MPTY ZINE: hi guys! tell the ones who don’t know you a few words about the band.
STATIC AGE: Hello we’re a post-punk band originally from Vermont, a small state in the northeastern United States. In 2005, we put out our first proper album, and we’ve spent much of the last five years touring the US and other places with lots of great bands and meeting lots of amazing people (at least when I’m not studying for a master’s degree). We’ve also recorded a few other albums along the way. And, thanks to Felix at Flix Records and a few of his friends, we’re headed back for our second European tour in the Spring – we’re stoked to be able to play a handful of new places, including Romania.
If any of your readers want to hear what we sound like, they can go to our site: thestaticage.com
How does 2010 end for your band?
We’re finishing the year by working on our upcoming album and preparing for the spring tours. I’ve been living in the studio every day for the past twelve days, tracking guitars and keyboards and starting in on vocals as well. We’re very happy with how things are coming along, and are looking forward to releasing the new songs in the new year.
I know you released „IO” in 2009 and you shared it entirely on your site; how many downloads did you have, and what feedback did you receive?
I don’t have the download numbers readily available, so I don’t know what the totals are now. That said, I can say that the reaction was great early on, even though we put it up for download one month after the regular CD/online release via iTunes and other outlets. In the first few weeks that it was available for donation download, there were a few thousand downloads and a decent number of people donated small amounts in return (and a few donated larger amounts). I don’t think we’re going to do it exactly the same way again with our upcoming album, but it was something I wanted to try as an experiment. And, if we do it in the future, it’ll probably be as a post-release archive. In fact, we’ve been discussing re-releasing many of the older songs/albums as donation download versions as well (and perhaps with new material/mixes/demos), but there’d be some legal issues to figure out with our prior label, unfortunately. Also, we do plan to release perhaps an EP for free download in the spring to accompany and promote the new album.
Next year you’ll also come in RO for a few concerts. please tell me when and where can people see you.
We’ll be playing three shows in Romania in early May, 2011. We’ll be at Club Flex in Arad on May 5, Control Club in Bucharest on May 6, and Booha Bar in Cluj-Napoca on May 7.
Speaking about Romania, do you know anything about our country?
I know a few things, but most are history or geography related – I’ve never been to Romania before (I’m very excited to be able to spend a few days there). So what do I know? I guess about its proximity to the Black Sea (which I’d been hoping to check out, but I believe the closest we’ll be is Bucharest, which is still something like 200 kilometers from the sea, I think), about it being a recent addition to the European Union, about Transylvania and all the folklore associated with that, and about some of the castles and historical sites. I’m looking forward to seeing those things – but I’m also very interested to check out cities like Bucharest.
Tell me something about your musical influences.
I listen to lots of different music. I grew up on punk rock and hardcore and was in DIY-touring punk and thrash bands before The Static Age (and in many ways The Static Age has chosen to be a DIY band as well). It’s still very much a part of what I listen to and what has influenced me in both sound and in the ways I consider the music scene and record labels. Some bands would be Minor Threat, the Clash, Gorilla Biscuits, Black Flag, Propagandhi, Bane and some newer ones like Defiance, Ohio. Beyond that, a quick look back at some of my recent playlists shows the following: Billy Bragg, New Order, Cave In, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, LCD Soundsystem, the Magnetic Fields, Isis, Kate Bush, the Weakerthans, Tom Waits, and the aforementioned Defiance, Ohio. I’ve also become interested more recently in work by people like Hans Zimmer and Alexandre Desplat (though more of Desplat’s earlier work), as I think that the layering and sound collaging they do is awesome.
I also know that you are working on a new album for 2011; can you tell me anything about it?
The album is going to be similar in template to the last two we’ve done in that most of the songs are with the full band, but three of them will be songs I built in my own studio. The full band songs pick up where songs like „These Days” on i/o and „Cherry Red” on Blank Screens left off in terms of sound and style. There are a few that are quite loud, and a few that are less so. A couple have been around for a little while, and we’ve honed them by playing them on tours, but others are much newer and were a chance to experiment while we were recording. We’re excited about all of them.
Also, the album title is most likely going to be „In the City of Wandering Lights,” because that’s very much how the last year has felt to us.
If you’d end up on a deserted island and could only take 3 things with you, what would those be?
A rowboat, a paddle and a ham radio – I’d take my chances at sea (with, hopefully, a whole bunch of coconuts from said island).
Thanks for your time, and i hope to see you in Romania. if you have any message for our readers, please tell us! cheers!
Thanks, here’s hoping we see each other in May as well! If you or any of your readers do come out, be sure to ask Adam (our resident madman/bass player) about one of the following stories: 1) the time he fell out of a moving vehicle in the UK, 2) the time he ran around without pants in Hollywood, California or 3) the time he tried to hide the fact that our trailer was on fire in New York.
Also, someone please let us know what the best Romanian beer is – send that, or any other tips about sweet Romanian stuff, to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
thanks to Felix from Flix Records, The Static Age and to you.