Saturday, January 05, 2013
Seven Questions with... Andrew Tasselmyer from 'The Sound of Rescue'
I recently got talking with the chaps from 'The Sound of Rescue' ... their album "Furniture Music" made my top 50 releases of note in 2012 and I appreciated their follow on Twitter. We got talking and I asked if they would complete my wee blog interview ... Andrew Tasselmyer responded overnight ... this is what he had to say:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
I am Andrew Tasselmyer. My brothers, Michael and Stephen, and I make noise in a band called The Sound Of Rescue.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
We are in the process of recording a new album - release date TBD.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
It is extremely difficult to pick just one! I'll try to speak for the group. A great deal of our inspiration comes from the ideas of John Cage. He held a very unique and challenging perspective of what music is and what it could be. His ideas encourage us to take risks and test conventions.
- Name a place that has inspired you.
We have very fond memories of time spent with our family in the southern U.S. It feels like a comfortable second home for us, and it's always nice to recharge our creative juices down there. It's a refreshingly low-key escape.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Another tough one...I'd say that the idea of imperfection usually finds its way into our creative process. We like making things somewhat nebulous and unstructured to leave room for accessibility in our music. I'd rather things be real, gritty, and relatable as opposed to overly polished and expected.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
We make music because we love it. You could strip away all of the layers of whatever artistic message we try to send and you'd be left with a simple core: 3 people who are passionate about sound.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
We always want to acknowledge the adversity and struggle that is inherent with life, but ultimately we strive to stir in our listeners some sense of hope, positivity, and/or resolve in order to offer encouragement to overcome those hardships.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
Community is essential to understanding and experiencing music. Musical expression is certainly a very personal, individual thing, but it takes on an added significance when it is shared with others. That's one of the most terrifying, exhilarating, and mysterious things about music: trying to anticipate how others will interpret your own musical message. I liken it to trying to express your deepest feelings to someone else - they may or may not "get it," but it's important to get it off your chest.
7) What is next for what you do?
We would like to finish up another record this year, but we are taking our time with it. It's coming together slowly and sounds really great so far. Of course, we will also continue to play live shows as often as possible, and we may even have a musical side project to introduce at some point this year.
I have already posted on their music today. I love it and would heartily recommend it to anyone with ... well ... ears. I am eager to hear their new material and have ... to my shame ... a number of albums in their canon to work my way through.
Please support them in whatever way you can.