Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fort Wilson Riot

Many thanks to FWR for taking time out of their busy schedule to give us some of their thoughts on making music and for kindly sharing some songs below (including a free download of their latest e.p. Generation Complex here)!

xo:  How long have you two been playing music together?
Amy Hager/FWR:  Sometime during 2005 was the first time we sat down and worked on some songs together, and it has continued to be magical ever since.

xo:  What are some of your favorite things about having a writing partner?

FWR:  There are so many circumstances where it’s a wonderful thing!  It’s great when you have an idea that you know is gold but you can’t seem to get it to go where you want.  It’s great to have someone you trust to help you get things fully realized in those situations.  And there are times where one of us will have a pretty much completed song but then the other person will add something to it that you didn’t think of and it can kind of blow your mind.

xo:  I understand that you travel quite a bit, how many places have you been and what is the longest you have been on the road?

FWR:  We have been to most of the states in the US and really look forward to venturing out of the states as well.  We have perpetually been on the road since September of 2010 without being on a lease.  Throughout that time, we have made our way home to Minneapolis every few months.  The longest that we’ve been away from home at a time is about 3 months.  

xo:  What are your favorite and least favorite things about touring?

FWR:  The best part about touring is meeting new people.  It is hard to imagine not having met all the wonderful new people that we now have in our lives. 
The worst part about touring is finding a balance in food quality intake.

xo:  Who, current or past, have you been most inspired by musically?

FWR:  Well Jacob [Mullis] has had an obsession with The Beatles since his mom rented the movie Help when he was in third grade so that is definitely a primary influence for him.  And pretty much any psychedelic music from the 60s.  But, we’re both very inspired by the insane rush of good music that’s been piling up due to the internet and affordable recording equipment. Just the general climate of music these days we find inspiring.  Kind of intimidating at times, but definitely inspiring above all.

xo:  What is your favorite, current or past, “go-to” music when you need to have fun / wallow in your pain / or be inspired to write or perform?

FWR:  The Beatles, The Knife, Girls, Julee Cruise (the Lynch/Badalamenti period of her career), The Beach Boys, Beach House, The Rolling Stones, Blonde Redhead, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Prince Billy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Deer Hunter, Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake, Elliott Smith, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, The Kinks, Robyn, Lykke Li, Panda Bear, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Talking Heads, and of course Tom Waits!  The list could go on and on forever....

Fort Wilson Riot - For All The Little Things  ::mp3:: 
           p l u s  from  Predator/Prey


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