5 Questions to Rob Crow
ULTRA: How did you hook up with Zach and how did you make those Pinback
songs sound like a perfect blend between - say - the acoustic Thingy and 3
Mile Pilot? It's uncanny.
ROB: Zach and I have been friends for years (there were several 3 Mile Pilot - Heavy Vegetable - Powerdresser shows, and I hold each memory of them deep in my heart) and we had been batting around the idea of trying to write stuff together for a while.
ULTRA: When you were contacted by the Cutty Shark people, did you know they
were in fact an off-shoot of dance label R&S (1)? Had you ever heard of R&S
before (2)? Did you care (3)?
ROB: (1) That's what they told me. (2) No. I still don't have any other records on their label. I got a feeling I wouldn't like them, though. Still hate techno. We thought it would be funny to have them get some people to do some remixes, though. We might use some as b-sides, but I still haven't heard them. Could suck. (3) Am I supposed to? Seriously. I'm not trying to be flip. Are they a big deal or something? I live a pretty sheltered life when it comes to stuff like that. I'm just glad that somebody wanted to finally put it out. I like the guy Geert that's in charge of the thing. I like the way he says "no problem". I even get to go to finally go to Europe at the end of January.
ULTRA: On the new Thingy album you strike a perfect balance between very
hummable pop tunes and almost hardcore tightness + weird time shifts. Does
it take hard work make songs like that 'work' as well as they do?
Did you have any other, older bands in mind as examples when you started
making music with Heavy Vegetable?
ROB: For the most part I try to make a sound I've never heard before, or present something in a way I've never heard before, which makes it difficult to figure out if anything "works" for anyone but me.
ULTRA: I am always interested in finding out how people cope with being in a
lot of bands at the same time. Please make a list of all the bands/projects
you are part of and describe in 5 words or so how you see them (or what is
typical about them from your point-of-view)?
ROB: Thingy - pretty, powerful, angry, melancholy, we will all die cold and alone with advertisements on our bodies, so let's break something and kiss somebody. Pinback - the sci-fi lo-fi that makes the girls cry. Just kidding. It's refreshing to make music with someone who owns absolutely no records or CD's whatsoever. Optiganally Yours - ridiculous, fun, deadpan, only got beat up at one show. Physics - enveloped in sound. We have still never recorded a CD that sounds anything like what we do live. Snotnose - metal-haiku guerrilla street theater Fantasy Mission Force - punk fucking rock... Hey wait, my joystick is stuck. solo stuff - I can't believe that anyone but me likes this stuff but I find it very therapeutic
ULTRA: Are you aware of any bands on the Elephant 6 label (The Olivia Tremor
Control, Of Montreal, The Minders, Beulah...)? Do you like their very
ROB: I think I saw The Olivia Tremor Control once, but I don't remember what they sound like.
ULTRA BONUS QUESTION: Atari 2600 games - what's the attraction?
ROB: The smell of cracked rubber on a broken joystick, the thrill of spending three hours turning over "Asteroids", the intensity of a 3 a.m. session of 4-player "Warlords", the secret pleasure of knowing how to find the invisible key in "Adventure", the naughty-naughtiness over wearing a homemade shirt featuring a screenshot of the extended block-art member of "Custer's Revenge" or "Bachelorette Party", daydreaming about maybe, someday, actually finding a copy of "Chase The Chuckwagon", oh, I could go on and on.
1997-10-22 - Ultra Zine
1999-11-26 - Ultra Zine
2002-03-19 - Sponic Zine
2002-03-21 - Comes With A Smile
2002-06-01 - Copacetic Zine
2002-06-10 - Sponic Zine
2004-10-14 - The Daily Free Press
2004-11-18 - The Martlet
Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded - Heavy Metal Magazine
Goblin Cock - Bagged And Boarded - Spin
Optiganally Yours - Exclusively Talentmaker - All Music
Optiganally Yours - Exclusively Talentmaker - Pitchfork
Pinback - Blue Screen Life - Delusions of Adequacy
Pinback - Blue Screen Life - Hand Carved
Pinback - Blue Screen Life - Pitchfork
Pinback - Offcell - Delusions of Adequacy
Pinback - Offcell - Dusted
Pinback - Offcell - Pitchfork
Pinback - Offcell - PopMatters
Pinback - Pinback - Pitchfork
Pinback - Some Voices - Pitchfork
Pinback - Some Voices - PopMatters
Pinback - Summer In Abaddon - Dusted
Pinback - Summer In Abaddon - Pitchfork
Pinback - Summer In Abaddon - PopMatters
Rob Crow - Lactose Adpet - All Music
Rob Crow - Living Well - Audiversity
Rob Crow - Living Well - Built on a Weak Spot
Rob Crow - Living Well - Coke Machine Glow
Rob Crow - Living Well - LAS
Rob Crow - Living Well - Monkeybiz.ca
Rob Crow - Living Well - Pitchfork
Rob Crow - Living Well - Playback:stl
Rob Crow - Living Well - Pop Matters
Rob Crow - Living Well - Pop News
Rob Crow - Living Well - Punk News
Rob Crow - Living Well - Reuters/Billboard
Rob Crow - Living Well - Tiny Mix Tapes
Rob Crow - Living Well - Toolshed
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Delusions of Adequacy
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Dusted
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Indie Workshop
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Opus
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Pitchfork
Rob Crow - My Room Is A Mess - Pop Matters
Thingy - To The Innocent - All Music
Thingy - To The Innocent - Pitchfork
Thingy - To The Innocent - PopMatters