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 â€œGrinderâ€ by Judas Priest. Last song I listened to that was new to my ears was â€œYou Let My Tyres Downâ€ 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 didnâ€™t buy them. Iâ€™m not 100% but my first purchase with my own money might be Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. I donâ€™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 thatâ€™s a real head scratcher. I might say KARP self titled album. When I heard that I felt like an idiot that Iâ€™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 â€œDeluxeâ€ and â€œShot Gun Willieâ€ by Willie Nelson on the same day. One is a really incredible record if youâ€™re into the German electronic krautrock stuff the other is Willie, and thereâ€™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 donâ€™t make any money, and people can still kind treat us like shit from time to time. Thereâ€™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. Iâ€™d also say itâ€™s really hard to get people out to shows. Either folks are broke, thereâ€™s something else going on that night or the show isnâ€™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 youâ€™ll laugh and cry and itâ€™s fun for the whole family. Honestly, if you take a listen and enjoy it we hope itâ€™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. Itâ€™s not more complicated then that.
a: Great!!! Great fucking people!! They donâ€™t get in the way of what you want to do, and theyâ€™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 @ Oâ€™Briens
9/26 Northampton, MA @ Red Cross
9/27 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
9/28 Toronto @ Duffyâ€™s
9/29 Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeareâ€™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 @ Neptuneâ€™s
10/10 DC @ Rhizome
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Dumpster Out Back
10/12 NYC @ Chiliâ€™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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