How would you describe your music?
-soul-heavy-rock-hardcore-wave with jazz inflections. We just make what we would want to hear as fans. Loud. So goddamn loud. But not too loud. Emotional. Dynamic. Really fucking good as well.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
During World War II, Shadowplay occupied and annexed several people effectively handed over by the South Jersey-Philadelphia in De Bilbeaux Meaux Nussle Pact of 1939. These included Andrew Corkery (became Gorgonex), as well as Dan Holden (became Daniel-san), John Sellers (became Scoob John Slim), Ed Flynn (became Mofuckin Ed Flynn), and Jamile Wiggins (became Jamjar). Apart from De Bilbeaux Meaux Nussle Pact and post-war division of the South Jersey-Philadelphia area, Shadowplay also occupied and annexed Carpathian Ruthenia from Czechoslovakia in 1945 (became part of Ed’s house).
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
To name a few: Mogwai, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Portishead, Bjork, Elliott Smith, The Grateful Dead, Justice, Brand New, Don Caballero, Weezer, Fugazi, Slint, Soundgarden, Nirvana, The Pixies, Drive Like Jehu, Muse, Hans Zimmer, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiatus Kaiyote, Michael Jackson, Stereolab, At The Drive-In, Radiohead, The Decemberists, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Cake, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Prince, Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, Megadeth, Melvins, Dead Kennedys, VAST, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steve Reich, Little Dragon, Earth Wind and Fire, Battles, Boris, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, The Smiths, Tool, Weird Al Yankovic, Yes, Genesis, Yo La Tengo, Sweep the Leg Johnny, The Stone Roses, Gorillaz, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Metallica, The Joy Formidable, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Williams, The Jesus Lizard, Jeff Buckley, Guns N’ Roses, Talk Talk, Dinosaur Jr., The Fontaine Classic, Deep Purple, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Black Sabbath, Swans, Russian Circles, Fela Kuti, Run the Jewels, Bob Marley, Madlib, MF DOOM, Arvo Part, Tchaikovsky, Miles Davis, Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Julia Holter, Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Sigur Ros, Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, The Killers, Television, Joni Mitchell, Big Black, Flying Lotus, David Lynch, Earth, Minus the Bear, The Darkness, Buckethead, John Fahey, Jamiroquai, The Flaming Lips, Lil B the Based God, Creedence Clearwater Revival, that one guy in St Louis, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Cranberries, Harvey Danger, Daft Punk, Wesley Willis, Glenn Branca, Hall and Oates, Audioslave, Anthrax, Slayer, King Crimson, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, The Rapture, Ted Richardson and (of course) Sam Gasparre’s Band
What inspires you?
Drunk people screaming “YEAAAAH” or “WOOOOO” as we’re playing a show. All the people who come up to me after we play and say “Great set, man” and then disappear from existence. That feeling when it gets warm enough out where you can just walk around outside at night with no shoes on. Cocaine.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
If you can call my room when its full of weed smoke a studio then I guess the studio. The road is not for writing music. The road is for eating good food, playing the same songs over and over until you fucking hate them and conceiving illegitimate children.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
No particular favorite. All the songs are equally essential to the show. The big loud ones like Kanye West and the fast loud ones like Basement are pretty fun I s’pose. Covers are good too cause they get the most “YEAAAHS” and “WOOOOS” out of the audience.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Touring with a big group like Radiohead or something would be pretty cool. But honestly it would be whatever one would get us the most money. Opening for Ariana Grande or some shit probably.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Eh I don’t really know. Playing locally in a band and making records in spare time is cool but that’s WAAAAAY different from being part of the whole music machine I feel. At that point it’s a job and that seems like it kinda sucks. Demanding tour schedules, pressure from labels to put new shit out, interviews. But that’s mostly speculation; I’ll let you know when we get there, big boy.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
There are two women in Alabama/Georgia with our names tattooed on them. They happened to show up to our show about a half-hour after we finished playing and wanted our autographs. We signed this piece of paper and they told us they were gonna get them inked on their backs the next day. So to all the motherfuckers who said I wouldn’t amount to anything in my life…
Some guy asked if I was “actually a Native American.” I asked him why he though I was Native American. He said it was because I was wearing flannel in the summer, had long hair that parted right down the middle and my eyes “told a story.” It was at that point I realized I had truly made it in music and my heart grew 3 sizes that day.
What are your future plans?
More shows. More writing music. Going up to Canada/New England in September. Going to Brooklyn in a few weeks. Taking names and touching some butts. If none of that works out I’ma go down the PLANtation wash down some PLAN B with a bottle of PLANt-based alcoholic averages.