TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!! TONIGHT!!!
@ LONG WONGS TEMPE
1639 E Apache Blvd Tempe, AZ
All in all, Faults is a solid release from a band who has a solid idea of what they are about.
Q&A with Matthew Melton of Warm Soda
By Maggie Spear
A: I am terrified by society. Being a touring musician is really just a survival tactic to avoid having the life sucked out of me by the common way of life. It’s the only way I could come up with to enjoy freedom – I get to be completely off the grid this way: no “real” job, no bank account etc, plenty of free time… and there’s something pure and meditative about driving long distances, it keeps your mind clear or something.
Q: What’s the most memorable adventure you’ve ever had on the road?
A: Having to bail my band out of jail in Tijuana Mexico in 2010.
Q: Oakland, along with most of northern California in general, seems like a mini Mecca for garage rock. Have you found that the area has been hospitable to your endeavors?
A: I love recording bands so it works out well to be in an area rich with bands. There’s always a new band popping up around here, and it’s fun to see what type of songs everyone is coming up with.
Q: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I read somewhere that you’re an advocate for young people trying a bunch of different drugs. Why do you think that’s important?
A: I don’t advocate the use of drugs. I think people should just be themselves – but whatever you do, let it be sincere. Most people are insincere when they use drugs, and because of that they miss any benefit that could come of it.
Q: After the whole Bare Wires “meltdown” dealio went down at SXSW, what was the most important thing you took away from it? Are you doing anything fundamentally different with Warm Soda than you did with Bare Wires?
A: Everyone is their own worst enemy. Lots of aspects of Warm Soda and Bare Wires are essentially similar, the only real change is the name. It’s the same thing I’ve all ways done but with different songs.
Q: How did Fuzz City become a tangible thing?
A: When we got back from the SXSW 2012, Rob Good and I found the perfect space for the studio & label headquarters. It’s completely hidden in a crevice of ungentrified east Oakland and it instantly became our secret clubhouse. Once we had a base of operation it was easy to get things moving.
Q: What was the transition like, going from the one being recorded to the one doing the recording? Do you prefer one over the other?
A: In my head, everything is under the same “making pop music” umbrella. There is no transition because I have always recorded everything I’ve ever put out on the same “Tascam 388″ recording machine. It’s cool because I’m constantly reinventing my recording methods, and it doesn’t really matter what we are recording because its essentially the same mental process.
Q: Picture the most badass show you could ever play. Ever. In your mind, right now. The audience, the supporting acts, the venue, everything. What do you see?
A: Playing a solo acoustic set to an audience of all my ex-girlfriends on my old highschool’s cafeteria stage. (everyone is naked)
Q: Anything awesome we can look forward to from Warm Soda?
A: We have a couple european singles in the works that are going to be pretty tight.
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