Violet Nine at CBGB's
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Ben Radiohead, The Bends. Um, I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan. I don't know, I really think I'd have to say Thriller or Off the Wall.
Tom Off the Wall.
Ben Recently, I've really liked Metric a lot. I've been listening to them a lot and I really like Doves a lot.
Tom John's a big Prog-Rock guy. Like Frank Zappa...
John Yea, I mean, but my first album that I listen to over and over again are the Use Your Illusion albums. I wouldn't say they are my favorite but they all go back to that. Everything goes back to those albums.
Tim So tell us about the current local scene in Boston?
Tom That's a good question. I've been trying to figure that out for years.
Nick I think it's kinda clicky...but I am not sure if we are a part of that click or not.
Ben The scene is like Mod mixed with Emo kina like...it's um... But that's the scene and I'm not sure if we're a part of that.
Tom [looking toward Nick] You had a really good analogy once about how you got into music and now that you are into music...
Nick Oh right, okay. Well, my whole life, I have never really been socially accepted anywhere I have been by anyone. I have never been the cool kid and that lead me to, through music, express myself, to learn more about myself—just to be able to feel things. And everybody thinks that "everyone in a band is cool" but the irony of it is that now that I'm in a band, I'm not in one of the bands that's in the click that's a 'cool' band. I am still an outcast but at least I am making music
Nick I don't think that we are totally divorced from the scene in Boston but we are definitely not a centerpiece of it by any stretch of the imagination.
Tom We don't really know the perceptions of other people. In fact, we have been recently told that there are others bands that I thought were bigger than us that haven't asked us to play shows because they think we're way too big for Boston. And maybe it's because we went to LA and we have a lot that's going on outside of Boston and a lot of the bands from Boston are very specifically about Boston. We're really not about Boston.
Tim So what was it like recording the EP?
Tom We made the EP on our own with the help of a friend. That was about a year and a half ago but, just about a year ago, we played at an ASCAP showcase for, I don't know if you're familiar with the NEMO Conference in Boston. We played at a studio owned and run by Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.
Tim As a band, how do you feel about incorporating political lyrics into your work?
Nick I think that any answer that one of us can give you won't represent what we necessarily all feel. But I think the band has a definite left/liberal leaning. I think that personally politics is a real complex situation. And I can only go on my instincts on subjects like that. And Bush should not be elected again—to put it mildly. But it's so complex with media sources that I don't know if I can trust or not. I think about it a lot and I wish I knew more about it and I wish I were m
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