q and also a :: THE FIELD RECORDINGS
The members of THE FIELD RECORDINGS sent us these answers to our questions in this the 1st installment of the 2nd series of our q and also a feature. Enjoy.
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?
DANIEL: My girlfriend and I have been stuck on listening to Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (youtube) by Paul McCartney for about a month now. And, having heard both the original vinyl record (thru Kel’s Grandmother’s 1970s tuner) and the iTunes clean-upâ€”the muck isn’t there, the rainstorm that used to clip and then make sense on the record, where’d that go? I hope it goes beyond that boring Vinyl Puritanism, but maybe it doesn’tâ€”maybe we’re just sterilizing everything too much?
q: What is your favorite beverage?
IN UNISON: “coffee” for all three of us–practice never starts without a full pot.
q: What is your favorite band to see live?
DANIEL: The last show I saw was Sufjan Stevens at the Beacon Theater–everything about itâ€”like 11 musicians, dancing, costume changes, lights, projections, balloons falling from the ceiling, the way these huge swells of music felt like a hold on my stomachâ€¦ Listen: I Walked (mp3)
q: What is your favorite venue in NYC (if applicable)?
DANIEL: There are so many places in NYC that I love–I was sad to see Max Fish go, even though I only went once. But all of us love playing and standing around in the Trash Bar. Pianos is another great room. Also the Cameo Gallery–we’ve only been there once, but I really enjoyed the lights flitting thru that huge twine mobile they have over the stage…
JARED: The Roseland Ballroomâ€¦ itâ€™s the perfect sized venue for the city, or for bands of any size.
NOEL: The Chance Theatre in Poughkeepsieâ€¦ Itâ€™s 3 venues in one, and theyâ€™ll host almost anybody. (Editor’s Note: Poughkeepie is 80 some odd miles from NYC).
q: What piece of culture are you really really excited about right now?
DANIEL: Music. Sure Punk is dead (or at least Joe Strummer‘s Punk Politik of Caring For Other People is), a bunch of online-failed poets are dictating the taste curve… but I still get overtaken by the huge outlaying of music out there, like listening to someone dictating what you were about to feel even though you can’t articulate itâ€”it’s one of the brightest I know.
Listen: Straight To Hell (youtube)
NOEL: Experimental Music Culture, the kind you only find through the mail, by way of unlabeled cassettes.
q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?
IN UNISON: Well, after recording & re-recording & re-recording our debut LP, it seems like we’re finally getting to a place where we can get it released, that we’re surrounded by a community of people who have some investment in seeing us get a record released. Right now we’re trying to simultaneously write 3 new songs, re-write a handful of our older ones, get a record deal, find a keyboardist who can sing, and we’re trying to host an evening of bands and visuals at The Space, which is a venue near our hometown in Connecticut.
We Will Become Strangers Faster Now (soundcloud)
CASSETTES ARE SYMBOLS FOR FOREVER (bandcamp)
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Upcoming NYC Shows:
- THIS FRIDAY! February 18th @ THE TRASH BAR (get there early for the open bar @ 8pm)
- March 3rd @ Parkside Lounge
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