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Phantogram & EXITMUSIC
October 22, 2011
In the book that I’ve been threatening to write for most of 2010 but haven’t started yet … the book that takes you, dear reader, behind the scenes of some of the more memorable interviews I’ve done in my 20 years of chatting with bands, there will definitely be a Posies story. I won’t spoil the story but it involves one of the Sassy-ist alt.rockers of the mid-90s and his phone call to the Posies hotel room as we interviewed Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow during the Frosting on the Beater tour after eating dinner with the band at the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Cleveland.
(Oh how I hope this is part of the set)
This year, The Posies released their first new album (Blood/Candy) in 5 years and it’s probably their best since 1996’s Amazing Disgrace (which, for the record, I pulled out today and it’s definitely stood the test of time). Even Stringfellow admits that 2005’s Every Kind of Light was “perhaps a kind of hard to read take on the Posies”.
There’s so much more to say about The Posies but I’ll save that for the interview I’m doing with the band that you’ll be able to watch here in a few weeks.
The Posies occupy the middle slot on the Wednesday night bill at Outland. Aqueduct will open and Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs (with Jon and Ken performing as part of his band) will headline. Doors are at 7pm and Benco says the show will be done by 11pm. Tickets are $20 at the door.
London-based DIY rockers Male Bonding have been signed to Sup Pop for over a year now. If you’ve heard them, then I bet you’re looking forward to their return to Columbus next week. If you haven’t, consider this your fair warning to work in multiple listens to their record Nothing Hurts (clocking in just under thirty minutes) before then.
Last week I caught up with singer/guitarist John Webb, who discussed the record, the band’s recent collaboration with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and life as Male Bonding.
Everyone has influences when they start making music, but what kind of bands/artists continue to inspire you guys when coming up with new material?
Well, we recently recorded a song with Rivers Cuomo from Weezer. He got in contact with us a few months back and asked if we wanted to have a songwriting session when he was in London for the Reading Festival. We love Weezer, so we jumped at the chance. Anyway, watching Rivers work was very inspiring. That guy is a songwriting machine. He’s the king of melody. That whole experience was a dream come true.