Sleeping in the Aviary keep it real with their new album, 'You and Me, Ghost'
Unexpected and unusual, Sleeping in the Aviary charm their way into the indie-rock scene with their quirky albums; they now have three under their belt, and one on the way.
With all these albums out, you might be asking yourself, "Where has Sleeping in the Aviary been all your life?" The answer has been there the whole time: touring and having fun. Not that the band is out to prove anything to anyone. They are, simply and sincerely, in the business for the music and always have been.
Gimme Noise talked to Elliott Kozel prior to their album release, You and Me, Ghost, at the Triple Rock Social Club.
Who does the majority of the writing in the band? What did you grow listening to that has influenced you musically?
I do most of the writing in the
band. The first music I really loved was the Offspring's Smash. That
one kills it; the song "Bad Habit" taught me how to swear.
Then I got
into the classic rock. I bought a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
shirt that was six sizes too big. I got heavy into the Steve Miller Band.
"Abracadabra" still has my favorite guitar solo of all time. Check it
out. John Lennon's Imagine album was probably my biggest influence
Then I got into the classic rock. I bought a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon shirt that was six sizes too big. I got heavy into the Steve Miller Band. "Abracadabra" still has my favorite guitar solo of all time. Check it out. John Lennon's Imagine album was probably my biggest influence after that.What are you listening to these days that influences you now?
Right now, I mostly listen to old funk and soul. A lot of Rick James, the Dramatics, Barry White, Parliament, the Impressions and so forth. I'm also super into teen idols from the '50s and '60s like Ricky Nelson and the Fleetwoods. Last One to Know by the Fleetwoods is the most heart-wrenchingly awesome song I've heard in awhile. I have a hard time listening to new bands. It seems like a lot of style over substance to me.
More and more bands are giving their music away and making their money through other avenues. What are your thoughts on this direction of the music industry?
As far as the industry I'm not sure what's going to happen. It seems bands have never really made that much money from selling their recordings. Bands have been getting dicked over by record labels since their inception. Touring and playing shows has really been the way to go.
Since I make no money playing rock and roll music, I
recently started a children's music project called Googly Guy. I have
been playing at daycare centers around Minneapolis for the past few
months to make some extra money. And it's tons of fun, of course. I get
to write songs about pancakes and dinosaurs and playing hide and seek.
Also, I make some money doing commercial
music and selling instrumentals to be used in the background of
internet advertisements for things like mountain bikes, emergency GPS
location devices, Josten's high school class rings and other random
stuff like that. We sold some songs to a snowboarding video. That
shit was awesome. There are some pretty good wipe-outs on there. In
any case, any avenue other than Indie-Rock seems to be a better way to
make money at this.
Name a song that you wish you could have written and why.
Finish this statement: "Never have I ever..."
18+, $5, 8 pm.
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