Photo By Michael Beck
There are certain bands I get consistently amped to see- and even though I can have the CD on for a week straight- still cannot wait to see them live. Meet Fight From Above (Justin Miner, Dave Schechtman, Jeremy Miner, Justin Krook).
Since I was introduced to their L.A. Kids CD a year ago, they’ve been consistently on my itunes playlist- so naturally I was more than excited to hear the Hot Hot Heat/ Modest Mouse hybrid was back in the recording studio to feed my fancy with more addicting beats.
As with most bands, they’ve gone through a couple changes- and they’ve emerged a whole new breed, launching onto the L.A. indie rock scene with a new lust (and lease) on life- which is more than apparent at any one of their live shows! (Make sure to check them out at the Viper Room, October 1 for their legendary Kill Summer show!)
Before their set at the Troubadour we had a chance to catch up a bit, and hear all the dirty details concerning their lives music-wise!
BNB: So you guys just finished up a tour up the West coast- what was on heavy rotation in your ride?
FFA: There was this one song that Miner- I don’t even remember which song it was- but apparently I was hanging out the window and I went passed the physical limit that the car would go- I don’t remember!
JM: After that, I listened to “Wild Nothing” by myself.
FFA: “Wild Nothing is a great, great album. I was driving with Jeremy- we blasted some Outkast- and this dude also gave us a CD- he was more of a karaoke act- so we were listening to that.
BNB: Any of your old school “28th St. Fire” action?
FFA: No, no “28th St. Fire” action- some other stuff that we never did anything with. From the vault. You know, I just make my own private Fight From Above albums.
BNB: Musical inspirations?
FFA: Since the last time we talked?
BNB: Yeah. I need a fresh perspective!
DS: There was that Beach Fossiles stuff you put on.
JM: Yeah, that stuff was good- but not inspiring. Nah, I’ve been listening to a lot of Wilco actually- their live album’s been getting me jazzed up about writing again!
BNB: Who were you stoked to see at Sunset Strip Music Fest?!
BNB: Nice! You guys actually played last year!
JM: It was an…experience.
BNB: Not to be repeated?
JM: It was an…experience.
BNB: See you at Sunset Junction next year then.
JM: Then we’re talking!
BNB: Next album we can expect from FFA?
FFA: Well pretty soon actually.
BNB: I know you like to debut your new songs at live shows…
FFA: Yes, we’ll be playing a new one today- “Tilting At Windmills” NEVER before heard- exclusive bestnewbands.com status.
BNB: So I know you dudes LOVE the really obscure questions- what flavor of bubblegum would you be?
FFA: Gonna go with Carls Jr. bacon pastrami burger flavor- that would be dinner gum. For dessert gum it would probably be green apple.
DS: His I’m gonna answer for him- it’s the Fight From Above pizza- so that’s cheese pizza with French fries on top.
BNB: And what would YOU do for a Klondike bar?
JM: I would play lots and lots of shows for not any money and carry all my gear and shit around.
JK: Oh wait- we do that already!
BNB: Next live show in sunny SoCal we can catch you at?
FFA: Kill Summer- second annual at the Viper Room October 1- with Golden State.
JM: Yes, we’re excited!
BNB: And what local slightly-uner-the-radar band are you all watching right now?
FFA: The Smiles! They’re actually playing with Young The Giant- they’re fun summer easy listening- just really good!
BNB: What bigger music festival are you looking to play?
FFA: Coachella- gotta play Coachella!
JK: We’ve got a duel he (Jeremy Miner) says Bonnaroo!
BNB: Are we going to “Fight” it out right now?
JM: Come on- you’ve got indie rock music- in the grass- in the nice eighty-degree weather- with the bugs.
JK: Well Coachella has those too…
BNB: Has the chemistry changed at all since Jerome (former lead guitarist) has left FFA?
BNB: You guys seem to be jamming a little bit more onstage now…
FFA: It brought new enthusiasm to the band, you know- we’ve been doing this a long time and we’re pretty excited. He’s (Jeremy) made us younger too by the way. Like ten years younger.
BNB: Sweet- I want to feel ten years younger.
FFA: Don’t hang out with us- you’ll feel ten years older! But yeah, we’ve allowed the songs to become a little looser in their structure!
BNB: Closing Remarks?
FFA: Feed me beats!
DS: I wish I had some pathetic website to promote like- like thanks to….but no.
FFA: Kill Summer show- October 1! Viper Room! And we’ll be shooting the music video for our next single in the next month or so! And also- if you enjoyed the Kill Summer show last year, you’re gonna like it again. If you haven’t been- you’re gonna love it. And everybody enjoy summer while you still got it- because we’re gonna kill it.
I am MORE than a little excited to announce Fight From Above as bestnewbands.com’s newest Artist In Residence! You’ll be treated with an all month long FFA fix- and as their on-stage antics and chemistry can tell you- you won’t be disappointed- it’s total lust at first listen!
Their newest songs (“Tilting At Windmills” & “Robber Barons” & “Refugees”) hold all the promise expected of a band that consistently keeps us begging for more- it’s no secret the album is more than a little highly anticipated!
You can check out more of FFA’s tunes and tracks at www.myspace.com/fightfromabove- and head over to bestnewbands.com in September to get up close & personal with the L.A. Kids in faded kicks- and watch for a behind the scenes look as I go into the recording studio with them soon!
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