The Trash Wednesday e-Chat
Trash Wednesday (www.trashwednesday.com) is high energy and believes in the old Beatles dictum that a memorable melody, played right, will outlive all music executives. Well, TW have sold more than 6k cds on their website alone, so the proof is out there. We had an e-chat, and here's what came up.
[Ben Ohmart] Where's the name Trash Wednesday come from? The obvious: that's when they pick it up there?
Kid The day after Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is Ash Wednesday - we thought Trash Wednesday was a little more to the point of how one feels the morning after Mardi Gras - and yes, as it happens it's also when the trash gets picked up in Hollywood, so it made the name stick even more.
[Ben Ohmart] Who's in the band, how'd y'all get together?
(Note: Kid is originally from England, Mike is from Utah, Darrell is from Mississippi, and Makoto is from Japan)
Kid I'm the lead singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the group. Mike Stone on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Darrell Arnold on Bass and backing vocals, and Makoto on drums. I've known Darrell for some time now and we finally were able to be in a project together. Mike (the Stormin' Mormon) came on board last year after our former guitarist moved away - he had been playing with another band in Utah and had just moved out here when we were introduced. Makoto was introduced to me by a mutual drummer friend.
[Ben Ohmart] You've been selling a lot of cds, building your fan base like ship builders. What do you attribute to your increasing success?
Kid Basically, always thinking about the fans, what can we do to connect with them? Always reaching out and making them a part of everything we do - because without them - what would be the point? When I write, when we perform, when we meet people, it's all about that connection.
[Ben Ohmart] How would you describe your music and stage style to those heathens who haven't yet joined your cult?
Kid Well, we always welcome heathens - they're our favorite kind of people. I would describe it as Vaudeville meets rock n' roll. I think the thought of entertaining an audience has been thrown out the window in a lot of alternative music - and what's the point in that? If people are paying to see a show, then they should get a show - someone putting on a performance, we're not there to rehearse guitar parts. So we put a lot into a show, always try to make it an experience. We're pretty balls-out and aggressive up there.
[Ben Ohmart] Aside from that 6k figure of online cd sales, how has the Internet helped you in conquering the world?
Kid Well, it's been great, because it gives us a chance to hear directly from our fans, which I don't think musicians got to do as much in the past. Getting that feedback has been helpful in a lot of decisions. It also works as an instant calling card to the world - people hear about you, and they instantly have a place to go and check it out more.
[Ben Ohmart] What are you upcoming plans for music and tours?
Kid Well, we recently became a Jagermeister band, and they have all kinds of events and tours planned. That, and some local shows (L.A.) this summer. Right now, we're heading to New York to record and mix our new CD "Absinthe Mind." So we'll be buried in the studio for the next two months.
[Ben Ohmart] Are you guys doing music for a living yet? If not, what keeps you in hamburgers during the day?
Kid Yes, for the most part. We had a great run overseas that's still paying the bills so far...but with all that free Jagermeister, we are able to cut down on the grocery bill quite a bit.
[Ben Ohmart] What sort of covers are you doing live? Do you enjoy covers or are they a necessary evil to get people to listen to the new stuff?
Kid Yes and no. They certainly can liven up a show when you are in front of a new audience, and there are some songs out there that are amazing and you want to play, like when we recorded and played "Baby, Baby" by The Vibrators. As it's become a "requirement" so to speak, our instant reaction is to rebel. But, as an answer to that, what we've done is create "hybrids" of covers and our own tunes that we think makes it far more interesting for everyone. A couple of those worked out so well that we are adding them as bonus tracks to the new CD.
[Ben Ohmart] Where can we see you RIGHT NOW?
Kid Unfortunately, in a 9" x 14" room all day recording. Or a slightly larger room, rehearsing the new material. But, we'll be all around this summer, so check the site for dates.
[Ben Ohmart] Anything you wanna add? Secret messages, blatant religious propaganda, etc?
Kid Hmm - well, we try to stay away from religious subjects, despite our name...but I would say that the message we would try to get out there can be found in the lyrics of one of our songs "Free Your Mind." It's about thinking about who you really are and not letting others, or your own, pre-conceived ideas and notions shape who you are. Don't let anyone or yourself tell you that you can't be something. "Free your mind, be what you want to be, you will find the truth will set you free..."
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