The Untitled Interview #178: Starring Dave W. (White Hills)
When it comes to bands that create seemingly infinite, beautiful swells of parallel sonic universes inhabited by drone, fuzz, and seismic waves, you can't much better than NYC's White Hills. To quoth J. Spaceman, theirs is music to take you to the other side. White Hills has been brilliantly paired with Sleepy Sun on their most current tour, and the band comes to DC Sunday night. I'll be there, and hope that you too will see the light and come to DC9 for what promises to be an out of body listening experience. I probably can't adequately express how beyond excited I am for this show.
Read on to see what marvelous White Hills mastermind Dave W. has to say about crazy people, squirrels, and the best song ever written.
Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?
Dave W.: Heavenly.
FL: What was the last song you listened to?
DW: "The Big Fix" by Thee Hypnotics.
FL: Playing music is:
DW: Purification for the soul.
FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
DW: Public Image Limited - Metal Box.
FL: Beatles or Stones?
DW: The Who.
FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this month, or of ever):
DW: In no particular order...
Disappears - Pre Language
Wovenhand - Ten Stones
Nico - Drama of Exile
Killing Joke - Absolute Dissent
Anika - s/t
FL: Favorite music-related movie?
DW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
FL: Half-full or half-empty?
FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
DW: There are so many good bands out there it's hard to choose. To name a few I'd say The Psychic Paramount, Disappears, Sleepy Sun, and 3Leafs.
FL: What’s the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
DW: Why am I awake?
FL: Little-known White Hills fact?
DW: We like squirrels.
FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
DW: Aquarius Records in San Francisco.
FL: Shaken or stirred?
FL: Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
DW: Stay out of the crazy people's way.
FL: How do you know when you've played a really great show?
DW: By the smile that resides on my face afterwards.
FL: If you weren’t in a band you’d be:
DW: Smelling plastic flowers at the flower plant plant.
FL: What do you find most comforting/most disconcerting about going out on tour?
DW: The comforting part is playing shows. The most disconcerting is where I'll end up in bed.
FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
FL: Best song ever written?
DW: I haven't written it yet!