MIA: Musically, how did the band form, what past experiences do you carry with you?
KEN: Well, in 2005, we were all taking a class called Parapainting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Our professor, Jeremy Sigler, put us together randomly as part of an assignment to form a band. The goal was a show at the end of the semester. During the course, we studied famous punk and classic rock approaches, from David Bowie and The Who to Minor Threat. Our first song we wrote at our first practice is on our first album. We kept it going after the class ended! There used to be 5 of us, but our keyboard player quit. We try to keep his presence close. We keep in touch with him on tour, and we write poetry. His painting is on the back of our new album!
MIA: Describe the feeling of living and making music in Maryland, feel free to share a memory or a certain place that makes you feel like home.
KEN: The best memories are when people truly come together. This past Christmas, Wildfire Wildfire hosted an incredible feast. Family and friends came from all over. It was massive and we sang carols into the night. It was very special.
MIA: How does the band like to get ready for a live show? Is there a favorite song that you enjoy to perform live?
KEN: We want to be in excellent moods. Eating well, drinking sufficiently, and horsing around are ideal! Our favorites are always shifting. We’ve been playing this new unnamed jam, but it’s been totally successful the past couple shows. The uncertainty keeps things fresh and prevents us from being too perfectionist.
MIA: What are your recommended records so far of ‘08?
KEN: “Terrible Two” by Thank You is prime. Ignore all the “athletic” commentary they’ve been getting: it’s post-punk bliss. Cex’s “Dannibal” is a whole album comprised of Steely Dan remixes. Totally Recommended. He’s been working on it for forever.
MIA: Name a visual artist or piece of work that inspires you.
KEN: Peter Fischli & David Weiss’s “The Ways Things Go.” = The relationships, the delicacy, and audaciousness!
MIA: Please share a mixtape with a theme of your choice.
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