Poor Folks share dreams
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Voted best entertainer in Go! Magazine’s 2010 World’s Best survey, Poor Folks, Live Well is very big in North Central Washington these days.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Brian Bailey, bassist Shawn Sanders and drummer Carsin Boyle, the group headlines the opening show at Wenatchee’s new venue, The Ballroom, today at 7 p.m.
The Wenatchee Valley rock trio officially formed in June 2008, and has performed in venues throughout the area. They released “We Make Fire,” a seven-song debut EP, in January and plan to put out a new album in April. Representing the group, Bailey humored Go! Magazine by filling out and returning our e-mail questionnaire about the band.
Go! Magazine: Playing in a band is cool because ...
Brian Bailey: It’s such a great creative output. It’s an amazing feeling to make something original and then perform that for an audience who’s actually interested and responsive. Quite an adrenaline rush.
Go!: What does your band’s name mean?
Bailey: The comma is placed in there very purposefully. We meant to imply that it’s a command. We’re telling “poor folks” to “live well.” Although a lot of people have taken it as a statement saying that people who are poor live well, which works too. ... Just requires more explanation.
Go!: Where do you see your band in five years?
Bailey: We’ll be Judge Judy’s house band. And we’ll be wrapping up a film starring Steven Seagal about our early years.
Go!: What are your day jobs?
Bailey: Brian makes coffee, Shawn makes the Internet, Carsin makes snow.
Go!: Who are your favorite bands or musicians?
Bailey: Shawn and I listen to way too much music in all genres, while Carsin mainly listens to classic rock. The inspiration for the sound, however, has come a lot from Brand New and MewithoutYou. People have gotten elements of Bright Eyes in there too. And we’re okay with that.
Go!: Why should anybody listen to your music?
Bailey: We’re working on a bill to be passed that would make it illegal not to. So, there is that...
Go!: Describe a typical fan at one of your shows.
Bailey: Politicians and lawyers cutting loose on the dance floor. It’s like stepping into another dimension.
Go!: Describe the dream concert tour for your band.
Bailey: Opening for Led Zeppelin back in the day. Wait, this is a dream, right? No, we’d open for Led Zeppelin on the moon!
Go!: What famous musician, living or dead, would you like to record an album with?
Bailey: William Shatner
Shawn Sanders: Jack White
Carsin Boyle: Chuck Berry
Go!: Describe your music in a haiku.
Bailey: Show was a success/ Forgot how to play our songs/ and Shawn broke a tooth.
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