With a chaotic mixture of synth and guitar rock The Information's songs could easily soundtrack most of our frezied, fast-paced lifestyles. Insomnia induced, regret filled, real life fueled sounds become music to our sympathetic ears. This band brings back intelligence to song writing, with lyrics that any phrenic hedonist can relate to. A picture of life and love falling apart and getting pieced back together is painted in often defensive and angry tones. Love songs for your inner jaded being. Come slow dance to the drama tonight at the Knitting Factory, more info after the interview.
The Information are Max Fresen (vox), Zack Wells (guitar), Deb Grant (guitar), Heath Fradkoff (bass), Brad Kayal (drums), Ashley Moody (keys, vox). Max took some time this week to answer our questions...
Let's get this out of the way, where did your band name originate?
I lifted it from a lyric I wrote for the song "So Clear." That song, along with two others, make up the original clutch of Information songs and, as I just explained, predate the name.
What is your favorite/least favorite memory involving New York?
My favorite moment in New York would probably be midnight, January 1st 2002, at the Apollo Theater.
My least favorite would have to be the time my car was towed on a simple weekend trip. I was forced to pay nearly $700 to get it out of impound due to many, many unpaid parking tickets from earlier visits. That, or the time that bird pooped on my head.
What is your favorite/least favorite thing about playing shows in New York?
The best part about playing shows in New York is that you're playing a show in New York. That's also the worst part. I hate being so corny about the matter, but it's a city of cliches. It feels appropriate.
How does the Boston music scene differ from New York's?
The Boston music scene doesn't suffer the presumption that anyone of any importance is watching. In New York, it's not only a presumption, it's also true and, therefore, I think that bands are forced to compete with one another for interest in a way that isn't healthy for any involved party.
I hate to paint with too broad a brush, but I feel comfortable saying that the bands in the Boston scene do not compete with one another with the same viciousness that one finds in New York. You could argue that Darwinism breeds stronger acts, but I think it breeds LCD-appeal. Boston has a favorable blend of indie ethics/scruples and post modernism which keeps in tact the integrity of our scene's collective music (by and large), while still pushing us to one-up one another from time to time.
Now its time for some fill-in-the-blank action:
"You know you've made it when..."
You're rich and famous.
"It'll be time to pack up the gear for good when..."
We're rich and famous.
"I'll never forget the first time I..."
Had a proper, productive, ejaculation.
"I'll never forget the first time [insert another band member's name here]..."
Zack told me he was once in a Christian band. Wait, don't print that.
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):
Bridge & Tunnel
Bloomberg/Smoking Ban/Noise Laws
Questions inspired by movies...
If you will, a brief justification of the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma (in less than 10 words). (Reality Bites)
You can't become something you aren't.
What came first, the music or the misery? (High Fidelity)
If I had to give an answer, I'd say "misery." Then I'd also blurt out, "both owe their success to melodrama."
A few quickies on the music tip:
Who would be in your ultimate music supergroup, your all-star Olympic team of rock?
Vocals: David Bowie
Piano/Keys: Brian Eno
Guitar 1: Bob Mould
Guitar 2: Ron Asheton
Bass: Steve Severin
Drums: Stephen Morris
If you released a 7" what would you put on the cover?
I can't even begin to think about knowing how to answer this question.
What was the first/last album you bought on the day it was released?
It's been years - I honestly couldn't say.
And finally...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?
Only if Chris Carmack isn't allowed to mouth the words during our performance.
The Information plays their NYC cd release party at the Knitting Factory main space tonight at 10:30pm, with the Cloud Room, Other Passengers and Elkland. Their cd, Mistakes We Knew We Were Making, is out now on Primary Voltage Records. You can buy it here.