If you don't know who On! Air! Library! is right now...well, we'd like for you to stop reading this and go educate yourself on good music.
Seriously. Go. Now.
Okay, go tonight when they play Tonic.
This band somehow takes everything worth listening to in the music scene and blends it together for you in a most aurally pleasing way. Indie, pop, electronica and something that can only be described as "noise-sampling"...all come together in a way that somehow makes sense, despite all odds against it making sense.
On! Air! Library! is Alejandra Estela Deheza (theoretical guitars, beats, samples, keys, flute, vocals), Claudia Maria Deheza (guitar, keys), Phillip Pee Wann (guitar, vocals). This week Phillip took some time out to answer our questions...
Let's get this out of the way, where did the band name originate?
I got it from a film titled LIFE ON EARTH/LA VIE SUR TERRE. There was a little old man that read books over the radio and called the show the on air library there was enough the bands out there already so we dropped the. My second choice would be I love you but have chosen darkness but it is taken.
What is your first conscious memory of living in New York?
I was seriously just overwhelmed with love for the city. I remember thinking why did I wait so long to move here! I moved here in 1998 and I still feel like that every day.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
There are so many good memories Ill try to narrow it down to a few: The Siren Music Festivals, the blackout, and every snowfall. My least favorite would be this week. Why do the republicans have to hold their pageant here?
What is your favorite place to drink in NYC? What's the best night of the week to go out in the city?
There is a Japanese place on Saint Marks called Kenka( means fighting) they have cheap sake and shochu and 1.50$ draft beer. The food is good and cheap and there is a real fun vibe. I like going out any night but Friday and Saturday for obvious reasons.
Is there a difference between shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn?
Favorite would be the people are very polite and respectful even when it is a few hundred people they will shut up during the quiet moments. Least favorite would be getting cabs to take us w/ our equipment. We really havent played that much in Brooklyn but the few show we have were the pretty much the same type crowds.
Do you think your New York connection shows in your music? If so, how?
NYC is a huge influence on me as a writer. The sounds of the city the people I meet the shows/films I see all make their way into our music. For me its my biggest influence.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:
"You know you've made it when "
The kids list you on their live journals
"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when "
Its time to start making films
"I'll never forget the first time "
Ill never forget the first time [insert another band members name
Now for some quick word association. Give me your immediate feelings on the following:
fucking underdog jocks
I went to high school in Alabama with a 400 girls just like her.
Bridge & Tunnel
Pretty lights annoying people
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
I like the smoking ban. If I want to smoke I go outside I like being able to breathe on stage.
Questions inspired by movies...
If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern
man's existential dilemma (in 10 words or less). (Reality Bites)
pseudo bohemian bs bad violent femmes covers
What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
easy, the misery.
And a few last questions on the music tip:
What were the first & last albums you bought on the day they were released?
The first would either be the jam- sound affects or Elvis Costello almost blue (Damn Im old!) The last hmmm maybe the new Dead Prez. I buy more DVDs than records these days.
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Mick turner of the dirty three and Doug M. of built to spill on guitar. Jim white of dirty three on drums. Me and Chan Marshal (cat power) singing. Eric Avery from janes addiction on bass . Roger Waters (pink floyd) writing the words.
If you released a 7 what would you put on the cover?
I dunno, something pretty
Listen to Faultered Ego, here
Buy the cd here
Check out On! Air! Library's fall tour dates, and if you're in NYC be sure to check them out tonight with Inouk @ Tonic. They also have a show coming up with Worm Is Green @ Rothko, Friday October 8th