Q&A w/ The Pussyfooters



J: "Meh, the general area. I'm from the country."

Either make up a new word for your genre, or give us 5 words to describe your sound

Musical Jambalaya


Todd "Hollywood" Hager,
Howie "Hammer Hands" Haught
Jeremiah Welch

What are you listening to now? What would you have been listening to when you were 15?

J: Todd Hager couldn't be reached for comment here. He digs John Prine and 70s miscellany. He's usually listening to something I'm unfamiliar with.
I picture Todd listening to the Beastie Boys at 15. 
H: Kanye, Frank Ocean, Vampire Weekend, Grizzley Bear, Interpol, ASAP Rocky.
And at 15: Clutch, Helmet, Beastie Boys, Dre and Snoop.
J: I've been listening to nothing but Frank Ocean lately. Before that it was Sturgill Simpson I was obsessing over. It's usually a lot of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Beach Boys, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, Kanye, but lately it's just been Frank Ocean.
At 15 I was a on Tool, Alice and Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, that kind of stuff.

What are you promoting/what are you working on now?

We are promoting our existence and also promoting the fact that we're talking a lot about making a record, which is exciting to talk about. We are also promoting promotion in general and also Bridge and Tunnel, of course. 3rd Fridays, also.

How do you write a song?

I like to write as many different ways as possible. Music first, Lyrics first, Electronic sketches, on the piano, on an acoustic. I used to write a Lot, so I'd write ten songs in hopes of getting one that was a keeper. I got a little more concise (and busier) as i got older. I write a lot just in my head now, then translate to an instrument first time i can get my hands on one. By then the chords and melody and lyrics are mostly shaped. Since playing with The Pussyfooters, i tend to just take vague ideas, song parts, to the guys and we flesh them out together. Todd and Howie are great at running with ideas. It's made me a little lazy. I just take half-asssed ideas to them and have them make it rad. That's how we end up with songs in 11, 0r 9 or 7 or 19 lol. Sometimes I take full fleshed out songs, and they improve upon it. It's a very laid back practice and writing approach. Sometimes the songs fall through the cracks, sometimes they stick. I tend to rip off what I'm listening to. I think we all do that, right? The key is to listen to a wide variety of influences so no one can call you on it. I also think it's important, for me, to mix up the approach to writing to get different kinds of results.

What song do you wish you wrote? (Assuming money and credit are NOT factors. Only you would know that you wrote it. Your only compensation would be the knowledge ans satisfaction that you put that song(s) out there for the world to enjoy)

Wow. Sara by Dylan. Anything by Dylan. Little Surfer Girl. Get Behind the Mule or Hold On, by Tom Waits. Paranoid Android and Bohemian Rhapsody are massive tunes the way they're put together, with all the different parts...and stuff. I wish I'd written anything off Frank Ocean's Blonde or Channel Orange or anything from the last two Sturgill Simpson records,

If there was one place in the area you could play a show, where would it be?

We just want to play where there are people who want to hear music, who want to hear our version of art. We're not picky, or proud, and not always overly ambitious.

Are you "there" yet? (Interpret this in any way you see fit, but it really refers to your own assessment of your progress as a musician, songwriter, or band)

Are we There yet. I'm not so sure lol. We have some aspects down pat, you know. But mostly we just enjoy playing music together. If we didn't gig, or whatever, we'd still get together weekly and play music, I'm pretty sure. And if I didn't play with Howie and Todd I'd be sitting in my living room playing by myself. It's just a thing I feel like I have to do. I'm real thankful to have them to, you know, entertain each other and make music. I'm not sure "there" exists. Can always get better, eh?