First Aid Kit Interview
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FAK have just completed their new record Frights and Shivers, due out July 27th on Said Sew Recordings with a release show that night at the VFW Hall on 904 Bank Street in Waterbury CT.
If you're quick you can check them out live on Kid Analog's WHUS 91.7 show tonight at 9:00pm ET. Tweed conducted this interview back in April for Issue 12.
What are your musical influences? I'm sure a lot of you have varied ones, and perhaps they contradict each other...
JAMES: None of us really listen to the same bands, it's kinda strange. Well we do, but the ones that most influence us are really different. Like Brad's Dinosaur Junior guy. One of my favorite bands is Dillinger Escape plan. I like Metallica. And there's just some other strange influences.
BRAD: As far as actual influences, there's no real emulation going on. I think it works at a subconscious level, but we're not trying to be like anything specifically. I think we just play for each other.
JP: For a while now we've felt that the most disgusting thing we could do is just imitate something, just completely rip something off, or even just adopt a sound without knowing it, because someone else did it first and did it well. We could certainly be categorized and lumped with other bands, I think that is unavoidable, but it's not our intention to fit any particular format.
Fair enough. You guys seem to be pretty good friends, how important is that to the band? How integral is it that you guys get along and have fun?
NICK: I think it's pretty important. I know we all have busy schedules, James being up in Boston, and me working full time, and these guys being at school, we don't hang out as much as I'd like to. A lot of times we'll get to practice and find that we're joking around a little more than we're actually playing and stuff. We try to keep things light hearted I think.
JAMES: The most important thing to me is having fun with it. I just have fun playing with them.
BRAD: Yea, definitely.
NICK: I never really understood bands that weren't friends anyway. It just doesn't make sense. What are you going to do? Go there, play your music, go home, and it's just a job? That's stupid.
JP: It's one thing to take your music seriously, but if you get to the point where you take yourself too seriously it's just a joke. If you're so frustrated by stupid shit that you can't have a good time, there's no point.
You guys played that show at UConn which had an anti-war theme to it. Do you consider First Aid Kit a political band? Are there specific opinions you like to express as a group?
JP: We're definitely not political. I guess if we split hairs over the term "political" we could apply that to ourselves somewhat. But the point of that show wasn't to lump ourselves with a cause and say "fuck the war." The point was to help people speak their opinion and get informed about important things they might not know about. So many people are concerned with looking stupid by asking questions. I think people are too afraid to say either "I have an opinion", or "I'm not educated enough to have an opinion." You should be able t
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