2006_11_arts_badveins.jpgBad Veins had only played five shows before they played our Movable Hype show last week, and we hope you caught them. With a megaphone, guitars, keys, a telephone microphone, drums and a reel to reel named Irene...the two members in this band manage to sound like a full rock orchestra.

Their sound is a little bit Sparklehorse, a little bit Postal Service. A raw, almost "old-fashioned" sound with a new twist... you sort of get the feeling they rumaged through their attics and basements for inspiration, and instruments.

Listen: Afraid.mp3
(more at their MySpace)

Bad Veins are Ben Davis and Sebastien Schultz. We hear they'll be back in this city in January.

Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
I can’t give blood, and I refuse to take the blame…

What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
favorite/least favorite? I had an awesome cheeseburger that made me sick.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?
Lots of people to play for, some of them are really sweet and nice; some are not.

What's the music scene in Cincinnati like?
A tree falling in the woods

Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action

"You know you've made it when..."
my mom has heard of me

"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when..."
my mom has heard of me

"I'll never forget the first time I..."
lost an appendage

Let's 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)

people that eat pie for breakfast


Bridge & Tunnel
carpal tunnel

No comment


Times Square
Times times time

Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
His girlfriend is a front. I hate smoke and noise.

On the music tip

What's the most played song on your iPod (or an equivalent music playing device) in the past week?
Probably “bottom of the world” by Tom Waits

Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
i’ll just take led zeppelin

If you released a 7" what would you put on the cover?
only 7”? i’ll need more room

What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
M. Ward "Post-War". I bought it on vinyl and it came with a free digital download. pretty sweet!

If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked you to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen have) would you?
I’ve never seen the OC, but I wouldn’t mind following modest mouse.

And finally...What came first, the music or the misery?
what music?