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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Orchid and Hound

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What are you guys reading now?
JC: I'm kinda in between reads. The last book I read was Harold and Maude by Colin Higgins. I saw the movie, and I didn't like the adaptation of Harold. As for my nothing, trashy read, it's Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler. It was funny. I've seen her do standup once in San Diego. She was wasted,
LA: I really liked her on Girls Behaving Badly--which is like candid camera, except with girls. I'm reading No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July.
JC: Is that a self-help book?
LA: No!
Sounds like it.
LA: She directed that movie that every one saw except for me, Me and You and Everyone We Know.
JC: Still sounds like a self-help book. I think the biggest self-helpy book I've read was A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle. I read the blog, too, the chapter by chapter blog by Oprah... I don't think there's anything wrong with self-help, people don't help themselves enough. I'm an only child and my roommates are also only children. We're still learning skills that people learned when they're like, four.
LA: [Sings] I believe children are our future... I think you all are just only children in your own little bubbles, just bubbling along.
JC: Lawrence likes to make me aware of my only-childness at every moment.

You two have great style. What's an article of clothing that you've been particularly attached to?
JC: Well, before this band, I wouldn't say that I didn't have good fashion sense, or dressed badly...
LA: John didn't know how to put on a pair of pants.
JC: I've been wearing a hat three out of four days this week, but that's due to a bad hair week. I need to cut it...I don't know.
LA: John likes to ramble.
JC: Whatever, ramble on, sing the song.
LA: Is that a new lyric you've come up with? Cause I don't like it.
JC: Now, see that's Lawrence's problem. He doesn't know anything about classic rock, or pop culture really. That Zeppelin reference went right over his head, but play a measure of classical music and he's on it.

What's a song that's been stuck in your head recently?
JC: Owen Pallett's new album. I was a little disappointed that his boyfriend was his manager. There was some hope that I would go to his concert, and somehow catch his eye.
LA: Nothing at the moment has caught my ear. The thing that's eternally stuck in my head is "A Christmas Song."

You guys are in the middle of recording an EP, how's that going?
JC: Great. We're recording at this media college Expressions in Emeryville. A student there heard our music and brought in two other students to record our music. Since it's a college, it's portfolio experience for students and everyone is doing their part. So we're getting to record for free essentially. We're really lucky.

Can we expect the EP soon then?
JC: Yes, the EP will be released this spring with the full-length album this summer.

Favorite venues in the city?
LA: I would say Great American Music Hall. It's really intimate, but still pretty big. The Warfield is great, but only the general admission [section].
JC: Except for Santigold--everyone was dancing, that was a great show.
LA: I would like to take over Martuni's, the piano bar. I want to play the piano there, while John sits on top of it and sings...Bimbo's is hands down one of my favorite venues, I would love to play there.
JC: I wish they would allow smoking inside, it would set the scene.

Where can we see you next?
Feb. 5 at El Rio and Feb. 11 at Blue Macaw

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