Saturday, October 20, 2012

10 Questions with Movements


Movements is an alternative/punk/blues band from Tulsa, OK

This interview was conducted via Facebook September 12thOctober 11th, 2012.

For more information on Movements check out their Facebook, BandCamp, and ReverbNation pages.

Introductions—
My name is Gonzo and I play the guitar and sing.
My named us Ryan Yeager, I play the bass and I also sing.
Nathan, I play the drums...do I have to answer?
Ryan and Gonzo:  No just sit there.

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

Robert Gonzo:  The band started in 2007. When Nathan and I met in college. We had philosophy together. We actually first met at the bike racks outside of school going home in opposite directions. We had a recording class that we both ended up in. We were outsiders still. The teacher asked us to pair up with one other student and write and record a song. The other student didn't dig on our sound it was too free form and too distorted and ugly. We played a version of Lagrange by ZZTOP our first real rehearsal. We sucked horribly, both of us had owned a instrument but weren't that great at all. People always said we needed to learn scales and formulas but we didn't see the point. Flash forward to 2012. Nathan and I were not on speaking terms. I met Ryan at my pizzeria job. He was a Virgo and musician so I knew we'd be friends. He needed a place to crash so i let him move into one of my empty rooms. We started a band with me on drums and vocals and him on guitar. The band was a shitty name called THEO PREST. A homophone for THE OPPRESSED. But I wasn't feeling it completely. I reached out to Nathan after a couple of gigs and practices to come back. It was a long till one early morning around two am he came over at random to smoke a bowl and we decided to jam regardless of the time. And then we asked Ryan who was reluctant at first to be our bass player. MOVEMENTS WAS BORN.

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

Movements:  We sound like us. But we have been compared to -
NIRVANA
SONIC YOUTH
BUILT TO SPILL
We are inspired by
Nirvana , Sonic youth, BJTM, killing joke, and Sublime.

Dave:  You have released quite a few tracks on BandCamp this year.  What made you decide to go this route instead of putting out an album or EP?

Movements:  It is an ep. Just cut up.
The album is called SUPER SONIC.
It's 22min of non-stop music. Original track order is:
Inbetween
Hey mister
Kill my idols
Gone
Thoughts in liquid dreams
Stuck on This
So Bad
It's really more of a piece of music. It was recorded in one take in a span of two hours of recording and mastering. Minus the 45 mins of setbacks due to the building catching on fire because some dude didn't put out his black and mild.

Dave:  Do you have any plans for a proper full-length or EP release?  Are there any record labels that you would like to work with?

Movements:  No labels yet. We are enjoying booking and doing it all on our own right now. If a record label came calling it would mean a vary serious band meeting.
We are in the process of writing a new album. The first one was rushed because we couldn't wait any longer to let our music be heard.2013 you will see a very new MOVEMENTS.  we may even redefine what we started off trying to do.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Movements:  Many.
Words before music
Music before words
Music and words together
Recording and rewriting
We do it all.

Dave:  Do you have any favorite places to play (venues or cities) or bands to share the stage with?

Movements:  NORMAN AND OKC.
They like us more than Tulsa.
We Love :
K Sides
For the Wolf
The sticky Stranglets
MedKits
Alan Doyle
Risk on da disk
Sara Fitch
And
Maria Fantasma
And these new bands
Death inquisition
And
Hot Sauce Koalas

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

Movements:  It's getting better because us newbies are all friends. We are all hungry so we network around with one another playing shows together and sharing our ideas together. Our music scene needs to unite and become a huge network rather than be only be focused on ourselves.

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

Gonzo:
1 my chemical romance -the black parade
2 brand new-the devil and god are raging inside me
3 the flaming lips - yoshimii battles the pink robots
4 queen- a night at the opera
5 tool- 10,000 Days

Ryan:
1 transmission from the satellite heart - the flaming lips
2 demon days- Gorillaz
3 amnesiac by radiohead
4 wish you were here - Pink Floyd
5 Francis the Mute - Mars Volta

Nathan:
1 Sublime - self titled
2 Yeah yeah yeahs -fever to tell
3 Pixies - Surferosa
Gods of grind - a earache records compilation
(That one doesn't count)
4 The Mars Volta -Deloused
5 Tool- opiate

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Movements:  REST!!
We have been busy playing all year.
We still feel under ground because or friends are more popular. We are just trying to please our dreams of playing live energetic music.
Next February the idea of a new record should start to surface.  

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Movements:  Yeah support local music. Support us. Smoke pot and don't do anything that makes you unhappy. We are just normal guys. Who are music fans just havin fun. Vote movements for president in 2024.

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