Violet Nine at CBGB's
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Hours before taking the stage at the infamous CBGB's, Boston's own Violet Nine sat down with Tweed to discuss the state of the band, the state of the nation—and a little bit of Prog-Rock.
Violet Nine is Ben Consoli (vox), Tom Gallo (Bass), John Ducharme (Guitar), Nick Lewis (Guitar), and Greg Faucher (drums).
Tim Tell us how you guys got started, where you're from, how you met and how you've gotten to where you are now?
Nick We kind of all met each other in college. We had been in previous bands with one another in different combinations and we all wanted to start a new project to kinda gel something together out of all of that.
Tim How has it been touring for you guys? You have been touring since October 2002, more or less, right?
Ben The area we do shows in, most of the time, is within like an eight hour drive from where we live so we are just constantly on-going, touring, trying to build a fan base. I guess the one real tour that we did was when we went up to LA—that was really successful. We are probably gonna do that again. But the touring—its just non-stop and really has been great. We met a lot of awesome people and a lot of great bands.
Tim What have been some of your favorite places to play?
Ben New York. Obviously, Boston. It's nice to go back to the hometown and do that. Connecticut is always fun. Portland, Maine is nice.
Bill What do you guys like about Connecticut?
Ben The place that we play is really cool. It's always full.
Tim Where do you play?
Ben The Space—it's an all age place in Hamden. We always have a good time there.
Tim So we've read you guys have really diverse musical tastes. You read so much about groups having a unified force—what's it like on the other side of that coin? What's it like marrying all those disparate styles?
Nick I think it's actually—I mean, that can be a challenge but its probably our strongest advantage—that we can all think of different types of musical ideas as opposed to all trying to aim for one similar sound. So it ends up becoming a lot more varied than any one member would expect.
Tim Ben, you write all of the lyrics right?
Tim Well, what exactly is the song-writing process? What is the genesis of a song?
Nick Well sometimes one of us will have an idea outside of rehearsal that we will end up bringing in. And sometimes that will end up bringing a song relatively the same as it started. But sometimes it will be totally metamorphosized into something completely different—because of the diversity.
Tim What are the bands that you specifically draw from?
Tom It changes from month to month. I'm trying to think of some—Oh, the new Blonde Redhead album...we all like that a lot.
Tom The new Air album is really good.
Tim What are your favorite records of all time?
Nick Music for Airports.
Tom Yea, Music for Airports by Brian Eno. It changed the way I thought about sound—it was pretty ground breaking for me.
Bill What about the rest o
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