Break It Down: Alex Koch of The Walkup
Wed, 14 May 2008 11:04:53
Coming together over drinks at a Lower East Side bar, indie outfit The Walkup quickly found they shared similar tastes in music despite coming of age in different locales. Stumbling across such musical serendipity in a city as diverse as New York isn't something that happens everyday, so the guys took advantage of their good fortune, deciding to come together and form a band. Releasing their first EP, These Walls Have Ears, back in 2005, the band took the next few years playing gigs all across the Big Apple and honing their sound.
Now set to release their debut album, Down On Pacific, the band is poised to attract an even wider audience to their post punk tinged pop stylings. Singer Alex Koch even took the time to dive into our Break It Down feature to give fans everywhere a deeper glimpse into the band's psyche.
What have you been listening to lately?
Yeasayer. Band of Horses. Autolux. The Magnetic Fields. Nada Surf. Portishead.
Where's your favorite place to chill?
My fire escape – actually it's technically not a fire escape since it doesn't have a ladder, making escaping a bit difficult – it's a great place to sit, have a drink and watch all the drunken shenanigans that go on in the lower east side of Manhattan. That or Vegas because I'm a degenerate gambler.
What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
Got a job - what a letdown.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics?
"Larry was the oldest, Joey was next to last. They called Joe "Crazy," the baby they called "Kid Blast." Some say they lived off gambling and runnin' numbers too. It always seemed they got caught between the mob and the men in blue." - Bob Dylan
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
My Fender Jaguar and my piece o' crap '70s Silvertone, Mosrite knockoff, it's got sliders instead of knobs!
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
The fact that music is becoming less and less tangible. I like artwork and the idea of an album as a physical body of work that's both visual and audible - like a record or cd. I love buying new music, going through the packaging/artwork and listening to each song in the order as intended. Don't get me wrong, mp3s and iPods are great, but it's sad that the physical album is rapidly becoming obsolete.
What never goes out of style?
Apparently, sideways haircuts. Well, that’s not entirely true. They seem to fade in and out of fashion at intervals - they move along the ground slowly, like a dense fog. As we step to and fro, our destinations draw us closer. Ya get to the show, and there's all sights, all facets of evil, hip and lame. One thing's always for sure - there's always some jerk with a lop-sided haircut hoggin' up all the girls.
What's the theme song to your life?
"You're the Best" by Joe "Bean" Esposito.
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
Nabakov. 400 Blows. Charlie Chaplin.
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
I don't have a car, so I walk everywhere. That's pretty much it.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
Don King - I have no idea why.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
Videogames and reruns of Good Times.
Are you on MySpace?
Of course we're on MySpace. Even Elvis is on MySpace… and he's dead.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff