28 January 2009

[10] ten things i [don't] hate about YOU.

these are the remains of an interview that will probably not go to press. a plague of miscommunications & lost emails being the cause. the questions were asked/answered during the summer of 2008. i always think of q & a sessions to be a time capsule of who you were at the time [not unlike a journal entry--or a song, for that matter] so i thought it deserved to be posted. maybe you'll learn a thing or [2] two! or [10] ten, rather. hehe. enjoy!

01. What's your favourite 7"?
ronnie : there are so many to choose from! hrrrm. how do you pick JUST one? of course i'm proud of my 60's soul, jam/style council/weller, elvis costello, smiths, my bloody valentine & jesus and mary chain singles. though recently i'm quite fond of my aberdeen "fireworks," the chamber strings "make it through the summer" & rocketship "hey hey girl" vinyls.

02. Best song you think you've written?
ronnie : best? that's a matter of opinion, isn't it? it changes from day to day for me. i'm proud of ALL of the songs that we've written. but the songs that have been lodged in my brain as of late : "moving targets [eventually get hit]," "the games we play" & a new song that i'm working on called "[winter, spring, summer] all fall down."

03. Best song you think someone else has written?
ronnie : another near impossible question to answer. ha. i'm sure i'll change my mind by the time this reaches press, but i'll give it a go. right now it's between "there is a light that never goes out" [morrissey/marr] & "god only knows" [wilson/asher]. i'm quite taken with "it's no wonder" [junior] & "toy tambourine" [arzy/girgus] as well. i wish that i'd written those songs. again, those are just off the top of my head. there are so many brilliant songs out there that it's difficult to pin down a definite answer.

04. Describe what you'd want someone to think of when they hear your band.
ronnie : fireworks & crashing waves. being in the middle of a rainstorm on a sunny day. j/k. seriously though, we obviously have our preconceptions about what our songs mean to us. we try to make them accessible to everyone--in terms of music & lyrics--so anyone can relate to them. we just want people to enjoy what we do.

05. Favourite show you've played?
ronnie : unfortunately, we're still a studio project, so no shows yet. the most important thing right now is to continue to write songs/record/release them. we'll work our way up to live shows. we promise. :)

06. Biggest [non-musical] influence on your band?
ronnie : the nouvelle vague [french new wave film]. jean-luc godard, in particular. what a visionary he was! i'm also a huge fan of chris marker. brilliant films, that man. mod fashion, pop art & coffee also top the list. under the influence of caffeine? you bet your knickers, i am! hehe.

07. [5] Five favourite things off the top of your head?
ronnie : since people/animals are not things, i suppose that i can't list them. [though it goes without saying that taylor, my family, my pets & my friends would occupy the top [4] four spots, easily] so favourite things, eh? [in no particular order]
[1] my home movies/photographs/artwork. [2] my acoustic guitar which i've had since since high school. [3] my records/cds. [4] my celebrity guitar pick collection--which consists of a pick used by paul weller on his "illumination" tour & another used by kelly riles of velocity girl during their last ever show--acquired from each show, respectively. [5] my childhood books. ahhh, memories.

08. What's the best story you have, music-related or not?
ronnie : let's see what i have in my bag of tricks. [a] i met winona ryder when she was walking out of a bookstore café the same night that i saw allen ginsberg do a poetry reading in baltimore, MD. [b] i got caught in a tug-of-war over morrissey's prada shirt when he played the morocco shrine center in jacksonville, FL. [c] paul weller gave me the nod when he heard me singing the backing vocals for "long hot summer" at the top of my lungs at the 9:30 club in washington, DC. [d] kelly riles from velocity girl borrowed my guitar pick at the last velocity girl show. *see the previous question for more details* [e] kevin barnes of of montreal dedicated & played a zombies cover [can't remember which song] for my then band [the impact!] when we opened for them at room 1026, pensacola, FL. [f] i met taylor. then we started the jealous sea. :) take your pick.

09. Has anyone ever made a crush mixtape for you?
ronnie : i'm usually the mixtape/cd maker--rather than recipient. they're not as easy to make as one might think. there are rules to follow, y'know? i guess i should say mixtapes/cds are easy to make. GOOD ones are not. in fact, i recently made one for taylor. it's been the soundtrack to her first few weeks in san francisco. speaking of which, it's time that i made her another one...

10. Anything else?
ronnie : if you haven't already heard us, stop by www.thejealoussea.com. it'll link you to our myspace & blogger pages as well. we're eternally grateful for being a part of this close-knit scene/family. everyone is so supportive of each other, which is refreshing. let's keep it that way people! we all want the same thing, so DON'T STOP THE INDIE POP!

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