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08
Jul
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Michael Apted’s “Up Series”

Another great instant viewing documentary on Netflix: Michael Apsted’s “Up Series”.

In 1964, British filmmaker, Michael Apted, began a project entitled Seven Up. He began to interview seven year old British kids who came from different social backgrounds. Some were apart of the privileged upper class, some were living in foster care, some were in between their parent’s divorce and others were beginning to be placed in intellectual society through intense boarding schools and education systems. Apsted hoped these initial interviews would provide insight on the different parts of British society from each child’s pure perspective rather than relying on media or news sources. In these early interviews he would ask the children various questions about their current state of living, what they hoped and dreamed for and where they see themselves in the future.

The project would revisit each individual every seven years to follow up on their lives, personal reflections and goals for the future. It was very interesting to see how each child has grown and physically changed in each 7 year interval. In fact, every seven years, the cells of the human body completely transform into a new state of being. The documentary was also interesting because it shows how people’s mindsets and views on life change with life experience – and how many ideals and personality traits remain the same.

This astounding, long term project also provides insight on how different social class and changing cultural norms effect each person. As the participants get older (35, 42 and 49) we see how marriage, family, career choices, adultery and the dreams they let go – or developed – effect each individual and the people that are around them.

As a social documentary, Michael Apted’s Up Series has inspired other nations including post-USSR and the USA to begin to create their own version. Inevitably, these two documentaries will be very interesting as it will be hard to avoid discussing the radical political changes in each nation during the filming process. Unfortunately, at this time, I have not been able to find full length versions of these documentaries online.

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03
Jul
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: This American Life

Em Brownlowe

Beth and I are pretty much obsessed with the instant viewing documentaries found on Netflix. Lately, my favorite one is This American Life hosted by Ira Glass. Apparently, the show started as an NPR radio hit back in 1995 and was so good the creators decided to make it into a TV show… This is all new to me.

For those who haven’t heard about this show here is the general concept. Ira Glass documents and interviews people throughout America who have a peculiar stance on life and the world around them. As the stories are told by the people living them, we get a greater sense of who they are as people and also a greater understanding of American culture and our own place within it.

For example, one story documents a 7th grade boy who says he doesn’t believe in love. In fact, he says he doesn’t even love his own parents and thinks love destroys everything that is really important about individuality. Another story looks at a group of elderly people who are beginning a new life by participating in an original screenplay.

One of my favorites was about a Texas cattle farmer who has a tamed bull named Chance. Considered to be a domestic animal, Chance is allowed outside of the gated corral to wander around the family’s yard. Through Chance’s gentle behavior, which is quite atypical for a bull, this man gets national attention. He has pictures of celebrities sitting on the bull and has been on the Letterman show. Eventually, Chance dies and the heartbroken man turns to animal cloning in order to create another bull, Second Chance. The real kicker is that this man actually believes the second bull is his beloved companion’s soul reincarnated. He firmly keeps this position even after Second Chance plows through him numerous times…something the original Chance would never do. This just goes to show how delusional the guy is and how he is blinded by grief and idealism.

Anyways, it is a really great show! I can’t wait for the second season to come up on Netflix.

Here is the preview:

29
Apr
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Purple Rhinestone Eagle…Tragically UnHeard Of

Em Brownlowe

TRAGICALLY UNHEARD OF

BAND O THE WEEK

PURPLE RHINESTONE EAGLE

(Portland, OR)

The first time I saw Purple Rhinestone Eagle they were signaling the cold spirits of Halloween in a very crowded humid basement…each member dressed as characters from Lord of the Rings. I went as a “gay-fetish” which of course meant handle bar mustache and extremely short shorts. Lucky for my bare legs, Purple Rhinestone Eagle filled the basement with their hot riffs and percussive thunderstorms. The trio moved from Philadelphia to Portland and have been heating up cold basements and venues ever since. PRE stir a black cauldron, mixing obscure psych bands from the 60’s with sexed up punk rock call and response vocals similar to The Third Sex or “The Woods” era of Sleater Kiney. Summer 2008 looks hot n heavy for the gals as they will embark on a bi-coastal tour and will release an album of hard hitting music.

How long have each of you been playing music? What inspired you to play music in the first place? How did the band form? When?

Andrea: I have been playing guitar for about 11 years. Before that it was a little piano and some woodwind. Mainly the music that was coming out of the Northwest (Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, Sleater-Kinney, etc.) in the early to mid 90s is what inspired me the most to play guitar, those bands and Jimi Hendrix. The band formed in West Philly summer 2005. We were a lot different then. It’s taken us a couple of years to cultivate our sound and we’re pretty darn proud of it.

Morgan: Purple Rhinestone Eagle is my first band. I really only started playing bass when Andrea and Ashley and I started playing together. I started getting into punk when I was about 12, and it was the first thing I ever felt passionate about. I guess I wanted to be a part of whatever it was that inspired me so much as a kid, and continues to be one of the most important things in my life.

Ashley: I also started on piano, but I got sad and quit when my instructor gave me a hard time for not being able to read music. I started playing the drums when I was 18. I did not take it seriously for another few years when i got my first drum kit for my 20th birthday. Even then, I was moving around the county and didn’t really have a steady band until Purple Rhinestone Eagle started. I met Morgan at a potluck. She was wearing an All Girl Summer Fun Band Shirt. We decided it would probably make sense if we started a band together.

Watch PRE live:

Purple Rhinestone Eagle moved to Portland not so long ago yet seem to have dived right into a nicely knit scene. That is awesome you moved here together. Why did you all decide to move to Portland? What was your first impressions of Portland? How does the Northwest compare to the Northeast?. How does Purple Rhinestone Eagle experience the house show mecca of Portland and the queer scene?

Andrea: We went on an east coast tour with New Bloods. Adee was a friend of mine from before that tour. Ashely, Morgan and I were all suffering from varying degrees of stress and anxiety living in Philadelphia (for a multitude of reasons). New Bloods came down from above like angels, stroked our heads and beckoned us to the land of chill out. I personally like Portland a lot. It’s not as ethnically diverse as I would like it to be but outside my band I have really strong friendships with other people of color here, a lot of whom are in bands as well (which rules). The Northwest is a completely different culture than back east. As far as the show scene, it’s really friendly here and people are willing to help you out more. As far as queer issues go, I’m the only gay person in the band. We try to make our music accessible to people of all identities. We all come from very different backgrounds (race, class, sexuality, geographical locations, etc.) and we want to be as inclusive as possible to honor all of those varying identities. We don’t want to portray ourselves as anything but.

Has being a woman affected your music experience? Why or why not? Who are some of your lady heroes?

Andrea: Most definitely it has affected my music experience. When I was younger I was denied being able to play guitar in this one band I was in. It was a band of all dudes besides me. They were just intimidated that I was a better musician than them. Then I quit that crappy band and made a conscious decision that if I was going to be in any more serious music projects, it was only going to be with other ladies. My lady music heroes include: Carrie Brownstein, Etta James, Nina Simone, Odetta, Alice Coltrane, Grace Slick, Yoko Ono, and Kate Bush among many others.

Morgan: It’s strange to me that so many people still see it as a novelty of some kind for women to play music. I like playing in Portland because it’s less of an issue here than it was in Philly. Personally, I love Kim Shattuck, she is definitely one of my musical lady heroes. She has a great, not at all pretty voice and completely holds her own in a male dominated genre. And Joan Jett. She’s pretty great.

Ashley: Being a woman has had an affect on my musical experience for sure. People have some dumb, macho things to say sometimes when they see an all female band, but for the most part people are pumped to see our band because they are into the music. Right now, living in Portland and being able to play shows with so many great female (as well as male) musicians is wonderful. Some of my personal favorite female musicians include: Moe Tucker, Janet Wiess, Palmolive, Yoko, Slant 6, Kim Gordon, Amy Farina, Satomi Matsuzaki, Mary Timony, Tina Turner.

While your music is very heavy, I can’t help thinking you have a bit of a sense of humor! What is the story behind the name Purple Rhinestone Eagle?

Andrea: I’ll let someone else answer our name question.

Morgan: I think it’s important to maintain a sense of humor, about yourself and the world, but at the same time we are generally pretty sincere. Everyone always asks about the band name… sometimes certain images or phrases need to be recaptured and owned anew, casting aside preconceptions and arbitrary values… why should the eagle be resigned to a cartoonish emblem for capitalism, or rhinestones seen as worthless? The eagle is majestic and fierce, and I’ll take a rhinestone over a diamond any day.

What inspires your music and lyrics?

Andrea: As the main lyric writer, a lot of things inspire my writing. Lately my lyrics have been getting more witchy (e.g. casting circles, calling upon natural forces, prophetic dreaming). I like writing/singing about mental health as it’s related to the health of the planet, friendships, fun times, shitty times, political/social struggle, and of course sex. Musically we are inspired a lot by the music that came out of the 60s and 70s, especially music that came out of what can be labeled the more “obscure” scenes and bands.

How would you describe your own music?

Andrea: Our music is rock-n-roll-pyschedelic-garage-stoner fury.

What else is coming up for Purple Rhinestone Eagle?. What do you hope to be your legacy?

Andrea: We want to put out our recording on vinyl so we’re doing a little record label shopping right now. After our two summer tours we want to follow it up with one in the fall. Other than that we’re trying to do a lot of song writing. Legacy? Hmm. One day when I’m old and gray, I’d love to pass the torch on to some young girls who want to make rock n roll (or whatever kind of music) too. I want to be as inspiring to young kids as my music heroes have been to me.

07
Apr
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Sick Sick Sister…Tragically UnHeard Of

emBrownlowe

Tragically UnHeard Of
Band O’ The Week
SICK SICK SISTER

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Listen: “OCTOBER” [Sick Sick Sister: My Friend My Enemy :: BUY]

Back in the early 90’s, the Northwest region of the States was booming with music that defied the mainstream. Perhaps you have heard of a teeny band who spawned out of Seattle creating revolution on the radio, rebelling against hair metal glamour and soft rock ballads with a fierce sound later deemed grunge. Nearby in Olympia, women and queers were developing their own scene with the Riot Grrrl Movement. This sound had forward thinking punk rock influence and challenged racism, homophobia and sexism while empowering themselves through community and radical politics.

Now, one decade later mainstream music has reverted back into oppressive, image based sonic mediocrity. In spite of being “Tragically UnHeard Of”, the Northwest underground music scene continues to harbor some of the best music in the country.

One of these bands include Sick Sick Sister, a three piece “menace to society”, hailing from the City Of Roses (Portland, OR). The trio is fronted by Ruth Yoder who has performed under the name, Sick Sick Sister, for years with various lineups. Their fierce sound is fuzz soaked with angst that has been tainted with an intuitive pop structure. They just released a new record, My Friend My Enemy, and you should BUY IT. The initial tracks burn through a catalog of music Ruth Yoder has carried with her throughout the years. Diving right into a heavy crashing fury, “The Deader The Better”, recounting past friends turning sour, following up with a grunge-pop tantrum, “I Hate It”. As the album develops it is clear her collaboration with current members, Melissa and Adrianne, has developed her songwriting and matured her temper. “Devilfruit” features some incomprehensible vocal chantings reminding me of a more accessible Scout Niblett followed by emotional yelps in “October” which are chilling with a profound sincerity.

My Friend My Enemy is a strong first release and I am excited to have them untampered with by the Hot Topic generation so I could interview them for Tragically UnHeard Of.

Sick Sick Sister has undergone several lineup changes the past couple of years. This new one seems to click pretty well and has good chemistry together. From the band’s perspective, what makes this lineup so awesome? How did y’all hook up?

Ruthie: I met Melissa at a show. It was mutual admiration of each other’s Hello Kitty accessories. When we exchanged email addresses, hers was a Babes in Toyland song. So basically, love at first sight. After we’d jammed a few times Melissa said she knew the perfect drummer for us. Then the stork brought Adrianne.

Melissa: It was definitely mutual admiration of each other’s hello kitty accessories…I mean Ruthie had a HELLO KITTY GUITAR GIGBAG!!! It was just great to meet another person who likes playing heavy, angry music and also happens to like great toys from the 80s. Fate, a.k.a. craigslist’s musician listings brought Adrianne and I together ^_^

Adrianne: I had just moved to Portland that summer and was finding life without a band to be pretty bleak. I put a pretty specific ad on craig’s list and got the phone call from heaven…we were instant friends. That night I passed out on their couch.

How does the writing process work with the new lineup?

Melissa: The old songs were already written by Ruthie but I added my own bass lines to them…and now that we’re working on a new set we just jam at practice and make stuff up on the spot.

Adrianne: We trust each other to come up with a creative sound, so we all write our own parts. Ruthie will show us something she’s been fiddling with and then we just jam. The new stuff we’re working on sounds much more musically creative I think. We’ve really become comfortable with how the rest play.

What were some of your favorite bands growing up?

Melissa: Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, Hole, L7, Nirvana, Mudhoney…

Adrianne: The Smashing Pumpkins. Seriously, I wanted to be Jimmy Chamberlin, but my muscles weren’t big enough. Nirvana, Soundgarden, Rob Zombie, No Doubt, Bush…and Sheryl Crow.

Back in the day, did women in rock or the riot grrrl movement affect you?

Melissa: I found out about riot grrrl a little late in the game…my senior year in highschool. I finally felt I had found something I could truly be a part of. It was sad tho, cos I went around all of my friends and asked if they would want to start a riot grrrl chapter with me (in Beaverton, Oregon) and only one girl thought it was an awesome idea…a lot of other girls said it sounded scary and just didn’t get it. But it was still nice to know I wasn’t alone in my beliefs…i just had to get out of the burbs!

Ruthie: Growing up in the Christian-American Midwest, I was never going to be affected by the riot grrrl movement. Luckily, in eighth grade we got a top of the line, 14.4 kbps dial-up modem and the accompanying 15 free hours of America Online. Through looking up my favorite bands, R.E.M., The Doors, The Chili Peppers, and especially Hole, I found this guy Dangerous Dan’s 7 Year Bitch page. That’s when I discovered that there were rad women out there making technically proficient rock music that was better, or at least meant more to me, than what was made by all-man groups. I didn’t read about the riot grrrl movement itself until I was a senior in high school. I blame slow data transfer.

Adrianne: **see Ruthie’s response** We both grew up in cornfields.

Do you think underground music has changed for women? For yourselves?

Ruthie: It seems more gender-integrated than it did to me when I first started going to shows. There’s less and less bands that are female-fronted for image reasons. I don’t see as many bands where it’s a boyfriend-girlfriend duo. I hope that is because things are getting more gay.

Tell us about this EP, where and how was it recorded? How is it released? Do you choose to be a DIY band or do you seek outside assistance from a label? Why or why not?

Ruthie: Our album was recorded by *winner* of Pom Pom Meltdown at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls’ space. We put it out in a limited run ourselves so we can keep all the money for now. Maybe a label will be interested in it and pick it up.

Melissa: Finding a label that had cool ideals would be nice. I think finding good distribution is more important though.

Adrianne: Having a label would be neat, however, it’s important that they do have good ideas for us.

What is the most important thing you hope Sick Sick Sister will accomplish?

Adrianne: World domination. Seriously, can you imagine it? Only bikes on the streets, plush green forests all over the world, a never ending source of women musicians, and kittens…lots of kittens.

What are some of your accomplishments you’ve already made?.

Melissa: We recorded an album that I’m proud of…We’ve played a lot of great shows with bands that I respect and that totally rock! We’ve helped out friends and parts of our community that I want to support by playing benefit shows.

Adrianne: We’re involved in such an amazing and supportive music scene. We love being a part of that. I think playing the benefit shows are a really important part of being in this community as well. It’s awesome to have so many musicians come together for a cause. We’ve played with musicians who I am constantly inspired by, and we’re recorded an album that I’m still not tired of.

Assuming you have a magic crystal ball, what does the next year hold for the band?.

Adrianne: We’ve got several songs in the works for the next album. Plenty more shows in PDX and hopefully some in the neighboring states.

Melissa: I’d like to also play out of state shows. Hello Washington and California!

03
Apr
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: March in Review

Em Brownlowe

Wow! 3 whole months of Gaycondo! As always, every month “Keep It On The Brownlowe” will recap the best straight outta gaycondo.

1. JON: A BLOGGING AFFAIR: In response to the most popular blog on Earth (whom, we won’t mention the name of because A. you probably already know the blog we are speaking of and B. we are bitter because they got offered a book deal AND are 2 weeks younger than Gaycondo) Jon started a genius side-blog called STUFF QUEER PEOPLE LIKE which focuses on gay stereotype satire ranging from female fronted music groups to short shorts to having emotionally unstable middle/high school friends whom often result in a young queer’s first sexual experience (even if said emo-unstable friend is straight and is having a bisexual fling).

2. PAUL: Angelina and Brad Pitt are LIARS: For those of you who are new: Paul is the leading man in gay rights + political issues here on gaycondo. In this post, he condemns Brad / Angelina for getting married after they vowed to with-hold from marriage until all people (ie. fags/queer ladies) were allowed to get married universally. This post spawns the first homophobic comment on the gaycondo blog (which doesn’t really make sense due to OBVIOUS REASONS):

“All of Hollywood is full of shit! No I don’t think gays should marry. When I look though history all societies that have fallen lost all morals. Example the Romans went morally bankrupt when homosexually pedophilia ruled the land. Do I believe that all gays are pedophiles. NO!! But I do believe that all morals in this country are gone!!” -cpacek

Luckly, an anonymous gaycondo-er stands up for queer rights:

“cpacek,
A) you’re an idiot
B) why are you reading this blog if you are such a homophobe?”

fer real….admit that you are living vicariously through some awesome fags!

However, the best part of Paul’s post is that the Brad/Angelina marriage rumor was false!!!!!!!!! He removes them from his toxic shit list.

3. JON: Etro’s fall 2008 menswear collection: Really, REALLY, really effin cute fag/ette wear…however, is it worth $2000 per outfit?

4. KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Tragically UnHeard Of Music Videos: If you like passionate experimental blues or indie-folk-kitsch you will love our musical friends, Agent Ribbons + Kusikia

5. KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Tragically UnHeard Of: MINI LIFE: The TUHO column takes an unexpected twist and examines the musical concept behind MINI LIFE and the digital revolution of music.

6. Guest Blogger NICKEY ROBO: Chunky Pam…not so chunky afterall: Gaycondo is so rad that even our friends who don’t live within the headquarters want to write for us! This post focuses why it is effed up when a pro-fat figure is in reality a creation cultivated by two thin folks!

7. JON: “Sleeve facing” with Gaycondo: We love artistic projects at parties and what better project than the British fad of photographically aligning your body with the cover of a cheesy record?

8. Jon: Apparently you guys really like Joel Mchale without a shirt AS WELL AS trannies It’s true: Most people who randomly stumble upon gaycondo are searching for the Soup’s host, Joel Mchale, bare chested, or a “hot tranny mess”.

9. SWALLOWS: What it is like to be on tour: A split by split moment of what it is like to be on tour with the musicians of Gaycondo!

10. Paul: cheetos make me wanna vomit: terrible food; brilliant commercials.

11. Jon: (WORD OF THE WEEK) How macabre: Jon breaks into the academic world with his post on creepy Victorian brooches (not broaches). This post also includes a hilarious farting video!

12. Paul: Chloe “Don’t Call Me A Model” Sevigny: Besides trans folks, according to Paul, March is definitely the month of Sevigny on gaycondo. Not only does she star in emotionally fucked films and artistic music videos, she also is developing her own fashion line which is influenced by awkward “pattern blocking” and 90’s slacker lifestyles! At least is slapping that tired 80’s nostalgia on the ass!

13. KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Dolly Parton Hoot Nite: How I enlightened myself on one woman’s brilliance!

14. KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Laughing is the new cardio: This yoga video may make you laugh…or haunt you in your nightmares….

15. PAUL: TICKETY TACK TRANNY HOT MESS: How could you NOT fall in lust with key terms “Tranny Hot Mess”?!

16. Em/JON : We’re in a Glossy Magazine!!!: Did you know that 1/2 of gaycondo are pictured in a national queer magazine?

17. JON: Passive Agressive News Stories: Terrible things that happen in this world… This is why it is refreshing to watch clips of truly hilarious conflicts: One neighbor holds another’s prized Jesus statue for ransom until their neighbor cleans up their dogshit!

18. JON: recut trailers: Have you ever imagined what Mary Poppins would look like as a horror story?

19. JON: Celebrities: WITHOUT NECKS!!!!!! EWW!

20. BETH/EM: Mullet Troupe Party Theme: What happens beyond the walls of gaycondo.

31
Mar
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Agent Ribbons…Tragically UnHeard Of…

emBrownlowe

Tragically Un-Heard Of
Band O’ The Week
AGENT RIBBONS

 

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Listen: “Obituary”
https://gaycondo.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/09-obituary.mp3″

Jon and I often discuss bands that would be in our musical family (where genre/creative postmodern pop music = family blood). In this sort of family dynamic, Agent Ribbons would be our second country cousins once removed but they still come over to family reunions anyways and get drunk off of jug wine and eat cherry pie.

I says it before but I’ll say it again: If you like catchy as all hell, sweet, alto voiced gals singing stories over simply strummed serenades, Agent Ribbons is the band for you. After listening to their debut record, On Time Travel and Romance, my biggest regret in life is that I didn’t go to theater school. If I had, I would’ve adapted the album’s music into a Broadway musical. Take their vagrant Saloon tale found within “Strangers” : ‘When he came to his gun was gone, his shirt was in a twist / Dog tired and hungry with no money the blood boiled in his face / He saw a whore and asked her how he came to have such luck / She said “You don’t look at those hard workin’ women that way when you don’t got a buck” / “I’m sorry miss, I tell ya, but old bastards like me are so hung on living life we don’t meditate on courtesies / So go ahead and shoot me I ain’t got nowhere to go / I’ll have myself a whiskey with the devil down below” / Ain’t it funny how strangers find home in the strangest places’.

Now if that doesn’t scream Broadway musical meets Johnny Cash then I just don’t know what to say to you little reader!

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Agent Ribbons have been busy over the past year. They went on a national tour as the opening act for Cake, released a limited edition 7″, the Star Crossed Doppelganger, which features two haunting songs and artwork by Dame Darcy, were photographed for a fashion magazine wearing adorably fancy hats (woven by their friend, Naik Fur), filmed a video at the Dandy Warhol’s Odditorium, went on a mini Bay area tour with Swallows and are already planning their spring outing.

AND NOW… A TRAGICALLY UNHEARD OF LIVE VIDEO…
Filmed By Em Brownlowe
The entire Agent Ribbons live performance at The Know
(Portland, OR, 3.3.08)

PART ONE: “The World is a Cigarette” // “Buried With You” // “That’s Not Edgar’s Heart”

WATCH MORE (PARTS 2-4)

Tragically UnHeard Of Archives

21
Mar
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Bumtech….Tragically UnHeard Of…

emBrownlowe

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photo by Andi Burke
Tragically UnHeard Of
Band O’ The Week:
BUMTECH
After several weeks of slacking off summoning Tragically Unheard Of bands, I stumbled upon Portland new wave sensation, Bumtech. The duo formed in 2005 and includes Sharon Schloss (bass, vocals, keyboards, programming) and Jonn Walterscheid (guitar, vocals, programming). Together they create a spacey atmosphere embracing both new wave sonic canopies with intricate guitar centric compositions. Each song’s sonic seriousness is juxtaposed with quirky satirical accounts of the monotony of everyday life.
Bumtech just finished a brand new website, Tofuton, and are about to embark on a Californian tour to support their debut, Beware of D-G. They were kind enough to answer a few questions over coffee and…blowfish?
Listen to “Got Yer Nose”:

1. How did the two of you meet and decide to play music together?

Sharon: We met in the record store where Jonn used to work and bonded over a mutual love of new wave music. I was playing bass in a band at the time which was not really fullfilling me creatively anymore. I was looking for something new where I could get more into the electronic end of music, programming drums and playing keyboards as well as bass. Jonn was recording some cool instrumental music with drum machine and guitar, and I thought he should be performing it out for people.

2. Is there a story behind the name Bumtech?

Jonn: Bumtech is a consulting firm for slacking off. If you’re tired of getting out of bed in the morning, call Bumtech. If you want the bullshit in your life to lose all importance, Bumtech is for you.

3. Who/what are some of your inspirations? How do you incorporate them into your music?

Sharon: The Legendary Pink Dots are our favorite current band. Most of our musical influences are alternative bands from the 80s and 90s, with Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, and Nirvana being some of the biggest influences. I like classical music and jazz too. I grew up playing classical piano and enjoy KBPS radio. The way this works into my playing is that I put good musicianship first and emphasize strong songwriting.

Jonn: I think of my guitar style as a cross between Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins and blues, even though I don’t listen to the blues. I do listen to the Cocteau Twins, and classical radio KBPS.

Bumtech: We’re both influenced by fine arts painting.

4. What do you like about the duo dynamic of your band. Have you considered adding a third member or live drummer? Why or why not?

Bumtech: Practicing and writing together is so much easier when there are fewer people to organize. The drum machine is an artistic choice. Being influenced by 80s new wave and hip hop, we thought it would be cool to be in a guitar band with a drum machine. We’re not opposed to adding more members in the future, but it’s not practical right now.

5. You are going out on tour pretty soon! What are some of the things you do whilst on the road?. Any stories from past outings?.

We’re bringing our Sirius radio with us so we can listen to Howard Stern. We’re looking forward to catching up with old friends in other cities. On one tour we almost died when we skidded out on an icy mountain road and bounced off of a railing between the pavement and a cliff. Amazingly, we were able to drive home!

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Tragically UnHeard Of Archives:

Adam Gnade (Portland, OR)

Fast Heart Mart (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Levator (Seattle, WA)

Alina Simone + Yanka (NYC / Carborro, NC / Siberia)

Reporter (Portland, OR)

Podunk Nowhere (San Diego, CA)




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