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Cris: How would you describe the music of The Fell?
Rich Redmond: High energy rock with pop hooks and retro undertones. Huge drums, big guitars, screaming bass, and crushing vocals with a hybrid blend of modern and throwback.
John Papa Gros: The way I was taught from George Porter Jr. from the Meters when I was with his band is you start a song, and all of a sudden doors can always open and give you opportunities to go see what’s in another room, investigate what’s over here, investigate what’s over there.
So we make sure we definitely have space in the set to do that because then that’s where the unexpected, that’s where the new energy is found. That’s what live music is all about.
Daniel Glass: We are involved in a long game. As drummers, as musicians, as artists, for most people success is not going to happen overnight. And that's okay. That's absolutely okay. It's about those who are still standing at the end of the day. They are the ones who are going to succeed, if what they are doing has real value.
John Papa Gros: I call my Hammond B3 organ “The Commitment.” I bought it about a year (maybe two years) after I bought my first brand new car, a Honda Civic Hatchback. I could pack all my keyboards, speakers, really my entire rig in that car. My two daughters were young at the time and their car seats would also fit. It was the perfect car for me.
And then, I made the leap of faith and bought a 1955 Hammond B3 organ. I had to sell this wonderful Honda Civic to buy a junky beat up used Ford Econoline van just to haul around the organ. If you don’t move it, you can’t play it.
And so, the quality of life went down. But, I was able to move the organ around town and play it on gigs. That's what set me apart from a lot of the other guys at that time. I was willing to do the work to move it.
I mean, it's 325 pounds! It's not easy. I can't or shouldn’t do it by myself. I need help. It really changed my lifestyle as a gigging, working musician.
That's why I call it “The Commitment”, because I’m married to the whole process.
Cris: On the silly side, how did you get the nickname "Plushie"?
Greg Hanna of The Dickies: There's definitely a story on that.
When I first got in The Dickies, things like MySpace, actual band web pages with message forums, that was still a thing. I remember going on tour and Leonard and I would be looking for the nearest Kinkos just so we could check our emails.
I was doing the first tour with them. We were at a Kinkos and Leonard's on The Dickies message board. Under "subject" it said "Your new bass player." He goes, "We have to read this." He clicked on it and it said, "I love your new bass player. I want to have sex with him while he wears a bear costume and I wear a puppy costume." That's all it said. Leonard goes, "Oh my God, Greg, who do you know that knows how to sew?"
My sister's amazing... She has worked in museums and such. Her woman cave is a sight to behold. She's got like 17 sewing machines.
So she made this polka dot, Wonder bread, bear suit for me.
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"The singing was the hardest part. Because it is hard to make background vocals sound great. In those days, we had to sing all of them. Nowadays, you do it once on your computer and you copy it. And there was no Auto-Tune back then. We were Auto-Tune. You have to get every guy's singing on pitch and in rhythm at the same time on tape without laughing or something. It was a challenge." - Chris Hayes of Huey Lewis & The News