Archive for the ‘Experimental’ Category

It’s been nearly twelve years since the Athens, GA experimental, psych-pop band, Olivia Tremor Control released a full-length album. 1999’s musical collage, Black Foilage: Animation Music Volume One incorporated nearly every instrument possible, or so it seems and loads of overdubbing and cutting & pasting. The band announced a U.S. tour early this month and here is a portion of an interview with Cullen Hart, Eric Harris and Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control. This interview was printed in James Madison University’s student newspaper, The Breeze in late 1999.

Brian Showalter: Who did you listen to when you were growing up?
Cullen Hart:I listened to the Beatles for the most part until I reached the age of 8 years old. Eric Harris: I was the opposite. I listened to country until the age of 8 years old, then the Beatles.
CH: I listened to bad 70’s hits. My sister had a 45 collection from 1970 to 1975 and that was my experience I suppose. After that, it was all KISS, heavy metal and some Pink Floyd. I worked college radio from 1988 to 1989, so that was a really good experience with bands like Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers and bands of the punk persuasion. So post-punk and psychedelic stuff was the basis of my education.

BS: So what are your plans for your next album?
Bill Doss: We’ll be playing a few songs that will be on it tonight and what we are doing is play it as we go along. We record a song and having played it for a year or two, it turns into something totally different: arrangements change and it’s just kind of morphed and you bring more instrumentation in. So we are going to try it that way.
CH: Normally, we are an overdubbing type band. We just layer things and layer things. It will be more of a live band feel with things over top of it.
BD: That’s the thing — it is like the live band and the studio record are totally different personalities. So we are trying to merge those together to get more of a live band feel, but still have the full recorded sound.

BS: Are you planning on making a movie incorporating your library of music?
Cullen Hart: Yeah. We have a few different ideas on that kind of thing. I think it would be more like a video of clips people have filmed and sent to us. Because that was kind of the idea with “Unrealized Film Script.” A lot of people said, “I made a video for one of your songs.” I think we should just compile them all, but Joey Foreman, who has done a lot of work for us visually, listened to songs and we have talked about ideas for a video. He probably has about a half an hour of footage that has to do with the songs. So we will do something sometime with it. (Laughs)