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June 17, 2004
by BOB DORAN
IT'S TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR THE
TWO-DAY INDIE MUSIC marathon known as Bummerfest. This
year's festival, dubbed "Bummer of Love," June 19 and
20, marks the fourth year Michelle Cable from Panache and the
folks from Placebo have assembled an impressive collection of
local and touring bands to play downstairs in the Eureka Veteran's
Hall. These digital Q&As came in response to a short series
of questions sent to bands from out of the area.
Who are you and where are you from?
Sadie Lola and Sarah Reed, The Husbands [photo at right]
-- guitar and vocals (we both do both) and we are from San Francisco.
How would you describe the music your band makes?
The easiest way to describe us is "garage" -- of course
nowadays that could mean anything. So, we are loud two-guitar/no
bass '50s and '60s R&R and soul inspired with screamy/singy
Why do you do what you do? In this case, you
will be traveling hundreds of miles to play for about a half
an hour, for pay that probably won't cover the cost of gasoline,
with no meal allowance, no free motel, etc. What is it about
playing music that makes it worthwhile?
Wow, now that you put it that way ... just kidding. It's sort
of just of one of those things I never thought about. Can't imagine
it any other way. I would rather be involved in making and performing
music than anything I can think of. It's unbelievably fun and
you know, the best.
Who? My name is Joel and I play bass in Pink
Handgrenade. We are from San Diego/Orange County California.
What? We really try very hard not to put ourselves
in certain categories of music, because we love all kinds of
different music and we love to play with as many different types
of bands as possible. We also think that the "hardcore"
music scene kind of sucks.
Why music? The reason we do what we do is that
we just love to play music for people.love to tour, we wish we
could do it all the time, especially with Kissing Tigers;are
a great band from Goleta [Santa Barbara County]. We love those
guys. We love the fact that we have madelot of friends on tour,
met other bands, heard new bands, met new people, we love to
meet fans of our music and just play shows. That is what makes
it worthwhile for us.
Who? I am Chadwick von Falkenhayne. I am singer
of Ral Partha Vogelbacher. I hail from Munich in Bavaria.
I describe my music as necessary result of too much girlfriend
and pilsner. I don't fit in fashionable noisy music rock scene,
sorry. I do what I do because the forefathers asked of me. I
simply play out a blood feud for the elders. I get out of it
free pilsner and more girlfriend. I also get out of it free passage
to see tall redwood oak trees. Playing music is in itself worth
Who? This is Dave McKay. I play guitar and synthesizer
in Kissing Tigers [photo
below left]. I also do all the
dishes and most of the dancing. We are from Santa Barbara, CA
-- meaning that's the college town we all found ourselves in
at the same time, coincidentally, while we were all in college.
Coincidentally, we all still are in college, for a few more days
What? Our music is like a "freeze." The
guy at the ice cream store in town told me yesterday what a "freeze"
is. It's like a "shake," except it's pop instead of
milk that's mixed with the ice cream. Apparently you can choose
any flavor of ice cream and flavor of pop you want. That's what
we do. I don't usually say "pop," but the analogy wouldn't
make much sense if I said "soda," would it? We make
music that satisfies us, but keeps changing. It's dark and depressing
and dangerous because that's the world we live in, and I think
art should always reflect the world we're making it in, but it's
exciting and energetic and enjoyable because we're young, and
that's the way to be when you're young.
Why? There are some more good things about being
in an indie rock band that doesn't make money, and most of the
time doesn't break even: meeting people. Sure, we're in school
in a college town and it's easy enough to meet people, but that
will all be over soon and then what? Friendster? No. Playing
a show to 15 people in Milwaukee? Yes. I've met some of the most
important people in my life through the band. Traveling: How
many states have you been to? I've been to 27 in the last year.
I should've been to more, but we hit a deer. I plan to make it
to all 50 before I'm 25. Have you ever been stuck in Chapel Hill,
N.C., unexpectedly for seven days? Sleeping in parks and sneaking
into campgrounds. Seeing bands play every night. The absolute
best of bands and the absolute worst of bands. Spending weeks
on end in a tiny van with four or five of your friends. It sounds
like hell, but if you're in a band with the people you're meant
to be in a band with, it's the most amazing experience ever.
It's a hell of a lot more interesting and cheaper than trying
to drive around the country a couple times a year without playing
shows. I couldn't imagine not doing this.
Eureka Veteran's Hall -- 10th
and H sts.
1 p.m. -- Monster Women
1:30 -- Paris McClusky
2 p.m. -- Caveman
2:15 -- Buffy Swayze
2:45 -- The Mormons
3:15 -- 8-Bit
3:45 -- Foxy Autopsy
4 p.m. -- Condor
4:30 -- Appreciation
5 p.m. -- Shellshag
5:30 -- Telecommunications
5:45 -- The Chantigs
6:15 -- EKA Garbage Co.
6:45 -- The Husbands
7:15 -- Telecommunications
7:30 -- Dragged By Horses
8 p.m. -- Caesura
8:30 -- Z-man
9 p.m. -- Foxy Autopsy
9:15 -- The D.T.'s
9:45 -- Que La Chinga
10:15 -- Tinklepotty
Sunday, June 20
1 p.m. -- Sullivan
1:30 -- Datura Blues
2 p.m. -- Shaking Hands
2:30 -- vs.Stile feat. DJ Rek
2:45 -- Ral Partha Vogelbacher
3:15 -- Thought Riot
3:45 -- Winston Smith
4:15 -- Caveman
4:30 -- The Ian Fays
5 p.m. -- The Mona Reels
5:30 -- Kissing Tigers
6 p.m. -- Telecommunications
6:15 -- The Velvet Teen
6:45 -- Lowlights
7:15 -- Coachwhips
7:45 -- Telecommunications
8 p.m. -- Romantic Retardnation
8:30 -- Ezee-Tiger
9 p.m. -- Pink Handgrenade
9:30 -- E.L.F.S.
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