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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Open Choir Fire’s Music Isn’t Really So Terrible

posted by on August 15 at 12:25 PM


Open Choir Fire are this week’s Band of the Week. Here’s why:

First of all, as their Stranger Bands Page attests, a drunk guy once told them they “are all scientific and shit like the Sea and Cake, except not so pussy!” One point.

Secondly, the first song they have posted, “Things You Have to Do,” reminds me of a more post-rock Mclusky via D.C., and I really like Mclusky, and I really like post-rock from D.C. Two points.

With the first song going over well, I listened to the next song, “Candle,” and that boasts a little more of a Jawbox vibe, and I love Jawbox. Three points.

While I do hear tinges of those bands in their sound, they’re not rippin’ anything off. In fact, the band claims to be inspired by a whole range of artists like the Pixies, Talking Heads, and Fugazi, and I can hear elements of all those artists in just the few songs they’ve got available, but they’re all done with the band’s own style. Four points.

Finally, they’re funny and they put up with my fangirl questions. Five points, FTW!


So, like, what’s your guys’ favorite color?
The color of the eyes of each of our respective love interests at the time of this email. That was easy.

What’s your idea of the perfect date?
I know what’s NOT the idea of a perfect date. Going out alone with the fucking band after the West Seattle show last Friday and getting much more drunk and unable to make a coherent decision than was necessary at that stupid restaurant/pizza place/meat market where the tequila girls were who don’t speak English and give out shitty straw hats and touch my shoulder and I don’t want them to and my step-brother-in-law keeps buying rum and cokes we ended up putting in Amo’s Nalgene and then we spend an hour walking around looking for some karaoke bar that Brian doesn’t know where it is and I spend the whole time, when we find it, standing on the dance floor making the hand signal for “Terry Cry” and then being sick on the way home and we can’t make it to the bank on Saturday morning like we planned.

If you (as a band) were being cast off to a deserted island for a year and were only allowed to take two instruments to make music with, which would they be?
I thought about this one hard. If you are on a two engine boat (like one of those decent sized cruisers, doesn’t need to be a yacht) you can listen to how the two tones that the engine make mingle with each other, often getting so close in frequency just so close to unison that you get those cool “beats” in the tones and then every so often they are in unison and it’s quite a release. So by that measure you could say that an engine is an instrument and therefore we would take two engines with us to the deserted island and I’d take one and Brian would take one and use it to build two motor boats get off the island and we’d promise to send someone back to get Amo later because he writes most of the lyrics.

Do you think lolcatz are funny? (, for example.)
I’ve never heard of this before. “lolcatz” are just pictures of cats with funny captions? In that case, absolutely. I actually have a poster up above my drum set in the practice space, you know the one, the kitty is hanging from a tree branch by one claw and the caption says, “Oh, Shit.” Sometimes that’s how I feel inside, you know, and I’m sure it’s true for a lot of people you know, how at times you feel you’re just barely hanging on to sanity and you know that you’re just about five seconds away from your whole life falling apart and everything going to shit and it’s a terrible feeling. I got that poster in Rome on the first day I met Chris Hacker who does all our art work. He’s a nice guy, you’d like him. Thoughts like that are what bring people back from the brink and that help that little kitty to find the strength to pull itself up back on the branch and get back in the ring, as it were. You’ve got to make sure you surround yourself with good people who care about you, Megan.

Tell me a story about something crazy or fun or weird that has happened on the road or at a show.
I have video footage of the first night of our last tour somewhere in SW Washington of Amo waking up after sleeping in a barn and having covered himself in hay to keep warm. He looks like he’s a newborn fetus coming out of the womb. I swear it is the funniest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I should post it on a website, oh man, it’s funny.

Finally, why should people go to your page and listen to your music?
We need the money for the tour and all in all I’d say the music isn’t really so terrible that you couldn’t at least listen to it while your doing dishes or something you don’t like doing already. We actually like it.

Open Choir Fire play their tour kick-off show at Jules Maes Thursday, August 23.

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Love those boys. They have a brand new song on the new volume of Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly, if I may be so craven as to point that out. Their item in the liner notes is equally hilarious.

Posted by Levislade | August 15, 2007 1:15 PM

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