15 Questions With Stokeswood; Playing The Basement, July 23

[ 0 ] July 22, 2011 |
By Eileen Tilson
When most indie rockers decide to move for their career, you would think that their compass would be pointing north or west. The lights of NYC, the scene in Nashville, or the sun of L.A. can seem a whole lot more appealing to those trying to make it. Unless you’re in a band called Stokeswood; they went straight to the land of mini bikinis-Miami. Having recently released their second LP In the Field of the Vibrations, an album very reflective of their new home’s signature sound, which emphasizes the electronic dance beats, without losing the acoustic aesthetic or the lyrics. Stokeswood are back in Atlanta on Saturday, and chatted with us before their show this Saturday at The Basement. (Note: SW-Stokeswood, MG-Mark Godwin, RFI: Reed F Irivine, MS- Megg Serano, JM-Justin Mullinix)

What is the most outrageous gift you have ever received from a fan?

MS: A guy proposed to me, twice in one night.

How do you like your coffee?

RFI: Cream? Cream Anyone? Okay, no cream.
JM: Just like I like my women. Weak, white and diluted.
MG: With Jameson.
MS: With as little of coffee as possible. Cream and sugar, please.

If you could collaborate with any musician who would it be?

RFI: Erlend Øye.
JM: Ben Folds. Master of the nerd rock kingdom.
MG: George Harrison.
MS: William Fitszimmons, hands down.

Who is your celebrity crush?

SW: Garey Busey.

If you were the opposite sex for one day, who would you most want to take on a date?

SW: Garey Busey.

How old were you when you lost your virginity?

Stokesypants doesn’t kiss and tell…

Can you play the ukulele?

RFI: I haven’t ever but I bet I could pick it up and play
JM: Sure.
MG: Signs point to yes.
MS: I prefer the banjo or the triangle.  And my new favorite, the tambourine.

What was your first concert?

JM: The Who.
MG: No idea.
MS: Less than Jake, Ventura Theater, Calif. I was overwhelmed, got a headache, and came home with bruises.

How do you feel about tequila?

SW: We’re FOR it, Partida with no training wheels.

If you were a racehorse in the Kentucky Derby what would your name be?

RFI: Reedo Speedo.
JM: Neanderthal Biscuit.
MG: Marcus Aurelius.
MS: Sparticus Ryan Salamander Mason III.

If you were the star of your own reality TV show, what would you call it?

RFI: “I Got Ya Phone Bitch!” Basically a show where the premise is steal my phone in real life scenarios. I never know who might be getting close to me just for a shot at my phone and a chance to win the golden phone trophy. Regardless, my job is to protect the phone, at all costs.

JM: “Monkey and Whore Monster Truck Tug of War.”
MS: “Good Morning A-Megg-ica.”
MG: “On your Mark.”

Can you dance?

SW: You must come to the show Saturday at The Basement and judge for yourself

What’s your favorite thing to do on your day off?

SW: Days off seem like a distant dream

If you could live in the shoes of any musician for a week who would it be?

JM: Who ever has the biggest shoes.
MS: Abigail Washburn.
MG:  Ghostland Observatory’s Aaron Behrens.

What are you working on right now? What are you the most excited about for the future?

We’re working on new tunes to be released in more interesting and creative ways. We’re very excited to be working with Billy Hume and are amped about signing to Nimbleslick Ent., who is booking the tour to support our new album, In the Field of the Vibrations.

Stokeswood play The Basement in East Atlanta on July 23 with Dark Room (Graham Yoder of Jungol’s solo project).

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