Black on Black have a new EP called Let's Get Cynical, but there's no cynicism involved in this Friday's EP release show at the Replay: they genuinely want to rock your faces clean off! And with help from LFK's legendarily loud Muscle Worship, along with Many Moods of Dad, they should easily fulfill this goal.
We chatted with Black on Black's Wade this weekend about the "helter-skelter" local scene, the pros and cons of social media, and how the band's super-short songs make us want to jump around and smash into things, which we'll be doing on Friday (look out).
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Enjoy the interview!
Chip: “Let’s Get Cynical” is a great title and a pretty good summation of much of the local scene. Tell us where the title comes from and offer us your assessment of the local scene, perhaps mentioning the recent shitty experience you had while trying to play a Bottleneck show that got booked at the same time as an early KU tournament game.
As far as my assessment of the scene goes, I have an evolving theory. It starts with the premise that I don't really know if there is a "scene" anymore. I always felt like scenes had something about them that was unique to their city or region and I just don't really feel that. Lawrence is definitely a music city and is full of talented people doing good things, but I'm not sure our bands aren't interchangeable with any of the other cities in the Midwest. The internet made the world tiny, and music scenes are influenced as quickly as fashion is at this point. Bands are like memes. I'm not saying that I don't like our bands or that they aren't original. There are a bunch of local bands that I absolutely love and try to see play whenever I can. I'm just saying I don't think there is a flavor; no thread that holds us all together. In a way, when I started thinking about Lawrence like that, it was freeing. I just stopped thinking about where I fit in as a musician almost overnight. Black on Black is an expression of that idea. We don't really feel like we belong here, but we want to be here. Without that cognitive dissonance we probably would never have started this band. A helter skelter scene suits us just fine.
Oh, and yes, it's Black on Black vs. sports.
[This just in: Black on Black's KJHK in-studio session scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to coverage of KU baseball. Seriously.]
Richard: I really like the album-opening “Black Geometry,” especially the howling, drawn-out delivery of the line “I don’t need you!" It sounds like it’s tailor-made for a fist-pumping singalong. Tell us what that song’s all about and does the audience sing along on that line or do they just stand there like chumps?
[Listen to "Black Geometry" here via Bandcamp]
Chip: Three of the songs on “Let’s Get Cynical” barely exceed the two-minute mark, which I like, because my attention span is short as fuck. [Chip crosses to window and stares briefly at a squirrel]. At the same time, your music makes me want to jump around and smash into people, and I sometimes feel silly when I’m in prime smashing-mode and the song just ends. So can you promise me that this Replay show will not feature long pauses between songs so I can just keep right on smashing around?
Richard: The album closer, “Dig Your Own Grave,” has a decidedly different feel from most of the other songs, not to mention a sturdy run-time of over four minutes. Tell us about the song and why it’s a fitting, somber end to the record.
Chip: I’m a big fan of you guys on Twitter, particularly the recent list of “unfollow” messages in which you explained why you were parting ways with some of the accounts you follow. Can you share some of your observations about the positive and negative ways that bands tend to use Twitter. And tell us about your own approach. Personally, I find Twitter appealing because it’s a useful method of conveying boner jokes.
Richard: Leave our lazy readers with a short blurb that will convince them they REALLY need to make it out to the album release show at the Replay.