Friday, February 26, 2016

Bombay Harambee [Interview # 1 9 1]

1) You seem to have this straight forward, no nonsense sound to your music.   At a time when it seems like a lot of bands have gimmicks to sort of set them apart (You know, like that one indie alt band with the trumpet or whatever) you just seem to plain out rock.   Do you feel like there is still a place for that in your face rock style in 2016?

1.  Supposedly rock dies once or twice each year. This album is a fair reflection of our live sound, which was our primary intention. However, I do not intend our next release to rehash this album. To answer your question, in any band what's most important is to do what feels right. I don't view it as my place to castigate anyone's gimmick. At the end of the day it either sounds cool or it doesn't. We'd like to think that Goldmine falls in the former category.

2) You have all of your music thus far released physically, even on cassette.  Do you feel like there is a greater value to physical music than digital music?

2. It's subjective. Some people value physical releases way more. I for one would be more inclined to pick up a vinyl rather than a CD. We wanted the record to be accessible to anyone who likes to listen to music nowadays. Digital is surely the most important format now, but I still listen to CDs in my car and vinyls at home. My hunch is that it's the same situation for a lot of folks.

3) Your new album is called "Goldmine" and I can't help but think of when people were looking for gold in 1949 (You know, like that song about Clementine) and how you can't get that same sort of "instant wealth" these days.   Do you think in some ways the title was a reference to the music industry as a whole because there was once also a time when you could "sign a record deal" and become a millionaire but now it doesn't work so much like that?

3.  Yeah, I think that's a part of it. Once you finally strike gold you have to hire goons to guard it and middlemen to find the jewelers who will eventually fashion it. Shiny things are almost always ephemeral. On the other hand, the real benefit of the current state of the music industry is that we can even release a record like this. The technology to produce, communicate, market, etc. was unavailable until this past decade. So it's not all bad.

4) The title of "Goldmine" and the fact that you make music also makes me think about "Cannibal: The Musical" a lot.   Have you ever seen that movie?

4. I haven't! Adding it to the list.

5) You have a cassette via Wiener Records, a 7" and now a 12" record.   Aside from CD, you seem to have the physical formats down.  For your next release do you think you'd try to have it released on both 12" vinyl and cassette or is there not that far thinking yet down the line?

5.  Wiener's putting out this album on cassette. We have a slate of songs ready to record. I'd like to get out a second release this year. One of the more liberating things about the contemporary recording industry environment is that bands can put things out when they're ready. Burt Taggart of Max Recordings has been incredibly supportive of our independence. 

6) I also feel like the artwork between your three releases is related.   Is this something that could turn into a comic book one day?

6.  Yeah! Gus Carlson is a dear friend and a great artist. He's based in Fayetteville. He and a group of six other artists will be collaborating on a spaghetti-western horror/comic anthology called "Poor Wayfaring Strangers". Check it out here:

7) You are from Arkansas.  What's that like?  All I know is that when we drove through it there was a sign for Bill Clinton's birthplace.  

7.  I love Arkansas! I lived in Virginia for several years for graduate school before returning home. Little Rock is where we live, and it's a small southern city. President Clinton has definitely left his mark, and the recent dinosaur exhibit at his museum looked pretty cool. If you're in town for just one night I'd suggest that you go to Vino's to get a slice and pint before going to the White Water Tavern to catch that night's show. If your band is looking to tour through Little Rock let me know and we'll try to get you a nice show.

8) If you could choose any two artists- past, present, living or dead- to go on tour with who would you choose and why?

8. Good question! You want to be somewhat reasonably similar as to the sound so as to avoid being pelted by tomatoes. All in all, I'd have to say the Clash and the Pixies.

9) Final thoughts, questions, shout outs, etc... ??

9. Want to shout out some of our favorite bands in the area: Pagiins and Ten High are ice cold killers out of Fayetteville. Two of our members play in the Uh Huhs out of Little Rock, and they're really awesome too. Finally, Ghost Bones are really tight and hail from Hot Springs National Park. Check out all of the above and thanks for listening!

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