BNB: Little bit of a symbiotic relationship going on!
V: Exactly. I mean come on- some random name? We were going to be The Flaming Dragons.
BNB: But you decided no on that- I support that decision.
V: Yeah us too!
BNB: Main musical influences for you all?
V: Led Zepellin, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Modest Mouse.
BNB: In general what region of the world do you tend to flock to for good music- American bands, Canadian bands…
V: The Brits! London bands! Montreal is pretty good.
BNB: I think Montreal is sometimes a little underrated!
V: Yeah but they’re totally getting credit now- they’ve got one of the biggest bands out there- Arcade Fire!
BNB: Fair enough!
V: Then there’s Saskatoon…
BNB: I know of three bands from Saskatoon- blew my mind!
V: Are you kidding? My favorite thing to do in my free time is just say random Canadian cities- Thunder Bay…
BNB: Are you guys on tour right now? Possibly hitting up Thunder Bay?
V: Haha- you know we are not currently on tour, but we have a residency at The Echo coming up in September- it’s free every Monday! We’re working on a new album, and we’ll definitely be hitting up CMJ in New York!
BNB: Well I’ll catch you on the east coast then!
V: We’re going for the BMI showcase- REALLY excited about that!
BNB: If you guys could collaborate with one other artist or band- who would it be, pick your poison!
V: Mars Volta, The Flaming Lips- I think it would be an interesting blend between our music and their music. Maybe the new MGMT.
BNB: You like the new record- weren’t so fond of the old?
V: The new one is what did it for me. Definitely took it from kid band to ok, we really want to put together a quality record. Not that their first record wasn’t- it’s just like this one is like ok, we’re gonna move to the next level now! It’s not just the singles for that album- you have to listen to the whole album. It’s a thinking man’s album.
BNB: Okay so you dug the ever-evolving type vibe.
V: We’re really into the albums that grow on you- the like ok hold on- I’m STILL listening to this album.
BNB: Is that what you’re aiming for with your upcoming CD?
V: We’d hope so!
BNB: Who are you all here to hear today?
V: Unanimously, Smashing Pumpkins!
BNB: We’re they a big influence growing up?
V: Yeah for sure! I mean, those were our prime music formative years right there.
BNB: What really got you- the tunes or lyrics?
V: Well I was a kid- so probably just the music. I really dug Siamese Dream and how it was about the guitar – and when I got a little older, high school, and I was listening to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness I really dug a lot of those lyrics.
BNB: If you could pick somebody to open for YOU guys- who would it be?
V: RUSH! That would be incredible!
BNB: Slappin the bass a little bit?
V: Yeah! That was a good question…hmm….really I think we’re more focused on who we can open up for right now! That would be Big Rock Candy Mountain from New Orleans!
BNB: Closing Remarks?!
V: Look out for our 7in. record coming out on the twenty-seventh of September in conjunction with our Echo residency- the record’s hopefully gonna be out by next year and it’s a message of hope and community and being present and we definitely believe in records and that’s what we tried to do with this is create a record that you can enjoy front to back- and we love what we do!
You can catch the uber-creative quintet every Monday in September at The Echo sans an entrance fee- and check out more of their music at www.myspace.com/vanaprasta (specifically “color of sin” and the undeniably ambient and entrancing “Minnesota.”)