Third Outing speak to Joey Fourr
By Steffen Armstrong
We've been addicted to a song for nearly three weeks now. In fact, the entire album of Joey Fourr's 2015 To The Floor has been ringing in our ears for some time. So Third Outing caught up with the dolphin man to find out what's been happening, and most importantly, what's happening next. Joey, how are ya?...
Yeah of course I knew it was cool, I wanted the whole song to reek of cool but doesn't mean I would get away with it, you just gotta make stuff that you think is silly and makes you laugh and runs the chance of you looking stupid and some people will get the joke and others won't .
Gold Boy, Dirty Hole, Luv Is In The Mornin; all three could be top singles. What's your highlight of the record? And have you kept anything back for what's coming next?
Thank you very much, very nice. There's one song which wasn't used from the sessions called TINY TINY, it will be released on a compilation by No Dice Tapes at some point soon. Whatever's coming next, late last year I released a single called PLAYY and will have a new album out this year at some point.
"Covering a song gives the listener a straight comparison on your perspective"
Who would you consider to be your contemporaries? Ariel Pink? Mac DM?
A few people have compared me to Ariel Pink and Connan Mockasin. I had never heard their songs before so I had a listen and they were real nice sounding, waaaaaaay nicer polished sounding then I could ever hope for. I dunno, I feel like contemporaries have got to be your friends? Isn't that the point? Or do you have to just sound kinda similar? There are lots of people I feel like I mentally share the same sort of ideas on how to go about making music and stuff, but our music is completely different, does that pass the test of being contemporaries?
Okay then, do you dig Pavement big style? You recently featured on a compilation of their covers with bands like Paws and Trust Fund.
I never listened to pavement until i was like 22 or something but after people being like "OMG U NEVER HEARD OF PAVEMENT WHAAAAAT" and then playing them alongside American Football, Egg, Pele and all that stuff, I got it. I was like "okay yeah I get this" but I'm not an overwhelmed super fan. So when David at Art Is Hard asked me, I just thought it'd be fun, you know sometimes creating cover versions are a neat way of expressing to people what you stylistically like to do, so instead of just straight up emulation it can be used as a means of bringing out what you wanna do in music, in almost a more refined way than writing your own if that makes any sense? Covering a song gives the listener a straight comparison on your perspective and then the listener can be like "oh yeah I see what you did there". Pfffffffttt!