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Interview with Preacher's Sons.
This week I interviewed Brandon Pfaff from the band Preacher's Sons. Preacher's Sons is comprised of Brandon and his brother, Jeremy Pfaff. If these names sound familiar, it's because the brothers Pfaff have been around the indie music scene for quite some time now. Their most recent previous project, and probably most well known, was the band Vespers. Before that, there are too many band names to count. But through it all, they have produced their own brand of beautiful, delicately intense indie rock. While they've only been working as Preacher's Sons for a short while now, they've already produced some of their best songs ever. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Preacher's Sons at the links below to listen for yourself.
Brax: Can you tell me about the name of your band? Are you, in fact, the sons of preachers? Also, can you recount the long history of band names you've gone through?
Preacher's Sons: We are in fact the sons of the same preacher. When it comes to band names, we've cycled through a handful of members for various reasons, and each time we felt that it was necessary to change our name. I like the idea of starting from scratch. To be honest, I've never been completely satisfied with our band names. Names are a hard thing to decide on. Preacher's Sons is a name that describes an aspect of our lives that we really can't escape, and if anything else it places us closer in the alphabet to Prince than any other name we've played under before.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
Preacher's Sons: At the moment the two of us are working on recording our first full-length album. If all goes according to plan it will be available for listening and purchasing by the end of the year. We're also putting together a band for live shows. Everything should be in full swing by September.
Brax: What’s your favorite band to play live with? Why?
Preacher's Sons: Francisco the Man, hands down. First of all, they are dear friends of ours, and the opportunity to spend time together in and of itself is a blessing. Second, I think they play some of the best songs around. I'm constantly finding myself jealous of their creativity.
Brax: What is your most prized piece of musical equipment?
Preacher's Sons: Probably our recording console. It's a huge, clunky, TASCAM Model 15 - 24 track analog console. We lucked out and bought if from some guy who
works on the set of Heroes. It's nothing that special, but I love the way it sounds. Luckily, it weighs about 350 pounds, so the odds of it being stolen are rather slim. I guess it's bulkiness is sort of a built in anti-theft device.
Brax: What is your opinion on interstellar travel?
Preacher's Sons: I could spend hours just trying to make sense of the depth of outer space, let alone traveling through it. So I can't really say I have a
Brax: Where do you see your band in 5 years?
Preacher's Sons: Like any other band, I'd like to see us make a living with our music. If that doesn't happen I think I'm pretty content with making music for
the sole purpose of working out ideas in my own life.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Preacher's Sons: I like to listen to albums that were originally mastered for vinyl in their original form. But as for more modern recordings, I'm not picky. I
use an iPod in my car mainly because it doesn't have a CD player, and it's easier than lugging a big book of discs around. Unfortunately, I find myself less likely to listen to an album all the way through when using an iPod or similar media. That's the real downside of those devices. The whole digital music culture and convenience of buying only the songs you like has killed the idea of an album.
Brax: Tell me about your best live show ever.
Preacher's Sons: We haven't played live much with this current project, but I can remember a Vespers show at Plush that happened about a year ago. The energy in the room that was something I'll never forget. Cramped together on a tiny stage didn't even seem to matter. There was an overwhelming sense of support that I'm continually reminded of.
Brax: How do you feel about extraterrestrials?
Preacher's Sons: I'm open to a peaceful existence. But those little guys from Mars Attacks were pretty cool too.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Preacher's Sons: It seems like the people that aren't trying to "be something" have it right. Obsessing about fashion and pretending like you're from another region and time is a pretty easy disguise to see through. Create music because you know it's part of who you are and aim to express yourself in a way that is transparent and genuine.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Preacher's Sons: No. No, I don't.
Visit Preacher's Sons:
www.vespersmusic.com (previous band name)
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Thanks to Preacher's Sons.
Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.
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