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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Hobart W. Fink

    Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:59:40

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Hobart W. Fink - A band, not a dude

    Today, we Take Aim with Hobart W. Fink's Jayk Gallagher. Hobart W. Fink -- it's a band, not a dude. Ok?

    Jayk Gallagher, who is the principal songwriter and co-front person, chatted and Finked with us.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    Hobart W. Fink is indie grunge rock with a disaffected punk aesthetic. Two lead singers, male and female, create crystalline vocal harmonies that emerge from gutsy, cutting garage rock."

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Acting. Our two lead singers, Lauren Lakis and myself, are both of the acting persuasion. I was in the film The Social Network and the show CSI: NY and other fun stuff. Lauren's in a totally secret big deal upcoming feature... plus she played a crackhead on that Tyler, The Creator show, Loiter Squad, And fell in love with a vampire witch hybrid in a film with Paul Sorvino! When not acting, Lauren is strangling litter bugs in the name of the environment, and I'm helping her hide the bodies.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    I wrote a screenplay called Synching that's in the process of being turned into a film... And I host a radio show on AM1630 KCHUNG and book shows all over L.A. with my promotion group All Scene Eye. Lauren swims every single morning and would probably be the only survivor if we all got flooded. She's also sort of a food quality activist. GMOs = bad. I don't know if you can tell, but we are super Los Angeles. Our bass player Noe is skilled at being an excellent father, and our drummer AJ is an incredibly honest and upstanding yet sexy fitness trainer.

    Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    Our new album Back and Forth Forever has that name for two reasons. One is funny, and you can probably figure it out by Googling. The other refers to the on-and-off relationship between Lauren and me. Our record is breaking up and getting back together 10 times in nine months. A lot of the songs on the album are about this pattern and its fallout. Some of the songs are a little creepy because they were actually written before what they are about happened - are we psychic?

    Our song 'The Fight,' which was written a few breakups ago, and has quickly become all of our new favorite song, features the line 'There was no need to yell...You don't even know me.' Everything in the song made sense to us except the "You don't even know me" part, the spirit of which made sense at the time, but we never had actually said it. Oddly enough, this last time we broke up, both of us said it to the other on separate days, completely in earnest to convey a point. It's like the song knew what would happen!

    Finish this sentence: Hobart W. Fink is the artist that...

    ...loves kitty cats.

    And who the HELL is Hobart W. Fink? What is HIS story?

    Hobart W. Fink doesn't exist! He is a nerdy name I used to call myself in my head before the band got started. I could tell you we're named after 'Hobart,' the street in L.A., or the kitchen appliance company, but those'd be lies! We will say the name has nothing to do with Barton Fink. Hobart W. Fink... is a man yet to be born, currently in gestation, waiting to emerge from the womb and belt out a hook over some power chords.

    Got it.

    Are you feeling the Fink?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.08.14



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