Tuesday, January 17, 2012

10 Questions with Drunken Prayer

Americana act Drunken Prayer is the brainchild of Portland, OR’s Morgan Christopher Geer.  His sophomore album, Into the Missionfield, will be released in February on Fluff & Gravy Records (read my review here). 

This interview was conducted via email with Morgan Christopher Geer January 7-16. 

For more information on Drunken Prayer check out their official website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, ReverbNation, Last.fm, YouTube, SonicBids, BandCamp, CD Baby, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody, and iTunes pages. 

Dave:  Drunken Prayer seems to essentially be a solo project.  Why do you play under that moniker instead of your name? 

Morgan Christopher Geer:  It’s what the project is called. I’m more comfortable working behind the curtain.

Dave:  When did you first start playing and writing music? 

Morgan:  I come from a musical family so there were always instruments around and records playing. The first instrument I took up seriously was the drums; I was I guess 6 or so. Then I got excited about the bass which inevitably led to the guitar.

Dave:  Your sophomore album, Into the Missionfield, is coming out next month on Fluff and Gravy Records.  What’s the story behind the record? 

Morgan:  This record was born from the ashes of some rough relationships. There’s a lot of movement, a lot of questions and uncertainty. It’s a nervous work.

Dave:  How did you get hooked up with Fluff and Gravy Records? 

Morgan:  John, Chad, the whole gang are great friends. They believe in what I do and my commitment to the process. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do and they get that. They’re evangelists spreading the word.

Dave:  For those who have never heard Drunken Prayer, how do you describe your music? 

Morgan:  That’s like trying to describe your crazy child. It’s big and brassy in themes and changes; schizophrenic and dreamy making tenuous connections in real and imagined truths.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?  What are the types of things that influence your songs? 

Morgan:  You can find the seeds of a song in nearly every instant of everyday; to take advantage of that I can only write effectively when my antennae are up and paying attention. Deadlines are a huge motivator.

Dave:  How is the music scene in Portland, OR?

Morgan:  It’s pretty rich. There’s at least one of everything and the bar is set pretty high, so it’s a great place to learn. Their musical history isn’t as deep or entrenched as where I’m from: Appalachia and the Gulf Coast. The NW perspective on popular and folk music is more innocent and open and a little less intense.

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

Morgan:  I can’t do the music questions properly or this interview would never end. What I’ve been listing to lately: Phosphorescent, Eels, the new Tom Waits, Negativland, George Jones, Mugison.
Movies: Raising Arizona, The Wrecking Crew, Devil’s Rejects, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, The Blues Brothers
Teevee: Carnival, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Battle Star Galactica (the new one)
Authors: Nick Tosches, W. Somerset Maugham, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Books: “The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin” by P.D. Ouspensky, “Things the Grandchildren Should Know” by Mark Oliver Everett

Dave:  What’s next for you? 

Morgan:  I’ll be touring all over for the next year and trying to find the time to write and record the next record. 

Dave:  Any final thoughts? 

Morgan:  Tune in, turn on, drop out. Thanks for listening.

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