Lonesome Onry and Mean: The Gourds, Part 2
[Note: Part 1 of this interview is here.]
Lonesome Onry and Mean: You guys have been on several labels, have probably heard all the too-good-to-be-true come-ons, been to the meetings with label radio gurus and all. How do you look at the label system and the way things are done in the business today?
Kevin Russell: The Gourds still operate from the position that radio should be free-form directed by DJs who are well-versed in the history of the music they play, and the label should be run by people who love music, not money creeps. These are now unrealistic and unpopular opinions.
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RO: What are your favorite bands right now, your favorite 2008 records that you felt took things in a good new direction, etc.?
KR: Black Keys, Archibalds, Hayes Carll, Music Tapes. I think Music Tapes' For Clouds and Tornadoes is great art and great music. I am such a hick-ass Beaumont kid that I can never be cool enough to make such kinds of cool-kid art shit. But, I love that shit. I just cannot act like I am so serious like some of these northern clime dudes.
I mean, that goofball in White Stripes. People take him seriously because he has some Fonzie filter or something. He is great, obviously. I don't have that cool thing. I am just a dumbass from Beaumont, you know? But in my heart of hearts I am really passionate about my songs and my writing.
I am a deep lover with poems in my ears. Poetry is the true art for me, but nobody reads poetry anymore. We are in a visual world. I think that is the difference in what The Gourds do. We are still thinking about words and ideas. We are not visually interesting. No image, no marketing plan.
RO: You've formed this Shinyribs side project and been playing gigs outside the Gourds. What's that all about?
KR: I'm always writing new songs. I had to start another band just to deal with the volume of material I have oozing out. - William Michael Smith
[To be continued. In Part 3, Russell puts on his producer hat.]
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