The Gay Blades

21 Dec

“We are crass, sure, but its because we challenge our friends and fans to be a part of the show, to be one with the chaos.”

The Gay Blades aren’t your typical band. Their eccentric personalities show in their music, which happens to be pure genius. The moment I was introduced to this band, I was hooked. Their name grabs your attention and once you listen to their music, you realize that this band isn’t like anything that is being released anywhere right now. Members Clark Westfield and Mike Abiuso recently released their newest LP ” Savages” which is described by some as a “tongue-in-cheek record that you can’t stop listening to”. I recently had the opportunity of asking the guys a few questions and their answers will keep you laughing all the way through.

Q. First question is one I’m sure you get asked a lot. How did you come up with your band name?

A. We do get asked a lot and a quick Yahoo search would give you 35 different answers….maybe that’s why 4 years into this band, people still ask us that question. (NOTE TO SELF: DECIDE ON ONE ANSWER AND STICK TO IT.) Well, I’ll tell you what I haven’t told anyone else as of yet, and that’s the truth. I have decided that from now on I will only speak in truths. The truth, my dear young budding journalist, is that we inherited the name from a tribe of monks living deep with the frosted and fearful heights of Bushwick. They were called The Gay Blades and before they passed away in a fiery blizzard, they gave us their name, their motto (“Snitches Get Stitches.”), and their wardrobe. So there you have it…THE TRUTH!!!!

Q. What is one thing you want your fans to know about you?

A. I guess I’d like them to know, and I hope they already do, that we are the only ones who really love them. Think about our shows versus everyone elses. All those patronizing thankful assholes pretending to give a shit. We love our fans. We really do. A love like no other. A flame that can’t be extinguished by a thousand oceans of indie rock pretension. We are crass, sure, but its because we challenge our friends and fans to be a part of the show, to be one with the chaos. Nothing is planned, we surge and ebb with the crowd in front of us. We love them. We really do.

Q. You just released you LP. How does this record differ from “Ghosts”?

A. This record was fueled by very little irony and irreverence. On Ghosts, we were really just taking pop songs and taking a piss out of them and the idea of being in a band. We had stopped believing in anything. Perhaps it was that dissent that gained us our first bit of momentum, but when you actually start believing in what you’re doing and the people who are helping you do it, you can’t really pretend to keep it going. This record was the reverberation of the past two years of creation and our personal lives. Its probably run of the mill, but it sounds a MILLION times better than the last one and the songs are way stronger, relying on tunefulness than kitsch.

Q. What are some of your favorite things to do while on tour?

A. Sleep. I don’t know what it is, but as soon as that van gets going I fall asleep immediately. Also we listen to a lot of the How Stuff Works Podcasts with Chuck and what’s his face…

Q. If you could have a band cover one of your songs, which one would it be and why?

A. Spoon. They are the best living rock n’ roll band. Hands down. I’ll spit on anyone who says different.

Q. Where do you guys hope to be in five years?

A. Answering questions about how our 5th studio album differs from Ghosts.

Q. What city do you get the best response from?

A. Its hard to tell, but there’s nothing like playing at the Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ. Those kids, just know how to do it…ya know????

Q. What are some of your favorite bands out now?

A. Spoon, White Rabbits, Cold War Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Colour Revolt, Harlem, The Static Jacks, Electric 6, White Denim, The Press, Readymade Breakup, Fake Problems, etc.

Q. Is there a venue you guys dream of playing someday?

A. Well, obviously, playing Wembley Stadium or something like would be amazing, but my favorite venue in the whole world is Bowery Ballroom in NYC. We’ve played there before, and I have seen countless shows there; its a magical room. If I can play there a few more times to great crowds, I’d be ok with that.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. I have to listen to myself for the rest of my life?!?!? That blows. If I had to pick one it would be Mick Jagger, cause its my favorite from the new record. But, if I could pick someone else’s song, it would be “Girl” by The Beatles. This song is, for me the pinnacle of perfect songwriting; a perfect blend of technique and delivery. C’est Magnifique!

Here is “November Fight Song” off of their newest LP. Listen and enjoy.

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One Response to “The Gay Blades”

  1. John Weiss December 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    Crystal – This blog it sweet! I’m definitely a new permanent reader. Good work girl!

    – Johnny

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