Welcome back everyone to a brand new episode of the Band Interview Of The Day! Today we chat to the psychedelic art rockers The Grasping Straws!
If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are The Grasping Straws! Someone listening can expect unexpected leaps, dynamic shifts, introspective lyrics, raw emotion, teleportation, time travel, ephemeral and interplanetary connection. Musical collaboration and sharing is a study of humanness. We’ve become like a collective, more than your traditional idea of a band with 4 people and it’s the same every time, we exist in many iterations. We are: Mallory (singer, songwriter, rhythm guitar, synth), Sam (bass), Jim (drums), Jake (bass), Henry (drums), Marcus (guitar), Seth (guitar), Edwin (cello), Clair (violin/viola).
Our recordings are moments in time captured like a sonic time capsule. Our sound is always changing, transforming, evolving and escaping into the universe.
How did you all meet?
I met Sam, our bassist when I was 10 years old! He was friends with my brother, and we used to eat lunch together under a tree. Jim, our drummer, was a friend of a friend. He came to one of our rehearsals and blew our minds immediately. I met Jake (bassist) and Henry (drummer) at the Sidewalk Cafe- they were playing music together that was super funky, jazzy, and unique. I wound up talking to them for a while after, and we became great friends. I met Marcus (guitarist) on the first night of my first tour- we played a show with his band in Philadelphia at The Fire. He cooked us peanut butter noodles, took us on a hike, and let us sleep on his floor. I met Edwin (cellist) the first time I toured through New Orleans! We played two shows with his band at the time, and he showed us all around town and let us sleep on his couches for a few days. We sang David Bowie songs together, and he drew a picture of me that I still have up on my fridge. He introduced me to Clair (violinist/violist). She was visiting a friend in Portland while we were passing through there on another tour, and she came on the road with us! Edwin said she was amazing, and it is true! I met Seth (guitarist), our newest bandmate at the Bar Freda open mic.
How long have you been playing?
Since 2012! Our first show was at the Bowery Electric for the NYC New Music Festival.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Grungy, jazzy, expressive
What are your musical influences?
Our influences include: Jeff Buckley, Björk, Cat Power, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden/Chris Cornell, Alice in Chains, Grace Slick, Heart, Jeffrey Lewis, Phoebe Kreutz, Debe Dalton, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, St. Lenox, Deerhoof, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Stevenson, Led Zeppelin, Screaming Females, the Gits, Courtney Love, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Fiona Apple, Tegan and Sara, The Strokes, Nirvana.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
I was fortunate enough to see Rushadicus perform at Pete’s Candy Store, and it was simultaneously the weirdest/most creative/inventive/interesting performance in recent memory. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The weirdest part was when they simulated giving birth to the cello. It was amazing.
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
Mercury Lounge! We are so happy that Mercury is still alive, and that we were able to celebrate our single release there in September.
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
This is a tough one as I’ve inherited a very eclectic record collection over the years! The cringiest record I’ve come across was Woody Allen doing standup comedy.
What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, Funkadelic, The Johns, Preston Spurlock, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Rosie Cima, Pip Blom, Robot Princess, Dish Pit.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Yes! Currently we’re working on finishing up some recordings as we continue to experiment with our sound and collaborate with new artists.
Check out The Grasping Straws latest release ‘Poetry’ below.
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