorpion man

Favorite:
Color: Money Green
Food: Candied Quarter
Magazine: Fortune

Q1. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A1. Said, “I love you.”

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2. Falcor de Never Ending Story

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3. Homework

Q 4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. The maestro of The Pied Piper

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. Rum Craison

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. Oh, thats what those were….

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. “the soup is gentle”

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. Oui

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. Never.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10. American Gladiators (’92)

Name: nick andrew sadler
Nickname: nickiiii
Sign: libra

Favorite:
Color. chrome (is that a color?),
Food. eggs
Magazine. popular science magazine.

Q1. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A1. cry

Q2. What animal is your spirit guide?
A2. cat

Q3. What’s your vice?
A3. coffee

Q4. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
A4. pennies from heaven, myself.

Q5. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
A5. brie.

Q6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
A6. no, but i honestly believed at one point that other people were not real and i couldnt decide whether or not what i was experiencing around me was some pre-programmed act, like a play.

Q7. Personal Quote?
A7. “sorry, my phone got turned off”

Q8. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
A8. yeah.

Q9. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
A9. my french press is blown out and my teeth arent as white. my best ideas seem to happen when my cheeks are buzzing and my eyes are burning.

Q10. Best show you have ever been too?
A10. oops tour, philli. with lightning bolt, arab on radar, the locust, pink n brown, orthrelm, etc etc etc.

If Explosions in the Sky had a fun unjaded totally upbeat and excited for life younger sibling, it would be Fang Island. Fang Island, mostly instrumental but instead of being melodic, is more a series of intense guitar riffs and epic rock progressions. And the vocals, instead of haunting and lingering behind the music, it’s more like the almost audible bar chant of a local pub rocking out to the jukebox. On their website they say that their intention “was to make music for people that like music”. Well boys, mission accomplished. Every song dripping in joy and pure love for the music they are creating, how can a person that loves music not love Fang Island.

please visit Fang Island’s myspace page to hear more music…
(currently on tour with Matt & Kim and then off to another tour with Coheed & Cambria…isn’t this band just awesome!!)

Pelican – Trevor de Brauw

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Name: Trevor de Brauw
Nickname: “Snake”
Sign: Cancer

Favorite:
Fruit. – Plum
Number. – 666
Gadget smartphone

Q1.Most wild and crazy thing you have done thus far in your life?
A1.My wife and I moved out to a house in rural NC. It was a zany time living in a tiny town where no one would speak to us. The house was in a state of utter disrepair and we did all the maintenance ourselves since we couldn’t afford to hire anyone. I remember the bathroom floor was so waterlogged that I had to tear it out down to the joists and rebuild the fentire subfloor. If you don’t know what that means you should hope not to find out.

Q2. Whats the most interesting thing you found lying on the street/sidewalk/ground/random place?
A2. I dumpstered a copier once, but it didn’t work. Man, the three weeks when I had a broken copier in my apartment was a glorious period in my life.

Q3. How many car accidents have you been in?
A3. Hm, two when I was a teenager, but nothing since then, luckily. Fuck car accidents.

Q4. Do you have a phobia?
A4. no comment

Q5. If you could morph into any animal what would it be?
A5. I would like to be a panda bear. Motherfuckers are cute AND fierce.

Q6. Most annoying interview question of all time!?
A6. If you could be any celebrities’ genitalia whose would you be?

Q7. Have you ever been in a food fight?
A7.No, but there was a food fight backstage at one of our shows that I did not participate in and I don’t hesitate to point the finger at Torche, the folks responsible for it. Such a waste. Tell those guys to fucking relax already.

Q8. Have you ever done a physical challenge, like drink an entire gallon of milk in an hour?
A8. I used to think about becoming a champion eater since I was able to put a lot of food away back in my twenties. Then I saw footage of actual eating contests and was so grossed out that I no longer wanted to participate. I can drink a shit ton of coffee, though.

Q9. Do you YouTube surf? Best video found?
A9. I still watch VHS tapes. I really like that Dire Straits video about MTV, though. Self-referential shit really gets my goat.

Q10. Do you have a childhood memento you keep with you always?
A10. Well, I have kept my complete lack of tact and overarching sense of irrational teenage rage intact, so sort of?

The first time I heard Pelican I was in Bakersfield for a Circa Survive concert. Opening for Circa, they went on stage and began playing these beautiful masterpieces of instrumental harmony and complex chord progressions (Trevor probably moves his fingers around a guitar faster than I can type). There was no one up to the mic, no band member to single out as a leader. Only 4 very talented musicians working together to create true artistic genius. If Mozart owned an electric guitar and Beethoven played the drums, together they would create something a little similar to the epicness that is Pelican.

please visit Pelican’s myspace page for more music