OKAY, SOME SHORT ANSWERS: RAMONES OR MOTÖRHEAD? I'd probably pick Motörhead.
IGGY OR JIM MORRISON? Oh, Iggy because he's from Michigan.
MEAT LOAF OR SPRINGSTEEN? Gotta qualify that: you mean Jim Steinman or Springsteen? Steinman.
U2 OR THE CURE? Cure. There's an emotional head space that the Cure gets into that's every exciting, very emotional. The Cure is expressing feelings they have vs U2 who are trying to conjure up feelings. I can relate to U2 more in terms of what I do, but if I had to go listen to one of 'em, it'd be the Cure.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEW DISC? It's coming. It's really a song by song, moment by moment effort to get to that place of physical excitement. We're getting there. It's a specific kind of task. Since I'm not telling my own stories, and since I'm not expressing my own experiences, it's much more about trying to conjure a feeling for the crowd. And believe me, you can tell when they feel it. Bring on the Foo Fest!
MELODIC GEMS The Brother Kite.
A SPIRITED GUIDE TO THE ALL-DAY MUSICAL MAYHEM
The 17th Foo Fest is upon us, with more than 20 musical artists working two stages over a 12-hour span, hosted by special guest emcee Peter Glantz —and admission is a mere $5. Here's a rundown of the acts (in chronological order).
The 11-member AS220 CRISS CROSS ORCHESTRA will kick off the festivities on the Empire Street outdoor stage. "Criss Cross" music is defined as a bewitching blend of Caribbean, Latin, Afrobeat, and European grooves. ACCO's sun-soaked rhythms are driven by West African composer/percussionist Obuamah Laud Addy, along with an ensemble of New England-based musicians, including the Caraher brothers, aka Funkatronic. (In case you miss 'em, ACCO play AS220 on the second Thursday of every month as well.) Inside, the kids are sure to love the foot-stompin' dosey-doe hoedown that is the URBAN BARN DANCE.
Insanely multi-talented musician/entertainer Keith Munslow will lead THE SUPERCHIEF TRIO (now a quintet) back to where they started. Munslow met trombonist Pam Murray when they both performed with local rug-cutters the Smoking Jackets and the Neo-'90s Dance Band. In 2000, Munslow brought in drummer and fellow Big Nazo Band mate Johnny Cote, and recently added guitarist Tom Ferraro (the High Rollers) and bassman/vocalist Steve Bigelow (Young Neal & the Vipers). Their blend of big swing and honky-tonk boogie-woogie always make for one helluva good time.
Indie-country/roots/blues sextet THE SILKS are one of the bands to circle on your Foo Fest itinerary. Business quickly picked up for Tyler James Kelly, Jonas Parmalee, and Chase Leonard, whose thumping live show offers plenty of gnarled licks and sass (check out "Mean Ol' Woman"). One of the toughest Foo Fest decisions to ponder arrives mid-afternoon with VOLCANO KINGS (indoor) and personal faves TALLAHASSEE (outdoor). Pawtucket's Volcano Kings whip up a sonic mélange (they cite "spy music, '60s surf, spaghetti western, Kraut rock, Crime Jazz, etc.") into a fury of stoned instrumentals. Tallahassee is guided by former Patriots O-lineman Brian Barthelmes, a bearded gentle giant whose voice sparkles (please look up the gorgeous heartbreaker "Wooden Heart" from their recent full-length, Jealous Hands). Though the band has pretty much relocated to Boston, we're proud to say their road to success started in Provy.