Gutbucket Bursts Out
You can tell by the name of the band that Gutbucket is a
free-standing foursome of instrumental jazz intellect, spouting
high-energy excitement thru the streets of New York. When I caught up
with them, fresh from the bathroom floor, where they're promoting
their new Insomniacs Dream cd, collectively the conversation went
[Ben] Why do I like this music? I
[Gutbucket] 'Cause we rock and we're sexy as hell.
[Ben] Do you believe in the god
[Gutbucket] Yes, there's a little bit of the lord
(TM) in all of us....
[Ben] Have you been approached by
any labels yet? What label would you Like to be on (and I don't mean
[Gutbucket] We've been approached... but the advance
from Sony wasn't big enough -- and we wanted to do this one ourselves.
There are a lot of major labels that should take us (!), like
Atlantic (they put out Cubanos Postizos, for instance), Matador, Touch
'n Go... also a lot of great smaller jazz labels like Arabesque,
Justin Time, Koch, Winter & Winter. We'd love to be on any or all of
[Ben] However did you guys hook up?
[Gutbucket] Mixed doubles at the country club.
[Ben] Does Ken Thomson's sax ever
bring geese into the club?
[Gutbucket] No, but it does fly south for the winter
sometimes. Then Ken has to go get it, it's a real pain in the ass.
[Ben] What's your plan for world
[Gutbucket] We'll talk to the shareholders and get
back to you....
[Ben] Is there a lead in your group
or are you all equal among women?
[Gutbucket] We're all leaders -- there are 4 strong
personalities but we work best as a collective.
[Ben] Who the hell is that
screaming thru the cd? Why??
[Gutbucket] Oh. That was the guy in the cage.
Umm... next question?
[Ben] Always wanted to ask jazz
masters this question. Your titles. Now - do they Really have anything
to do with the music within? If so, explain one Please.
[Gutbucket] It's like titling a story that has no
words -- the title still relates to the story. It's worked in
different was for us -- For "Song of Seasickness," Eric wrote the tune
to the title, the title came first. "Insects" was inspired by the
sounds of the cicadas in Clayton, Missouri. According to Ty, they
sounded like a house-techno jam and that got him thinking.... One of
our favorite titles is "Dry Humping the American Dream" -- you'd have
to hear that to get it, though...
[Ben] Now that you're loved by NYC,
how are your egos feeling? Are you propositioned nightly?
[Gutbucket] It's great to see folks in New York
coming out to see shows again and again -- it seems like we don't have
nameless faces in the audience, and we've gotten to know some cool
people. It's also fun to get to talk to folks about our music (among
other things) as well as play it. Although, after Eric made the
centerfold in "Better Homes & Gardens," the band dynamic has kind of
[Ben] What's your best fan story?
[Gutbucket] The guy in Wurzburg, Germany, who loved
us so much that he jumped on stage to dance with us, then spat on Ken
and Eric. That's not the usual response to our shows, though generally
we encourage (and usually start) everything from audience percussion
jams to interpretive dance to shouting contests to toast catching....
Though this guy was impressive -- he never once spilled his bottle of
[Ben] Best backstage story?
[Gutbucket] Berlin, Germany. "This is what we eat
around here," said Assi of the Jazzkeller. Ken guessed it was crushed
peanuts and margarine (you know, peanut butter) -- only after Ty ate 3
pieces did we discover the much-loved German hog fat & crushed onions
[Ben] Is you is or is you ain't my
[Gutbucket] ... Nice work if you can get it.
[Ben] You guys seem to have a lot of
FUN with your music. Assuming you're not all pretentious farts, do you
find too much posturing and swelled heads in the music biz today?
[Gutbucket] There's actually a really great
community of musicians in New York -- many of whom don't hesitate to
help others, and we're grateful for it. The industry encourages us to
compete with other musicians, and we're trying to find ways to avoid
[Ben] How's the marketing gameplan
[Gutbucket] We spend a lot of time making all our
shows fun, writing new material, and working hard -- our best
marketing so far has been word of mouth (oh and the free shampoo
samples). Though we haven't been exploiting sex as much as we
[Ben] Where will you be gigging
soon? Ever thought of an internet broadcast so that the rest of the
[Gutbucket] Next gigs: Wetlands (NYC), Thursday
March 22. Living Room (Providence), Thursday, March 29. Makor (NYC),
Thursday, April 5. Please check out http://gutweb.com for the latest
dates -- also, we have tons of mp3s, video clips, and pictures up on
there -- and you can get on our mailing list and/or listserv. (You
can also get "Insomniacs Dream" on there.)
We've done webcasts at the Knitting Factory a few times, and we
just did a show on radio WFMU that will soon be archived at wfmu.org.
How many people listen to webcasts, though, do you?
[Ben] Anything else, kids?
[Gutbucket] They dissed us at the Grammys -- again!
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