remember the passion
of great rock music, but one doesn't stumble upon it too often lately,
at least when taking in the music of the streets.
You're lucky to find
something musical enough to keep
you from changing channels, let alone something that goes deeper, that
actually inspires you to have the now rare thought that the song you're
listening to actually has something to say. I know I surely
expecting such a thing when I clicked onto this song called Everyone
Still. The title alone reminded me of how I have often
whole online music world of being so.. lethargic. It was such
feeling to hear a song that let me know in such a direct way that I
alone with these thoughts. The great void resounding from
lack of spirit within this culture was finally being addressed by this
band, known as The Fair Saints, with a song so powerful it could be a
song for a generation. Everyone Stands Still
One on the Kayak Big 50, which means it will be up for Indie Song of
Year in the upcoming Golden Kayak
Scott: So let's start with an easy one, how did you get together ?
Mike and Jeremy were in a band together a few years back. I
Jeremy through various friends. Chris Pedro was brought in
we had mutual friends, and because he had a blue car with a spoiler on
it, and I thought that was pretty sweet. We all kind of came
and realized that our influences conflicted so bizarrely on certain
that it had to sound interesting.
Scott: Your songwriting has a depth to it. Do you find a fair amount of good lyrical music out there in the current mainstream, or is it as I would guess, that you are influenced by the school of Dylan, Neil Young, Springsteen and the like, from earlier eras ?
There are a few modern songwriters who I really admire, such as John
from the Mountain Goats. I’m finding that the songwriters
enjoy the most are the ones who write descriptively, like little novels
set to music, and I think that’s totally due to my love for Elvis
It’s interesting that the stuff I grew up on is informing what I love
Scott: About your name, are you Saints because you're actually trying to say something ? And aren't most saints fair ? :)
You know, the name “Fair Saints” actually came from a Breeder’s lyric,
after we found that the name “Jackyl” was taken.
Scott: ha ha Give us your views on current indie music and what you think the future will bring for the independent realm.
I’m interested in what’s happening in indie rock, because it’s so much
more widespread, and it’s leading to more creativity. I mean,
I was in high school, I listened to bands like Mineral, Archers of
Knapsack, Sunny Day Real Estate, etc.. And there wasn’t any
Media or many websites devoted to that kind of stuff, so it was kind of
left to the listener to hunt out bands that they would like.
never would’ve heard those bands on the radio or on
I think it’s great that you can hear bands like Spoon on commercials,
that bands like the Arcade Fire are on the radio, because there are
who are listening, and to a certain point, they’re going to start
to what they like and what they respond to. I’m not elitist; I want as
many people as possible to hear bands like that, because that’s going
inform the music being made in the future.
Scott: I bet a lot of girls like your music since it's well.. kinda passionate, have any of you met your current mate due to the music of the Fair Saints ? :)
We’re actually 3/4ths married, and we all knew our current
before the band began. So, that’s a negative. I don’t think a
of girls like our music, but I could be totally wrong about
Women of the world – unite around the Saints!
Scott: My favorite of yours that I've heard is still Everyone Stands Still. It is just an amazing song, unfolds verse-by-verse. I saw somebody commenting on the pipeline recently that indies don't have much of a sense of humor these days. You sing "they don't understand laughter". I was wondering if you care to go into your views on the current media culture, including the internet. Everybody is hunting new obsessions you say. Is this an era to embrace or one to change ?
The Media kinda fascinates me, especially with the dawn of the Internet
as a credible news/information source – everything is just so much more
immediate. I constantly find myself flipping through my
gossip mags, and it floors me – partly because it’s mostly people
a (rather unhealthy) obsession with other people. I guess I
wish that we could be more obsessed with ideas and intelligent
Scott: Listening to that song, I ask myself how can these guys not be signed? Are you frustrated by the music business that rewards clone music and simply doesn't seem to notice powerful, quality music ?
You know, I think we have some time to develop before we get signed,
We’re patient, we want to build this.
Scott: Concerning your song City on Stilts, why in the world are you still crying, anyway ? :)
You know, swift, unmerciful rabbit punches to the solar plexus will do
Scott: Have you ever had any UFO or other experiences of high strangeness ?
We’re smack-dab in the middle of recording our first full-length, and I
left our studio late on night to go to my car for something, and I saw
this amazing, shimmery, bizarre-looking torrent of mist crawling across
the sky. It was actually just a fire hydrant that had
the street that was shooting this huge jetstream of water right over
heads, but for a second, I definitely thought something was going
Like, that’s what it’s going to look like when the world ends, just
everywhere and people disappearing. I cried myself to sleep
night. Just kidding on that last part.
Scott: ok, one last thing.. you say on one of your sites that you "traffic human emotion". Care to elaborate on that ?
I just hate seeing bands that aren’t into what they’re doing – kind of
these walking exhibitions of pseudo-boredom, that “been there-done
rock pose. Then again, I also think the current crop of what
called “emo”, and everything that comes with it (non-existent hooks,
titles that are all like a paragraph-long each) is pretty
We just want to do something real.