Email interviews with musicians tend to not turn out as well as phone or in-person interviews. I figure there are a couple reasons for this: 1) They’re often busy on tour, moving from place to place, and don’t have time to sit down and compose proper answers. 2) Typing is harder than just talking. 3) The interviewer doesn’t get a chance to ask follow-up questions, and follow-up questions are the easiest way to turn an interview into a simple conversation. And it’s conversation where you often get the best quotes.
All that said, I thought our email interview with Robbie Grey of Modern English in today’s GO! Magazine was terrific. One of the best I’ve read.
Anyway, you might recognize this song:
The one-hit-is-better-than-no-hits wonder Modern English will play Munch & Music on Thursday in Bend’s Drake Park. My colleague David Jasper sent Grey some questions, and he sent back some answers. Here’s an excerpt:
GO!: Why do you think “I Melt With You” has had such staying power?
RG: My theories on “Melt” are that it glides. It has an uplifting feeling of a breath of fresh air. The words evoke a lot of imagery and love is involved. The act of lovemaking is implicated. All these things are part of the human condition. Hence the staying power.
GO!: People can see a lot of your videos on YouTube. Any specific songs you would recommend readers look up if they wanted to expand their Modern English vocabulary in advance of your show?
RG: There are so many YouTube videos. “Someone’s Calling” is a good one from the “After the Snow” album. Check out the hundreds of cover versions of “Melt.” I like the one with the harp. Some people have done their own collages of Modern English songs. They are interesting.
GO!: Has “I Melt With You” ever been implicated as a cause of global warming?
RG: “I Melt with You” has at times been implicated as a cause of global warming. The amount of people who have told us they have made love to the song, walked down the aisle to the song on their wedding day, made babies to the song — all that friction will cause heat to rise.
Grey seems like a cool dude. You should read the whole thing here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Toots and the Maytals kicks off the Alive After Five series in the Old Mill District, Crawfest celebrates local and regional music out in Powell Butte, Diego’s Umbrella returns to town for an album-release show, Dark Time Sunshine headlines an underground hip-hop bill at Liquid Lounge, and The Horned Hand celebrates its first birthday with Whiskey Shivers, Boom Chick, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy and more.
And last but not least, downtown Bend will be teeming with sound this weekend as Bend Summer Festival fills five stages with music, including Fishbone, Rickie Lee Jones, Gary Wright, Ruthie Foster, Polyrhythmics, Kelly Joe Phelps, Boom Chick, Pepe & The Bottle Blondes, Jeff Kashiwa, The Autonomics and a whole bunch of locals. This is probably the best Summer Fest lineup I can remember. Read about Fishbone and see the rest of the schedule here.