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    Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:00:07

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner - We talk to an alt rock icon

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    • Soul Asylum - BETHLEHEM, PA - OCTOBER 11: Singer Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on October 11, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
    • Soul Asylum - BETHLEHEM, PA - OCTOBER 11: Singer Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on October 11, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
    • Soul Asylum - BETHLEHEM, PA - OCTOBER 11: Singer Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum performs at Sands Bethlehem Event Center on October 11, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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    Soul Asylum lead singer Dave Pirner is happy to be out there and playing rock music. While the band has released a covers series, Pirner was so candid about the love of his craft and what keeps him in bed with such a fickle mistress as rock 'n' roll in this Take Aim chat where we revamped some of our usual questions. We do that from time to time, when artists of a certain stature warrant it, like Pirner did.

    What is your favorite song to cover and why?

    "Shakin' Street" by MC5 is a fun song to play. I have a jaded history of pulling out covers from different places for reasons that are varied. Either I think they are funny or they are really well-written or they are just fun to play. The first round of songs probably cover all those different intrigues for me. I was listen to Elvis Presley called "My Babe." You play it once, think "That was fun," but there are not many words to remember. It has a feel we don't usually play. It was a kick. Last summer, I got up with a rockabilly band at some festival and did "Blue Suede Shoes," which I have been singing my whole life. I don't know why. A Carl Perkins song, not an Elvis song. It's a song that's hard to mess up.

    Catch us up! What's going on with the band?

    We're in the middle of summer touring and we're experimenting with playing an album from beginning to end. That has turned out to be more interesting than I thought it was going to be.

    And what else?

    We're getting fall touring on the books. To bring the energy of the band, some of us are pretty big guys, with big, heavy gear. As much as we love to play, we need a certain size PA system. We try and find venues that work for the band.

    I have had moments of "Why am I playing here?" when it comes to some venues. It's part of the job to show up and be massively disappointed and to show up and be pleasantly surprised. Those are things we can't expect and we can't predict when in a band.

    If you play in a rock 'n' roll band, you have to be prepared for the heartbreak. It's a bipolar experience. The lows are lows and the highs are high. That part makes it hard to plan.It's great to be busy, though.

    What keeps you doing it?

    This crazy infatuation and love of music. If I understood it... ambition is loaded with nothing but love is the only way I can think of it. Whatever draws me to it is real and natural. Those are the instincts you have to follow.

    —Maggie Pannacione
    08.12.13


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