Interview: Extension Cord | Live photos: Frank Martinelli
1.) You just played a gig at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee. How’d you like the city? Honestly, it was our favorite city on the Midwest run we just finished. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a cool neighborhood bar, which is convenient because beer is the base layer of our food pyramid on the road. Everyone we encountered was incredibly friendly – especially the fans that brought us our first-ever taste of fried cheese curds. And it’s hard to imagine a better spot to unwind post-show than on the banks of one of the Great Lakes.
Word on the street is, you’re heading out with the Old 97’s on tour. How’d that come about?
We are, and we couldn’t be more excited. Coming from North Texas and making the type of music we do, the 97’s are pretty much our biggest heroes and influences. We sought them out for guidance early on, and have gotten to know a few of them a little bit since then. Earlier this spring, we were one of the openers for their second annual Old 97’s County Fair festival in downtown Dallas, which is where I think we really won them over.
What’s the band playing in the van on the road these days? Is there a timeshare going on with the radio?
Fortunately we’re all pretty easygoing and have pretty diverse tastes. We call our trumpet player DJ Round-Up because he takes control of the radio most of the time. What’s on at any given time depends on our mood, from studying up on classics like Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam, reliving our youth with NOFX and Offspring, letting out some aggression with Metallica and Pantera, breaking the monotony of a long drive with some comic relief from Creed or Limp Bizkit. We have a big collection of cassettes, but there are a handful that never leave the van, among them Social Distortion’s “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell,” Blink-182’s “The Mark, Tom and Travis Show,” Green Day’s “Dookie” and a George Strait box set.
Jim Ford is the type of musician that must have walked into the studio and secretly left part of his soul on every track. You might not be able to see it, but you can feel it in all of his work. His songs have been recorded by Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, and The Temptations to name a few. Listen to this tune with your eyes closed to visualize the sound of our time. The arrangement along with the lyrics seem to guide me to a place I feel familiar with but have never been, a silent community of dissenters across our country. Feel it, dig it and NEVER GET USED TO THE SOUND….
What’s that you say? Oh crazy beagles!?!?! I can now listen to the whole Slobberbone Discography on Spotify. It’s true. Now I’ve got Slobberbone in my truck, at my friends’ parties, in the woods, on the boat, even in my old man’s truck. Technology: use it. But don’t be a blowhorn, go buy some hard copies as well.
According to Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams “just because you ain’t a sinner don’t mean that you’re a saint!” I concur with this statement, dig the story below. I found out about these ruckus raising foot stompers by going to a record store in Boulder that was in a few double wides. The people in the shop were good people and had an outstanding collection but Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams was the best thing I walked out with that given day!
Need some new music in your life? Then shove some Daddy Long Legs in your ears.
Got the pleasure of seeing these gents at High Noon Salon in Madison, WI. Their performance was engaging with each individual member displaying their prowess on stage. Well done, well fucking done indeed.
Hey Gents, take notes and pay attention. Swampbird is warning us of our ill forsaken future if we keep living selfishly. But on a positive note the song, band and video kick some real god damn ass! If you haven’t dug into the bird of the swamp dig in, dig in deep!