Raising the Fawn is a perfect sonic example of what we like to call "atmospherock". The band, who's singer/guitarist John Crossingham is also a member of Broken Social Scene, is often compared to the ocean. Surprising, since most bands collect stacks of other band name comparisons. Fitting, however, as their music is simultaneously calm and chaotic. Ebbing and flowing, if you will, with the natural rhythm of the universe.
We couldn't be more excited to have this band at our next Movable Hype show, on Monday the 22nd. They're coming down from Toronto so make sure you're there to catch their only NY appearance!
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
From an Audrey Hepburn film called Green Mansions. In it, her
character has a deer, and to prepare for the role, Hepburn adopted a
fawn and had it live at her home. There are all sorts of photos of
her shopping with the fawn, relaxing with it on the couch, and so
forth. It was such a graceful, gentle image and the phrase just hit
me. I never doubted that it was perfect for the band.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
Favorite: Seeing Brad Mehldau play at the Village Vanguard on
Hallowe'en night (and also seeing the parade on 6th, so long
mythologized thanks to Lou Reed's exceptional New York album...)
Least: Needing to piss like a racehorse with tourette's while stuck
in the Lincoln Tunnel for an hour. That is pain.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New
Favorite: How easy it is to get food after the show.
Least: tie: Paying for parking/dealing with the fact that there are a
million things going on at the same time which are keeping people
from your show.
Is there a difference in the New York music scene from your own local
Yeah, you guys have everything. I mean, I'm very proud of Toronto's
music scene and I think per capita, we can roll with you guys. It's
just you're so damn huge...nothing can compare to the variety and
consistency of what New York has to offer.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action
“You know you’ve made it when…” Your band name goes from being a noun to an adjective.
“It’ll be time to pack up the gear for good when…” you die.
Seriously, you can and should play music until the day you leave this
“I’ll never forget the first time I…” heard Rufus Wainwright. I knew in three seconds I was in love.
“I’ll never forget the first time Dylan…” bent over to pick up some equipment and I noticed that his pants were halfway down his ass. Then he stood up and nothing changed. That's just the way it is —
Dylan has no waist and his pants are always halfway down his ass.
It's the strangest thing and it always cracks me up.
And finally, 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)
Bridge & Tunnel Getting to Manhattan
Times Square 3:00 am with my friend Ernest
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws Smelling clean
A few quickies on the music tip
What's the most played song on your iPod (or an equivalent music playing device) in the past week?
Jamie Lidell "Multiply"
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
John Coltrane, Rufus Wainwright, Warren Ellis, Carla Bozulich, Mark
Knopfler, Gruff Rhys, and Pete Thomas.
If you released a 7” what would you put on the cover?
A picture of Scott when he was younger with an afro. Dude looked
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
first: (of which I have a definitive memory) REM, Out Of Time
last: Pelican, The fire from our breath will beckon the thaw.
If Josh Schwartz, creator of the OC, asked your band to perform on his tv show (as Modest Mouse, the Killers and the Walkmen recently have) would you?
Yes. It's a terrible show, but it would be a lot of fun.
And finally...What came first, the music or the misery?