q and also a :: Sunwatchers
PunkJazzDroners Sunwatchers sent us these answers to our questions in this next installment of q and also a…
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?
a: Just got up this morning and really dug into Bix Beiderbecke’s â€œBarnacle Bill The Sailorâ€ — which is a perfect, queazy combo of the disorientation of original Popeye cartoons and sheer and utter conviction on the part of the players: The Ayler Brothers hanging out with Wimpy the Hamburger Man and The Sea Hag. Before that, it was â€œDecadenceâ€ by Kevin Ayers, which is evidently his purloined lovesong for Nico. Never has a marriage of title and atmosphere been more apt than this.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing?
a: I probably saw the one and only time that the video for â€œDirty Boulevardâ€ aired on MTV. It was a weekday morning before I went to fourth grade. Hence, I went and bought a cassette copy of Lou Reedâ€™s â€œNew Yorkâ€ at Trent Brothersâ€™ Records and Tapes in Reidsville, NC. Fortuitous.
q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?
a: Ah, hard to say. Some great shit washed up on my weird small-town island when I was hungry to hear it and, pre-internet, it was still up to chance to a certain degree: Ramones, Germs, Velvet Underground, Hank Williams, Mingus. Still my favorite records. But, if I were pressed to say something: i wish, at an earlier age, I knew that Henry Flynt and I shared a common native locale and a highly harmonic cosmology, musicality, and explosive distrust of elitism. It would have validated a lot of my predilections as a Southern Weirdo at, say, eighteen years of ageâ€¦..
q: What is the last album you purchased?
a: I just bought two vinyl copies of the Invisible Circle S/T record on Gold Bolus. Itâ€™s that good. Also, I just ordered the Ork Records 45 boxset from Numero Group, with Feelies, Alex Chilton, Richard Hell rarities, etc. Canâ€™t wait for it to get here.
q: What is your favorite artist/band to see live?
a: Boredoms brought me to tears one time; will never get over that. I heard Roscoe Mitchell do the most amazing polyharmonic thing once, and I swore that two horn players had just walked in the room behind me — it was the most psychedelic experience Iâ€™ve ever had at (someone elseâ€™s) performance. My all-time fave show, probably, was seeing Los Crudos play a house show in NC in, about, 1995. Those three.
q: How exactly did you name your band?
a: Makes sense for us; we are named after a song that Albert Ayler wrote in honor of his new fixation/religion. Itâ€™s got a crazed free-noise/Booker T vibe. So, yeh, makes sense for us.
q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now?
a: As per usual: Grassroots Organization and Mutual Aid on all levels of life. Musical/Arts-based; Educational; Political. Beyond that, not much matters.
q: Anything we should know about your latest project (whatever that might be)?
a: SUNWATCHERS STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE DISPOSSESSED, IMPOVERISHED AND EMBATTLED PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.
Listen to Eusubius by Sunwatchers:
April 20 @ Palisades (Brooklyn, NY)
April 23 @ Dreamland Theater (Ypsilanti, MI)
May 6 @ The Midway CafÃ© (Jamaica Plain, MA)