Wednesday, August 8, 2012

INTERVIEW: Her Vanished Grace

1. What do you want people to hear most when they hear your music?

Charlie: There's a roar of energy that's a certain violet color that we try and bring out in the instruments and voices. It's the sound of synapses firing and hearts pumping.

Nancy: Something different. The unique sound of our singing over loud guitars. A feeling. You know, bliss. What a bliss feeling sounds like.

2. Having music on Band Camp, along with other such platforms in music right now such as Sound Cloud, Spotify and others, do you feel that music is moving into a virtual age?  Personally, I fully support the idea of downloading songs for free from Band Camp and then if I like them buying them on vinyl.

C: Music moves into each age with the technology that humans are exploiting or being exploited by. So music has moved right into the virtual age along with us. As we experience reality through our devices so do we experience music. Vinyl was pretty high tech in the early 20th century as petroleum made the mass experience of recorded music possible. I like to hear it in all it's forms.

N: Music entered the virtual age a decade ago w/ Napster. It's the way it is now. It's better than waiting for your friend to come over with the latest record.

3. How important of a factor do you feel that record labels play in music these days when pretty much anyone can put their music on the internet as opposed to having to hand out demo tapes at shows, the distribution record labels can offer, etc. It just seems like it’s a bit easier these days to succeed as a band- and even build up a strong fan base- before a label possibly comes calling for you.

C: There are certainly more options now to find an audience without a record label. We know; we've been doing it for multiple decades. Ideally a label with a cohesive point of view can help focus attention on you by putting you in the company of other great artists. But that always cuts both ways as you find your project in competition with the others for the label resources. We were briefly signed to XD Records last fall, where we shared the roster with bands like Bloody Knives, Panda Riot, Lightfoils, SPC ECO and Morpheme. Unfortunately, it fell apart business-wise before we released our record. We forged connections with lots of great bands and nice people though.

N:  There's so much DIY now, maybe labels aren't so instrumental in a band being a band. They didn't do anything for me. Maybe they did good stuff for other bands, who knows.

4. If you could tour with any single band or musician who would you pick and why?

C: I think we'd go great with The Horrors. In fantasy land, I'd love to tour with Siouxsie and The Banshees, who are no longer together. Nance and I have seen them play many times and it would be spine tingling to share the stage with them.

N: Interpol just so I could see them every night. Charlie's answer was good for the both of us.

5. Who is your favorite New Kid on the Block?

C: Homo Sapiens

N: Joe Fatone or Grimes, depending on how literal that question is.

6. Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White?

C: It would cause a rift in the space-time continuum so we'd all lose. Or win.

N: Jack Black 'cause Jack White looks like he needs a cup of soup and a warm blanket.

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