An Interview with Birds and Arrows!

8 02 2011

We love Birds and Arrows!   Not only are they awesome musicians, but they also have wonderful taste in clothing and are a lot of fun to hang out with!  We are very excited about their show at the ArtsCenter this Friday night (February 11th).  So we thought we’d ask them a few questions and let y’all get to know them too.

What is your first vintage memory?
ANDREA: My first vintage memories came from my mom. She saved so much of her amazing clothes from the 60’s and early 70’s. Digging through her cedar chest I would find everything from old prom dresses my grandmother made for her to beautiful jackets, vest and purses. I would play dress up with all of it and still do. But, now it’s actually my wardrobe.
PETE: My first was when a friend of the family left an old peach tank top that had an R. Crumb illustration of Mr. Natural saying “just passing through” I kept it and wore it till it literally fell apart.

What vintage era inspires you the most and why?
ANDREA & PETE: We can both agree that the early 70’s is our favorite time for vintage. Pete loves the early 70’s rock star look and I love the bohemian style. I also think it’s very charming and beautiful how much time detail still went into affordable clothing back then.

Do you have any fashion icons?
PETE: I would have to say Beck.  He has always had this kind of this high fashion surfer vibe that inspires me.
ANDREA:  I don’t necessarily have someone specific that I can think of but I do love Native American culture and that has always been a big influence on my style.  with maybe a  little Stevie Nicks thrown in there.
JOSH:  Our friend Jonathan Durlam….he’s very fashionable!

Do you have a favorite article of vintage clothing?
ANDREA: Mine is this brown turkish jacket of my mothers. I have worn it so much over the years it’s in desperate need of repair but I still wore it in our last photo shoot.

PETE: Right now mine is this new plaid blazer I found. maybe from the late 60’s I also wore it in our last photo shoot.
JOSH: a special vintage T-shirt circa 1991 (way back when;) . I use to where it to job interviews cause it was my lucky shirt.

Y’all made your record sleeves for your last album and most of your merch. What inspired you go DIY?
ANDREA & PETE: Well, to put it simply: budget and creative control. Both of us love making things ourselves, so it only made sense to apply that to the band. Especially since Merch is one of the only ways to stand out and make money on tour. It’s a lot of work but it’s also very gratifying when I see someone walking around using a tote bag I made by hand.

What is your favorite music to listen to while you create?
ANDREA: Any SIGUR ROS record. I love them and since I can’t understand a word they say there are no lyrics to distract me while creating.
PETE: Mine would be Pete Gabriel era Genesis. It’s so familiar to me which makes it easy to listen to and not be distracted.
JOSH: My favorite thing to listen to while baking is anything Classical but especially Beethoven…he’s my favorite.

What band from the past would you love to see play live?
ANDREA: I would love to see Peter Gabriel circa 1986….(which Pete actually got to see and that makes me so jealous) Also, The Faces
PETE: For me it would have to be early Genesis and Led Zeppelin (Andrea: yea, that’s a good one I’d like that too).  The week John Bonham died me and my friends in California had planned to get tickets to the next show and then we found out the news.
JOSH: Every band that Pete saw in the late seventies, early eighties. That pretty much covers it. He went to so many shows that I dreamed of going to. Like Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel Security tour for example.

Is there an instrument that you have always wanted to learn but haven’t had the chance to yet?
PETE: Piano.
ANDREA: Mine would be pedal steel but we’ll see if that’ll ever happen.
JOSH: All of them…but next I would love to pick up the violin or upright bass.

If your music were to dress in clothing, what would it wear?
ANDREA & PETE: We think it would be barefoot wearing Robert Plants rockin’ bell bottoms (bulge included), Sonny Bono’s fur vest, an America Concert T with a little chest hair coming out the top (in honor of Josh) and last: some turquoise jewelry.

You’re playing at the Arts Center Friday night (Feb.11th). What’s special about this show?
ANDREA & PETE: Yes, we are really excited about this show because the vibe of it really fits what we’ve become as a band. What I mean by that is it’s at The ArtsCenter which is a great listening room for our type of music, there is an interview/conversation led by Tom Maxwell during which we plan to be very open and honest about our music and the process of making it. And it also includes a gift of artwork by Pete and myself, with half the record to download for everyone that attends. We are really excited about getting the new music out there for people to hear.

For more information and how to get tickets for the ArtsCenter show Feb. 11th, click here.
Click here to check out Birds and Arrows upcoming show schedule!
You can also become their fan on Facebook!

Pete and Andrea also shared photos of their closets and studio space! Love!

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