Just in time for your weekend , today we bring you Watergate Sandals . This Interview is our 1st with the bands of Some Weird Sin Records. Watergate Sandals are everything they claim to be, fast, full of reverb, and ready to crank it up. For all of you that jam to everything Ty or Fuzz and The Black Lips, this is for you, Watergate Sandals know how this garagebeat is meant to be played and they do it justice. So kick it into gear, the sun is coming back, it’s heating up outside and you now have the Band to shake up the neighborhood, Watergate Sandals…
Hi, our name is….
Izzy: Watergate Sandals
Jesse: The Cunt Nuggets
Izzy: It’s pretty interchangeable
People say we sound like…..
Izzy: Ty Segall, Meat Market, Parquet Courts, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips
Jesse: A metal trash can full of cats and pans dropped down a ten-story spiral staircase
Zane: A flurry of frenetic garage rock mixed with some bluesy overtones. 60’s surf and lofi rock n roll
Izzy: Izzy Kaufman
Tony: Tony (Tricks) Assi
Jesse: Jesse Nestler
Zane: Zane Shattuck
We are from……
Izzy: Santa Cruz, CA
Jesse: A realm of pure musical ene
Zane: The California Coastrgy existing outside all known conceptions of time and space
Who are some artists/bands that have an influence on you?
Izzy: Ty Segall, Twin Peaks, The Strange Boys, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Holy Wave, The Growlers, Cool Ghouls, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jefferson Airplane, White Fence, The Velvet Underground, Neil Young
Zane: See above, The Dandy Warhols, Guns N’ Roses, The Doors, Nirvana, Tame Impala, Weedeater, Lenny Kravitz, Van Halen, Fuzz
Jesse: Porcupine Tree, Led Zeppelin, Bass Drum of Death, Queens of the Stone Age, Failure, Black Sabbath, FIDLAR
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band?
Izzy: I think I was 19 when we started playing. I play guitar and sing n’ junk.
tony: 19. I play rock guitar and sing sweet lullabies.
Jesse: 18. I play bass and tell corny jokes.
Zane: 20. I play drums and kill all humans.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?
Izzy: It depends really. But generally one of us poses a riff or baseline and we kinda just write the song around that and jam it out enough till we feel comfortable.
tony: In terms of recording, we used to put a tascam recorder in the middle of the room and hope for the best. Now we record with a four-track tape cassette machine and overdub the vocals after we have the live instruments down.
Zane: I hear a sweet riff that one of the guys comes up with and then try and come up with an intuitive, rockin beat that everyone can vibe to.
Jesse: As far as writing goes, I’ve personally found that chronic sleep deprivation and heavy drug use are the best methods for inspiring the creative process. Once I’ve got a riff or basic structure that I’m really psyched on, I bring it to the band and we jam it out till we have a finished product that we’re all happy with.
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
Izzy: We’ve definitely all come a long way in regards to writing and performing songs. I think we put a lot more time into practicing a song and getting it down before we play it live. Also, the more we play together the more adequate of musicians we become.
Tony: Practice and broken strings.
Zane: Expanding my technical horizons and trying to be uniquely creative.
Jesse: I’d say our biggest challenge is actually a pretty lame one: money. Gear breaks, driving up to San Francisco/Oakland costs gas money, and we’re always looking to upgrade our amp/pedal/guitar/drum/cymbal/PA setup. We’ve been fortunate enough to get as many shows as we’re comfortable with playing given our current work/school schedules, but if money wasn’t an issue we could play a lot more shows over a much wider area.
Beatles or Stones?
Pizza or Tacos?
Jesse: You’ve obviously never heard of a Taquizza
Who are all of you currently listening to?
Izzy: Been bumpin’ the new Quilt album a bunch lately.
Tony: The B-52’s, Fugazi, and Deerhunter.
Zane: Blondie, David Bowie, White Fence, Graves at Sea
Jesse: Weedeater, Acid Bath, Steven Wilson, Red Fang.
If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
Izzy: Honestly any garage rock band that would put on a energetic live show. Thee Oh Sees would be pretty crazy. Or even a band I’ve looked up to for a long time like The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
Jesse: Mac Demarco would be pretty awesome. I hear his audiences get unusually rowdy and that’s always fun to play to.
My youngest son is 13 and in a band, what advice would you give him?
Izzy: Just keep playing and building your influences. The more you play in the band setting the more adequate you will come. Also, if you think you’re set on a specific style or genre, that could very well change in a year or two.
Tony: Pick something easy like trap beats or Weezer covers.
Zane: Haters gonna hate so just have fun.
Jesse: Jam with other musicians as often as you can. Don’t be reluctant to try playing a style of music you’re not used to or you’re not personally fond of – it’ll only help you think about your own music in different ways.
Our plans for 2015…..
Izzy: We’re about to release our new album. It’s pretty much our first legitimate full length so that pretty exciting. But other than that, just write as many new songs as possible and get our name out there in whatever way we can. Maybe a West Coast Tour? Letterman? The Price is Right?
Jesse: Drink more beers and play more rock n roll.
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