This interview was conducted via email with Morgan Christopher Geer January 7-16.
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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?
, 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. John,
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 . The NW perspective on
popular and folk music is more innocent and open and a little less intense. Gulf
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.
The Wrecking Crew, Devil’s Rejects, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, The Blues
Teevee: Carnival, Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Battle Star Galactica (the new one)
Authors: Nick Tosches,
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.