Red Daughters interview pt. 2: "We definitely listened to Cream in a graveyard"
This is the second half of a conversation with four members of the undeniably groovy Red Daughters. Their songs are
satisfyingly dynamic, epic and earthy, and should be a delight alongside Bloodnstuff, Speed's the Name, and Buildings this evening at Varsity Theater.
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. In this portion, we talk about fog machines, influences, loving Coon Rapids, and the next Red Daughters album.
Gimme Noise: I'd really like to sing along to your song "Egyptian" but I don't know what you're saying.
Hix: We don't know what we're saying either...It's something like...'Eye- ah-wash-ee-nay-ooooh,...
TB: Eye-ah-wash-ee-nay-oh, yo-hoh'... Is that right? (sings the chorus)
CM: Sounds like something we learned in choir class.
TB: I learned the lyrics from a Native American guy who came to our elementary school and taught us how to sing that song and we just used it. I don't even know what it means.
Native American? But the song is called "Egyptian."
TB: The song's actually not called "Egyptian." On the record we call it something else. We just call it "Egyptian" because it sounds like Egypt. That's how we name songs. Sometimes.
I asked my dad how "Egyptian" sounded to him, and he said the band Kansas.
(hearty laughs all around)
CM: That's cool though because dads like us, old people like us, home boys love us.
TB: We're "dad rock."
You've been compared to the Band, too.
TB: That's the nicest comparison I think we've gotten.
CM: We've been compared to Stillwater too, that fictional band from... What's that movie called? Almost Famous.
Sometimes you guys remind me of Cream.
TB: We definitely listened to Cream in a graveyard at one point.
MH: In a graveyard we had lunch and listened to Cream.
TB: Do you remember the headstone? It read Mr. and Mrs. Hedgebomb or something...That was the best day of their lives.
H: Their afterlives.
MH: We figured we're in a graveyard and people are always giving flowers and feeling sad and trying to remember good stuff but it's somber regardless. We're like, let's stoke out this grave and have some lunch-snack.
TB: Do you remember the name of the city?
ALL: Cameron, Missouri.