atjf interview :: fiasco

After the Jump presents Fiasco, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, performing during the early evening on Galapagos free noise stage at 5:30pm.

Listen :: Rod Ferrell

MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

LUCIAN: Musically the band formed because we all liked hardcore punk. We were all in this other band where the 4th member didn’t really like punk music, so we formed the band just to get it out of our system. Our first show was essentially just 80’s hardcore covers.

JONATHON: I think being in a band together since we were all 12, 13 has been a really important experience; writing original material (as crappy as most of it was) and playing out at that age has allowed us to grow musically more and more, which is great.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

LUCIAN: It’s nice making music and living in New York because there’s a great music scene going on. Pretty much everyday of the week there’s a show with some bands worth going to, which is nice because you have sources for inspiration all around you.

JULIAN: Making music here is awesome. There’s such a large scene and a ton of people go to shows. Also there are a lot of really good bands that we love to play with.

JONATHON: New York, especially Brooklyn, has such a great and supportive musical community, and just from walking around parts of Brooklyn or NYC or going to a show or whatever one can get a sense of how unique New York really is. Living here has been awesome for all of us, it’s more or less all we know.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

LUCIAN: I personally don’t feel like i need to get ready to play. I mean none of us really like huddle and “clear our minds” or whatever. For me I’m just nervous or excited and then it’s like “oh time to play!”

JULIAN: We have some special rituals where we burn lots of candles and sacrifice large animals.

JONATHON: Some special favorite songs to perform live are about 30 seconds of either “Tij” by Battles or “Luxury Condos for the Poor” by Double Dagger, just for the fuck of it.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

LUCIAN: No Age’s Nouns. It’s a really fun weird feel good album to listen to.

JULIAN: So far, my favorites are probably “All Aboard the Magic Pus” by Black Pus, “Nouns” by No Age, “Rise Above” by Dirty Projectors (was that 2008?), “In Rainbows” by Radiohead, every small High Places record, “Load Blown” by Black Dice, and probably a bunch more that I forgot. Also some of these may not be 2008, it’s hard to keep them straight.

JONATHON: In addition to all the ones above, I would recommend: Portishead- Third, Vampire Weekend – S/T, The Mae Shi- HLLLYH, Gnarls Barkley- The Odd Couple, Meshuggah – obZen, Devotchka- A Mad & Faithful Telling, Crystal Castles- S/T, Stephen Malkmus – Real Emotional Trash, Animal Collective – Water Curses, The Mars Volta – Bedlam In Goliath, Wu-Tang – 8 Diagrams, Health – HEALTH//DISCO, and Flight of the Conchords – S/T (seriously, they write good songs).

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

LUCIAN: Edward Gorey, Stephen Gammel, Salvador Dalí, Francis Bacon, anything out of the Dada movement.

JONATHON: Some of my favorite artists are Max Ernst, R. Crumb, Wassily Kandinsky, Walt Disney, Hieronymous Bosch, Pablo Picasso, William Steig, the Fleischer brothers, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruno Bozzetto, Dalí, Saul Steinberg, Dr. Seuss, the list goes on. They could inspire lyrics, but probably not music. A piece of art every person should see:

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

LUCIAN: the theme is that there is no theme

FratresArvo Pärt
Drama In the Emergency Room I Hate Myself
Things I Did When I Was DeadNo Age
Strange LightsDeerhunter

JULIAN: this is music I listened to today and enjoyed.

Only In AmericaTone Tank
The Impossible Chicken Animal
Love AstronautMurder Mystery

JONATHON: Eclecticism. (My 5 current favorite songs.)

A B-Boy’s AlphaCannibal Ox
Midnight, the Stars and YouHenry Hall
I Am the EmperorVijaya Anand
Gang Bang SuicideKevin Drew
IV. Finale Allegro Molto VivaceRobert Schumann
[3rd String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41]

.image credits and thankyou to fiasco.

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