q and also a :: Kal Marks
Kal Marks 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: Last song I literally listened to was “Grinder” by Judas Priest. Last song I listened to that was new to my ears was “You Let My Tyres Down” by Tropical Fuck Storm.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing for yourself?
a: I remember the first tape and CDs I got for sure, but I didn’t buy them. I’m not 100% but my first purchase with my own money might be Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. I don’t know what that says about me as a 12 year old.
q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?
a: Hmmm that’s a real head scratcher. I might say KARP self titled album. When I heard that I felt like an idiot that I’d never gave it a shot before.
q: What is one of your favorite memories of experiencing music in a live setting?
a: Oh boy. Too many! Dancing like a nerd at a Femi Kuti show might take the cake. First time I saw Sonic Youth I was 16 and with my older brother. It blew my mind. Jesus Lizard also really made a huge impression on me.
q: What is the last album that you purchased?
a: Harmonia “Deluxe” and “Shot Gun Willie” by Willie Nelson on the same day. One is a really incredible record if you’re into the German electronic krautrock stuff the other is Willie, and there’s nothing better than him.
q: What is the best and worst thing about being in a band in 2019?
a: Best thing is the creative process. We are still so stoked about the new places we go. We get a huge kick out of writing.
Worst thing is we still don’t make any money, and people can still kind treat us like shit from time to time. There’s a lot of snobs in the music world that are just too cool for this and that. They say mean shit about you and then they want a free shirt. I’d also say it’s really hard to get people out to shows. Either folks are broke, there’s something else going on that night or the show isn’t promoted well and nobody knows about it.
q: What should we know about your new EP, Let The Shit House Burn Down?
a: You should know that you’ll laugh and cry and it’s fun for the whole family. Honestly, if you take a listen and enjoy it we hope it’ll prepare you for the next record.
q: What inspired the cover art for the EP?
a: My buddy Adam and I were goofing around, took the picture and we liked it. It’s not more complicated then that.
a: Great!!! Great fucking people!! They don’t get in the way of what you want to do, and they’re delightful to be around.
q: Any touring plans we should know about?
a: Yeah we have a tour with Bethlehem Steel this fall. And then we are currently working on plans for next year. Still kind of up in the air.
9/25 Boston, MA @ O’Briens
9/26 Northampton, MA @ Red Cross
9/27 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/28 Toronto @ Duffy’s
9/29 Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeare’s
9/30 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean downstairs
10/1 St Louis, MO @ Nu Craig
10/2 Fayetteville, AR @ Backspace
10/3 Denton, TX @ J&Js
10/4 Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10/5 New Orleans, LA @ Bank St Bar
10/6 Nashville, TN @ Drrkmttr
10/8 Asheville, NC @ Static Age
10/9 Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s
10/10 DC @ Rhizome
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Dumpster Out Back
10/12 NYC @ Chili’s
11/15 Cambridge Ma. @ Hong Kong
11/16 Portland ME. @ Space Gallery
Let the Shit House Burn Down comes out 9/27!
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