Mark Dawson

Transcription of In-Person Interview with Comic Mark Dawson

Phil: Alright, we’re on. So I’m with Mark Dawson here, and just have a couple questions to kind of warm him up and get people excited for him at Dreyfest Comedy Night, which is August 12th at Art House Cinema and Pub from 10:30 to like 1 o’clock in the morning. Mark will be there performing and I’m just here to ask him some questions.

Mark, I was kind of curious how long you’ve been doing comedy.

Mark: Oh yeah, man, it started in 2011. I’ve been a wise-ass my whole life, but that was my first time with a microphone.

Phil: Okay, so you’re kind of a late bloomer.

Mark: Yeah. I was in my 40s when I started.

Phil: Why did you decide to start?

Mark: Funny, I met a friend right here, actually, at the Highlands, and he was — my day being a disaster — he was making fun of me and just being like ‘oh my god, if you were just honest about your life you could be a stand-up comic.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I need to say something nice to him now,’ right, so: ‘I think your wife is hot.’

I didn’t think much about it, either, and then Lucas Seely had a poster for the Lucas and Wayne Cox comedy contest, and I thought, ‘that sounds like fun,’ so I entered that, and I had a lot of friends come out, and I thought if it was funny it would be funny, and if it wasn’t, it would be even funnier. Like sure, this guy might get mauled, it would just be…so.

And I won the contest. It was cool.

Phil: You won it?

Mark: Yeah, then you win a trip to LA, but you have to sleep on Lucas’s couch.

Phil: Really?

Mark: Yeah, perform at the Comedy Store and all that.

Phil: Oh wow, that’s awesome.

Mark: Yeah, he treats the comics around here great. He does really great things for the scene.

Phil: Cool, so that was 2011.

Mark: Yeah.

Phil: So how long before that competition were you working on bits and stuff?

Mark: Maybe that day. I remember actually the thing was at seven or something and I came home at 4:30 or 5 and thought, okay, what can I talk about that’s funny.

Phil: No kidding.

Mark: Life is funny, you know.

Phil: That’s awesome. Had you been into it before?

Mark: The really funny thing about it is I used to love to watch stand-up comedians, and since I started, I don’t like it at all. It kind of ruined it. Except for if it’s like your friends, then you want to see them and see them do well. But you end up with stage envy, you’re like “I should be up there instead of that bastard.”

[Laughs]

I stayed at Jim Gaffigan for about 15 minutes.

Phil: Well, I was going to ask you if you had any favorite comics, or maybe that’s not really relevant.

Mark: The ones I appreciate — Jeff Dye, I think he’s here this year. I like him because he’s — a lot of comics are really self-deprecating, and it can really be part of your life, too - and he’s often positive.. And Louie Anderson is a total mentor, and really lucky I got to know him, and he’s helped me a lot.

Phil: So you’ve gotten to know him?

Mark: Yeah, he’s awesome, actually. Great guy.

Phil: How did that happen?

Mark: I lucked out. So Lucas was opening for Louie and said he could bring guests back, and you know, Louie’s clean, and I am, too - not as much any more - but Lucas comes in and says “Louie’s gonna want your set, don’t fuck it …don’t choke. And he was just a nice guy, and said he liked me because I was kind to me wife, and I’m like, ‘who wouldn’t be kind to their wife?’

Phil: Yeah, right? So there’s a lot of assholes in comedy?

Mark: There are a few, I suppose.

Phil: Let’s see, so… Louis Anderson..

Mark: And Mike Birbiglia, too, I love that guy.

Phil: Yeah, he’s great. Oh! I was going to ask you what you liked about clean comedy, and how that’s changed now, or if that was on purpose …

Mark: Oh yeah, I think my life just got a little darker. You know honestly, comedy, I think a lot of people who do comedy, it’s for some reason that they  — if you have a perfect life, you’re not going to — why would you risk that? There’s some pretty screwed up stories behind what comedians do. And my wife got really sick, so I started more… Then I realized —  in fact Louie told me — you’ve just gotta be yourself. And, you now, obviously.

Oggie Smith, who’s from here, who’s successful, he says that same thing: ‘Live and die as yourself.” And I realized that I don’t say the ‘F’ word and I don’t say mean things in a professional setting, but to my best friend I sure do. So, I think, Louie always says: “If you’re likeable and interesting, and if you’re not genuine, who gives a shit?”

Phil: So you’re kind of a big figure in the Billings business community, as owner of Century 21. Do many people in the professional realm know about your comedy life?

Mark: I don’t think I’m a big figure, exactly. This is a small town, right? Everybody knows everybody. And people are like ‘why the hell would you do that?’ And other people are like ‘that’s so cool,’ and the other people are like, ‘You’ll be good at something, eventually. Keep trying!’

That’s more what my wife thinks.

Phil: How long do you think you’ll do it? Is it something that you want to do for a long time now?

Mark: You know, I think that, unless I got really old and had marbles in my head and couldn’t feel like I was sharp... Once you develop a skill, you don’t want to lose the skill. And it’s something you can do your whole life. And, yeah, I think I would.

Phil: Yeah, you see videos of Carlin when he’s old and he’s still tearing it up.

Mark: I think so, too. And, I mean, you do get better and better because it’s a skill thing, more than a talent thing.

Phil. Right, right. Yup, work it. I’m not sure that I have that much more, but if you have anything to add.

Mark: You should really try it some time.

Phil: Yeah?

Mark: Oh yeah, you’d love it. It’s really exhilarating.

 

Mark will be at the Art House Cinema and Pub for late night comedy, 10:30-1:00.

Charcoal Squids

by Austin Finn

Names, spirit animals, and all time favorite gaming console.

I'm Joshua Bacha, I play guitar, sing and am starting to learn to play synth for later use. My animal is a beetle. Dan Miller Plays the drums and that boys spirit animal is a lion. Riley Roberts sings sweetly and noodles the bass guitar. Riley = Coyote.  My answer is a N64 and/or handheld Gameboy cause that stuff rules.

Describe your sound in three sentences or less using the words "geriatric", "Costco", and "passionfruit".

Separated from society, deep in the mountains of Costco, there are colonies of geriatrics living off of the nutrients from passionfruit. A violent storm washed up a shipwreck full of Charcoal Squids cassettes. This is all these folks have listened to for years, oh and this is the sound of Costco.

I don't think we ever played together, but maybe we did? Did we ever go to the same shows or anything?

We have not played any shows together and I moved to Missoula 9 or 10 months ago!

Also, did you guys go on tour recently? How was that? Where did you go?

We had a small tour planned but due to circumstances had to cancel it.

You guys did Missoula psych fest! What was that like?

That was an awesome experience! We are learning how to put on larger events and our circle of friends and people we desire to work with is growing. All the bands were paid out and the turnout was extremely good for a first year event. The fact that I have only been a member of the community for a moment and we were able to make that happen successfully brings us oodles of joy. 

That totally sounds like Missoula! Missoula seems to be incredibly welcoming to newcomers and outsiders, maybe because so many Missoulians are transplants themselves? Have you noticed that? Touching on that last q, I dunno if you know Tom Helgerson, but he's a prime example of that. He's from Minneapolis I think, and has a band called Shahs who are absolutely incredible... or Nick Ryan too, I think he's from somewhere in the midwest? But he's incredibly talented. Fireballs of Freedom are also a good example... the list goes on! so many super talented outsiders in Missoula, and Missoula seems to do a good job of nurturing them! What's in the water there?

I have never really spoken to Tom Helgerson in depth but Nick Ryan is a rad dude and I've seen Shahs a handful of times. They have a pretty cool thing going on for them and the Missoula scene supports them and they have good show attendance. It seems like I have been hearing lots of new projects brewing in the cauldron recently. It kind of sucks sometimes because I get stuck in my own world and caught up in all of my own creative endeavors and I forget to look around as much as I should. However I know the Missoula scene is on the edge of a large growth spurt in the next few years. There are a lot of blue-collar artists here and good souls supporting them.

Josh, you also make awesome posters/drawings. I'm terrible at drawing, the creative process must be similar in ways though, right? Between drawing and writing/performing songs?

At times I feel like I'm working similar parts of my brain at times when working with music and my visual art. However with all creative processes there are so many factors. I try to seek inspiration from my art to my music and vice versa. Both art and music boil down to being presented with a problem, solving it and learning from it. Also cool thing is when we put on a show I get to post my art all over town and that's super helpful for publicity.

That reminds me of something Jack White talks about, that I really like. He says that he purposely does the 2-piece, and only using red-white-black color scheme, and the number 3 obsession, and so on, in order to create a "problem", and create specific parameters and limitations, and then try to "get out of it". Thoughts? Or is Jack White just batshit crazy?

I'm not sure I understand that question fully; however creating limitations can make it easier to focus your ideas and extract the ones that work for you. I wouldn't view that as creating a problem though because he just made the limitations for himself and stuck to them. I just don't understand how "getting out of it" fits into the equation. Also whatever Jack White did made him successful for a reason and if your creative process brings you where you need to be, then it's being done correctly and hey maybe we're all cray.

Everybody I've ever known from Missoula has had a really funny frat story, involving, in one way or another, having to deal with douchey drunk frat guys. Do you guys have any good frat stories?

Greek life in universities is kind of a funny topic by itself. When I first moved from Pennsylvania to Idaho to go to college my father told me not to join a fraternity so naturally I joined one. Within a few months of being inside the Greek system I learned the hard way why it's problematic. There is no encouragement of individualism or thinking for yourself, you are frowned down upon for calling out people for sexual assault, etc. Everyone has different motives to be in the Greek system and obviously everyone who is in the system is not a bad person. However it has given itself this reputation for a good reason and it's always funny when people try to defend that.

For the Marty Hill biopic that will be coming out, who would you like to see play Marty?

I'm sorry I don’t know what that is. Also I Googled it and couldn't find anything. Like Marty who works at Ear Candy? He is a hella rad dude.

Have any of you guys been to Billings before? Any funny Billings stories?

I went to Billings few weeks ago to visit a friend. It's a super rad place and it seems like a lot of people like to trash talk it and it's unfortunate. I had nothing but appreciation for the nature and the infrastructure. Oh except all of those weird roundabouts screw those things.

Best snag you ever got at Ear Candy?

I bought Heaters, Holy Water Pool vinyl there a hot minute ago. Heaters are super rad if you haven't heard of them they are psych rock with healthy amounts of reverb and shimmery guitar work. I'm thinking about going into Ear Candy and buying every Jimmy Buffet cassette tape they have just to get rid of them.

What are you stoked for most at Dreyfest?

Mommas going to roll into Dreyfest and get a nice margarita. Mommas going to go check out a bunch of the other bands and let the waves of music take me to Margaritaville.

 

Links for Charcoal Squids:

Rapid Ejac

by Julius Ostby

Do you guys have serious sexual dysfunctions, either individually or collectively, take that as you may?

Ben: No, but I do have a third nipple.

Is it worth it?

Ben: Absolutely.

If so, why? If not, why not?

Ben: My girlfriend thinks it's cute.

How will you feel if your prospective wives refuse to take your last names?

Brett: Un-American.

Have you ever eaten any unconventional animals? Feelings?

Zach: Alligator. We were able to capture a dinosaur, and eat it.

Is there “truth?”

Brett: Only Funkadelic

Ben: I think so. Science has proven to be a useful tool for reducing and measuring almost everything material down to its most finite parts in order to understand material reality. While science does not, and perhaps never will, unveil the entire totality of what one could consider "truth," it certainly is a fairly accurate method of establishing widely acceptable facts from which reality can be rationally understood. It can also be argued that narrative, whether in the form of prose or poetry, can also reveal truths about existence that while not always scientifically factual, offer useful insights for life. Is that essay a sufficient answer?

Zach: Good question...there is acid.

Is there “meaning?"

Brett: If George Clinton says so.

Ben: Only if there is truth. 

Zach: No. There is not. Next question.

Besides death (and perhaps taxes), what are you certain of? What is guaranteed?

Brett: Rapid ejaculation.

Is philosophy?

Brett: Yes, a drunk one.

Ben: Yes, if one loves wisdom.

Zach: One could say, philosophy is.

Angry yet?

Brett: No.

Ben: Always enjoy some weird philosophical questions.

Zach: Nah way!

Anything else?

Let's get out of hand.

 

Tormi

by Mia Soza

*J= Jenni Long  M= Molly Buchanan

Hey Tormi, how you doing today? Let’s have a quick introduction here… How about your name, what you do, and.... Your astrological sign.

Jenni, Trumpet and Synth, and Capricorn.

Molly, I serve curry at an Indian restaurant. Aries.

In Estonia’s Jogeva County is a tiny stretch of land named Tormi… Name inspiration or pure coincidence?

M: Pure coincidence, I named it after my friend’s cat from Mossmouth.

Using the words “Macbook Pro,” “can opener,” “resort” and “Hi-C,” give us a lil’ description of what your unique sound is.

J: Tormi’s sound is that of a waterfall gushing sweet Hi-C at an alien resort getaway, combined with the sound of disassembling a Macbook Pro with a can opener.

Now, a lil’ portion I like to do is called “Spelling Bee,” which as you’ve likely guessed, is allllll about spelling. Seeing how we’re not on the radio, I’m gonna entrust of you to be the judge + word holder… The other three of you will be the contestants! Make sure you write down your spellings below! Alright, your word is…. Knaidel! (Pronounced: Nay-Dell)

M: Idk if it’s possible right now, but let’s say this is a definition bee. Then my guess is it’s a city in Estonia “famous” for it’s… wine?

What’s the most overrated planet?

J: Mars is honestly not that interesting.

M: I’m with Jenni.

Out of the four of you, who can’t handle their spicy food?

J: Probably me, but the crying and runny nose doesn’t make me enjoy it any less.

M: Definitely not me, but I did learn, after our recording session in Brian’s room (thanks Brian!) that we all have an intolerance for large, fast spiders (THANKS BRIAN.)

Who would you guys consider your biggest influences?

M: Definitely Trish Keenan from Broadcast for me, but I’ve been listening to Sterolab, Kate Bush, people in the Midwest/West Coast that I like a lot, and getting back into saxaphone.

Need some advice here, should I get bangs?

J: Bangs are a hassle, but very useful for people with crippling forehead insecurities.

M: Well the next time someone wants to make a full scale portrait of you it might be easier if there aren’t bangs to work in the picture.

Where can we find your luscious tunes during Dreyfest?

M: We’ll be at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co. at 5:40!

 

Links for Tormi:

Anna Paige & Matt Taggart

by Peter Tolten

*A= Anna Paige  M= Matt Taggart

What brought you two together for this project?
A: I ran into Matt and he said we should collaborate sometime. I believe his exact words were, ‘We should make noise and poetry babies.’ And I told him, ‘Good thing those are the kind of babies I like.’ [whispers] I don’t want to say that Matt was drunk.

M: Luckily my family doesn’t own computers.

A: I think Matt had just enough to drink to actually talk to me that night...

M: I did. I don’t know…umm…

A: I knew that Matt was back—He had left Billings to go east and had just returned. I was always interested in working with him because I find the type of art Matt makes is an immediate response to the world around him. And even though poetry is that, my process is much more drawn out and I spend a lot more time revising, editing, and overthinking my work. Whereas I think Matt spends a lot more time in the immediate nature of sound and that fascinated me.

M: Believe it or not, I always wanted to work with spoken word. Anna always came to mind because she’s proactive and she’s putting herself out there, on stage, and in front of people. In fact most of my inspiration comes from poets and writers. I’m not inspired by musicians as much as I am visual artists and writers. I don’t know how that works into what I do, but I was always inspired by procedure. So, reading about modern composers and electronic musicians, I was much more fascinated with why they did things versus the end result. A lot of the artists I started engaging with were writers and visual poets and men like Jim Leftwich, an experimental poet who opened the world to me that everything is poetry—whether it’s paintings or music, it’s a new way of recognizing that. A lot of my collage and performance art became an extension of that—music doesn’t always have to be sound.
 

What are you talking about in your upcoming work?
A: I’ve been studying and been involved in loss for the last few years. I mean, who hasn’t been involved in loss in all kinds of forms? I’ve been observing how people respond when something or someone you love is gone. And I wanted to articulate that. I found this collaboration to be a way to do that because it doesn’t have the narrative arc of the kind of poem I typically write. It doesn’t have a beginning, middle, and end. It’s more playing with language, words, and sounds.

M: I think one of the things in this piece is exploring people's response to loss. It can seem automated and not as deeply heartfelt as it should be. A lot of people’s response to loss is based in social media, where you might feel like you can console somebody without actually having to console somebody.

A: So we’re playing with the ability of language to become meaningless as well as the bipolar nature of how someone feels in the moments of grief and loss.
 

Sounds heavy.
M: It is a little bit. I think I’m approaching my sound like a Foley would in theater—creating an atmosphere to enhance the language. We’re trying to unify both aspects. It’s not music plus poetry; it’s its own entity. I’m trying to blur the lines. I don’t want them to be separated.

A: I was just talking to Martin Farawell [poet and director of the Dodge Poetry Festival] and Dave Caserio. I asked Dave how long he’s been working in performance poetry and Martin came into the conversation saying the idea of “performance poetry” is fairly new. Within the last 30 years, that term has been thrown around. But poets, by nature, are performative. That is the essence of a poem. Illiterate people can speak poems out loud. It’s meant to be an auditory art form. A spoken word poet is just a poet. And sound is poetry. We’re all just looking for ways to express ourselves in a way that other people can relate to.

M: It has all the same attributes as music: rhythm, cadence, pitch, melody.

A: Yes. Although, when I first met Matt, some of the music and sounds he was making made me incredibly uncomfortable, and I did not understand it.

M: [claps]

A: Which is the point. That is what poetry has the capacity to do. I mean, who doesn’t want to work with a mad scientist? It’s about playing around in different mediums that can make you really uncomfortable.

M: It should always be a learning experience. You should always walk away having learned something. 

 

Links for Anna:

Links for Matt:

Pete & Carolyn Tolton

by Anna Paige

*P= Pete Tolton  C= Carolyn Tolton

Carolyn, how do you feel about working with your brother?

Okay.

Pete, how do feel about working with your sister?

Fine.
Care to elaborate, either of you, on the sibling collab?

P: Carolyn is a talented musician who never performs. I am pretty excited to get her out of the house.

Tell me about growing up together.

C: We argued like all siblings, but we grew out of that and became great friends.

P: And we've lived together and traveled together since then. I have good memories of crowding around the out-of-tune real ivory key piano in our grandparents' farmhouse and playing music together.

You currently play in a band together. What's that like?  

C: This year is the first time we've broken away from just sitting in our family’s houses and playing music together. We've both played music in our band, [The Natural Curiosities] but our friend, Charlie Smillie, writes the songs for that group. And they’re great songs, but now we've collaborated with our own originals and brought it outside. 

It would seem that there's a familial privacy to what you do. How do you feel about bring it out in the open?

P: That question is at the heart of the piece that I am writing, and it's funny to be interviewed right now because Carolyn hasn't heard any of it. 

Carolyn, how prepared do you feel?

Zero. But that is a nice feeling...almost. Usually that would make me go into a panic, but just the way that Pete and I have always worked together, this feeling of unpreparedness kinda makes sense.

Pete, are you a last minute guy?

P: Yeah, you know me...This piece is about remembering the ignorance and curiosity and secret rituals of childhood. And now as a grownup—which is like a curse word for kids—it's about looking at the world with beginner’s eyes. Carolyn and I have spent a lot of time doing that together as kids and I feel like it's a perfect pairing.
C: I am excited to hear that.

How does it feel, paring words with sounds?

C: We've very casually done things like this throughout the years, at after parties of slams where were just kind of jamming and Pete is pleasantly reciting poetry or going a bit deeper and rapping, depending on how much fun the evening has been, so that feels natural. Playing my steel pan [steel drum] will be interesting. It's not something I have brought out since we moved back to Billings so it will be something new for all of us. 
P: It's a funny mediation process between me telling Carolyn what I'm hoping for and her telling me what she envisions. Finding that compromise is delightful. 

Who would have ever thought compromise could be delightful?

C: Not I. 

P: Nor I.

 

Links for Pete:

Links for Carolyn:

Waste Radio: Richard Dreyfest Interviews Richard Dreyfuss

We’ve got a lot to share with you about the 5th annual, all-ages, D-I-Y Richard Dreyfest, August 11th and 12th at eight venues across Downtown Billings.

In this episode, you’ll hear interviews with some of the Montana-based and out-of-state musicians, visual artists, poets, and comedians performing at this 2-day event, along with an extra deluxe, super coveted interview with the man himself.

We’re also gonna be sharing samples of the artist’s work, little vignettes of what life’s like for them in the days leading up to the festival, and more.

Check out more artist interviews, discounted presale tix ($15!), and schedule information.

Podcast produced by Brie Ripley.

Produced by Brie Ripley.

Music:

"Do the Nelz" by Idaho Green

"Daydream" by Bull Market

"New Day Shine" By Noise Noise Noise

"Prairie is an Island" by Megagiant

In case you missed it, here's the teaser we did for this episode:

 

 

Mindy Bechtell

by Mary Kate Teske

Mindy! What sparks you to create?

I'll skip over eating to create and I'll push off sleeping. It's how I created my brand name "Napping Artist", since the average amount of sleep is nap worthy, until I crash for 18 hours because of self induced exhaustion. I don't know why I create, I just know I HAVE too, or the images will fill up my head until I explode.

Do you have a favorite style or medium that you like to stick to?

I love playing with A LOT of different mediums, I sew, sculpt, up-cycle and always find myself falling back to watercolor and pencil, out-lined in a think, black ink.

You have to get a quick taco, where do you go?

BAH. Food. My fuel. My undoing! I have celiac disease, so, no quick tacos here! I've found microwave enchiladas though. I'm okay with this. (I also love to cook, so, my allergy just causes me to constantly push what I can make.)

If you kept one thing from childhood, what would it be?

My teddy bear, I actually still have it. I forgot him in California at a hotel once and lost my mind, I made my friends go back. Pretty sure I was 20 at this time.

Do you think you'll traveling anywhere in the next year? 

My partner and I both bartend, so we want to save up our tips and go visit Washington, Oregon and Texas.

In three words, sum up who you are.

An angry rainbow

Do you find yourself saying something all of the time? Like a catchphrase or favorite word?

I get caught up on certain catchphrases, I love podcasts, so my guy has suffered thru being called a douche canoe for a hot second. As·i·nine... and a lot of profanity.

Favorite author?

Edgar Allan Poe, American Writer, Struggling Artist, Unsolved Murder. My man.

Any ideas on upcoming projects that you're stoked about? 

I always have thirty-eight different projects going on. I can't keep focused on one thing at a time. I want to create a clothing line, paint, tattoo (something I've been putting off for YEARS.)

 

Mindy's Links:

Hibernator

by Dillon Weickum

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First off, who is in the band? Who does what? And, where does everybody hail from? 

Technically only our drummer "Anthony" is from Butte. Brian, our bass player and Phillip our singer guitar player grew up in Boulder, Montana but now live in Butte. Zach our guitar player grew up all over the state but mainly hails from Anaconda, Montana.

Explain your sound and what to expect from a live show to someone who has never heard of you. 

Well, everyone in our band aside from Anthony has been playing together for around eight years. We pull influences from all sorts of genres. Our sound can be summed up as post alt rock with stoner vibes. We try to practice a lot and play as many shows as possible so our live sound is tight butthole, what to expect from our live show terrible jokes mixed with a decent amount of harmonies.

Now explain that same thing using only sounds and onomatopoeia. 

Boom tick bah bah bah, boom tick pow. Slinky dinky dinky click clack bang. 

Butte doesn't have the greatest reputation across the state. What are your thoughts on that reputation? 

Butte is a pretty sketchy town, but I believe a lot people in the Butte music scene are trying to make it a fun place for everyone. It's very rough and tumble like any Montana bar show. But we're starting to get some good venues and good promoters doing some great things for the city. I think the reputation of Butte is great; we typically like to say we're from a variety of places when we tell people where we are from as Butte does have a rough reputation. We're very proud of what Butte is becoming though, and what are friends in the scene are doing.

What brought all of you to Butte, how long have you been there, and what is the scene like? 

We've all lived in Butte about 3 years aside from Anthony growing up there. What brought us there is a cheap place to live where we could build our own studio. The scene is starting to become something great. We're hoping, with some consistency, we can keep kids coming out to shows and keep bringing out of town bands in to play. 

Bozeman's scene kinda rises and falls, is Butte the same way? 

I think buttes main scene is when it comes to "mainstream" bands and festivals we get a lot of acts that were big in the 90s and early 2000's. All the festivals in Butte bring some really eclectic artists here. Ghost face killa from the Wu Tang Clan played like eight blocks from our house. And Black Flag was at Evel Days a year or two ago. For a local band or up and coming band traveling through we typically have the same young kids who come and support local music that hasn't really died out. But it hasn't grown much since we've lived here. 

Connor Lachenbruch of Chairea, told me to ask about Lemmy the studio pup. What's the story? 

Awh yeah "little dude" that's my (Phillip's) dog he's a chill little yorkie pupper that kicks it in the studio while I record other bands. He's definitely one of the highlights of recording at my studio. Or, staying at my house as I do try to house touring bands when I can. But he's definitely Hibernator’s mascot, and loves everyone in the band, I think he's more excited for practice days than some of us! 

I'd say you are notorious for playing some awesome "pop goes post rock" covers, do you have anything special in store for Dreyfest? 

We might have something up our sleeves to throw everyone for a loop. We all enjoy jokingly playing classic dad rock covers as well. So we will see! 

So you guys have an album out? Or when can we expect to see one? 

We actually have no music out at this time at all. Although that could have changed by the time this interview is out! We're in the process of releasing our 7 song self titled EP before Richard Dreyfest digitally. 

And, now, closing statements. Say anything you would like to. Life advice, a heart felt self-promotion, whatever. 

We're really excited to be a part of this year’s Dreyfest. Thanks to anyone who has liked us on Facebook or followed us on Instagram! 

 

Hibernator's Links:

Modern Sons

by Eric Toennis

Who are each of you and what instruments do you play? Also, what is your favorite pasta dish?

Ryan Saul - Voice and guitar

Dustin Crowson - Bass

Dan Haywood - Guitar

Silas Stewart - Drums

Favorite Pasta Dishes: Shrimp PestoPasta, Spaghetti with SpamPasta, Tinder RavioliPasta, Homemade Potato Gnocchi

What are your favorite aspects of the music scene in Bozeman?

The Bozeman scene is thriving and creative- everyone is constantly pushing each other to be better

How does it compare to the other cities in Montana?

Not sure.

Describe your music using the words “hyperspace,” “King Arthur’s roundtable,” “grapefruit”, and “Tom Hanks.”

Modern Sons’ music is much like a fucked up alternative “sub-region" in hyperspace known as “Tom Hanks-a-topia”. Much like his Volleyball pal Wilson we are like an imaginary grapefruit that sits at King Arthur’s roundtable spoiling because no one has one of those fancy serrated spoons to eat it with.

How long have you been making music together?

Been together since 2012 and have lost members here and there who have tried to grow up and get ‘big boy jobs’, be in wedding bands, or are selling their souls to drugs. We just keep pushing forward.

Give us a little history of the band name. What makes you guys so “Modern?”

Dan our guitar player is a ‘Modern Son’. He was born very premature and would not have survived with out the marvels of medical technology.

What is the biggest crowd you have played for and where was it? How did this experience help you grow as a band?

Biggest crowd we played for was at a handful of SXSW unofficial showcases called Red Gorilla Festival. The bars on 6th Street in Austin are packed to the gills for a whole week straight. People were digging the music. Made us realize that we do make some decent tunes, and that it isn’t just our friends on Montana blowing smoke up our asses.

Who is the biggest crybaby in the band when it comes to being sick?

Honestly, no one has ever been a crybaby. Sick or not we’ve always practiced and/or played our shows. Diarrhea, vomit, crusty infected urethras; we’re always there.

Name your biggest influences and how each of them contributed to your style and sound.

Chris Gains, Fastball, ‘Lil Boaty, 311, Chris Brown - they’ve just taught us so much

Last movie you each saw in the theater?

Theater...Who has money for that? We only watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies really.

What was your familiarity with the actor Richard Dreyfuss before this festival?

Didn’t he kill himself by Autoerotic Asphyxiation with a neck tie? Or wait that was Tom Cruise. JAWS!!!!!

You get to choose between three artists to open up for on a world tour. Your choices are: Nickleback, Creed, and 3 Doors Down. Please choose one and defend your choice.

Nickleback hands down. Ryan used to know the bass player, Mike when he lived on Maui. Apparently each band member has their own tour bus and they travel with a chef. So, at least we’d eat well. Eating good food is our #1 priority in life besides sleep. 

 

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thievesbreakin

by Ty Herman

What's up brother, have humans really set foot on the moon or are those a few phony pics?

Oh man, starting things off with a toughie...it certainly wouldn't be the first or last time the U.S. government duped it's citizens, but....seems legit. 

Home invasions are kind of a spooky, what inspired your name?

Jesus H. Christ said something about not storing up your treasures on earth where, "thieves break in and steal," I dig that. I wouldn't say that I'm trying to store up my treasures in heaven either though, just not that into treasure I guess. 

Where did you grow up?

1979-1994: City of Angeles, CA

1994-1999: Northeastern PA

1999-2001: Sin City, NV

2001-Present: Magic City, MT

I've heard that you're a funeral director by day; does being surrounded by death have any impact on your music?

Everything that surrounds me impacts me. I'm an input; thievesbreakin is one of my outputs. Since my childhood I've have had a passion for creating as well as a fascination with death so I suppose that speaks for both my profession and thievesbreakin. 

When I last saw you play you hid your face behind a black veil sewn inside your hood, what is the significance of the veil? 

Initially I think it was the haunting image that intrigued me. Though I do enjoy the use of imagery I do my best to allow the sound to speak for itself so the idea of removing my face I felt would allow the experiencer to experience the sound in a purer way perhaps. Having that additional distance between those in attendance and myself ended up unexpectedly allowing me to share myself a little more fully. It was a good experience. 

Do you have any advice for people that are just starting to play music?

I have been very fortunate to have some fine mentors and friends that have helped out loads in every aspect of having a project like this. So, surround yourself with good people, ask tons of questions, challenge yourself, be good to yourself and be good to others, mostly that stuff. 

For the gear nerds out there, would you give me a quick rundown of your live setup?

I don't know that I have played two sets with the same setup. The consistent pieces are a BOSS ME-70 multi effect pedal, a SHURE SM58 mic, a BEHRINGER XENYX802 mixer, and a PEAVEY KB3 amp. I often use a microKORG, loop pedals, additional effects pedals, and a contact mic. I have played sets with instruments I have created and on occasion will be accompanied by fellow artists. For the Dreyfest piece the very talented Edward Longo will accompany me. Ed is a multi-instrumentalist, educated in music, from Billings and just a real nice dude. 

Who are your top 5 favorite artists to listen to right now?

1. Mara Mada

2. Ic3peak

3. Nicholas Jaar

4. ‪Kanye West (Yeezy taught me)

5. ‪David Bazan

If you could project your entire consciousness into space and then back into any animal of your choosing, what would it be?

I think a daddy king penguin. They're always chillin’ out, and they like to hang out in groups but are not afraid to do their own thing either. They are family men, and I respect that. 

Thank you so much for being a part of this year’s fest, we can't wait to have you share with us! In closing, I'm dying to know, what are your thoughts on those shoes that have the individual toe slots?

I like what you did there with the, "I'm dying to know." I would say those toe shoe things don't really appeal to me and always catch me off guard for a minute, like, I'm not prepared to see it or something but to each his own, if they made my day I’d be rocking ‘em fo’ SHO!!

 

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The Budgets

by Caleb Addy

Let's start this off nice and civil. Who are the Budgets?

Hank: A band, lego Batman.

Mercer: The Budgets are singers

-Interviewer: Acapella?

Mercer: Yes

Frankie: Caleb, you know damn well who the Budgets are.  If this is an indication of the questions to come… I could be become very frustrated.

You guys have been playing for a long time. Through careers, marriage, and children, why do you still rock out? Has the general experience aged like a fine wine, or paled like a bloated animal corpse?

Hank: Cause daddy likes singing, grandpa likes playing ukulele and Monica.

Mercer: Because I like to rock out.

Frankie: The only source of knowledge is experience… so Caleb, we have had several experiences in this band, and those come with a plethora of emotions. You’re really doing us, and this interview, a disservice by creating questions that are limited to black or white answers. Fine wine? Animal corpse? These are mutually exclusive.

Favorite fruit?

Hank: Banana

Mercer: Grapes

Frankie: Caleb Addy

You're old... very old. How can you still play being completely deaf in both ears and blind in both eyes?

Hank: Maybe you blind eyes will turn back to normal and go to your toes. Then you can play head soccer.

Mercer: That is silly.

Frankie: Wow… an attempt at humor by being ageist? Really? Why don’t we just make fun of you for not being able to read? Would that be nice? Jesus-fuck Caleb….

Describe The Budgets with a quote from Wayne Campbell

Hank: Your light bulbs

Mercer: I’m no helicopter

Frankie: “Things aren’t as bad as they seem”  

If any of you had to marry one of your fellow bandmates, who would it be?

Hank: Nels cause

Mercer: It would be… Jackson

Frankie:  Really Caleb?  Are you trying to destroy this band by playing on the passions we have for each other?  Low blow dude… low blow...

Bon Scott or Brian Johnson?

Hank: Scott.

Mercer: Bob.

Frankie: What about Bob?  This isn’t Bill Murray Fest… this is fucking Dreyfest. Babysteps to the elevator.

You guys have managed to play every Dreyfest thus far (hats off!) Got any new tricks for this year’s performance?

Hank: I'm good at bouncing balls on my head like soccer.

Mercer: A flip.

Frankie: We will be punching people in the face. Well, just one person.  Can you figure out who that will be? It’s a simple math problem…just Addy it up.

On a scale of 9.5 to 10, how much do you love Caleb Addy?

Hank: 100.

Mercer: Ah… Dad…

Frankie:  You self loathing piece of…(mumbling)

Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?

Hank: Yes.

Mercer: Yeah

Frankie: For the Budgets, yes. For the intellectual ability of the interviewer?  Seems unlikely.

 

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Dave Caserio

by Anna Paige

You and Parker Brown have been working together since 2008. What brought you together?

We worked together at the restaraunt Enzo, and when I was putting together Feast for the Hunger Moon, I needed local musicians. I knew Parker played, so I asked him. 

What was that performance like? 

It was a melding of all these platforms of poetry, music, and dance. I think people felt transported. They felt lifted into a different space. One audience member said: "From the moment the lights went down until the Feast ended a couple of hours later, I was in a state of disoriented awe. Disoriented because I had never been in the middle of anything so relentlessly, breathlessly creative." 

That performance was important in setting a tone for collaborative culture in our local arts, music, and literary scene. How did that change you as a poet?

It made me suddenly think there were more possibilities for poetry in the community. I was able to find ways to make a living at it, as opposed to the traditional poet-reads-from-book-of-poetry-and-sells-a-book model. 

You've been residing in Billings since 2003, but you've lived and worked in major cultural centers (Seattle, New York, San Diego). These places seem to influence a lot of your poetry. How does the Billings landscape enter into your work?

Places are incidental. New York, for instance, did influence a lot of my writing because there was so much going on and so many different voices you could hear just walking down the street. Those voices had their own rhythm and their own story. That external world began to intersect with my internal world and my exploration of my past, and my family history. 

If it's not about landscape, what is it about for you?

I think being labeled as a regional writer puts you into a box. There are times when I walk out into the Montana prairie, and it feels like I could be in Mongolia–the landscape and history and imagination just have a sort of serendipity and juxtaposing where my mind just wanders.

What does live music add to your poetry?

Here in Billings, it opens up the potential audience. If you just do a traditional reading, you may have people attending only interested in poetry. But if you add music, suddenly you have people who would not normally come to a poetry reading because it's unique. And they can find out, "You know, I think I do like poetry." On the aesthetic part, I'm really interested in how sound moves through poetry. A poem can't literally get up and dance, and yet it has something of a dance and music in it. 

Poetry, spoken aloud, takes on a different quality. How do you prep for speaking poetry? 

I spent a lot of time listening consciously and unconsciously to pop artists, everyone from Sarah Vaughn to Aretha Franklin to Van Morrison, or folk musicians like Hank Williams and Lead Belly. The way they would phrase language gives you some sense of how poetry can be written and spoken.

Do you feel that poetry is an auditory art form?

That is poetry's nature, because it goes back to the oral tradition. Even now, a poet can get up in the middle of a poem and dance, begin to sing, play an instrument. They begin to take on a shamanistic quality. 

You describe yourself as a bardic poet? What does that mean?  

It's the essential idea that a poet, while often solitary in nature, has a larger cultural role. I love Ed Hirsch's understanding of this notion, that "the poet offers us thought schooled by intuition, emotion deeper than thought, and soulfulness deeper than emotion.  Such archaic ways of knowing go all the way down to the roots of being." A poet is just another human being trying to wake up and stay awake, a reminder of what we are and what we can be.

 

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Nicole Scoles

by Mary Kate Teske

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Would you mind telling me your full name and your morning routine?

Just Nicole Scoles. I never use my middle name. Ever. I also don't really have a morning routine. I usually wake up, shower and coffee coffee coffee. Nothing exciting or spectacular. Pretty simple person.

I see you've gotten into a bit of drawing over the years. What other mediums do you like creating with?

Drawing is where it all started and the one medium I always return to. If I'm not drawing I'm painting, both with oil and acrylic. However, I also work with relief and screen print, wheel throwing, sculpture photography and many other mediums.

If ask you for the best hot sauce, what would you tell me to get?

Hot sauce would be sriracha or anything you could get your hands on. All things are better hot.

What are your staple TV shows?

Staple TV shows are The Office, That 70's Show, Bob's Burgers, and Forensic Files.

Give me one artist to check out that you're stuck on.

James Jean is an artist I've been in love with for years. I've never been able to get him out of my head since the first day I saw his work.

Do you have an ideal place you would like to work in the future of role you would like to fulfill?

My ideal place would be Portland and then eventually Australia. I'm working toward becoming a tattoo artist and the artists I look to the most are established in those places.

 

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Boston Tea Party

by Maddie Alpert

Who am I talking to? What are your names? What do you do in the band, and if you were a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which house would you be in?

I’m Boston McDonald and I sing lead vocals and play guitar. I am more of a Star Wars guy honestly but I would probably be a rug in Hagrid’s house.

I'm Korey Blithe, I play bass, and I'd be a Slytherin for sure! 

I am Sean Burress and I play guitar, synth, and theremin. I would be in Ravenclaw for sure.

And I’m Nic Sibson. I play drums and would maybe be in Hufflepuff? 

How did your band come to be? How long have you been making music together?

Boston had booked a show with a couple full bands and didn't want to play it solo so he reached out to us to join him one evening. It is all kind of an interesting story really. It was all a mix of existing friendship, selling gear on craigslist, and finding Nic on Craigslist when he had just moved to Missoula. Anyways, one show quickly turned into two, then four, then we just kept booking gigs until we realized "holy crap!!! We're a band now!" Four years and a couple of hundred shows later, here we are talking out rides to go play music in eastern Montana.

What does your songwriting process look like?

So far I (Boston) write the songs and then bring it to the boys and they supplement the tune with their own unique flair and we as a group flush it out until the final product is matured into something we deem worthwhile and performable. 

Describe your music in one 7-word sentence.

A bit of everything that is good.

How did you find your sound as a band? Has it been a process? Has it changed?

In the beginning, the sound would have definitely fallen under more of the indie rock category but now as time has gone on and our tastes have developed and we find what works in the bounds of the band, the sound has shifted to more of an Alternative sound. We’ve always been a bit all over the place with our sound so we try to label ourselves with an umbrella genre and keep it as vague as possible. I know, we’re so damn cool.

If you could throw any kind of tea into the ocean as a sign of protest, what kind of tea would you throw and what would you be protesting? 

We would throw in positivitea to protest negative vibes.

 

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Mossmouth

by Kelly La Croix

Yo Mossmouth! Who are you and whaddaya do in the band?

Well we have Haley here--she's been playing bass for about 7 months and she's already writing really rad basslines. She gives lyrical advice and has written two of our songs' words, but Kaley is the primary visionary. Kaley writes most of the lyrics and applies her musical expertise when we're composing as a group. Gravy is our newfound drummer... What else can we say? (Haley literally just met him.) (No, seriously, we don't even know anything about him.) (*Yet.) He also drums in local punk legend Cruddy Suckson (aka Buddy Jackson). Our OG drummer, Shaley, can't be with us anymore, but we hope she continues drumming. (ROCK ON, SHALEY!)

Right now, you are stoked about______________.

The fries we're about to devour, not to mention opening for Screaming Females in October! We just went on tour, which was also pretty exciting--played LoFi Seattle, TummyFest in Bellingham, and a spooky Portland house. It all took place in a brown pickup truck. What a ball.

Mad Libs (kinda)! Complete this sentence : Mossmouth sounds like___________    ________ing   a    ________.

Modest Mouse playing croquet with Smashmouth.

Are you all Missoulians by birth or transplants? What keeps you around?

Kaley and Gravy are "city slickers", but Haley is a country bumpkin who's never driven a vehicle that wasn't a tractor. All Montanans who still don't know what electricity is. Keeping us around--Haley's tractor ran out of gas, Karlie is scarred from NYC and is chained to her precious Billings sibling, while Gravy, on the other hand, is waiting to inherit his father's booming baked potato business.

I saw on social media that you put on house shows. For folks who havenever done it, would you encourage that they host them too? What are the best and worst parts of throwing them?

Yeah, we did try to turn our practice garage into a little venue, due to a lack of spaces here, but it was shut down by fraudulent city letters from our neighbor (who has way too much time on his hands and also wears a fanny pack to bed), as well as some actual law enforcement. So that'd be the worst part of throwing them, but as far as the fun parts go, we did personalize the space so that it looked like a giant mouth. We'd definitely encourage people to do the same.

One of you, Karlie, also has a solo project, Ratbath, whose album wasreleased by former-Montanan Tyson Ballew’s Tummyrock Records: a.) It kinda got a lot of positive attention! Was that expected? b.) Is Ratbath on hiatus? c.) How is Mossmouth different from Ratbath?

A) Expected? No way. I've always written music and just decided to put out some super casual iPhone recordings. It's the magick of Tumblr and Bandcamp that made me visible to Tyson, as well as some great folks in the UK.

B) Ratbath is definitely still running. It's a nice balance with Mossmouth because I can achieve a soft and hard. They're just two different kinds of releases for me.

C) Mossmouth just unleashes the pent-up aggression and violence in me that Ratbath is too sweet to tackle.

What are your pastimes?

Haley takes a shit ton of baths. She's also an avid dog and train lover. If she could, she'd spend every waking hour benching and loving her black wire-haired/short-haired Dachshund named Kiddo. Kaley spends her daze looking for confirmation in the universe, inquiring about everyone's natal chart, and chasing her rats around the house. Gravy spends time writing a manifesto about the dangers of technology in a small cabin in the woods, also mailing care packages to friends.

It's summertime- what do you do on a typical summer day?

THE RIVER. (Gravy wrecks tubes.)

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever put in your mouth (it couldn’t bemoss…in comparison to a slimy fungus or a spider, that doesn’t seem sobad)?

MEAT, MEAT IS MURDER. (But Gravy indulges in a nice, slippery tuna steak every blue moon.)

Your tombstone will read:

Kaley's will say: "There better be yogurt and granola in Hell." Haley's will feature the sweet inscription: "Do I have to pay for this?" Gravy's will read: "You came to party, we came to die."

 

 

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Mary Kate Teske

by Phillip Griffin

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Hi there! Who are you and what have you done with my shower curtain?

Ayyyy, this is Mary Kate Teske some of you know me as Murray Kurt Tersker or MK. And Phil! Dude, I was walking down on the Southside and actually saw some naked lady bust into your house and ALL she took was the shower curtain. She sort of fashioned it into a dress when I saw her take off.

I hear you've had a busy summer. What have you been up to?

Busy as helllllll. It's been a rad summer though full of traveling, camping, climbing, photo taking, shindigs with friends and a whole lot of other stuff!

I also hear you've been coordinating the visual art aspects for Dreyfest this year. What can people expect to see during their DF experience?

Yeah, I have been! Alright, you guys can expect your faces to melt, your eyes to get trippy, details to stun you and for artists to knock your muthafuckin' socks off.

Much of your work features an old car you call Frank. What's the story there?

The story behind Frank is kind of a long one, but I'll make it short and leave a link to the article I wrote for Last Best News explaining more of it*. My grandpa used to own a gas station in Seattle that my whole family worked at. They were always redoing cars and one day was willed the Lancer from an old customer of his. Eventually another customer came in and ended with the Lancer through a trade between her and my grandpa. My family at some point down the line sold the gas station and moved to Terry, MT to start a farm. My grandpa ended getting the Lancer after it was willed back to him where it sat on the farm for years. When I was fifteen I got to rebuild it with my family and have been driving it ever since! 

*Read the whole story about MK's Dodge Lancer, Ol' Frank, here.

You've also been doing some work on a project called Backseat Sessions, in which artists perform songs in Frank's back seat. This seems like an awesome way for small artists to get content they can share online. How long have you been doing that? How did it start? Any future plans for the project?

So the Backseat Sessions have been going on for about five months now. They spawned from an old roommate and I hanging on the rims one night. We were chilling inside of my car and, being a musician herself, my roomie brought her guitar and started playing in the back while hanging out. I got the idea from that, and it turned into something a bit bigger because a lot of my friends are musicians. As for future plans, I hope to one day get Kendrick or something in the backseat so we'll see how well progressing toward that goes.

What's your favorite Lord of the Rings character?

Oooooh, LOTR is one of my favs. I've always been kinda in love with Aragorn.

To me, a lot of your stuff has an '80s feel to it - something like a hay-day sensibility. Bold colors and some sleek darkness, burgers and a highway. Maybe a gesture back to a time when cars were seen as more of a boon than a burden as they are now, with climate issues upon us. Is there anything in particular you try to capture in your photography, or do you just snap stuff you think looks cool?

I definitely try to focus on colors. I hate the goddamn beige epidemic happening in modern homes today. But really, I try mostly to document my life, and fit my car into iconic, classic scenes. I'd like to do more throwback type of stuff in the future though.

Top three things you're most excited for in the next six months? Ten years?

Damn, it seems like I'm always excited about something, but if I have to choose: I'm jazzed to climb Devil's Tower soon. I'm actually really stoked for Dreyfest. I'm always reeling for the day I get to become an organic farmer.

Dreyfest is less than two weeks away! What are you most excited to see?

Well, Phil, ya told me about that damn Richard Dreyfest piñata head and now I can't stop thinking about that thing.

Top three places you've visited with Frank?

My favorite places I've traveled to in Frank are probably Glacier National Park, The Redwoods, and Big Sur!

 

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Silverbow Society

by Jordan Finn

Who are the members of Silverbow Society and their respective instruments?

Trevin Baker - Vox/Guitar

Caleb Haynes - Bass

Ty Sutton - Drums

Conner Haman - Lead Guitar

What's the backstory on the formation of the band? Any awkward bathroom clogs along the way?

Conner, Ty, and Trevin all met in the artistic heart of Billings: Castle Rock Middle School's Jazz Swing Band, of course. We jammed for a bit as a 3-piece before Trevin's older brother, Kaydin, stepped in on bass. After he graduated, Caleb made what he regards as his most regretted decision and joined the band. It's all been downhill from there. Caleb and Ty have definitely clogged their fair share of latrines over the years. Sometimes a plunger is available. Sometimes we're not so lucky.

Zeppelin or Sabbath?

Trevin: Zep

Conner: Zep

Ty: Zeppelin all the way

Caleb: sAbBaTh. I can barely tell the difference between a Zeppelin song and a bad 70's adventure movie.

Who is the Great Benevolent Lizard?

Now, listen. People ask me all the time - who is this benevolent lizard? Loads of folks, and they're asking me - and I've met them. Good people, mind you. Let me tell you, NO ONE has done more for benevolence in this country than me. This lizard - LOSER. Big time. Very sad!

What are a few of your inspirations for the tunes? Bands? Artists? Animal Planet documentaries?

Trevin: The band that inspired me to pick up a guitar was undoubtedly Green Day, and I think that's pretty apparent in our older-ish stuff. My favorite bands these days are Coheed and Cambria, I the Mighty, Brand New, The Dear Hunter, Circa Survive, and a generous helping of what people might call "fake-emo."

Conner: Definitely a lot of older hard-rock groups like Van Halen, AC/DC and the like. Avenged Sevenfold is probably my favorite band.

Ty: My biggest inspirations are probably John Bonham and my dad. Also, more recently, Jonny Stevens from Highly Suspect.

Caleb: Mainly the Backstreet Boys, but really anything except for rap and country.

How do you fellas gauge the scene in Billings nowadays?

Dude, honestly - eh. I think we've all got kind of a love-hate relationship with the scene. Some days it's super awesome and you've got bands playing and people enjoying themselves at shows and other times the scene is a poo poo and pee pee cesspool.

If one walked into your practice space, what would one expect?

Probably Trevin talking for hours on end about things about plans that are never going to be executed. He's really long-winded. We do try to actually be productive and practice music occasionally, however. Our scheduled practice day is always Wednesday in Ty's basement.

Favorite decade for music? '70s? '90s? '20s? ???

2060s, no doubt. Thanks to Disney's de-aging technology (as seen in hit films like Rogue One, Tron *the new one*, Captain America: Civil War, etc) we can actually reanimate any dead artist and program them to make music indefinitely! Michael Jackson's best album is still 45 years away!

I think the snooty (but probably more accurate) response to that is that tHeRe iS No BeSt DeCadE. There's pretty much always been a good amount of stuff that's exciting and boundary-pushing in any decade, just as there's always stuff that's not so great. On the real, though, most bands we listen to are from the 90s and 2000s, so yeah.

Any exciting plans for the band's future? Will there be cake?

We've been writing a lot and have a loose plan to start recording a full-length in the winter. Basically, as we all graduate within the next year or two, we'll have to make a decision to either start pursuing music more seriously or part ways and pursue other things individually. So, if we do end up recording a full-length, it'll either function as a send-off/farewell or as a platform for us to "step to the next level." Cake? Maybe. Who doesn't love "Short Skirt, Long Jacket"? Caleb says cake is too sweet but there will be plenty of Cheese Gorditas from Taco Bell.

Best word to describe the band?

Mistrusting. Of bees, specifically.

 

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Joshua Bacha

by Mary Kate Teske

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So, Josh, are you a meatball in your spaghetti kinda guy or are you one of those folks that go meatball-less with just the sauce?

Ah I was waiting for this question! Personally I like to start a session of spaghetti with meatballs in the mix. Maybe depending on the grade/quality of the meatballs too.

You're the main man behind Ghost Carrot Records right? Would you mind telling me more about that?

I started Ghost Carrot Records in August of 2015 as an art collective and booking agency. I moved to Missoula a year or so ago to work with Riley Roberts and Dan Miller. We all take on different roles to accomplish our goals as an organization. The organization is used in a way that we can promote our art and music as well as other artists we choose to support. I started drawing and developing my ability to create visual art right when I moved to Missoula because I wanted to always be able to have fresh tasty art for flyers, album art, etc. This allows my visual art and music to grow off of each other. The more that I mature as an artist, the more I realize the value in collaboration and that is where a larger chunk of the focus of Ghost Carrot Records is going to be towards.

I've seen a bit of your art, and love the melting ghoulish figures you create. Were you always prone to drawing ghouls or did they sort of just happen one day?

I'm not really sure. I always just kind of did randomly cartoony stuff but it all builds off of itself. I just think they look cool and creating my own universe is way groovier then borrowing someone else’s. A lot of my inspiration does come from the old Hanna Barbara cartoons. Scooby Doo is my favorite though. The color palates they used and the stylization of it is something I am always striving towards.

Can you draw whenever/wherever or do you have a certain setup or staple snacks you like to munch on when drawing?

You can't limit yourself and I need to have the ability to do my art wherever. I love food and I'm in a constant war with sugar and caffeine. It's whatever though. We all have to die someday. I wonder how much of an effect sugar and caffeine have on my ability to make art. I will let you know more information when the results come back from the lab though.

You throw on a favorite album. It is?

Dang dude, that's a zinger of a question. It depends on the mood but I'll listen to just about anything if I can find meaning in it. Recently I've been listening to Yeti by Amon Duul II, which is a German prog album from 1970. The bass and drum rhythms are excellent. Also, Ariel Pink has been in my daily life pretty consistently too, which is lo-fi dream pop junk.

 

Do you think you would ever go so far as to do a mural or street art of your work?

YES! I am in the process of trying to diversify my income so that I can start making money off of it and doing it full time. The biggest painting I did was on the side of a bus at Adventure Crew Music Festival. It was this fuzzy orange monster. Honestly I am frothing at the mouth for the day that someone wants to hire me to do a mural on the side of a building for them.

Is there any possibility you'd form a psychedelic "Gorrillaz" type of band but with your own characters?

That's a super fresh idea! I have so many projects going on in my life right now. With my band Charcoal Squids I'm doing all of the art and drawings for that project and I hope to do animation with that sometime.

Any hopes for the record company or your art in the near future?

It's all about progression! We accomplish a little more each day, this is a lifelong journey but we are going to keep releasing albums, growing Ghost Carrot Records Music and Arts Festival, Missoula Psych Fest, and sharing our creations with the community! Any questions about our art, our music, if you want to hire me to paint on something you love, Anything really, just email us at: ghostcarrotrecords@yahoo.com XOXOXOXOXOXO

 

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Tiny Plastic Stars

by Nels Jensen

First off, can you let us know who you are, what instrument you play, and where you’re from?

My name is Riley Roberts. I write sing and play the guitar. We are a band based out of Missoula, MT.

You guys have been Tiny Plastic Stars for a few years, now, with… it sounds like, other projects before this band formed, how does Montana treat psych/pop/rock groups?

Overall, MT treats us great. I don't speak for every psych/pop/rock group, or even to say we haven't cleared a room on a Friday night would be a lie. We certainly seem to have a fairly specific demographic of Montanans that are receptive to our music, as well as those who seem to be unsure what to think of us.

I’ve read that some of your earlier songs were pulled from Riley’s former project, and modified to fit the band.  Are the songs you’re creating now similar?  Is there a set song that is brought to practice, or has the song-writing process changed at all?

The song writing process has definitely changed. For a long time I approached songwriting from a very 2 dimensional point of view. It was myself and a guitar basically from start to finish. Now there are many different steps along the way that can pull a song in different directions.

How was recording at Club Shmed?  How was your experience?  Any good stories you can tell?

So we actually didn't record this most recent record at shmeds, we recorded at Levitation. But Shmedly studios is where we began. And oh man, every day makes for many interesting stories with Shmed. It seems like ages ago now, but we partied a lot, crashing on his locomotion floor, and watched a lot of crazy shit on the Internet.

If you were talking with someone before your set, and they asked you what they should expect, what would you tell them?

Hmm, to have a good time! I can only hope.  

Band you’ve played with, and desperately want to play with again?

Backwater Prophet!

Richard Dreyfuss movie you’ve seen, and desperately want to see again?

Stand By Me is one of my favorite movies of all time. It has been a while so I suppose I am due to see it again!

 

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