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Brown Spiders interview with “Weird Al” Jaco Wolmarans, Andrew Kapp and Andreas Schonfeldt

May 30, 2014

Brown Spiders interview with “Weird Al” Jaco Wolmarans, Andrew Kapp and Andreas Schonfeldt

A while back I talked to one of South Africa’s leading
garage rock outfits, The Make-Overs (Interview here) and they peeled back my
skull cap, yanked out my brain and went completely loco on what was left of my
decimated corpse.  Needless to say, while
it’s not the easiest thing to keep tabs on or research, I was hooked like a
dope fiend on some South African garage rock! 
Luckily for me, Andreas from The Make-Overs is not only involved in that
band and several others, but he’s also involved in running the KRNGY Logo who
help release and offer what exposure they can to undiscovered or overlooked
sick South African bands.  When Andreas
sent me a copy of the Brown Spider’s sophomore album close bracket/star/bracket
along with a few of the other KRNGY projects I was once again floored.  Brown Spiders are an absolutely devastatingly
effective lo-fi, on the verge of no-fi, blistering garage rock band with a
nasty psych-pop edge to them.  Songs like
“Mouth” show off how The Brown Spiders can take what they want from Shoegaze
and meld it like some sort of deranged genetic mutant with high octane garage
psych almost effortlessly into unstoppable forces of nature encapsulated in
three minute bursts.  Explosions of
spasmodic action shudder and jolt through the lurching corpse of sound that
jumps around like a frog in a dynamite pond. 
Gnarled, fuzzy bass crashes like waves against a thunder cliff over the
top of distorted and crackling guitar lines that erupt like Vesuvius amidst the
trashcan thrashing caveman drummer brutally abusing his kit in the background
of all the chaos and insanity.  When you
listen to a lot of albums it’s hard to pinpoint what a band’s going to sound
like when you hear them live, my guess is that close bracket/star/bracket is a
near perfect representation of the razor’s edge that The Brown Spiders walk,
teetering between madness and utter musical annihilation, on the verge of a
high speed come apart, all the while channeling the bottled rage and aggression
into perfectly honed packages of unbelievably well-constructed, catchy and
intelligent songs.  All bathed in the
brash punk DIY mentality of my beloved 80’s underground movement The Brown
Spiders are destroying the competition in their sleep and paving a road to the
center of my heart with little more than a single album under their belts!  But that’s enough talk, enough hype and
bullshit, all I can say is that you should check out this ridiculous trio if
you dig garage or lo-fi in the least; they will not disappoint.  Now let’s just hope that not only do they put
out a ton of albums, but that we can start getting copies of their stuff here
in the US soon as well…
Listen
while you read: http://brownspiders.bandcamp.com/
What is Brown
Spiders’ lineup?  Is this your original
lineup or have there been any changes?
Andreas:  Weird Al
Jacovich, Andrew Kapp Webber and Andreas Bocelli.
Jaco:  Brown Spiders
is a three piece, consisting of Andreas on drums, Andrew on bass and backup
vocals and me (Jaco) on vocals and guitar. 
Brown Spiders was originally conceived of as a terrifying two piece,
consisting of Andreas on drums and me on guitar and vocals in 2011 after the
breakup of Sticky Antlers. Andrew joined
the band on bass in 2012, to make people feel less sorry for us.
Andrew:  I was
visiting Andreas and he played me a recording he and Jaco had made called Brown
Spiders.  Prior to that night my current
band had broken up, so I asked them if I could come and mess around with them,
adding bass to the mix.  I borrowed the
CD and went to play with them a few days later.
Are any of you in
any other active bands at this point or have you released any music with anyone
in the past?  If so can you tell us about
that?  I love playing musical connect the
dots but there’s nothing better than being able to cheat!
Andrew:  Bad Adam is
my only other “mistress”, aside from some non-live or incomplete
projects.  Cheating is fun, ha-ha!
Jaco:  Yes, Andreas
and I were in Sticky Antlers which released stuff on the KRNGY logo.  We also have a side project called Splinter
Sect, which is an improv project. 
Oooooh, almost forgot Vulva Underground; cut and paste, antagonistic
sewer rap, fronted by three foul mouthed sock puppets having the time of their
lives.
Andreas:  Make-Overs
(Interview here), Splinter Sect, Poodle Piss and I played drums for Spambot.
Where are you
original from? 
Andrew:  Pretoria.
Jaco:  Pretoria.
Andreas:  Kilnerpark,
Pretoria.
Was the local music
scene there were you grew up very influential on your musical tastes or the way
you play?  Did it play a very large role
in your childhood?
Jaco:  No.
Andreas:  We don’t get
out much.
Andrew:  I think my
friends and family were more influential than any supposed “scene”,
and that did shape me and really make me want to make music; interesting music
at that.
Was your house
very musical growing up?  Were either
your parents or any of your relatives musicians or extremely
involved/interested in music?
Andrew:  My uncle and
my mother used to play for fun, but my uncle was really into rock music.  He played quite a few instruments, mainly
guitar.  He gave me my first bass guitar,
which I used to play in secret when he went out.  I still use that bass.  My cousin was the one who introduced me to a
bulk of the music that got me interested in playing though.  He was in my first few bands too.
Jaco:  Yeah, my mom
was a piano teacher and music was always a big part of my life.  There was very little dead air surrounding me
when I was growing up.
Andreas:  You already
know everything about me…
What was your first
real exposure to music?
Andrew:  When I was
around six years old, I was watching A Nightmare On Elm Street.  Totally terrified, I ran out the room and my
uncle was listening to Hendrix in the living room and I remember the soothing
feeling I experienced; no pun intended, ha-ha.
Jaco:  Probably my mom
playing her LPs night and day.  There was
everything from The Beach Boys and The Stones, to classical music.  Then Madonna sunk her claws into me.
If you had to pick
on defining moment of music in your life, a moment that redefined all of the
rules and opened the door to the infinite possibilities of music, what would it
be?
Andrew:  I really
dislike name dropping, but when my cousin showed me a tape of live performance
by The Breeders and Nirvana; good laaaawd! 
The rawness of their live performances was breathtaking.
Jaco:  Hearing Sonic
Youth for the first time.  The room
started spinning.  All the bands that
they introduced me too when I was a teenager were amazing.  It opened up areas I never knew existed.
Andreas:  Every day I
find music that redefines all the rules, but a big one was “Mother Sky”.  Jaco played me the uncut version and it was
the first time I had ever heard Can… 
That and getting into the Velvet Underground, that pretty much changed
everything.
When did you
decide that you wanted to start writing and performing your own music?  What brought about that decision?
Andrew:  I was playing
a gig in my cousin’s band at this scout hall we had rented, I was twelve at the
time and just the feeling of jamming with a group of people, and people
enjoying it and having fun.  I was like,
“Who wouldn’t like to do this?”  Ha-ha.
Jaco:  I’ve wanted to
play music since I was in school, but because I had no friends and didn’t know
any interesting people I had to wait until I met Andreas to pursue the dream.
Andreas:  I used to
record songs onto tapes way back, it was a compulsion.  It just stuck with me.  Then I ended up filling in on guitar for some
band playing a Halloween show at the old Nile Crocodile, I was still in school
and not even legally allowed in the club, but they let me sing and we ended up
doing a couple of songs I wrote.  Some
people got really angry since they liked the band and wanted them to play their
songs…  But it all seemed to just make
sense and I was back on the Nile’s stage the next week and kept going to open
mic nights until they closed down.
Where is the band
currently located at?
Andrew:  We all live
in a yellow submarine.
Jaco:  Fuck.
Andreas:  We’re normal
people…  We live in garages behind
people’s houses.
How would you
describe the local music scene where you are at now?
Andreas:  I can’t.
Andrew:  Non-existent.
Ha-ha.
Jaco:  I won’t.  Frankly, I’m embarrassed by a large amount of
what we’re surrounded by.

Are you very
involved in the local music scene?  Do
you book or attend a lot of shows or help to record/release any local music?
Andrew:  Besides
playing and organizing gigs, not really. 
Because of my demanding job, or should I say ex-job, the only time I had
off work I was playing.  There’s only a
small handful of “worth it” bands to check out anyway.
Andreas:  I play the
game, big time.
Jaco:  I attend as
many shows of the bands I support as I can, but there are only a few bands I’m
interested in.
Do you feel like
the local music scene has played a large or pivotal role in Brown Spiders or do
you think you could be doing what you’re doing and sound like you do regardless
of your surroundings or location?
Andrew:  It’s played a
role in the sense that it showed us what not to do, ha-ha!
Jaco:  No.  ‘Cause ninety-percent of what we have to deal
with is utter bullshit.
Andreas:  Except that
we wanted to sound exactly like Mango Groove.
When and how did
you all originally meet?
Andrew:  I met Andreas
through a friend of my cousin, but never really knew him.  Somehow we ended up doing a gig together in
different bands at the same scout hall I played at when I was twelve.  Years later, as I was waiting for a bus to go
to my girlfriend’s at the time Andreas and Martinique pulled up and gave me
ride.  If memory serves me correctly, he was
looking for a bass player at the time. In general my memory is hazy.  One thing I remember though is getting
shitfaced with him a few days later, drinking shots of different left over
liquors, while playing Tekken drinking games. 
I met Jaco at Andreas place.  I
always just heard from a friend that this Jaco guy had cool records and movies,
ha-ha.  His collection did not
disappoint.
Jaco:  I met Andreas
through an illicit drug addict, when he brought him to my place to show him my
Sonic Youth record collection.  The first
record I ever loaned him was a Bikini Kill record and he brought it back,
freaking out about it.  I knew this was
someone I could get along with. 
Uhmmmmmmmmm…  I met Andrew at
Andreas’s place, I think.
Andreas:  Andrew, at
his cousin Neal’s garage where they were recording their band on a cassette
player…  Jaco, I met through this guy who
used to steal my tapes.
What led to the
formation of Brown Spiders and when was that exactly?
Andreas:  It’s
something to do.
Jaco:  As I previously
stated, Brown Spiders was conceived after the brake up of Sticky Antlers in
2011, because I wanted a band!  I needed
a band!!!  And Andreas and I just liked
playing together and making music.
Is there a shared
creed, mantra or ideal that Brown Spiders live by?
Andrew:  Meh, guess we
all just like weird shit.  And the D.I.Y
mentality.  We’re just three guys stuck
in hell that love improvising.
Jaco:  Keeping the
band as independent and self-sufficient as possible.
Andreas:  Yes, we live
by a strict code: never, under any circumstance, do anything…  To anyone.
What does the name
Brown Spiders mean or refer to in the context of your band name?  Who came up with it and how did you go about
choosing it?
Jaco:  The original
band name was Pity Fucks, due to the fact we thought we were going to be big as
fuck ha-ha.  I love everything to do with
asses so it was the obvious choice.
Andrew:  I always
thought it was just a polite way to say, “the assholes”.
Andreas:  Yeah it’s a
stupid bunghole reference that no one seems to ever get…  We couldn’t get any gigs as the Pity Fucks so
we had to change the name.  But really
it’s just because our music is shit.
There are a lot of
things that I love to do when it comes to music.  I love to talk about music, I love sharing
good music with people and most of all I love talking to talented musicians
such as yourselves.  One thing that I do
not love though is having to describe how a band sounds to people who have
never heard them before.  I’m just awful
at putting labels and descriptions on stuff as I’m just not convinced that
music, as art, fits inside these tidy boxes and labels that we like to assign
it.  So rather than me making some
bizarre and utterly useless attempt at describing your sound to our readers,
how would you describe Brown Spiders’ sound in your own words to our readers
who might not have heard you before?
Jaco:  A sewage drain
of inevitable disaster.  We never
actually got together and decided what box we wanted to fit in.  We’ve never had a pre-conceived idea of what
the music should sound like.
Andrew:  Bizarre and
utterly useless gutter rock!!!  Or as
Todd from HoZac describe us, “the sickos from South Africa”,
ha-ha!  But it sure as hell is rocky,
punky, noisy and yet strangely melodic.
Andreas:  A spa of
embarrassing illnesses for your ears.
While we’re
speaking so much about the history of the band and how everything got started
can we take just a little while to talk about who some of your major musical
influences are?  You all have an extremely
varied sound that while remaining noticeably from the same band can shift
pretty drastically in mood and sound from song to song.  I’m curious to hear who you would cite as
your major influences on the band a whole rather than individually?
Jaco:  Anything
unusual, strange, odd, interesting, demented or indescribable is what we
usually gravitate to.
Andrew:  I guess we
just like the “alternative” to what’s being shoved down our
throats.  Obviously Nirvana was a mutual
ground, because that opened us up to bands like The Melvins, Sonic Youth, Black
Flag, Leadbelly, yada, yada, yada.  We
have a large variety of musical tastes, and perhaps that makes our sound so
unique.
What is Brown
Spiders’ songwriting process like?  Does
one of you approach the rest of the bad with a mostly finished riff or idea to
work out with the rest of the band or is it more of a collective process with
a  lot of jamming and exchange of ideas
when you all get together to practice/play?
Andrew:  Elements of
both really.  One of us might show up to
practice with an idea/riff, then we fiddle with it until we like it.  On the other hand, we do a lot of
improvisation and that also leads to quite a few of our songs.
Jaco:  “Come What
May” was a live improv we recorded during the making of Closed Bracket
Star Bracket
and it became the opening track, so improvisation plays a major
role.
What about
recording?  How do you all handle the
recording process?  Do you utilize a
studio environment to record or is it more of a do-it-yourself, on your own
time and turf, prospect?
Jaco:  We like
recording on old analogue equipment. 
Both our albums were recorded that way, that’s the only way we know how;
in my windy house.  I think we’d be
uncomfortable in a studio.  We prefer our
own time, space and doing it our way.
Andrew:  Live analogue
recording just makes for a more natural and raw sound and I think we’re raw as
fuck.
Do you all enjoy
recording?  As a musician myself I think
that most of us can really appreciate the end results.  There’s not a whole lot in the world that
beats holding an album in your hands, knowing that it’s your and you made
it.  Getting into the studio, or even
recording stuff on your own, especially when it comes to dealing with an entire
band, can be a little stressful to say the least.  How is it in the studio for you all?
Andrew:  We have a
fucked up “tradition” of recording during some kind of heat wave,
which is challenging.  Not sure if it
brings out the best in us or the worse, but it’s always fun.  Ha-ha!
Jaco:  Recording makes
me physically ill, in a good way.  I need
to throw at least one temper tantrum during each recording session.  I like the way it validates me, because it’s
my windy house and I can do as I please, damn it. 
Does Brown Spiders
do a lot of prep work before you record getting things all worked out and
arrangements just the way you want them? 
Or is it more of an organic process when it comes to recording where you
have room for a little bit of change and variation?
Andrew:  We just play
the songs until they feel right and we’re comfortable with them.  But due to the nature of live recording,
we’ve grown to expect some unexpected structure and or lyrical changes, ha-ha!
Jaco:  The songs for
our new album were all pretty much worked out and pretty well-rehearsed.  We’d even already started performing them
live in our sets.  Prior to the recording
of our second album, Andreas went on tour with The Make-Overs (Interview here)
and seeing as we couldn’t rehearse, we taped our rehearsals before he left and
rehearsed “mentally” while he was gone.
Let’s take a
little bit of time and talk about your back-catalog some.  You released your debut album close
bracket/star/bracket in 2013 on the KRNGY imprint.  Was the recording of that first album a fun,
pleasurable experience for you all?  Can
you share some of your memories of making close bracket/star/bracket with
us?  Where and when was it recorded?  Who recorded it?  What kind of equipment was used?
Andrew:  Aside from
the hellish heat wave we experienced, it was great fun.  It was recorded in two days at Jaco’s windy
house sometime in January 2013.
Jaco:  We released a
limited addition of 20 copies of the first self-titled Brown Spider release,
which was just me and Andreas.  But the
first album with Andrew was Closed Bracket/Star/Bracket.  We have come to accept extreme suffering
during our recordings.  It’s just the way
we operate.  S&M and all that shit.
Andreas:  I’ve
mentally checked out since sometime in January.
When we were
chatting you mentioned that you all had an album planned for 2014.  Have you all started recording that material
yet or is it still a work in progress? 
If you’ve started recording can you tell us some details about
that?  Do you know what the name of the
album is going to be or a tentative release date at this point?
Jaco:  We have a
tentative title for the album, either Stampede or Dickwad.  I think we’ve gotten better as a band since
the last recordings.  We just had a batch
of new songs that we couldn’t wait to put it on tape and before we realized it,
we had a whole album of new songs.
Andreas:  It should be
Brown Spiders-Number Two.
Andrew:  Yeah, we
recently finished the recording of the new album.  Think it sounds fabulous, very natural. We just have to finish mixing and
mastering.  It was recorded in a similar
fashion to the previous one, yet it’s heavier and more melodic.  My idea for the title is Relaxative.
You also have an
upcoming single for the inimitable Hozac Records sometime early in 2014.  Can you tell us anything about that release
yet?  Do you know what tracks are going
to be featured?  If you know what tracks
you’re going to use are they already recorded or are you in the process of
doing that now?  If they’ve already been
recorded can you talk about the recording of that material?  I’m pretty sure the Hozac singles are
strictly limited edition affairs.  Is
your single doing to be limited or do you know at this point?  If so do you know how many copies it’s going
to be limited to or when it’s scheduled for release?
Andrew:  The songs on
the single are “It’s Something To Do” and “That Was Then This Is Now”, a total
flip-side description of who we are.
Jaco:  Both of the
tracks on the HoZac single were taken from our album
Close/Bracket/Star/Bracket.  Not sure
about the release date yet, sometime 2014? 
We’re super excited about releasing something on HoZac records!
Other than the
upcoming Hozac single and new album are there any other releases in the works
or on the horizon at this point?
Andrew:  Not as of
yet, but we’re still looking to release a new album in 2014.
Jaco:  We’re always in
the process of writing new songs.  So
we’ve always got something we want to record before we forget it.
I know that you
all are on the KRNGY imprint alongside The Make Overs who are simply incredible
but I haven’t been able to find very much info on KRNGY or their releases
outside of the people I’ve discovered that just happen to be on the label.  How did you get hooked up with KRNGY and do
you know where the best place to keep up with the latest news and releases from
them is at?
Andrew:  Geographical
coincidence, ha-ha.  Currently theinterwebs are the best place.
Jaco:  KRNGY is a
home-run label from our neck of the woods, operated by two of our friends with
the right attitude.  I might have been
involved in the madness as all my previous bands have been involved with the
KRNGY label.
Andreas:  The KRNGY Logo
isn’t obscure on purpose.  It’s a label
from way back that’s run by Martinique and I. 
We have about a hundred releases on the label, but they’re mostly CD-Rs
and stuff.  Some of them were limited to
limited editions of ten or twenty copies, like the Hearingaids CD and some of
the live IYAWYETICBYBT bootlegs on cassette. 
It’s just the two of us making all the merch at the moment, but we’re
trying to get the label figured out so we can do some great releases from a
bunch of new and old bands alike.  I’m currently
excited about the Straight Suits.  I’m
hoping to do a release ASAP with them.  I
do encourage bands to send their music to other labels since I feel like I
can’t do that much to help them out in general. 
We just want to document some of the radical music that’s around and
mostly not getting picked up on.
Where’s the best
place for our US readers to pick up copies of your music?  With the insane international postage rate
increases this last year I try to provide readers with as many options for
purchasing physical music as I possibly can!
Andrew:  I think KRNGY
is trying to set up an online store, but I can only imagine what a schlep that
is and I know how busy they are. (*Author’s note: 
Check out this link for details on the only way that I know of to get
physical releases from KRNGY Logo)
Jaco:  The only place
to get your filthy claws on KRNGY merch is at the glory hole at any KRNGY
related gig.
Andreas:  The Hozac
single will be the first thing available to the general public.  We do have two albums, but the first album is
sold out and the second one isn’t out yet. 
You can listen to our stuff on Bandcamp or just check our Facebook for
now though.
What about our
international readers?
Andrew:  We have
international readers!?
Jaco:  It’s hard to
get hold of the Brown Spiders stuff. 
It’s only available at shows at this point.  If you don’t know us or come to a show, you
can’t really get anything.
And where’s the
best place for fans to keep up with the latest like upcoming shows and album
releases from Brows Spiders?
Andrew:  Currently,
the interwebs, like Facebook and Bandcamp.
Jaco:  We’ve got a
music video for “It’s Something To Do” and a few video camera recordings on
YouTube.  I’m sure we’ll post something
sometime in the distant future.  I hate
social networks.
Are there any
major goals that Brown Spiders’ are looking to accomplish in 2014?
Jaco:  World
domination.  We want to start touring,
make some enemies on the road and offend some innocent people.
Andrew:  Well, we want
to finish the new album and send it to some labels, obviously gig as much as
possible, get ready for Blackout Fest 2015 and if our schedules allow it, maybe
even a bit of touring.
What, if anything,
do you have planned as far as touring goes for 2014 so far?
Jaco:  Currently we’re
busy sorting out the new album and after that we can concentrate on organizing
some touring.
Andrew:  Unfortunately
we won’t be able to play Blackout Fest this year, which is very sad.  Due to our busy schedules, touring’s
difficult, but we’d love to organize something in Potchestroom, Cape Town and
most of South Africa later the year.
Do you all enjoy
touring?  Do you spend a lot of time on
the road?  How is it on the road for
Brown Spiders?
Jaco:  We’d love to
tour.  We’re willing to be booked.
Andrew:  Due to our
busy schedules, with working and The Make-Overs (Interview here), we haven’t
been able to tour, but we’d love to find out how we are on the road a bit in
2014 if we can.
Do you remember
what the first song that Brown Spiders ever played live was?  If so, where and when was that?
Jaco:  The first song
we played live was “Killer Beard Of Killer Bees”, a new wave influenced mind
fuck, at Schivas Rock in Pretoria somewhere in 2011.  That track was on the very first Brown
Spiders record when we were still a two-piece band.
Who are some of
your personal favorite acts that you’ve had a chance to share a bill with?
Andrew: 
Uhmmmmmmmmm…  Black Lung,
Sindrones, Eyes Like Mirrors, The Make-Overs (Interview here), Cortina
Whiplash…
Jaco:  Us Kids
Know…  Uhmmmmmmmmm…  I would like to say Black Lung again, ha-ha!
In your dreams,
who are you on tour with?
Andrew:  Don’t get me
started…  The Melvins?
Truckfighters?  Bob Log III?  Yeah, Bob Log III; imagine the party.
Jaco:  Sonic Youth,
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, The Ramones, Shocked Minds and The Velvet
Underground.
Andreas:  Captain
Beefheart or Cosmic Psychos.
Do you have any
funny or interesting stories from live shows or performances that you’d like to
share here with our readers?
Andrew:  We were
playing a gig at The Bohemian in Johannesburg and during our set these two very
attractive lesbian ladies started making out at the front of the stage.  I think they stole the show, ha-ha.  Lesbians just love Brown Spiders, ha-ha!
Jaco:  After a show at
Kitcheners this lady assaulted my testicles with a mic stand.  She wanted her boyfriend to join in the
fun…  Needless to say, I hid behind the
drum kit.
Andreas:  I stay out
of trouble.
Do you have a
preferred medium of release for your music? 
What about when you’re listening to and or purchasing music, if so,
why?  With all of the various mediums
available to artists today I’m always curious why musicians choose the methods
that they do and why.
Jaco:  My preference
is vinyl, but because vinyl is hard to find in South Africa, whatever I finds I
keeps.
Andrew:  I think we
all prefer vinyl, but I personally don’t mind CDs.  I just love filling up my collection.  Although in South Africa it’s hard to get
hold of all the music I like, and in that case I’ll take a download or a CD
rip.
Andreas:  It’s not the
format, but what it contains that’s important to me.  I’d take a Flipper CD before a Chris de Burgh
LP and a James Brown 8-track before a Justin Bieber download.
I’m a second
generation music collector.  I grew up
around a pretty sizable collection and there was always something just amazing
about being able to go over to the shelf band pull something off of it
completely at random, stick it into the player, kick back with the liner notes
and let the music transport me to another world.  There was something about having a physical
object to hold in my hands, liner notes to read, artwork to look at, that
provided a rare and brief glimpse inside of the mind of the artists that
created it and made for a more complete listening experience, at least for
me.  Do you have any such connection with
physically released music?
Andrew:  Obviously I
prefer something physical; it feels like some good music gets lost within a
huge music library on a computer. 
Something physical is more sentimental and special.
Jaco:  I take pride in
that I don’t have any digital music.  The
whole new digital music revolution sucks ass.
Do you have a
music collection at all?  If so can you
tell us a little bit about it?
Andrew:  We all have
quite a large collection of vinyl, CDs, tapes and digital music on our
computers, ranging from rock, pop, noise, punk, etcetera.
Jaco:  I have a large
collection of vinyl, CDs, blah, blah, blah. 
Some favourites include Pussy Galore, Babes In Toyland, Lubricated Goat,
a beautiful, gatefold double LP compilation from the late 80’s called The EndOf Music As We Know It featuring Jad Fair, Honeymoon Killers, Royal Trucks,
Thurston Moore and a lot of other cool stuff.
As much as I love
my music collection, and lord knows I love the hell out of every piece of music
in my collection, there’s always been problems with taking it on the go and
that just irked the hell out of me. 
There’s not a whole lot out there that annoyed me more than paying for
an album but not being able to take in on the go with me.  And even when it came to CDs and tapes I was
never able to take enough with me on the go to satisfy my enormous hungers when
driving and road-tripping.  Digital music
has taken care of that problem all but overnight.  It still blows my mind I can carry most of my
music collection around with me on the go on my phone at this point!  When you team digital music with the internet
though, that’s when you get the real game changer.  The internet has exposed people to a whole
universe of music that they otherwise would never have been privy to, but
there’s always bad with the good and vice versa.  Illegal downloading is running rampant and
it’s harder and harder to get noticed in the chocked digital arena.  As a musician during the reign of the digital
era, what’s your opinion on digital music and distribution?
Andrew:  I think it’s
helped us get our music out to other countries and reach people we wouldn’t
normally have, which would be impossible if digital music hadn’t existed.  And as you said, you can take more music on
the road.
Jaco:  I get that it
makes music more “available”, but I still prefer the old way, going
out and rummaging through dirt and filtering out the diamonds.  Digital music makes it easier, but it also
makes it less special.
  
I try to keep up
with as much good music as I possibly can. 
I spend more time than I would like to admit surging around online
looking for something new and cool, I stop out at the local shop at least once
a week and I’m always asking the store clerks for recommendations and
suggestions.  A lot of the best tips that
I get come from musicians such as yourselves though!  Is there anyone from your local scene or area
that I might not have heard of I should be listening to?
Andrew:  I would
recommend Black Lung, Sindrones, Jaco & Z-dog, uhmmmmm, etcetera
ha-ha.  I think KRNGY will be releasing amixed tape containing these artists.
Jaco:  Us Kids Know
and The Straight Suits.
Andreas:  The Straight
Suits.
What about
nationally and internationally?
Jaco:  All the
“No Wave” bands from the 70’s, lots of the underground 80’s bands and
a bunch of the “lo-fi” 90’s slacker vomit rock.
Andrew:  I don’t like
name dropping.
Andreas:  Protomartyr,
Androids of Mu, Nones, The Man, Feelings, The Rubs, Thing, Royal Baths…
Jaco:  Chicks With
Dicks.
Andrew:  You sadistic
bastard.
Thank you so much
for taking the time to make it through this thing.  I know that this wasn’t short and it couldn’t
have been a whole hell of a lot of fun to fill out but hopefully it didn’t suck
too bad ha-ha!  While I’ve got you, is
there anything that I might have missed or that you’d just like to take this
opportunity to talk to me or our readers about?
Andrew:  You sadistic
bastard.
DISCOGRAPHY
(2012)  Brown Spiders
– Brown Spiders – CD – Self-Released (Limited to ? copies)
(2013)  Brown Spiders
– close bracket/star/bracket – digital, CD-R – KRNGY Records
(2014)  Brown Spiders
– UNKNOWN SINGLE – 7” – Hozac Records
(2014)  Brown Spiders
– UNTITLED ALBUM – ? – ?
Interview made by Roman Rathert/2014
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