Red Daughters interview pt. 2: "We definitely listened to Cream in a graveyard"
After all your travels, you think you could find inspiration here in Minneapolis?
H: We've gotten in trouble with cops so many times trying to chill out on a ridge somewhere by the river beyond a fence. When we all lived in Coon Rapids we used to go to the Coon Rapids dam and I'm sorry to bring up Coon Rapids again...
MH: Coooooon Rapiddds
H: But that was our spot, man. We'd always just go out into nature and hang out, play the guitar, have a fire and just write tunes.
CM: I realized after our release show at Amsterdam we were in the hotel room, and Hix was playing acoustic guitar and we were singing Del Shannon and Beatles songs, Band songs and everyone was singing like we were around a campfire but we were in some fucking posh hotel room and we were like, "This is not where we belong." We belong outside by a campfire not in a hotel room overlooking the goddamn river with a bunch of people we don't know.
MH: And maybe that's when we're at our best. Who knows?
CM: But either way it was a good time.
You're playing with Buildings on Thursday -- another band working with Broccoli.
MH: Building....we just like to say Building.
TB: William Ding.
(Hoots and giggles)
Where did you record your latest CD release?
H: Nicollet Park recording studios, which is no longer in business.
Night moves recorded with them as well.
H: We love Night Moves, man. They're old buddies of ours. We did a tour with them a couple summers ago out in the Wisconsin zone. Had a couple house parties.
Plans this summer? Any retreats? Writing music?
(Heads nod yes)
CM: We're working on the next album which is called Dealer and we have about 30 songs right now. So that's where all of our efforts are focused.
What music are you listening to right now?
TB: Donovan and the Neil Young record with "Cinnamon Girl" on it.
CM: I've been listening to the Budos Band. They're Afro-funk. Throwback 70's. Super-fly kind of sound. Something you'd want to rob a bank to. And also country songs. Waylon Jennings and Marty Robbins and sappy country ballads and then funky shit.
MH: As of late it's been a lot of Chet Baker and Billy Holiday. All the old crooners.
H: I've been doing the Al Green thing and a little bit of Eminem and some Dre. And then Harry Nilsson.
Will you bring your fog machine to the Varsity?
TB: They got one there and we're going to exploit the shit out of that thing. We're gonna get it mystical in there for sure.
Irony aside, the Fog Machine seems like a natural appendage.
H: Yep. Makes us feel more comfortable.
TB: I'd say Hix is the lead Fog player in the band.
MH: The relevance of the Fog Machine is that we want everyone to feel that voodoo bayou vibe that we're feeling when we're playing at night.
TB: It's also cool as fuck.
|Poster by Jesse Draxler|
Red Daughters with Bloodnstuff, Speed's the Name and Buildings. $8. The Varsity this Thursday, June 14.
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