High Five with Reviler: Eternal Summers
Reviler: If you were going on a cross country road trip and could bring a long any three people in the world, who would they be and why?
Nicole Yun: David Bowie because he seems like he’d be fun to have around. He’s stylish and a creative genius- and what a sense of humor! Patti Smith cuz I heard she is super nice and seems like she would be like a cool mom- the kind that has awesome stories and is just crazy intriguing. Also maybe Adrian Brody because I think his eyebrows are so expressive. Yeah.
Daniel Cundiff: I would travel with my good friends or brothers or my parents. On a long trip I want someone I know I can have fun with. But of people I don’t nor will never know personally. Ken Kesey, Lydia Lunch and Zooey Deschanel. I’m laughing, but that would be so weird, interesting, outrageous, nice, crazy and beautiful. Did I say weird?
Reviler: What is one album that you feel has changed your life and how?
N.Y: My English teacher my freshman year of high school got me into the Clash. Even more than London Calling, I’d have to say Combat Rock really changed things for me. Seeing a band that was supposed the epitome of punk, with an album that had huge hits like “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I stay or Should i go?” just take on traditional Asian music, funk, hip hop, and reggae blew my mind. They were so broad and yet the album was totally unified. I’d like to think that Eternal Summers is or is going to be that way- unaffected by genre labels or what others expect of us- just creating and exploring!
D.C: One album! “The Soft Bulletin” by the Flaming Lips. I was 19 and in a record store specifically looking for something new, but that also a ripple from late 80’s early 90’s era. At the time i was listening to a lot of roots based music that originally came from the 60’s. Neil Young, Grateful Dead. Stuff like that. I saw the album in the store and remembered their hit “She don’t use jelly”. I didn’t really think super fondly of that song but knew that was the sort of “sound” I was looking for. I bought it used, went to a friends house, sat in the basement and just listened. I thought it kinda sucked. Then I listened again and again. It was brilliant and uplifting! It put me on a new path. I love the production, the layers, the arrangements, lyrics and the overall “ride” of the album. That album has gotten me in and out of life many a time.
Reviler: Who are a band that you feel should get more recognition that they do, and why?
N.Y: Reading Rainbow because they are family to us and we get to see how genius they are more than the rest of the world. Amazing harmonies, such soulful delivery. But outside of them Grass Widow. Three different vocal lines, interweaving instrumental lines, punk, and yet tender. SOOO GOOOOD!
D.C: That’s an awesome question. There are many bands like this, obviously. I realize that making good music and “success” have nothing to do with each other. I do cheer for Reading Rainbow. They’re a very productive and creative team. The have a drive that most bands don’t even get close to. They are awesome to me. Also there is The Young Sinclairs. I play in this band so obviously I’m bias. But Sam Lunsford who writes most the songs is an incredible pop smith. I hang around a bunch or songwriters that i believe offer a lot so I just want to mention their bands. The Sad Cobras, The Bastards of Fate, The Missionaries (from Roanoke), Turbo P.
Reviler: What is your favorite live music memory (performing or attending)?
N.Y: When I was 13 I got to see the Smashing Pumpkins. I was in a crowd of 30 somethings and had a ton of energy, freaking out over every song. Billy Corgan noticed how crazy I was, and at the end of the show he tossed sunflowers to the crowd. He didn’t stop throwing them my way until I finally got one. Other crazy fans asked me if they could touch it on the way out of the show. I said no.
D.C: I have a lot of concerts that have good stories but favorite live music? Mine would be the small moments of out of body transcendents that occur from making vibrations with your great friends in a room of people who are giving their energy equal to or more than you. That’s what the big picture of music is for me. To get “lost” on something familiar or repetitive.
Reviler: Finish this sentence: “Minneapolis is a great place to…
N.Y: Eat health food.
D.C: go see The Replacements or Husker Du if you had a time machine.