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The "Going to Liverpool Interactive Community Interview" w/ The Trike Shop
The basic facts:
Our band, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, is going over to
England to do a few shows. The first two are in Liverpool and will be part of
something called The International Pop Overthrow Festival (hereafter referred to as the IPO ). One of the Liverpool shows will be at The Cavern Club—more or less the place where the Beatles' legend begins. The third show will be in Bradford (it's near Leeds) where we'll be playing with some friends we've made via the internet.
Josh (as in 'Josh is the new Jarah' ) agreed that it'd be cool to do something on Fresno Famous to coincide with our Bon Voyage Party
that's happening this Friday night (May 18th) at 8pm at Full Circle Brewery, but he was getting ready to go on vacation and suggested we write something up ourselves. Well, interviewing ourselves just sounded too cheesey (even for us), so we asked around and had a few folks contribute questions for us to answer----sort of an Inter-Active Community Interview. I've grouped the questions by the contributor. We start with Josh, cuz that's only right, this being his turf and all.
Leland Vander Poel, keyboard player for The Trike Shop joined me in doing the answering.
Beach Boys or The Beatles? or somehow both?
Blake: In the comic book version of Spiderman, Peter Parker has the spider powers in his blood, but he has to use his learning and his craft to invent all his gadgets like the web shooter thingies. The Beatles are the blood, and the Beach Boys are our web shooters--(laughs) ok, it's one of those things that made sense at two in the morning. (Just set the alarm, and read this at 2am.)
Leland: If you were a fly on the wall at our rehearsals, you would hear the Trike Shop members referring to various musical passages in various songs as "that 'Jam' sounding guitar thingy"…or "that Beatle-ly piano sound" or "that Mike Love vocal thang"…..or "What would Zappa would do?"[We wear
these WWZD bracelets you see.]
Blake: Ok, Leland's answer is better than mine(except that he definitely should have said Brian Wilson instead of Mike Love--). Most bands sort of use what they've learned from all the music that's affected them, right?
I know sometimes I'll notice some wonderful thing in a record--whether it's something in the songwriting or the arrangement or whatever, and I'll think 'how did they do that'? --and answering that question usually leads one to try their own hand at that particular trick.
Josh: You've always seemed a very DIY kinda guy. Is that the only way
to survive as a band in Fresno?
Blake: I think the best way to survive anywhere would be to have a Sugar Mamma or Sugar Daddy---but we've always had to rely on saving our quarters and self-releasing things. Actually, Dale Stuart ex-of Capital Punishment and now of The Dustups (opening the show Friday night) can be named as an early influence for all Do-It-Yourself-minded Fresno bands; he started his own label and even his own record shop ---and this was the ...very early 80's?
Actually this question of the importance of DIY is extremely important to me. I could go on and on (and maybe I will some other place/ some other time).
In reference to your question, I think it's an extremely multi-layered one; I think a band first needs to seriously look at what 'surviving' means, and even more seriously at what 'success' means to them.
from: David Bash
(creator and director of the IPO)
Why the name "Blake Jones & The Trike Shop" (ok, the "Blake Jones" I understand, but "The Trike Shop"???)?
Leland: My first gigs with the Trike Shop involved playing toy keyboards and I figured the tricycle/s would come out sooner or later.
Actually, I've never thought to ask Blake the origin of the name; I always thought it was a cool band name.
Blake: I think the 'shop' part was supposed to evoke some sort of workshop in the fun, artsy-craftsy, Geppetto the Puppet Maker sense.
from: Marcel Nunis
(playwrite and founder of the Rogue Festival)
Leland: Why Liverpool!!! It's the Mecca of any babybooming Beatlemaniac of the past forty-plus years. To actually get the opportunity to play in that city much less the very venue that they made famous……….!
Blake: We've been playing the California editions of the IPO
for a few years now(San Francisco and L.A.). Then the IPO established themselves in Liverpool. It was only a matter of
time before someone tossed out the idea of going there. I can't remember who said it first--Leland?Mike?John?Martin?. Then it was just a matter of us scrambling for our Visa Cards and passports!
The reason it's so much easier to go over and do this with the festival, is that they provide the heavy equipment (amplifiers, drums), and they've already done the booking
and some publicity. That makes things a lot easier.
Marcel: What is the first thing you intend on doing when you get to the Cavern?
L: I plan to make a very expensive cell-phone call home to my wife and tell her that I'm in the Cavern right now and I miss her and the children very much!
B: Once again, Leland's answer is better than mine. I was gonna say something about Spiderman or something. Maybe The Cavern is like The Daily Bugle?
What is next for Trike Shop after this trip?
B:I'm hoping that on top of our regular bopping around Fresno and organizing gigs, we have some time to work on recordings for a new CD and do more out-of-town shows as well.
from Joy & Shannon of YoshiNow!:
Why does the phrase "Hey Hey Light Rail" stick in our heads
long after the song is over? is it just us? or are there others?
B: In the case of Hey Hey Light Rail, it's the disembodied voices of all those
good Fresno ideas that have either been beheaded or are yet to be born---let's hope in this case, it's the latter. It's funny; Josh had a question about this song too. We haven't played this song for years---but we dusted it off and re-arranged it and we'll see if we can bother folks with it on Friday night.