atjf interview :: monotract

After the Jump presents Monotract, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, performing during the day on Galapogos free noise stage at 4:30pm.

Listen :: Cafu Y Kaka

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

MT: We’ve been good friends for about 11 years now and, whatever we’ve been/are, has consistently been evolving. I think we’re currently undergoing the most interesting part of the experiment.

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.

NANCY: Making music in New York is like filling a giant, glass piggy bank with pennies for years until someone smashes it. Then you pay twice as much you paid for the first piggy bank for a new piggy bank and start to fill it up again, until someone else smashes it. This pattern repeats until the piggy bank grows organs, starts to walk, live and breathe for itself.

ROGER: Also, Times Square, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Chelsea Pier Batting Cages, 99 Miles to Philly – they’re all very home-y.

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

MT: Our favorite song is “the middle child”. We’re a band that embraces the middle child in everyone because we are middle children; always loving the kid everyone else forgets is hiding in a game of hide ‘n’ go seek.

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

NANCY: I saw a piece of work that really inspired me this past weekend. His name is Bob Diamond, who discovered the Atlantic Avenue tunnel in Brooklyn. His tunnel is accessible only through a manhole cover on the street. A very raw, damp, quiet, moist space unlike any I’ve seen in a while.

ROGER: That David Byrne thing at the Maritime Building. Sit down, breathe and play one note for about 3 minutes straight. People LOVE that. Hipsters are a great piece of art history, as well. Old Ray-ban Wayfarers are like 3-D glasses.

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

NANCY: I really dug Magik Markers’ boss. I totally dig MIA, sort of obsessed recently with Syd Barrett (again). Loved Demons at No Fun Fest ’08, among many others. Then there’s tons of music I watch on Youtube. The new Free Kitten record is really great too.

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

These songs NEVER get skipped on iPod shuffle mode:

Anna’s Song by Marvin Gaye – This song has been absolutely leveling me for the past year. Perfectly encompasses the domestic quiet storm of a relationship breakup. That delicious hodge-podge of emotions. I understand this song better than I understand songs we’ve written. ‘Take a bath in milk and lay on your satin sheets’.

Went to See the Gypsy by Bob Dylan – I could probably put about 138 Dylan songs on here but we’ll roll with my all-time fav. Supposedly about meeting Elvis but, in my mind, it could also apply to meeting Thurston Moore. ‘Outside the lights were shinin’ / On the river of tears’. That line works smoothly on cold NYC nights when you’re finding your way through the city. Honorable Dylan mentions: ‘Black Diamond Bay’, ‘Nobody ‘Cept You’.

Games People Play by Bob Andy – I don’t know much about this guy or this song except I got it off one of those Trojan Reggae collections. It’s a raucous selection. We all play those games with one another. Let’s try not to, eh?

Calle Luna, Calle Sol by Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe – If you’ve ever lived in a rough part of town or had advice imparted to you about dealing with people in rough parts of town, the rhythms, lyrics and inflection of this song will hit you over the head with that same knowledge. At about the ‘2:41’ mark, hold on to your hat.

Alabama by John Coltrane – Just sit down, listen to this track and realize that every emotion or thing you’ve done in your life is trivial. Just sit down and shut up.

.image credits and thankyou to monotract.

6 Responses

  1. derek

    ‘Games People Play’ is a reggae-ised cover of Joe South’s song and 1969 hit. I know I’m getting old if I have to tell someone that, but look Joe up on Wikipedia – Grammys and hits for people from Deep Purple to Lynn Anderson!

  2. Ravel

    Sadly, Coltrane’s tune has a problem mid-way. Is it only when downloading?