atj interview :: sunny day in glasgow

ATJ presents SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW, Wed, Oct. 22, 2008, for After the Jump’s CMJ Showcase at the Knitting Factory NYC, performing at 10:30PM inside the Tap Room, along with Best Friends Forever, the Depreciation Guild, My Teenage Stride, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, & Ringo Deathstarr.

Listen :: Ghost In The Graveyard (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in your city, feel free to share a memory or a certain place that makes you feel like home.

Philly is really the only place I can make music, at least that’s what I’ve found. there’s nothing to do here, or i’ve already done everything there is to do here, so i’m left with making music. but i’ve lived in a couple of different cities and not been able to get anything done musically in those cities, which i think is due to a combination of loneliness and being somewhere new to explore. riding my bike around philly makes me feel at home. also going to kingdom of vegetarians or clark park, riding the R2.

MIA: Do you enjoy to perform live? How does the band like to get ready and is there a favorite song that you like to play for your audience?

I do like playing live. We practice a lot to get ready. I don’t know what my favorite song would be we play live. It probably changes from show to show, but generally I am most excited to play the songs we’ve played the least.

MIA: What has been the most impacting compliment, or criticism, your band has ever received?

Simon Raymonde from the Cocteau Twins wrote us a myspace message last year saying how much he liked our music. Thinking about that now still blows my mind. The Cocteau Twins are one of my all time favorite groups for sure.

MIA: Within your songwriting, is there some type of element that has brought about a certain mood in yr writing, making you feel more/less different than when you started? How long has the recording process taken to complete your album and to finally believe that it’s ready?

I don’t know, but I hope I’m different from when we started. A lot has happened to me personally and us as a band since our record came out last year. The last record took about 6 months of serious recording and maybe a few months of fooling around. We started recording the new record in September and it absolutely has to be done by mid December. I think when we record a song, I listen to it and usually want to make changes or the things that are missing kind of jump out at me. When this stops happening, the song is done. This time though, I am making a conscious effort to keep everything simpler, so I don’t really know how I will know when stuff is done. It will probably be dictated by deadlines.

MIA: Any recommended records so far of ‘08?

They haven’t put out a record yet, but Telepathe is probably the band I am most excited about in 2008. I saw them play back in May and it was probably the best show I’ve seen all year. We just got to play with them last week too and they had some serious sound problems but were still great. I am totally in love with their music though and I am basically just wanting 2008 to end so it’s January 2009 and their record comes out. Otherwise, I’ve really enjoyed the Crystal Stilts EP because it’s really moody and poppy; the Tickley Feather record because it’s really moody and poppy, and the Hercules & Love Affair record because it’s really fun but still has this sadness to it that I really like.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

Edvard Munch, Keith Haring, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock, Yoko Ono, Bruce Charlesworth, David Levinthal, the K Foundation. I can’t really say what inspires me, so I have no idea if these people ever have done so, but I like their work and their ethos. Keith Haring did this performance piece where he painted himself into a corner and I think art history has overlooked the importance of this work. Yoko Ono’s stuff is pretty amazing too, but most people tend to think of her as the person who ruined the Beatles. Edvard Munch’s woodcuts are some of my favorite pieces of art ever. Marcel Duchamp and the K Foundation thought so much bigger than almost everyone else.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

My favorite songs from records I’ve bought this fall:

1. Devil’s Trident by Telepathe
2. Hear/Bleed Philharmonic by Serena Maneesh
3. Birdmen by Felt
4. Hybrid Moments by The Misfits
5. Sleepwalker by Faun Fables (I didn’t actually get this one, but Josh always puts it on in the car when we leave the recording space)

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