First Aid Kit Interview
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ple." So sometimes experimenting leads us down a path we didn't aspire to, but it's really refreshing.
NICK: To add to that refreshing thing, correct me if I'm wrong, but none of us are "trained" musicians. [Band laughs] We never took lessons. I think it's really neat to get, dare I say "talented" musicians. I think these guys are great guitar players and Brian is an amazing drummer and JP's a good vocalist too obviously. [Laughs] To get a bunch of talented musicians all in a room that have evolved their own styles by figuring out music on their own... That's what I meant with not having the same influences. We throw all these different styles together and it just comes out weird.
How do people react to your music?
NICK: We got feedback from people on tour who would say "Oh I really liked you guys, but I just don't understand some of the time changes"
JAMES: I love when people say they don't get the time changes, that's my favorite. [Band laughs] It's like my obsession with Dillinger, I love every time they have a new CD, you can listen to one of their songs and be like "what the hell was that?", and have no idea what you just listened to, but as you listen to it more you figure out the changes. You figure out what the parts are and how things overlap. How they change parts. When you're changing from nonsense to nonsense again, how do you do that? It's really interesting to me. We obviously aren't an insane metal band like they are, but it's still pretty cool to throw people off when possible. Especially if they aren't familiar with the songs.
BRAD: I think we try to have an overall flow. We don't want to make ridiculous parts for the sake of having ridiculous parts. We've definitely done that before and it's interesting just because it's ridiculous, but if it doesn't fit and flow then it's just garbage.
JAMES: Of course. Yes.
BRAD: If it's just technicality for the sake of technicality it looses the point of music in general to me. It's first and foremost about general rhythm. It's not a math equation, you know? People have this term "Math Rock" for that kind of stuff and I think it's disgusting. I don't want to associate mathematics with music ever, I think that's revolting.
Any last words about First Aid Kit or the scene in general?
JAMES: We only write our own parts for a song. Brad and I rarely play the same thing on guitar. It's fun. Some bands have just one songwriter doing all the parts, but I think this is more interesting and creative.
JP: Yea, definitely. Also, no one should ask for permission to be in a band. If you want to do it, do what you want to do and hopefully some people like it. Hopefully you keep doing it. But it doesn't matter. There's no permission slip to sign, you know?
BRIAN: Some people treat it that way so its a point worth making.
JP: We see a lot of people who like our music and a lot who don't, and that's fine. We're having fun doing it and that's the main thing.
To get in touch with First Aid Kit shoot an email to band AT firstaidmusic DOT com.
Tuesday, 22 July 2003
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