What a surprise. A local band sounds influenced by its hometown. What’s refreshing about Dennis Cahlo’s newest project, The Sons of Sound, is the way in which it transforms the bleak emotion of New York into haunting, almost comforting warmth. Listening to The Sons of Sound, one is struck by the contrast of lonely, wailing vocals set against grandiose walls of sound. It is a sound of an individual entrenched in the bustle of a heartless metropolis, and it is beautiful. Here, Dennis Cahlo takes a moment to regale Gothamist with his New York memories… which may or may not include flatulence, and a turn on, uh, Page Six?
What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
Dennis Cahlo: I remember the loft galleries in Soho. My mother and father took my sister and I to so many of them when I was a child. I remember the way the wood floors creaked and the sight of these gigantic painting on the walls. That and the smell of pretzels.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Dennis Cahlo: Nothing. It’s all been amazing.
What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? What’s the best night of the week to go out in the city?
Dennis Cahlo: I’m fond of a few places. THE LIBRARY is my favorite place to drink with Scott. And the best night of the week to go out? Every night my dear!
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York? Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
Dennis Cahlo: My favorite thing about playing in Manhattan has to be that I’m glad we don’t have to drive eight hours to a venue and worry about making soundcheck. That and the cowds. Nothing beats a New York crowd.
As for the difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan shows I would say it takes a little more effort on the bands part to get people out to a show in Brooklyn if they are Manhattan based. I think that if we played Brooklyn a lot of people wouldn’t even know who the hell we are. Not to say they are out of touch but I think that Brooklyn has it’s own crop of bands that they all pay attention to.
(Obvious question alert, but please elaborate) Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
Dennis Cahlo: New York influences more than just the sound of the band. New York is living, period. There's so much going on at all times that you can't help but feel like you are a part of something even if you're just going to buy bread.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:
“You know you’ve made it when….”
Dennis Cahlo: You make it to Page Six.
“It’ll be time to pack up the gear for good when….”
Dennis Cahlo: There’s an elaborate stage set which somehow involves dolphins.
“I’ll never forget the first time I….”
Dennis Cahlo: Farted.
“I’ll never forget the first time [insert another band member’s name here]….”
Dennis Cahlo: Scott farted.
And finally, lets have some fun with word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following (if you’ve got no discernable feelings, make something up that won’t embarrass you in the morning):
Dennis Cahlo: Who?
Dennis Cahlo: What?
Dennis Cahlo: Beers
Bridge & Tunnel
Dennis Cahlo: The Fever
Dennis Cahlo: Surrounds me at all times.
Dennis Cahlo: 25 cent peep show.
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
Dennis Cahlo: Cunt.
Oh, and actually, I’ve got two quickies on the music tip:
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup? Think fantasy sports leagues… and yes, the members CAN be dead (and no, you can’t just repeat the members of Damn Yankees).
Dennis Cahlo: John Lennon, Serge Gainsbourg, Larry Graham and Mitch Mitchell on drums.
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
Dennis Cahlo: The first? George Michael- Faith. The last album I bought the day it came out? I haven't done it in a long time. I buy a lot of old vinyl.
The Sons of Sound play TONIGHT (October 7) at the Delancey Lounge, at 11:30 PM. The Delancey Lounge is located at 168 Delancey (between Clinton and Attorney).
Also of note: Sons of Sound will be playing the Gothamist show @ Knitting Factory on November 16th (save the date...more details to come!)