Gestern das erste Bedroomdisco-Blog-Interview, heute legen wir gleich nach! Und zwar mit niemand geringeren als der New Yorker Band Plushgun, die sich mit ihrem Debütalbum “Pins & Panzers” aufmachen um eine poppigere Version von The Postal Service zu sein! Live gibt es sie am 17.11.09 im Nachtleben in Frankfurt zu sehen – es lohnt sich!
1.) Band facts:
– Name: Plushgun
– Band members: Dan Ingala, Taylor Armstrong, Matt Bogdanow
– Founding year: 2006
– Residence: Brooklyn, NY
– Current album: Pins & Panzers
– How did you come up with your band name?
I was trying to come up with a name that matched the sound. Plushgun worked, it was a combination of something that was both soft and killer. Pretty instrumentals mixed with high voltage synthesizers.
– How did you become a band?
It started with me (Dan) in my bedroom. I wrote and recorded songs solo, but when I wanted to bring it to a live stage, I found Taylor and eventually Matt to make it an energetic, live show.
– How would you describe your musical style?
It is a mixture of indie-pop and 80’s influenced New Wave. Some people call it neo-wave, some call it “indietronic”
– Which musical influences do you have?
I’d like to think a lot of the sounds are influenced by bands like New Order and Pulp. I also am heavily influenced by 90s indie-rock like Neutral Milk Hotel and Belle and Sebastian.
– What are you as a band/musician doing at the moment?
Right now, I am working on being creative, writing new songs for our next project, and preparing for our European tour through Spain and Germany.
– With which person would you like to work together and why?
I would love to work with producer Dave Fridmann someday, he has a way of turning conventional sounds into something completely new while stretching the boundaries of pop.
– 3 top albums 2009? Why?
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, I am very happy this band has achieved the notoriety it deserves and no better album to take it to the mainstream.
The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists. I love the Decemberists and this album claimed their style in a consistent concept album.
It’s Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is my third. Once again another popular band, but this album has many eclectic sounds from dance-electro-pop to beautiful violins.
– 3 top albums of the last decade? Why?
Radiohead’s In Rainbows, it completely changed the Music Industry and I love the use of complex musical algorithms in popular culture.
The Flaming Lips “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.” I love when bands are ambitious and follow through. This album is both bizarre and beautiful, a rare accomplishment.
The Arcade Fire’s “Funeral” still holds up to this day as one of the most influential albums in the modern indie scene. It was between the Arcade Fire and Broken Social scene, both did the same, and I love both bands tremendously.
– What did you learn 2009?
That the best songs are written in a true state of emotional monopoly. Nothing will get to an audience more than pure unadulterated feeling.
– Your best personal experience in 2009?
I loved our first trip to Spain, it really humbled me to see people who knew lyrics that I had written across from a gigantic ocean.
– Your plans for 2010?
To continue to write as much as I can and hopefully do some more touring.
– Whats on your rider?
Vegetarian food, peanuts, and Beer.
– What do you associate with Bedroomdisco?
I associate Bedroomdisco as being a blog that sets trends! A very important voice to the musical culture of Germany.
– Who did you fill out this questionnaire?
Dan (creator, singer)