Tomorrow night, the inimitable local musical duo of Aleks & The Drummer will be rocking Bridgeport at the closing night party for this year's installment of Version Fest. The farfisa has been somewhat quiet so far in 2008, so RFC recently checked in with the band to see what they've been up to lately and if we'll finally be able to get our hands on some recorded material.
Download: Aleks and the Drummer - "scsz"
So, what can we look forward to from the band this year?
Aleks: Our EP, "May a Lightning Bolt Caress You" will be coming out later in the Spring. We entrusted the sound to Dave Sitek, so it shouldn't be anything less than awesome. I am excited about making the visuals. These are some of our [other] goals:
-Maintain our weird hyper romance dance aesthetic. -Add a couple of plume-y slower songs to break up the intensity. -Consider a third member to dress up as a tree (and contribute new sounds too :) -Play some festivals and do a sweaty tour with a great band -Pass our EP ingredients to creative musicians to make remixes while we work on the full-length. -Decide: label+ convenience vs. independence + inconvenience. -Work work work.
Being the only melody maker is a responsibility I am proud of but my whole body is focused on accuracy. I have to REALLY shake off the pressure once in a while and zone out. It has been practical and empowering to hold it together as a duo but we have some thick ideas that are more realistic with some help. This may not happen until album #2.
The Drummer: To put out a record finally! Or even a t-shirt. We've never had merchandise of any kind. We've sold less merchandise than Fugazi.
Overall, what is it that you think that ultimately drives you to create music?
Aleks: Fear of regret, exploring myself, testing my shyness against my exhibitionism, doing "well". It sounds really corny but I really believe in myself. I've had alot of skills for a long time that went undernurtured because I was afraid, gave into procrastination, or blamed my parents for not opening my doors for me while I carried all this enthusiasm and promise. My twenties and beyond are an opportunity to raise myself the way I see fit-- I still have alot of growing to do--I never want to consider myself a finished product at any point of my life. Music is a great way to create challenges and keep things upredictable.
The Drummer: I bought all these drums and it would be a shame to waste them not making music.
You've been playing around locally for a while and you've received a decent amount of press, but it is there anything else that we should know about you that hasn't been written about?
Aleks: If I didn't get braces I'd have some wicked buck teeth.