Some Pulp: Expect broken drum heads, bloody noses, and a few tears

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Some Pulp's vintage garage rock sound is perfect for a cassette-only release. The Minneapolis duo's scuzzy guitar pop anthems on their self-titled EP will be a godsend for fans of Jay Reatard's twisted genius. And Graham Barton and Dane Hoppe make it all sound so easy.

Gimme Noise spoke with Graham and Dane before the band's album release on Tuesday to get their take on the benefits and fall-backs on having just two members in their band and why they are only releasing the album on cassette.

Band Members: Dane Hoppe & Graham Barton

Gimme Noise:
What are the pros and cons of having just two members in a band?

Dane Hoppe: It's kinda hard to say really -- we've always played in bands that feature stripped down arrangements and personnel, so we've gotten used to keeping things tight-knit. Only having to worry about two people means easy scheduling and even easier collaboration when it comes to writing and whatnot. It doesn't really leave much room to explore a bigger sound the way we'd like, but we've learned to write these kind of all-out, distorted tunes keeping the duo arrangement in mind.

GN: Is the album only going to be released (physically) on cassette? Why cassette tape? Do you feel it's making a comeback?

Graham Barton: Yep, only on cassette because cassettes rule. We feel there's a definite culture for this type of music that just so happens to love something cool and tangible that isn't a CD. Yeah, cassettes are nostalgic and totally remind us of listening to Crazy Sexy Cool in the back of our parents' cars when we were like five, but it's not so much of a gimmicky thing; as far as distro goes, they're definitely cost-effective for a DIY group like us.



GN: There's a bit of a throwback sound to the music. Where did you draw from when writing for Some Pulp?

DH: Both of us raised in southeast Michigan, so naturally Motown found its way into our veins. A lot of what we like and listen to also reaches back to that classic doo-wop and surfy sound. Back in our teen days, we played a lot of grind and super techy metal together, and now we're pretty much looking to do something a little more refined. Doo-wop has a definite formula and aesthetic that we want to emulate with our tunes. 

GN: Any favorite songs off the new album?

GB: Uh, "Devolver." It's a workout. As much as we like the single, "Devolver" breaks away from the rest of the cassette with a Romantics/new wavy sorta thing. The last track "Til Ur Gone" took the longest to produce, but it turned out great. It quotes the progression and vocal line from the intro that ties the cassette together quite nicely. Total jam.

GN: What's the goal with this album? Did you want to tour or did you make it with the goal of making another album?

DH: Honestly, we didn't have much of a vision for the project at first. We wrote and recorded "Why" in one night and loved the way it was going, so that really motivated us in putting an entire cassette together and use this band name we've had in our heads for the better half of a year or so. After the project was done, we saw a lot of potential in performing and just getting our music heard -- which is all we ever really want. Best case: we tour the tunes we have until they get old, then continue writing for the full-length.

GN: What are your thoughts of being an independent artist these days where you may not make the core of your finances from a career in music? Is it disheartening? What drives you to do music especially since it's not very financially rewarding?

GB: We're in for the long haul, meaning whatever cash, time, and energy we put in now is all for some sort of payoff later, be it actual money, or continued exposure and recognition. Pretty much all our lives, people have been trying to drill into our heads the idea that a career in music is a long-shot. This basically motivated us even more. Right now we do a ton of freelance producing on the side, as we're both engineers. So no matter the project or local band or TV commercial or some self-released cassette that only a super small market will get their hands on, they'll all contribute to our careers as music professionals.

GN: What can we expect to see at the album release show?

DH: Well, we're not gonna make any promises, but probably most definitely broken drum heads, bloody noses, a few tears maybe, and cassettes. We're just looking to have a good time playing some good music with some good friends real good-like.

Some Pulp will release their self-titled cassette at the Kitty Cat Klub with Schoenburg and Cool Dog on Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
21+, Free, 9:30 pm



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