out to DRUMATTICA leads to harder stuff.
when your friends give you copies of their latest
musical efforts and you give it a listen because
they're your friends? All the while you're praying
that the thing doesn't totally suck ass so you'll
have to come up with some bullshit to say to them
about how it's not really YOUR thing, but you're
sure it's cool for SOMEBODY.... Well such was the
case when Brian Lehfeldt (Drumattica co-founder,
TV616 drummer and a big Sweaty Nipple) dropped off
his latest from Drumattica for my perusal.
Well, I love
Brian. I actually love everyone in Drumattica--Keith
Brown (Drumattica's other co-founder and TV616 man),
Rob Wynia (Floater) and the delicious Jen Folker
(Dahlia). [DJ Slowburn and Brandon Mikel I do not
know, but no doubt I'd love them, too.] So I played
it while I cleaned my kitchen. By the time I had
finished pine-sol-ing the floor we were at track
five and I found myself filled with hate and disappointment.
The music was excellent, and these people were clearly
more talented than I was.
from top to bottom, is the best local effort I've
heard in ages. The content and production are brilliant
and beautifully sculpted. It's like landscape--shifting,
rising jagged and smoothing down into warm salty
water while you fly around the world on a magic
carpet. I called everyone in the band at ungodly
hours to curse their brilliance and the fact that
I couldn't stop listening to the damn thing .
tracks are the duets between Wynia and Folker. They
sound like someone snuck a microphone into their
sleeping bag while they're slow fucking on mushrooms
in the desert. My hate melted into a bright and
prickly aroused state. This was a fantastic makeout
album and I loved it. Damn.
my pride and met with Keith Brown in Southeast Portland
to talk about why it took Drumattica three years
to release A Part Of Something.
How did Drumattica happen?
and I had been talking about two drummers playing
live to taped dance music, kind of jungle-y and
How long ago did Drumattica start?
first show was opening for Floater at the Aladdin
for the Millennium New Years show, so four years
Why'd it take you so long to release this, your
all the people involved are in other bands, so it's
really tough to coordinate everyone. Plus, people
in the Northwest are seasonal. In the summer we
tour, go camping, play a million shows and get very
little else done. In the winter we pack up and head
inside to go crazy and write. In the spring we come
out and release our new stuff.
You should do what I do--systematically destroy
your band members' personal lives so they
only have you. So, how did you get all these busy
folks to write for the record while they were hibernating?
Keith: I would
write the music, sometimes Brian would come in and
do some drum adjustments before we'd send it to
Rob, and though he's fairly busy, Rob writes really
fast, he's amazing.
When did Jen hook up with you guys?
Keith: A little
over a year ago. Sometimes Rob would be on tour
with Floater and we would be playing Sinferno Sundays
at Dante's once or twice a month and we needed a
vocalist. I've been friends with Jen for about ten
years and I love her voice. It was a no-brainer.
Rob is a sexy bastard, but put Jen in there and
you've got a serious makeout record on your hands.
You're gonna be responsible for folks getting knocked
up listening to this damn thing.
me. Making out isn't fucking anyway. It's very intimate--long
slow kisses, fondling, getting off on the closeness
It totally becomes fucking, though. I've NEVER made
out with ANYONE and not gone down on them or ended
up screwing them. I get too turned on.
like you have intimacy issues.
Whatever. What would you be doing if you weren't
in the minor leagues. I used to be a really good
baseball player, I'd like to see if I could still
That's awesome! I could hit and throw, but couldn't
catch to save my life. Speaking of baseball, what
do you consider first base?
STORM: I think it's anal--goin' straight for the
a home run?
Keith: I really
think you have intimacy issues.
overdo it on Halloween, because Deflower, Drumattica
and TV616 will be playing Saturday, November 1st
at Dante's for the Last Match Records showcase.
Bring breath mints and condoms!