You've may have heard by now that Josh Hoyer won't be with Electric Soul Method anymore, and is going off on his own to work on a solo project. It frequently occurs that when one band breaks up two or more bands form out of the ashes of that one. The first Phoenix to rise from this bunch is Josh's band, Son of 76.
SCS: How and when did Son of 76 form as a band?
Josh: I've been working on the music for about a year and half now. When it came to life
that ESM was not going to work out out, I decided to follow my solo project. We have
been rehearsing now for about 3 onths, but sparsely, due to the fact that it's very
hard for musicians to find time to do what they love.
SCS: I hear that! How would you define your band or your sound to someone who’s never seen you
Josh: It's hard to categorize, but I like Luke Sticka's term "sex rock"... I would say take equal parts Morphine, James Brown, Delta blues, and a trace of Tom Waits. The sound is meant to be physically attractive, I want people to be moved at my shows.
SCS: How would you describe a Son of 76 show? -- If people come to see you live, what can they expect?
Josh: Expect the band to leave it all on the stage. Intensity and communication with the audience is the goal. I am now trapped behind a piano, so I don't do as much ranting and raving as I did with ESM, but I still get into it.
SCS: What types of music and which musicians/groups influenced the band members?
Josh: Everyone I have played with and heard has influenced me. More directly I would say Morphine, Robert Johnson, Rev. Horton Heat, Bob Dylan, and James Brown.
SCS: What are your goals for this band, touring, just playing around town?
Josh: The goal is to release the album,"Shake and Howl", in June. I will then be moving to Austin, TX and do some serious label shopping. My hope is to have a label pick me up and make an investment offer that is lucrative enough to pick the band members I would like to go on the road and promote the album. But all in all, I just really wanted to get these songs out. The album is cathartic to me...so I needed to let them go in a way.
SCS: How have you grown, musically and creatively, since the band first started?
Josh I think I am getting more focused on my own individual sound. Every band that I love, I admire because they are unique. I think it is the duty of every musician to dig deeper and deeper into their own psyche to reveal their own unique sound. As fingerprints, I think we all have unique musical identities.
SCS: Who writes the songs and how do you work a song from the idea stage to the finished product?
Josh: I write all the songs and 95% of the parts for each instrument. I have been called a control freak, but the people who are working with me now understand I am just trying to achieve my vision. I would do the same for any other musician. Some of these songs came to me whole, and others I have labored over for more than 6 months. Eventually the right words or changes reveal themselves. Some quicker than others. Patience is a necessity in song writing, unless your a genius.
SCS: When and where was your first local show, and how did it go?
Josh: Our first live performance was at the ZOO Bar on a wednesday. I went relatively well. As Brian Morrow said, it is a great way for us to be sure we are learning the songs.
SCS: What was your most memorable live performance and what made it that?
Josh: The Electric Soul Method CD release show at the Royal Grove. I saw that hard work and dedication could "pay off". We didn't get rich, but it sure felt good to accomplish something.
SCS: What do you like and dislike about the music scene in Lincoln?
Josh: Not enough music lovers that put their money where their mouth is. I hear way too many people griping about paying a 3 dollar cover. Buy one less beer at the meat market and get yourself a little soul power. Damn. Also, the bands/fans seem to be a little cliquey. I don't think the "scenesters"
branch out too much from just hanging out with their friends' band's.
SCS: Have you learned anything in your experiences in a band that you feel newer local bands could learn from, or made any mistakes they should avoid?
Josh: Yes, define what your goals are as soon as possible. Discuss visions for the future...Discuss roles in the band as they spring up, chief songwriter, publicist, booking agent, manager, etc. Also, if their is not an equal share of the work load, besides playing music, their will be frustration. Being in a band is not just about sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Sure that is the best part, but there is a lot of other work that needs to be done if want to reach any level of success. i.e. getting more than your 6 best friends to your show.
SCS: Who are some local bands or musicians that you admire or feel should be recognized?
Josh: Every band that plays original music, that rocks like they mean it, and leaves you wanting more. Some of my favorites are Her Flyaway Manner, The Tijuana Gigolos, The Terminals, Tsumi, Producers of the Word, Once A Pawn, The Jazzwholes, and The Savants...but I have enjoyed nearly every local show I've been to in Lincoln. There is alot of talent here.
SCS:If you could tour with any band in history, who would be your dream band to tour with?
Josh: I don't know...Medeski, Martin, and Wood. Tom Waits. Bob Dylan. Rev.Horton Heat. The Twinemen.
SCS:Who was the first person or band you saw that made you want to play music?
Josh: I I was at a club in the Rocky Mountains, there was jazz playing ...and of all things it was a T-shirt with Charlie Parker on the front of it. Somehow the moods all coincided and I thought this is the coolest thing ever. There was so much SADDNESS in it all. I was 9 or 10.
SCS: What was the first Album or CD you bought?
Josh: Don't judge...C&C Music Factory
SCS: The most recent?
Josh: Best of Bowie and The Clash, London Calling
SCS: Well you're definltely moring in the right direction! What are your 5 favorite albums of all time? ?
Josh:John Coltrane:A Love Supreme
Bob Dylan:Time Out of Mind
Robert Johnson:King of the Delta Blues
Tom Waits:Rain Dogs
SCS: What single song, in the entire history of music, do you most wish you'd written?
Josh: My next album.
SCS: Who do you think is the most underrated artist in the music industry?
Josh: Every single song-writer who has captured an emotion/moment and expressed it through the power of music, and never been heard.
SCS: Who/What do you think is the embodiment of evil in the music industry?
Josh: Anyone who takes advantage of another for profit...and musicians who steal ideas, and don't give credit where credit is due.
SCS: What can we look forward to in the next year from the band?
Josh: "Shake and Howl" release in June. Move to Austin and hopefully getting picked up by a supportive label.
SCS: Anything else you want to share with our readers?
Josh: Get out and see as much live, local, music as you can. You will realize that what you have in your own back yard is ten times better than the crap playing on the radio. GO TO www.myspace.com/sonof76
SCS: I've been beating that drum for years, It's nice to know there's someone out there doing it with me! Good luck with the new CD and good luck in Austin!
- Tery Daly