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Interview with Upside Down Room.
This week I interviewed Bruce Lund from the band Upside Down Room. Upside Down Room has been playing their own brand of punk rock for around two decades now. They've been lying low for the past couple of years, but lately have made a triumphant return to the scene. Their set at Blue Christmas this year was probably my favorite of the night, and that's saying a lot considering the excellent lineup. With the prospect of new UDR releases on the horizon, this alien couldn't be more excited. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Upside Down Room at the links below.
Brax: For those that don't know, can you tell me how you came up with the name Upside Down Room?
Upside Down Room: In the beginning, we practiced in a friend's garage and there was furniture hanging upside down from the rafters, so we said, "We'll practice in the upside down room." When we had our first show, we needed a name, so we went with that.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on? When are we going to see new music from Upside Down Room?
Upside Down Room: Hopefully some new songs and a CD early next year.
Brax: What inspired you to make UDR active again?
Upside Down Room: (We were) bored and kinda missed it.
Brax: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Upside Down Room: Star Wars. Never got into Star Trek.
Brax: You've released music on many different record labels. Which was your favorite release, and what was it like being a Tooth and Nail band?
Upside Down Room: TV Baby is the best recording thanks to Gene (Eugene). Like the first EP on Tooth & Nail too. (We) liked being on Tooth & Nail and (were) really thankful they gave us a shot. Wish they could have done more for us, but understand budgets are what they are.
Brax: If you could time travel and play a show with UDR in any era of the past, when would you choose, and why?
Upside Down Room: Maybe early 80's with the real punk rock bands. I'm talking real punk, not post punk or whatever they call it now a days.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Upside Down Room: CD. Vinyl is cool, but the sound is not great. Love the big album covers.
Brax: Tell me about your best and worst live shows ever.
Upside Down Room: Best was Tooth & Nail fest because it was so huge. Cornerstone was pretty cool too. Phoenix was always a good show for us and we had a great following there. Always had good shows outside of California for some reason. Worst, a few club shows where there were only a few people there. In fact, we were asked to play last weekend at the Doll Hut in Anaheim two days before the show and got there and everyone canceled and didn't tell us. We just went home.
Brax: What is your opinion about robots?
Upside Down Room: Don't really know. I guess they're interesting.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Upside Down Room: Unless that's what you really want, don't expect a lot. Just have fun with it and see where it goes.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Upside Down Room: Support local bands. The Southern California thing is pretty poor and all it takes is to go out and check out bands. Who knows, maybe you'll enjoy it.
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Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.
Thanks for posting this.
Just found an ancient UDR bumper sticker in a drawer in my wife’s scrapbooking cabinet (!?) I remember I had got it free in a T&N order I made long ago. Once I found it I googled them and it’s nice to see they’re still around. I’m gonna put the bumper sticker on my van!!