Hi Pando! How are you doing these days?
a: aside from pissing on angry old women’s tomato plants? fine.
m: I am moving out of my apartment at the moment because my neighbor who moved in next door looks like an uncle donnie.
How would you classify your music? Do you agree with the reviewers who trying to describe your musical genre just like “experimental music”?
a: we don’t classify our music as anything because we play whatever we feel. I suppose “experimental” makes sense if you consider it the “I have no idea what else to call this” category and we do a lot of “experimenting” but with purpose; usually to find the correct sound for what we are trying to express.
m: npr core.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences, are there some Metal bands?
a: my musical influences change too rapidly to have a top five. within the past week I haven’t listened to any music at all. maybe wardruna and fletcher tucker? this group from ukraine called “folknery” has been occasionally in my playlist. I actually don’t listen to that much metal lately.
m: tuba oatmeal.
What do you want fans to take from your music, just a moods, maybe some ideas an so on?
a: I would be okay if they took anything from it at all. we try not to force views on the listener in hopes that they can find their own things to enjoy about it.
m: we know a seven year old who lost a mood ring recently, where upon asking him how he felt about losing it, he said he didn’t know how he felt.
Tell us about your latest release -Hiraeth-?
a: it’s an album. it’s got five tracks. the songs are long. none of them have anything to do with cock… at least this not on this one.
m: I was once a weary traveler who got his penis head stuck in a shampoo bottle.
What do you love and hate about the music business?
a: I hate everything about the music business and that’s why we work with Stu at Aesthetic Death with his underground label because I think he’s the only one who gets it.
m: we have jobs.
Would you like to play live on the stage someday? How do you see your performance?
a: that would be cool, but we haven’t figured out what we are doing yet in regards to a performance and it’s certainly not top priority. we aren’t looking for people to come to a concert to watch us show off or anything because we don’t care and personally, that sounds ridiculous. but working in an environment that would allow for us to create a performative piece? that’s a different story and that’s where it gets difficult because when it comes to performance work, just about everything that can be done has been done by Marina Ambrovic and Ulay.
m: I would wear my underwear rolled up and wear sandals. No fog machines though, because I don’t want it to be anymore difficult than it already is to see my private areas. No girls aloud either.
How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?
a: a lot. it’s put a lot of things into perspective as far as how the medium works and what can be achieved through this particular art form. as far as how our sound has “evolved” it has maybe gotten more refined, but not intentionally. that’s probably just a product of working so long with one other individual. I think that gradually our sound is going to become more organic as we look to escape sound and aim more towards the likes of romantic poets and take to the woods. up until recently, our rehearsal space has been out of this shithole building in the middle of a horrible urban area in holyoke, ma. I’ve recently moved and it has aloud for a more homey environment that is closer to nature and i’ve been spending more time hiking and reading. when you are surrounded by an urban setting with sounds attacking you from every direction, noise becomes a major influence and can make you irritable. the move has certainly matured me in the sense that I’ve become more interested with fine-tuning my inner-workings and trying to turn off some of the inner chatter.
m: bad circumstances make good music.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
a: As far as musician goes: Einar Selvik. I think he has some really great views on life in general and a rich understanding of mythological philosophies. Even if we didn’t play music together, I think he would just be a really interesting person to have a conversation with. And for artists, probably Vito Acconci. Anyone who can jerk off to people walking has gotta have some really good morals.
m: I’ve been drinking a lot of NyQuil lately and would love to just drink a lot of cough syrup with Danny Brown and the ghost of Junior Kimbrough.
What is next for you?
a: the hibiscus flowers.
m: we’re making a film. I’ll do you a favor and I’ll project it on stage, Danny Brown will be there, I’ll be drinking Tuba Oatmeal IPA and all your bad circumstances thus far in life will yield better music.