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INTERVIEW: Streaking In Tongues

How would you classify your music?

We are an experimental Father/Son duo. Our music runs through various genres, so far mainly folk, pop, indie rock, and score music. We’re always trying to dream up something new.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

The Beatles. Pink Floyd. Talking Heads. Radiohead. Wilco. You might hear bits of each of them in our work, though we’re pretty self-possessed and most days just trying to do our best STREAKING IN TONGUES impression.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Whatever they like, whatever they need. A new friend perhaps. Hopefully not a headache.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Doesn’t exist. Play for the birds or book shows out of town. That’s our options.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Jewel. Incredible voice. Great songs. The two things we enjoy most about playing live are seeing people come alive when they hear our songs, and also making new friends along the way.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

Ronnie says three-way tie: “Field of Pineapples”, “Boy in a Garbage Bag”, or “Kindergarten Prayer #3” because all three are unique to our catalogue, something we needed and we didn’t even know it. Elliott says “I Was a Fool Before You Were Born” or “When it Comes to Dreaming” because I enjoy playing the keyboards on them live.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

Our band (and even our new album Kindergarten Prayers) has evolved considerably over the last year. Many of the songs on the album have full arrangements that we created in the studio and that would require 5 or more musicians to duplicate live. Instead of hiring a backing band, we decided to keep it as a Father/Son duo, get some new equipment, and begin experimenting with the songs. In the past, once we released an album the next step was to simply play the songs for a live audience. Now, many of the songs get a chance to evolve further than the way they were recorded. It makes playing them live more enjoyable and it’s helping us to grow as musicians. We’re learning a lot and it’s giving us fresh inspiration for the future.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?  

Living: We’d love to hang with Kanye. We’re big fans and we’d like to make an album with him.

Dead (well, half-dead): We’d love to sit down with The Beatles and just play the early stuff, the straight rock. The stuff that makes ya dance.

What’s next for you?  

We just completed a tour and we’re back recording. We’re working on two new projects at the same time. The first is an all-instrumental album designed to help folks meditate, study, and relax. The second is another proper album that’s even more ambitious than Kindergarten Prayers. And it will have love songs. That will be new for us.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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