Break It Down: Still Flyin'
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 15:48:15
With a band roster that reaches well into double digits on its shorter days, Frisco-based collective Still Flyin' are a guaranteed party wherever they land. With a menagerie of instruments in hand, the group cavorts through a sonic kaleidoscope of indie sing-alongs, classic rock energy and the occasional world beat to create the musical revelry that stole the hearts of music enthusiasts at this year's South by Southwest. Looking to get in on the ground floor of the hoopla, we caught up with the harmonious troupe to get the skinny on their favorite prank calls, drinking beer instead of eating meals and their obsession with Matthew McConaughey.
What have you been listening to lately?
We just got back from tour so this is an easy one: Just Farr A Laugh Volumes One and Two. Some good prank calls on there, especially the ones about Bleachy. We encountered two people on tour we thought could be the real-life Bleachy. We also started talking about Big Audio Dynamite for some reason so I downloaded the two hits to my iPhone and we jammed on those too.
Where’s your favorite place to chill?
What’s the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
Some people in the band drink beer instead of eat, although that probably ends up being more expensive. You could buy cream of wheat or something for far cheaper than the cheapest beer. Although being a starving musician makes it easier to be awarded free beer than free food.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics.
The drinkin' bone's connected to the party bone
The party bone's connected to the stayin' out all night long
And you might think it's funny when I wind up all alone
And the lonely bone's connected to the drinkin' bone
from "Drinking Bone" by Tracy Byrd
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
Easy. The reverb tank. We take the reverb tank out of an amp and bang it against our bodies to make a gargantuan crashing noise. It's like a crash cymbal but distorted and much louder. The problem is the tanks break very easily—some don't even make it through one show—and they cost 20 or 30 bucks so it's not cost-efficient at all. We currently have jam scientists working to design an indestructible reverb tank. Later on the horizon: the reverb keg.
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
The existence of an indestructible reverb tank.
What never goes out of style?
What’s the theme song to your life?
Lipps, Inc. - "Funkytown"
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Buffett (mindset only), actors in haunted houses, Shaquille O' Neal, Chris Cooley, Lionel Richie.
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
Sweatjamming while we're playing shows. We went on a month-long tour recently and, despite drinking miles of beer, everyone lost weight and everyone was in shape. We jammed it to the bone every night.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
I don't believe in guilty pleasure—no one should be embarrassed to like something whether it's "approved" or not. Everyone has a different opinion and if you're into something it can only be a good thing.
MySpace or Facebook?
I'd have to go with MySpace since I don't even understand what Facebook is.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff