This interview was conducted via Facebook with Dugan Connors and Ryan Taylor May 18 – June 6, 2011.
For more information on Oil Boom check out their Official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ReverbNation pages.
Dave: How did the band get together?
Dugan Connors: Much like Captain Planet and the Planeteers, we joined forces at the request of Gaia, the Spirit Mother of Earth. Using our various musical powers, Brian (harmony), Ryan (melody) and Dugan (rhythm), we’ve made it our life’s work to stamp out the destructive influence of pop radio in our local community.
Dave: You recently released the Black Waxy EP. What’s the story behind the release? Did you work with a label? Is it available in CD or digital only?
Dugan: The album is released in digital/soundcard form only and is part of a larger package deal, which includes two posters, a sticker and an Oil Boom t-shirt of your choice. Sometimes if we’re feeling really generous, we’ll throw in random food items like a can of creamed corn or an avocado. So rest assured, if you go the Black Waxy package route, you will get your money’s worth.
Dave: Your music has a strong blues sound to it. Were you influenced by a lot of blues artists?
Dugan: Yes, we are absolutely influenced by blues artists, especially the early Mississippi Delta greats. I think like many people our age, we started with your kind of run-of-the-mill classic rock staples (Bay City Rollers, Leif Garrett, the Osmonds, etc.), saw what they were influenced by and worked our way back to the beginning. Between us, we have a pretty good size collection of early pre-World War II blues music that sounds like it was recorded underwater by a broken dictaphone.
Dave: How has playing as a trio affected your music and songwriting?
Dugan: Although technically we are in fact a trio, I like to think of us more as a triumvirate. As such, we approach songwriting like any good triumvirate would, swords in hand and riding atop a most gallant steed.
Dave: Do you have a specific songwriting process? What do you tend to write about?
Dugan: My particular songwriting process is somewhat difficult to describe as it involves highly advanced mathematical equations and the mystical alphabetic characters of many long dead languages.
I tend to write about girls mostly - why they are awesome some of the time and why they are not at other times. I’m trying to expand my palette a bit more by writing about dragons and leprechauns, and even psychedelic leprechaun dragons. Stay tuned…
Dave: Any plans for a full length album?
Dugan: Yes. We are taking out second and third mortgages on our respective homes to ensure that we can one day bring the world Oil Boom: The Album. Sadly, we’ve had to part with some beloved children and pets to make this a reality. They’ll certainly be missed, but their sacrifice will continue to live on in our memories.
Dugan: Personally, I’d like to be on the Cracker Barrel label. Yes, they pay you in root beer flavored licorice and novelty key chains, but their retirement plan (a really comfortable rocking chair) is highly desirable.
Although there are record labels that we’re very enamored of, being on a record label in and of itself isn’t particularly high on our priorities list. If a great situation presented itself, then we would definitely explore it. And by explore it, I mean beg and plead for a ten album deal with faux tears in our eyes to a ponytailed, Armani suit-wearing record executive, until we were unceremoniously removed from the grounds. But with the way the music industry has so drastically transformed itself in the past decade, there are equally important avenues in finding more people to like your band, chief among them being a solid booking agent and pounding people into submission with a relentless barrage of social media.
Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, TV shows, and books/authors?
Ryan Taylor: Bands (Emmet Otter’s Jug Band, Wyld Stallyns, the Oneders, the Pinheads, and the Electric Shoes).
Albums (The Return of Bruno: Bruce Willis, Love’s Alright: Eddie Murphy, Beaches: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Little River Band: The Singles Collection, and
Books (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Partner, John Grisham: An Autobiography)
Movies (Tuff Turf, Making The Grade, My Tutor, Hot Dog, and Porky’s Revenge)
TV Shows (Boy Meets World, Herman’s Head, Mr. Drexel’s Class, Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper, and Head of the Class)
Dave: What’s next for Oil Boom?
Dugan: Now that we’ve outlasted the Rapture and our confidence is up a bit, we were thinking about taking over an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. Suggestions?
Dave: Any final thoughts?
Dugan: Thanks Dave! We appreciate you.