Thursday, May 05, 2011

10 Questions with Dr. Pants

Dr. Pants is a trippy indie rock band from Oklahoma City that will be releasing a new EP, The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth, in June (you can read my review here). 

This interview was conducted via email with David Broyles May 3 – 4, 2011. 

For more information about Dr. Pants check out their Official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube.

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

David Broyles:  Dr. Pants has been around in one form or another for quite some time...The first incarnation was in 2000. The current lineup assembled in 2006, after Dustin Ragland played on our 2006 album, and Kenneth Murray (who was already in the band at that time) recruited his friend Aaron Vasquez to play bass.

Dave:  You are putting out a new EP – The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth – in June.  What’s the story behind the record?  Will it have a physical release or digital only? 

David:  The EP will be digital only, with the exception of a few limited edition CD-Rs here and there. See answer to question #4.

Dave:  Have you had any interest from record labels?  Are there any labels that you’d like to work with?

David:  No real interest from labels at this point...we'd be interested in working with a highly regarded indie label, like Matador or Merge, or possible ATO (boutique label, home to My Morning Jacket, Patty Griffin, etc.).

Dave:  Any plans for a full length release?

David:  "Illusion & Truth" is Side 1 of a double album called "The Trip." We are going to release 3 more EPs, or "sides," digitally over the next 9 months.  Then there will be a physical, 2 CD release of all 4 EPs together, possibly double vinyl as well. We're giving you a double album one side at a time right now.

Dave:  How would you describe the band’s music? 

David:  Dr. Pants are Nerd Power Groove Rock. Weezer & Beck had a baby with Phish, and that baby is Dr. Pants.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

David:  It's great, and has a lot going for it, but also feels a bit insular sometimes. I also think there are a lot of people who think to themselves, "I don't need to support live, original, local music. So many others are already doing it," while the truth is that most bands are still struggling to get good crowds at their shows.

Dave:  What are your favorite places to play and bands to play with?  Have you done any tours yet?  If so, how has the response been outside of Oklahoma?

David:  We have played with Green Corn Revival, and love playing with them. We don't have favorite venues...we just love shows where the energy is good and people are having a good time.  No tours yet, but we hope to change that this year.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 favorite bands, albums, movies, TV shows, books/authors?

David: Top 5 albums (this is David speaking...other 3 guys would have 3 different answers):
Abbey Road-The Beatles
Lincoln-They Might Be Giants
R.E.M.-Automatic For the People
Frank Zappa-Lather
Houses of the Holy-Led Zeppelin

Dave:  What’s next for Dr. Pants?

David:  EP Release Show June 4th, at the Exchange on Film Row. Maybe a short tour this summer, if we can make it work. Then more work on EP #2/Side 2 of "The Trip."

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

David:  Music and "cool" are subjective. Don't let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn't like.

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