The Untitled Interview #217: Starring The Kickstand Band

A few months back, I stumbled across The Kickstand Band when they played a show with some local band friends. I was intrigued by the Detroit duo's self-proclaimed "Future Time Travel Basement Rock," and must confess that I quite enjoyed their set. 

I managed to coerce both Allison and Gordon into answering some questions, the answers to which you can read below. See what Weezer, Wheatus, and Brady, Nebraska mean to the world of The Kickstand Band! Be sure to check these two out, and go see 'em if they happen to visit your town in the coming year. 

Fuzzy Logic: How do you do?
The Kickstand Band: Very carefully.

FL: What was the last song you listened to?
TKB: Some guy just sang "Love Lockdown" on The Voice. We don't watch The Voice all the time. Just when we're waiting to watch the Republican Debate.

FL: Playing music is:
TKB: Gonna pay the bills someday goddammit.

FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
Allison Young: Weezer - Blue Album. 

Gordon Smith: Weird Al - Another One Rides the Bus

FL: Beatles or Stones?
TKB: Uggggh such a loaded question. Are we at a party? Don't put the Beatles on during a party.

FL: What’s your first music memory?
GS: My grandpa playing piano whenever we went to his apartment.

AY: My mom playing Joni Mitchell while cooking.

FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
GS: In no particular order,
Dean Martin - Swingin' Down Yonder
ELO - A New World Record
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Weezer - Pinkerton
Lightning Love - November Birthday

B-52's - The B-52's
Lightning Love - November Birthday
Weezer - Pinkerton
Hall and Oates - Private Eyes
Nick Guilder - City Nights

FL: Favorite music-related movie?
TKB: That Thing You Do.

FL: Half-full or half-empty?
TKB: Violently swinging from one to the other every hour or two.

FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
AY: "You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far
'Cause you know it don't matter anyway"

GS: "Fuck."

FL: Little-known Kickstand Band fact?
TKB: We once played Brady, Nebraska. Population: 304. It went well!

FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
TKB: The internet, probably. :(

FL: What was your first show?
TKB: Halloween Basement Party! We played three songs, including "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus.

FL: Your boots were made for:
TKB: Food service jobs.

FL: Shaken or stirred?
TKB: Stirred, I feel so guilty making anyone do that Bar Rescue shake-n-smile thing.

FL: What’s the longest flight you’ve ever been on, and where to?
TKB: El Paso, working on the Jessica Hernadez and the Delta's album (Secret Evil).

FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
TKB: In an orchestra.

FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
TKB: We did a tribute band of the B-52's for Halloween and it changed our lives. We've also thought about doing Johnny Cash and June Carter.

FL: Best song ever written?
TKB: "Just What I Needed" - The Cars.

The Kickstand Band...

As a movie: Independence Day.

As a drink: Pickleback, hold the whiskey.

As a weather event: SUNNY.

As an obscure vintage LP: Switched on Bach.

As a moment in history: Last Thursday.

As a denomination of currency: 20 bitcoins.

As a place in Washington, DC: Einstein Statue!

As a video game/character therein: Skate from Streets of Rage 2. Killer soundtrack.

As a work of literature: Frog and Toad are Friends.

As a historical figure: The Terminator.

As a campaign promise: Fries before guys.

[posted 12.13.15]


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