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Music Interviews

 

While working for Perversion Magazine, I've had a lot of opportunities to interview bands and musicians. Below, you'll find introductions to a few of them.

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TALKING GUITARS & GHOSTS WITH NARROW/ARROW

In a dive bar in Jacksonville, Florida, Cody Nicolas stands at the edge of the stage, one guitar strapped around his neck and another clamped horizontally onto a piano stand. He takes a sip from his beer and sets it down on the horizontal guitar. His band, Narrow/Arrow, has been on their Fall tour with Cave Paint for nearly two weeks, but you wouldn’t know it. The energy on the stage was extraordinary as Cody’s lyrics and harmonized guitars filled the room.

Cody’s play style is unique, to say the least (watch N/A's Little Elephant session). He plays two guitars simultaneously, playing root notes and chords on one, while sliding and “noodling around” on the other. The jazzy and mathy sounds that come out are reminiscent of 90s emo bands (think American Football and Braid).

The morning after the show, we met up with Cody to grab some coffee and chat about life, music, and ghosts.

Photos by Jesse Brantman
[READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN THE UPCOMING ISSUE OF PERVERSION MAG]

 


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THE BROTHER CEPHUS SLOW BURN, AN INTERVIEW ON MUSIC AS THERAPY AND A NORMAL LIFE

A Brother Cephus record has a slow burn to it. Noise (2016), their latest EP, opens with a title track that manages to somehow both slam itself into your face and remain subdued and nuanced. The first track—title track, “Noise”—perfectly encapsulates this feeling when, from behind punctuated guitars and drums, singer Seth Davis shouts his polite request, “Please stop all that noise / What’s all this in my head / Stop all that damn noise.”

When Brother Cephus came into Jacksonville this winter, we had a chance to sit down with them in a scuzzy bar on Edgewood Avenue. I don’t even know if it had a name. It certainly felt nameless. Radio rock crackled through the speakers, and I asked them how they got started as a band.

Photos by Jesse Brantman
[READ THE FULL INTERVIEW ON PERVERSIONMAG.COM (website down for maintenance)]


BE COOL, MAN: LAURA STEVENSON ON BEING COOL, SEINFELD, AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

There is something to be said for pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll. Laura Stevenson, with her wistful melodies, lyrical witticism, simple yet effective guitar riffary, and wild backing instrumentation, is any and everything I could ever want in an indie rock band, and I was very excited that she was coming to town.

Laura Stevenson’s lyrics have just the right amount of anxiety, depression, and self-deprecation built into them. On stage, though, Laura has something of a carelessness to her presence, saying things like, “Well, here’s another song about dying.”

After Laura’s set, which ended with one of my personal favorite songs, “Master of Art,” I had a chance to speak with her about one of the most important elements of the human condition: Seinfeld. We also talked about music, I guess.

Photos by Carl Rosen
[READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN PERVERSION MAGAZINE ISSUE #4]


OPENING THE FLOODGATES WITH CASEY CRESCENZO FROM THE DEAR HUNTER

I sat down with Casey Crescenzo and a few friends at 11 p.m. on a Sunday night at a bar in downtown Jacksonville. Casey’s band, The Dear Hunter, had just finished playing a show a few blocks away. I was a little bit nervous to speak with him, if I’m being honest. Carl, my editor-in-chief, who had set up the interview, was a bit drunk and forgot to introduce me to Casey before I sat down with them. Very fortunately for me, Casey is a pretty rad dude, and after a few rounds, some getting-to-know-one-another, and making a vow to “most definitely one-up that interview with Andy Hull,” he seemed to be pretty excited about the whole thing, and so I turned on my recorder—something I’ve forgotten to do in previous interviews—and started asking him a bunch of questions about music, life, and all the other shit that fills in the gaps.

Photos by Jesse Brantman
[READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN PERVERSION MAG ISSUE #2]