Dead Fish Handshake talk to Loud-Stuff about people they’ve lost, the Ice-Age of Rock and being full on cursed by fan.
How would you describe your music?
Active Modern Rock with a focus on melody and dynamics.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Rob and I met back in the day when we shared the stage on a handful of dates in our previous bands. We got to talking about working on some new material together. As our bands wound down, we found an opportunity to work up the Across State Lines record.
We’ve been going 10 years strong now.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
U2, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, STP, NIN, Radiohead, Rush, Zeppelin, Bowie.
What inspires you?
We are inspired by poetry and literature. Film and modern art as well as our own accomplishments and failures. Growth, maturity and reflection always served as inspirational moments in creativity.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Rob is always working on something, so it’s an endless stream of material. Sometimes it’s just a matter of picking favourites.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Leave the Light On is special to us. It’s become our most popular and it’s usually how we end the night. We’ve dedicated it to so many wonderful people who are no longer with us and I feel like it’s our responsibility to share their memory with every audience.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
DFH Fest with U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails! Haha!
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry is an ever-changing thing. The second you think you have it figured out, the next component emerges and pretty soon the landscape changes again. Bands that can acclimate on a dime and that are willing to embrace new methodologies can survive. The ones that can’t will ultimately become extinct.
It feel likes the Ice Age of rock music is upon us in a lot of ways. The positive outlook is that all things evolve. So your guess is as good as ours as to what it will evolve into.
I think no matter what, a good song is a good song and there will always be a niche of emotionally intelligent people that will seek it out.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Well let’s go with weird…I was greeted at the merch table by a native american man who was very high on something and his ability to communicate clearly was non existent.
Low and behold he attempted to either bless me or curse me with native American burial flowers. Not sure what the ritual was.
Security came and got him in the middle of it and tossed him out. If I start feeling plagued anytime soon I’ll keep u posted. So far so good. Ha!
What are your future plans?
We are gonna enjoy this album cycle post pandemic and begin work on the follow-up for 2021.