Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Emerging Artist Interview: The Obvious

On the debut EP, Bringing Wreck, Recorded by The Bouncing Souls Pete Steinkopf at Little Eden Studios in Asbury Park, NJ, The Obvious brand a signature sound that combines the best elements of early 90's Alternative and Late 70's Punk, with the twist of their own unique perspective binding these two classic genres. A must for any music fan who champions visceral experience and sing-along, gravel-slinging, true Rock and Roll.

If you could pick any musician's brain over a beer, who would it be?

Definitely without a doubt, a one Mr. Kurt Cobain. He was the first person that ever introduced the thought into my mind that the world wasn't the way that it had been presented to me up until that point. Hearing what he had to say completely changed my life, and introduced me into the world of critical thinking, bucking conformity, and just having a fundamental appreciation for injustice and the "duty of youth to challenge corruption", as he put it. That music was so much fun, but it carried with it a really important message as well. He was really brilliant and socially responsible and I think that people forget that.

Name your dream tour: up to 5 bands, dead or alive.

Nirvana, Hole (circa 1993), The Breeders, Imperial Teen, The Thermals

What's the funniest/craziest/most bizarremoment your band has ever experienced?

That would hands down have to be the way we met. Even though we all grew up in Monmouth County, Dan and I didn't meet with Kev and Mike until early 2009. Dan and I have known each other since we were 15, and Kev and Mike had been playing together for a while in other projects.  Dan and I got arrested in Manhattan one night, and Kev and Mike happened to at the SAME exact time! We were all waiting to be processed late into the night, and Dan asked Mike for a lighter. Fast forward a month and we had our first rehearsal under our belt. We all live 5, 10 miles from each other here in NJ, but it took mischeif in NYC to get us together.

Who are you musically influenced by that no one would ever guess by listening to your music?

The Everly Brothers. I have a special place in my heart for pure pop like The Everly Brothers, The Hollies, bands like that. I really love pure old pop artists, even stuff like Paul Anka. I also dig Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash in a major way. I think pop sensibility is key in the kind of writing we do, which despite being heavy is very sing along and dancey. Any artist that writes too esoterically and minimizes the catchy part of what they're creating is just unappealing to me. You need that hook, you need some sweetness in there somewhere.

What's the most memorable musicial moment of your life?

A few years we went to see The Thermals play Studio B in NYC at The Bowery Ballroom when they were touring in support of their 3rd albu, The Body, The Blood, The Machine. I was in LOVE with them, and I made them bracelets. On the way to the venue, I stopped in a falafel place and who is sitting at the table next to me but Kathy Foster, the bass player! I gave her the bracelets, and when I got to the venue, who's outside smoking a cigarette and wearing his bracelt but Hutch Harris, the lead singer! They put us on the list for the show in Brooklyn the next night and dedicated the encore song, "It's Trivia" to me at that show. I pretty much died of happiness at that moment. Still to this day the nicest people ever.