Red Daughters interview pt. 1: "We don't have a Brian Epstein yet"
So far, I've paid between $0 and $8 to see Red Daughters, and an hour's pay is nothing compared to feelin' groovy in spite of one's self. No guarantee of Clapton-esque technical feats, but Red Daughters' songs are satisfyingly dynamic, epic and earthy.
Gimme Noise sat down at Dusty's Bar (home of stiff $3.50 G&Ts and the band-endorsed Dago sandwich) in NE Minneapolis with Charlie Murlowski (guitar, vocals) Tony Beres (bass, vocals) Aaron "Hix" Lee (keys, guitar, vocals) and Mark Hanson (drums, vocals) before their June 14 show at the Varsity Theater. We talked about rock 'n' roll's current position in Minneapolis, a drug-fueled road trip, finding inspiration, and finding management.
Besides my brother's, yours is the only band I "like" on Facebook. Am I making anyone feel uncomfortable?
Tony Beres: Yes. Incredibly uncomfortable. You can keep going.
Charlie Murlowski: Well, not really uncomfortable. It's flattering.
How did your CD release show at the Amsterdam go?
Hix: It was weird being in St. Paul. Downtown. I mean it was great, there were tons of people there. It's weird being in that city. It's like a ghost town.
CM: It was nice to get people out of Minneapolis, to see how many people actually came out. And a lot of people did. So it was awesome. And we had hotel rooms and the whole shebang.
A hotel room? You couldn't drive 15 minutes home?
CM: No. We had a suite at the Crowne Plaza. Yeah we had the hotel security call on us at five in the morning.
TB: He told us we couldn't do that.
Your sound has been described as "down home." Are you all from Minneapolis?
H: No. We're all from Coon Rapids.
TB: I think the 'down home' thing is that we just like playing and listening to good songs, whatever they may be.
H: We're not trying to just be interested in '80s new wave or something like that. It's anything and everything, you know? We just pick out what's gnarly.
TB: We're picky guys. We talk to each other a lot about everything, all the music. All the songs we like we force each other to like. I think we're really unified in our sense of good music.
So "down home" is an arbitrary term here?
TB: Mm hm. We got some stuff that is not "down home."
Well, do you think that the Minneapolis scene has fostered certain sounds?
H: Not really.
H: I don't think so. I think most of the sound that comes out of Minneapolis that people deem as Minnesota... hip-hop... like Rhymesayers, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, stuff like that. And then all that folk and bluegrass. Basically the biggest of Minneapolis... but as far as rock 'n' roll, whatever you want to call it, a lot of that shit, nobody's paying attention to. TB: There's also a lot of electronic music.
CM: People punching machines, manipulating sound.
TB: People with computers on stage and shit like that which are probably not necessary.
CM: I'd say we pride ourselves on being a good live band, for sure. That's probably our best quality.
Yes. In fact, it's been hard for me to get any copy of your recorded music. I can't find anything like a discography.
(chuckles) TB: Data management is not our strong suit.
CM: Yeah, we're looking for any managers out there.
TB: Any manager, if you're reading this on the World Wide Webs... hit us up. We need it.
So then what is Broccoli management? How did you get together with Broccoli?
H: Broccoli Management is Cody who manages the Goondas and we met him because we did a show with them at the 331. It was one of their earlier shows. This was two or three years ago.
TB: He's a friend who helps us out... He described himself as a band sentinel. Instead of saying 'Manager.' He can find shows and stuff but he mainly takes care of... shit that none of us know how to do.
CM: He's gonna get our songs on iTunes. He's going to do that for us.
H: We've got some other people we're working with as well as far as booking goes. We don't really have a manager. We don't have a Brian Epstein yet. We got to find one of those...We got to be bisexual and sleep with some dude that'll be our manager.
TB: Hix is going to take one for the team.