Who would have thought that Owen Pallett, the artist who brought us one of the most beautiful records in 2010 was into noise rock? We sure didn’t, but it’s a fact, people expect bands to listen to music similar to theirs, but it’s almost always the contrary, i.e. check out OP’s picks:
What’s your favorite album of all time?
Easy: “Talker” by US Maple. I was passionate about all things DC as a teenager but the record that really killed my world was this one. Michael Gira’s involvement also got me into Swans, I hadn’t listened to them before. “Running From Kabob” and “So Long, Bonus” were songs I used to try to cover with my first band Les Mouches, it never worked, so we just started ripping US Maple off instead. Everything about that record is perfect, except that it doesn’t have two of my favourite US Maple songs on it, especially “Hey King“, which is my “welcome to the party” staple. I only got to see that band once. They played at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, opening for Rocket From The Tombs. There are a lot of people in Toronto who love US Maple and the place was full and very, very enthusiastic. Todd was wearing a butcher’s outfit and making eyes at the girls in the front row. Shippy just hung out in the back headbanging. And Al was the best, he wrapped himself around the mic stand and didn’t let go. They played for 30 minutes and the crowd was so amped, we all clapped and yelled “play more” and we didn’t stop, the gear was taken down, but we kept cheering until David Thomas came onstage for the headliner. I love David Thomas but after that show I couldn’t stand it, I had to get out of there. I have a big loft in Toronto and I always offer to put bands up and cook them pad thai, so I asked Al if he wanted to stay with us. He put his arms around me, pressed his wet lips up to my ear and said “Thank-you-so-much-for-offering-I-really-appreciate-it-we’re-staying-at-a-hotel-tonight-but-stick-around-for-some-fun-okay-yeah“, I got an embarrassed boner and got the hell out of there.
The one record you can’t live without:
These days it’s “Monody” by Mantler. It just came out last year, in 2010, but I’ve listened to it every day. It’s kind of cheating to mention it because I did a little arranging on it, and Chris is a friend, but I’ve listened to it every day. The first time I heard anything off of it this one day two years ago, I was driving around Toronto and listening to the U of T radio station. They had a little radio session with Chris, he was just playing his Wurlitzer and singing some new songs. One of the songs was called “The Author“, and he sang these lyrics: “I’m in the crowd / I’m in the stands / raising my voice / clapping my hands / masterful work / success is assured / I’ll type my 300 words”. I had to pull over the car, it was so beautiful. He’s the lovechild of Gorbachev and Sade. I love him and I love his music. Please watch this video, you’ll see:
Did this album influence you in your music style?
I’m sure it did but I don’t know how exactly.
To learn more about Owen Pallett visit his website here and be sure to follow him on Twitter @owenpallett