1. Spokenest origin? First practice? First song?
Adrian: Spokenest originated from Daryl and me realizing we wanted to start our own band after being in another band (God Equals Genocide) with our friend for 5 years. Things just started getting more and more difficult/complicated with practicing, playing shows etc. so we decided to stop GEG and start a two-piece. We talked about it for a pretty long time before actually sitting down to write and play songs, but once we finally did, it felt easy and painless for the first time in a while. We figured out our first song in our bedroom, then walked down the hall and played it in the living room.
Daryl: It was our first house show and it was just the two of us. Super romantic.
2. Favorite places to play in LA?
Daryl: We always have a good time at Pehrspace, The Wulf Den rules, in-stores at Permanent are nice, The Bike Oven is an amazing part of the community, one time we played with Harry And The Potters at The LA Fort which was pretty hilarious and great. VLHS out in Pomona can’t be beat. Generally any spot that’s completely DIY, probably illegal, and full of good people is where we wanna play.
Adrian: I like house shows, and LA is a great city for house shows.
3. Spokenest is curating a festival…. What bands are playing?
Adrian: There are so many, too many, bands that I would love to play a festival with. Some of them don’t exist anymore (like The Sopors). The Red Dons would have to be there. Blondie, or just Debbie Harry. Also Bombón and Pteradactdudes because they played our wedding! The Street Eaters, because they are super sweet and Megan is a huge inspiration to me. My dream festival would have Booker T And The MGs as the house band. Pretty much any bands that have fun music, and nice people would have to be there.
Daryl: I’m just gonna list some bands I’ve been listening to a lot lately and wanna see play. Like The Visitors from Ottawa, Acid Fast from Oakland, Xaxaxa from Skopje, Macedonia, Total Control from Melbourne, Australia. And then have Tilthwheel play last, cause it’s not a real festival unless Tiltwheel closes it out.
4. Top 5 albums? Top 5 movies?
Daryl: This question is not possible. But here are six albums I think are more-or-less unbeatable: Dillinger Four, Midwestern Songs, Replacements, Let It Be, Red Dons, Fake Meets Failure, The Bananas, Forbidden Fruit, and X, Wild Gift, Rites Of Spring, Self-titled (the CD, so you get the 7” songs at the end.)
As for movies I’ve heard other people make lists of what my top five movies are better than I apparently can. So you should probably ask them. Though last night I did watch part of Highlander and I can confirm that that movie is definitely not in my top five. It’s possible that Children of Men and Drumlinemight be in there.
Adrian: I agree with Daryl about Red Dons, Fake Meets Failure, we listened to that on repeat while on tour, and I could hardly hold myself together when GEG got to play with them. I also love Bill Withers, Just As I Am, Nina Simone, Sings the Blues, 24 of Hank Williams Greatest Hits, and Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington. But those are just the albums I own, there are tons of albums I love, but don’t own and therefore don’t listen to, or think about them nearly enough.
Top five movies…The Wrong Guy, Stepbrothers, Some Like It Hot, The Botany of Desire, and The Fast Runner.
5. What’s in store for Spokenest in 2014?
Adrian: Writing more songs! Touring the Southwest!
Daryl: In the next couple months we’re playing shows with Criminal Code, Steppe People, Radioactivity, and Tijuana’s DFMK. As well as having a song on a Big Boys tribute LP! What more could possibly happen!?!? Except for maybe writing and recording more songs. Drink some beer, go to Awesomefest, and then drink some more beer. Probably stay punk…we’ll see.