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.