As I sat at a table in the back of Bottom Lounge, I could feel the drone that seamlessly ran through each song during Secret Colours’ Record Store Day set. This wasn’t my normal show-going experience of listening and responding with applause. Though the only substance I indulged in was a few overpriced Heinekens, I could definitely feel something running through me that most likely connected me to the rest of the standing audience. This leads me to a question I’ve posed a million times to my friends. Why are stoners and takers off other hallucinagens so prone to jam bands as musical accompaniment? Sub-par singing and predictable jams that go no direction that Phish hasn’t already exhausted long ago seem like a pale substitute to what I felt at the Bottom Lounge.
Anyway, read on to see what Tommy and Dave have to say about the recent buzz surrounding their band, their SXSW experience, and what makes their perfect mixtape.
Dave: We’re just doing what we love. We have songs done, so why not share them? Since we’re all still in school, we can’t really go on tour or anything like that. So we just bide our time by putting out releases.
4. BJM or Dandy Warhols?
Tommy: LSD or Ecstasy?
Tommy: Convenience or Quality?
Dave: Well, we practice back in the suburbs where we grew up. We usually go back on a Saturday, party all night, then wake up Sunday and practice all day. I guess that’s kind of our pre-practice ritual.
7. What 5 songs make the greatest mixtape?
Tommy: Damn, that’s hard. I Am the Walrus - The Beatles, I Am the Resurrection - The Stone Roses, Mellow Song - Blur, Dry the Rain - Beta Band, and Boat Song - The Black Angels.
Tommy: The Black Angels.
Tommy: 1967. Brilliant, influential albums came out, and great music festivals happened… I wish I had a time machine.
Tommy: Haha, I don’t know. Probably something that wouldn’t even compare to those movies.
Tommy: Radar Eyes, Great Society Mind Destroyers, Hollows, Panda Riot, Rabble Rabble, Verma, Calm Palm Vapor.