Q: You guys are a psychedelic big band, so how would you describe your sound? What influences are you channeling?
A: I guess psychedelic soul pretty much says it. But also a lot of R&B with psychedelic elements. Our influences…there’s too many to pinpoint. But a lot of R&B and soul, psychedelic music, punk music.
Q: From several sources, it seems that you guys are pretty wild and visually arresting on stage. What do you want to accomplish with the visual part of your performance?
A: As I describe it, I want to make an eye-gasm. I guess I want to continue to bring back the whole tradition of a nicely dressed soul band
Q: You guys are traveling right now on tour right? How is that going?
A: So far, most of the shows have been really good. We just came back from Montreal. It’s been going well.
Q: Can you describe your songwriting process? Where do you get your inspirations?
A: There are three main songwriters, basically come up with stuff. They teach everyone else in the band.
Q: Do you guys rehearse a lot together?
A: No, not really. Everyone lives in different cities. But everyone is kind of centralizing in Berlin. For the past 10 years, we’ve all been living in different cities.
Q: So how did the band come together?
A: We all played together in 1999. I moved to Germany, I wanted to do that. I found people all over, from traveling and such, and just put everyone together. We’ve been pretty much the same line-up since.
Q: Do you guys value your interaction with the crowd?
A: Yeah, definitely. We try to incorporate the crowd frequently.
Q: If you could go on tour with any band right now, who would it be?
A: Well, we’re gonna be playing a couple of show with Red Nash, who’s based in Montreal
Q: What can we look forward to at Terrace Club this Thursday?
A: Hopefully a gospel, kind of erotic rock. A lot of dancing, definitely
Interview conducted, condensed, and edited by Grace Ma ‘14