q and also a :: Dad
James Watson of NYC’s own Dad 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: It’s a toss up between two actually. A friend of mine was driving me back from the bar the other night and I asked to put a song on. I’ve been binging out to Bullhead (album) by Melvins, so I put on the song “Boris” which is basically six minutes of off-kilter sludge. He followed it up with “Return Trip” by Electric Wizard, which was basically the most intuitive response I would have ever thought of. Obviously, I’m in my stoner metal phase.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing?
a: The first album I ever bought was Green Day’s Dookie when I was ten. I doubt I’m the only one.
q: What is the last album that you purchased?
a: I’ll admit I haven’t been great about purchasing music in the last few years. The last new record I spent money on was probably Why Love Now by Pissed Jeans. It’s a good record, for sure. When I can, I try and pick up tapes from bands that we play with. A Deer A Horse, and Retail are two that I would recommend checking out. Oh, and I recently got Sleep’s Dopesmoker on vinyl. We all know that rips.
q: What is your favorite memory of experiencing music in a live setting?
a: Probably the first time I saw Slayer. I was in ninth grade and I still remember it being the loudest night of my life. So, I peaked early I guess.
q: What are the best and worst things about being in a band in NYC circa 2018?
a: There are definite pros and cons to being part of a large talent pool. Lot’s of competition can be tough but it keeps you sharp and hard-working. One thing that bums me out is the average life-expectancy of a music space (not just a bar that has bands) seems to be really short in present day New York. The good ones only last a few years before getting shut down for whatever reason. It can be depressing.
q: What piece(s) of culture are you really really excited about right now (if any)?
a: That’s a tough question, considering I’m basically a curmudgeonly old man when it comes to most things these days. I basically hate everything but am trying to keep an open mind.
q: What should we know about Road Soda?
a: It’s about the bender to end all benders.
And stay tuned for a full length record in early 2019.
Oh and you can see Dad on September 27th at Alphaville with Diagonal, Feral Scouts, Nihiloceros.
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