18 Questions Interview – The Wailing Wall

The Wailing Wall – “Bones Become Rainbows”

1. Tell us about the band?

The Band are awesome! My favorite songs of theirs are “King Harvest (Has Surely Come)” and “It Makes No Difference.” Total heroes of mine.

2. Have you ever been fed up with playing music or with band members, why?

Everybody gets fed up with the things they do or the people that surround them from time to time. Certainly I have gotten very discouraged at times, but its better not to dwell on it. You have to stay focused on the love and the work even when things feel rough.

3. What was your first concert experience? Do you remember how you felt once the concert was over?

Bob Dylan w/ Ani Difranco and BR549 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA, in August 1997 (I think?). The day before I started 6th grade. I remember Bob opened with “Absolutely Sweet Marie” and it was just triumphant. I was wearing my jean jacket, dancing on my chair, feeling like the coolest 11-year-old alive.

4. Did you grow up wanting to play music, or when did the whole making albums thing come about and how?

As far back as I can remember. I used to draw Beatles album covers and draw myself into them. Sometimes you just know.

5. What qualifies you guys to be in a band?

No.

6. Do you have a favorite song you have ever written? Why?

Don’t know about a “favorite” per se, but “Nails and Wood” (off of “Hospital Blossoms”) and “Fear No Apple, Fear No Flood” (off of “The Low Hanging Fruit”) are both especially meaningful to me.

7. What is your greatness weakness as a band?

That our lineup is very fluid and we don’t really “rehearse” very often. I guess that could be perceived as a “weakness,” and sometimes it honestly is, but if you ask me, it is also our greatest strength. Keeps things interesting and fluid. Keeps us all on our toes.

8. What qualities should a successful label or manager have?

They should be willing to tirelessly follow through on every single whim I have, no matter how absurd it may be.

9. What’s the scariest thing that has ever happened to you in your life?

No.

10. What’s the first thing you do when the band arrives in a new town while on tour?

Check our email and/or get some food. Nothing too exciting or ritualistic. If we have a lot of time on our hands it can be nice to check out a museum or something like that.

11. Have you ever had an audience member give you the willies because they kept looking at you all weird?

I usually can’t see people’s faces too well while I’m performing, so no.

12. Have you ever cried while listening to music? If so what were you listening too?

Yes, every once in a while. The last thing that made me cry was “Does Not Suffice” by Joanna Newsom. Bawled like a baby, played it again, bawled again, etc. Still can’t listen to it with dry eyes.

12. If you could re-record, or re-write any song of yours what would that song be?

All of them/none of them. Depends on the day.

13. What’s the worst place you have ever played a show at, and why?

Found myself in some strange places, but I’d rather not talk shit about them. People’s intentions were good even when the end results weren’t.

15. In a perfect world how many albums would you have to sell to be happy?

In a perfect world, my happiness wouldn’t be dependent on album sales.

16. What do you guys have planned for the future?

In about fifteen minutes I am going to eat a totally awesome brownie.

17. What music do you listen to when you are having a bad day?

“Prayer To God” by Shellac or “Blue Chicago Moon” by Songs: Ohia, depending on what kind of bad day we’re talking about.

18. If you had your life to live over again, what one thing would you change?

I deeply regret a specific hat which I wore with astounding frequency circa 2004/2005. I just want to take the opportunity to tell my ex-girlfriend that she was totally right, that hat really did look stupid on me.

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