Sometimes you end up having a chat with a normal bloke called Andy and you realise something; man this guy speaks all the sense of the world. Who is he? What does he do? And where the hell can I hear more? That's what I thought after hearing the new EP Small & Scary from Here's Andy, so we went and had a chat. Ladies and Gents, here's Andy...
3rd: Here's Andy...where else has Andy been? Andy strikes me as a character who has been brought up in the school of DIY.
Andy has been only in New Paltz, NY. I decided to release it under this name because he was a character I created to represent myself in one of my songs. Andy has been brought up in the school of DIY- part of the reason I picked New Paltz. Great DIY scene here.
3rd: We're talking about DIY. What do you think it takes to make the step up from DIY-er to straight up recording artist?
I guess just hard work. I still have no idea what I'm doing and am figuring it out as I go. You really have to take your music seriously and work hard on everything, and practice constantly. My friend Josh from Primate House was a big help in the recording process and has been showing me the ropes of the DIY scene up here.
"I focused more on messing around with vocals, playing with a vintage keyboard and relying heavily on recording with my ex-girlfriends nice acoustic guitar that I still have for some reason.
3rd: I'd describe you as what Kurt Cobain would have sounded like if his electric guitar had packed in and he never met his black widow girlfriend. Am I right? Or drastically wrong?
I wish you were right. I'm a fan of Kurt's music but he didn't really influence the EP a whole lot. I wouldn't really compare it to anyone really. Just Andy, whoever the hell he is.
3rd: Tell us a wee bit about Small & Scary. First of all, I hope the album cover isn't condoning the use of drugs? Tell us about it...
It's actually a cigarette. I don't condone drug use but substance abuse definitely is a theme in the EP. Small & Scary was written over the course of a year. I realised it sounded much different than anything I had done before, so I approached it differently. Focused more on messing around with vocals, playing with a vintage keyboard and relying heavily on recording with my ex-girlfriends nice acoustic guitar that I still have for some reason. You can have it back now.
3rd: You state "All songs except Book were recorded in Josh's apartment in New Paltz, New York". What was the set up like there and how did the NYC environment add to the song writing?
It's a nice set up. He has all sorts of studio quality gear, great microphones, amps, pre-amps; the whole nine yards. All in his tiny apartment in town. It was always a good time recording there. The only problem was sometimes we got loud and I don't think his neighbors liked it a whole lot. One time they left a bottle of piss at his front door. That was funny.
3rd: Lets talk about Book. For us its the standout track. It has a banging driving riff, sounds a bit drug funky and then drops into something oh so ear worm. Explain yourself with this song and these lyrics, Andy?
'He just walks through the ground
To hear the sound of all the talk
He just walks through the ground
To hear the sound of all the talk
He says “define me”
He says “define me”'.
I originally come from a small town where people talk a lot. About everyone and everything they've ever done. It really gets boring and annoying quickly. I guess it's kind of the opposite of what I did. I tuned out and ignored anything, and this character is almost the anti-Andy. He wants to hear the talk and listen to the garbage people have to say about him.
3rd: What's coming up next Andy? Give us a clue? Give us a sneak? Give us something!
I'm always writing music, so there will definitely be something out there some point soon. I plan on playing as many shows as I possibly can in the fall up here, and in the city when I go to my hometown for winter break. Just gonna continue working and trying weird things until I do something right.