After the Jump presents Brilliant Sweaters, this Saturday June 21st, for After the Jump Fest in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, performing during the day on Galapogos free noise stage at 2:15pm.

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MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?

BS: Gypsy and I were in an electronic noise-pop band called Animandible. We got tired of playing with an ipod, it felt overly complicated and lacking in soul, so we started skipping Animandible practice and amassing a hearty collection of power-pop songs. We then summoned Danny to beat the shit out of the drums and learned some three part harmonies. Overall it feels much more fun and natural to us, the push/pull of human groove, and to sweat on our guitars.

MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in New York, feel free to share a memory or a certain place (bar, restaurant, record store) that makes you feel like home.

BS: We love the shit out of our empire state. This city’s influence on your music is undeniable. We played our first show at some punk house in Bed-Stuy. There were about 200 kids, ages ranging from 14-20. Never in all our lives have we seen that many kids in one place, just trashed and dancing. King Cobra tall boys, piss, vomit and more public intercourse then you could ever imagine. A majority of the kids thought we were undercover cops until we started playing. We went home and wrote 4 new songs about it.

MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?

BS: We just practice, practice, practice, with the vigor and endurance of a training montage from a Rocky movie. We truly enjoy writing and performing all of our songs equally.

MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?

BS: Wow, where to start? Being musically omnivorous, we wholeheartedly support and partake in illegal music downloading, which means every week, every day even, it’s something new. This week, of course, its the new lil’ Wayne, tha Carter 3. It’s just Weezy being Weezy and being a space alien and what-not. Don’t get me wrong though. I love vinyl and pay for records when they are worth it. I highly recommend the new NICE FACE 7” and so far the Jay Reatard 7”series on Matador has been stellar. The new Ponytail record is fantastic, inspiring, spastic, energetic weirdness. We can’t wait to catch them at ATJ. Also this year, I loved Why? “Alopecia”, Dan Friel “Ghost Town”. There’s too much good new music in the world to narrow it down. Otherwise we keep with the classics. Priest and the Beast. Music is free.

MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.

BS: I own a human skull that I found while rummaging through an old apartment on west 86th st. I often marvel at it.

MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.

hype up pre-ATJ mix tape

Manny, Moe, and Jack : the Dickies
Aces High : Iron Maiden
Be Easy : Ghostface Killah
Only After Dark : Mick Ronson
Time and Space : Jandek
You Did It : LiLiPUT

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  1. maddie

    goodness gracious…i didnt know many people knew about Jandek i think i have his cd lying around somewhere….hah

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