Nate Fitzbutler did a remix to Kanye West’s and Kendrick Lamar’s “No More Parties in LA” called “No More Parties in SD”. He said, "we made this track to try to bring some national buzz to our city that’s always been in the shadow of the LA music scene."
Niko Sitaras from the San Diego based dream rock band Paper Days says, "We just released our new EP 'Fun For Family & Friends'. Our release party is on Feb 19th being hosted at the Irenic (with The Bash Dogs & Splavender).
Panic Is Perfect is an indie-pop group from San Fran and they are touring in support of their new album, Cellspace, which drops tomorrow on Strange Loop Records. They'll be playing at The Loft @ UCSD on Feb. 12!
| Council House Mystic: An Interview with Fred Laird of Earthling Society
08/25/06 Keith Boyd
Earthling Society is a brilliant newish band from England who sail the wild and deep seas of modern prog-rock. They have released two discs: "Albion" and this year's, "Plastic Jesus and the Third Eye Blind" both of which display an eclectic virtuosity while examining such difficult topics as religions role in our lives and the destruction of the environment. Their long, dub-inflected and psychedelic songs are rich in texture, meaning and dynamics. It has been my pleasure to be in contact with a couple members of the band and in particular singer and guitarist, Fred Laird. His enthusiasm and passion for music, important issues and life shine through with each mail we've exchanged and it is my pleasure to present a short e-mail interview we recently conducted. To all readers, do yourself a favor, go out and get these two amazing discs. As you listen, falling down the mystic rabbit hole of sound, you'll be glad you did.
1) How did the band come about?
Myself and Dave (bass) had been playing in a band for a few years unsuccessfuly trying to combine psych with punk rock and got pissed off with it totally. Then we met Jon (drums) in Dave's local pub. He'd used to be in a prog rock band called 'Isis' that supported Genesis and VDGG when they played up North in the 70's. He'd played in various bands but had not done anything for a few years. We got together for a jam and it started to develop from there. After about 3/4 months Jon said he wanted to start doing something in a kind of Ozrics style and call it 'Earthling society' and thats what we became. (editors note: for those not in the know "Ozrics" refers to the GREAT band Ozric Tentacles)
2) What are your musical influences and what current music do you listen to?
Can, Funkadelic, Ash ra Tempel, Cosmic Jokers, Klaus Schulze, Julian Cope, Blue cheer, Flower travellin' band, Pere Ubu, Ozrics, Hawkwind, Brainticket Floyd, Camel and the 13th floor elevators (Roky is my all time favourite artist) Magma, Faust. Todd Rundgren and others...
Current music, well there's not much to go at really. Queens of the stone age, Monster Magnet, Some Radiohead, Royal Trux, Comets on fire and Terminal Lovers' superb 'Drama pit and loan' album which in my opinion is one of the finest rock albums of recent years.
3) What are your thoughts on the relationship between the current political scene and art/music
From a musical point of view nobody's saying much, in fact they are saying fuck all. Im not saying we are revolutionaries but i think if you've got a vehicle to say something valid rather than telling everyone about last nights fuck the you should use it. However, i wouldnt like to ram lyrical politics down anyone's throats, we are not prog rock Billy Braggs or Chumbawumba, We have seen things that we don't like and we want to tell people that. There are some great bands especially in the USA like The Comets on Fire who get reffered to MC5 or the Elevators but you arent given any clues to what they are singing about. Are they political? I dont know. Maybe they dont want to go down that road of wire taps and bugging devices. Me? im having my phone tapped right now!!!!
4) I hear a distinct pagan/magic element in your music. What is its significance or meaning in your approach to music and life?
I do study paganism/Druidry but i'm not some kind of crackpot that wanders round in a robe with a sickle in one hand and some mistletoe in the other. Im a believer in the power of nature and i think it's a powerful medium to use in songwriting. It's a kind of Bardic mentality to use these elements to tell a story. I dont belong to any occult circle and out of the band there is only me that studies Magick. But I am still sceptical. I havent plunged myself into the art of ritual or conjuring....magic mushrooms do me fine for visions of angels and demons.
5) What is next for Earthling Society?
Well, we've got the 10 year Nasoni festival in Berlin in September and then it's time to start recording the third album. The songs are already written. Its going to be more of a mystical album with a very Autumnal feel. I'm going to go for some more acidy folk that we first dabbled with on 'Beltane queen' from 'Albion'. There's gonna be mandolin's, bazouki's, flutes and banjo's in there. Old style moogs and freaked-out country as well as some prog-rock epics. Hell, it might even be a double. It's certainly an album i've wanted to do for a long time. That's if we pull it off!!!
6) Do any of you participate in any side projects? If so, what are they?
No side projects. We all work full time and all our efforts go into building up our studio and advancing our technology/sound in the studio.