(This week’s answers provided by Janet)
Q: Is there a certain set of albums you listen to after or before a show? A pre/post show ritual or groove if you will? I read from the previous questions about music you are currently listening to, I am more interested in if there are any staple albums that you bring on the road, in the studio, after the show etc etc. Or if your music selection changes on a regular basis do you find any themes or patterns as to what you listen to at different times?
A: On most nights, what gets up psyched and ready to play is usually our opening bands. We have no rituals, other than some light warming up, to which we adhere. But we do like to bring bands along with us who inspire us to play and get the crowd going as well. The Gossip would probably be the best example of this. Their youthful wide-eyed attitude, and their infectious, danceable songs got us really jazzed before our set. A few others include Versus, The White Stripes, and the Quails. We’ve been lucky to tour with some stellar folks. We’re looking forward to our east coast dates with the unstoppable hometown heroes, the Thermals.
Q: If you could go on tour with anyone, (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
A: Jimi Hendrix. Obviously.
Q: I suppose that this question would be for Janet. I was just wondering if you were as big of a Who fan as I am? If you are, have you listened to Quadrophenia lately
A: Well, I’m not sure how big of a Who fan you are, but let’s just say I’ve got “The Kids Are Alright” DVD in my machine as I type this. They have influenced me such a great deal, especially Keith Moon’s totally inventive and free drumming style. I can’t even imagine a world without this band. I haven’t listened to Quadrophenia all the way through in quite a while, but I did pick a song off it on the jukebox the other night.
Q: Hey S-K! I’m curious as to whether you will ever release any official guitar tabs. I know a few people have figured some songs out (or at least decent-sounding equivalents) and posted tabs on the web, but will the real thing ever be available? Your music is oh so fun to play… it’s too bad I don’t have a jam partner (yet!).
A: Figuring out guitar parts by ear is a valuable exercise. It’s one way to train yourself to hear notes and how they fit together and relate to each other. It’ll teach you so much more about your instrument than a guitar tab any day! Plus you might stumble upon some new part that sounds great, one you can turn into your own song.
Q: Dear Janet, Yr drumming is SO ROCK HARD, and I was wondering, how long does it take to master the drums? I play my friend Jessica’s drums and I can figure out PARTS of yr songs. Rock on? Rock on.
A: I’ll let you know when I find out! Seriously, I don’t think it’s possible to “master” an instrument because there will always, no matter how smokin you are, be room for evolution and growth. You learn and get better throughout your life, and I believe this relates to who you are, and what you experience as a person. So much about playing the drums, for me, involves exploring feelings and memories, and these can change color as time passes. The act of playing is what is important, and what will give you satisfaction.