Usually this is where I write an intro espousing the featured band’s sound, comparing them to other bands and maybe talking about why I like them so much, sometimes I even use a thesaurus.
But this time I want to get right to the interview so I’m just going to say that A.M. Stations are on MAXIMUM PELT RECORDS, their names are Bill, Alex, Wes and Josh and they play some awesome 90s sounding jangle noise punk stuff.
Nope, I just can’t do it. A.M. Stations deserve better, because if you read this interview you might just think they are another bunch of goofy punk rock guys, but they’re not!
Their latest six song EP – Tacoma (out on Max Pelt) runs the gamut between the drone of Slint and the melodic genius of Pavement and if songs like the hardcore throwback Sick In The Head, the hyperactive Silver Drugs and the epic 7 minute instrumental The Most Scientific Mystic Beast don’t move you then you may have a medical issue.
They even sent us a special 50thirdand3rd exclusive track, recorded live from their rehearsal space. Check it out!
Alex: Bill Tucker
Wes: and the Hot Steamy
Bill: We are…
Alex: In a car
Alex: In a car
Bill: Schwarzenegger in a car?
Alex: Big Al
Wes: Fredrick Lamar
Bill: Is this Fredrick Lamar right here?
PEOPLE SAY WE SOUND LIKE:
Josh: Color Me Badd
Wes: Ugly Kid Joe
Alex: Bill Tucker
Bill: Neil Diamond
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY?
Alex: KZOO, what’s it… no to be proper I’m from North Portage, Kalamazoo Michigan! No Wait, hold up. I’m from.. North Portidge, I’m from 6817 Trotwood St, Portage Michigan 49024, I was born in Bronson Hospital same as Bill Skivvy, uh record producer of the Black Keys, so basically I produced the last Black Keys album.
Wes: I’m from the small town of Laurel, Misssissippi out in the community of Cleo. Born in the hospital of Forest Generals, for… yeah, I don’t know who else was born at that hospital.
Wes: Ah Jersey boy
Alex: Old Jersey
Bill: I was born in Melrose Park, Il at Westlake Hospital which no longer exists. I’m from the west side border of Chicago.
Alex: Well it started way way back, a million years ago, when the earth was created and the laws of physics were told, man created radio and it was good and the station was born, a.m. in the morning
Wes: I was born in a Holiday Inn
HOW DID YOU BECOME A.M. STATIONS AND WHAT’S WITH THE NAME?
Alex: So basically we were just a small band from Southern Illinois that got discovered by some local disc jock on the low short bands of the radio, and I don’t know if you ever seen Willy Wonka but they take TV Tim and they blast him with a laser and they explode him into a million different pieces and project him through the air to the TV. So basically what happened to us, we were playing in the garage out on the farm and we were blasted with the laser of the laser of the local disc jock and basically we turned into the short, low frequency fucking things and we were put into space into a big metal tower. We materialized into Chicago just doing the same thing, just trying to get more high frequency airplay, we’re just a humble a.m. band
Bill: We’re trying to move up into the F.M. Dial.
Alex: We’re just a humble A.M. Band
WHAT INFLUENCES YOUR BAND LYRICALLY?
Wes: Bobcat Goldthwait
Bill: news media, conspiracy theories, baseball.
OUR MOST MEMORABLE GIG WAS:
Josh: Lollapalooza 96
Josh: No 96 was the fucking year man, you don’t know what yr fucking talking about, you were wasted in 96
Wes: I’m going to go through every formation of this band. When it was with Bill and Paul was our first Already Dead Family Reunion. My favorite show with Bill and Josh and Paul was the 4/20 show at Wally. My favorite show with this line up was at Empty Bottle (Tacoma release show).
Josh: My favorite was the last family reunion because of Alex
Bill: is there a reason for it?
Alex: It was the one basement on the south side
Josh: Oh, the POOP HOUSE
Bill: The Poop in a bag show with the full acoustic stack
Alex: Yeah, That’s my most memorable Wesley, Paul, and Bill, and when I saw you guys at Wally World and you got crowd surfed through the window and back down.
Wes: That might be most memorable actually
Bill: The reason why that was most memorable for me was because I got knocked over, I got slammed into the wall three times and I had to literally figure out how to keep playing. You can even hear it on the recording that I dropped the guitar but somehow saved it in time to keep playing.
I also liked Empty Bottle just cuz it was raddd to hear peoples responses to our sounds.
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO ANY TIME FOR MUSIC, WHEN WOULD IT BE?
Alex: 1886, *starts singing Camptown Races* that or 1878, those minstrel shows, all about it!
Josh: Either the early eighties so I can hang out with the B-52’s and DEVO or maybe early 90’s to hang out with Gang Starr.
Wes: So I’m traveling back in time knowing what I know now, right?
Alex: No! Your seeing this as a new thing
Wes: I could go back to the dawn of electricity and invent all this music myself, right?
Alex: No, it’s a new thing, we’re not talking about fucking shit up for the rest of us.
Wes: That’s what I want…probably um… I had a lot of fun in the mid 2000’s so I would do that again. and do exactly what I did, try and do it better.
Bill: Just for idealism’s sake I would go back to the late eighties, early eighties sometime around there so that I could hang out with bands that were doing really raddd stuff but getting some notoriety for it the first time and try to encourage people to not buy into the big label madness and just keep doing raddd stuff.
Wes: I always thought that the 60’s would be a cool time to come into, if you were in the right scene, there was a lot of first time shit happening in the late 60’s.
GROWING UP AT HOME, WE LISTENED TO:
Wes: “I guess this is growning up!?” Oh, I thought you were singing Blink 182
Bill: Lets say when we were like 8 or 9.
Wes: That’s not fair, I listened to whatever my parents listened to.
Bill: I think that time influences me
Wes: Well I did listen to Vanilla Ice and shit like when I was 8, I didn’t listen to rock music until I was like 12.
Josh: I listened to Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, on the radio.
Bill: I listened to Janet Jackson, and En Vogue, a lot of pop R&B
Josh: Yeah, I mean my first CD was Boys II Men
Alex: What grade are you in when yr 8 or 9
Bill: I don’t know, like 5th grade?
Alex: I think that’s when Eminem came out, and that’s when I started watching MTV.
Josh: I was into Kriss Kross
Wes: Yeah, I was too.
WHAT’S ON HEAVY ROTATION FOR YOU:
Josh: JJ DOOM, I’ve been listening to a lot of Bones.
Wes: I’ve been listening to a lot of Torche, I’ve been listening to a lot of Caribou right now, a lot of Ghostface, a lot of Magic,
Josh: Always a lot of Tim Dog
Bill: TIM DOG!
Wes: I’ve also been listening to a lot of Dan Deacon
Alex: Aphex Twin, all the crap he’s putting up on Soundcloud, Old Built to Spill, whatever RA, Resident Advisor puts up I listen to it, that’s it….Techno.
Bill: I’ve been listening to the Wipers, Josh’s birthday mix tape of Gang Starr, tons and tons, and that new This Will Destroy You.
WHAT BAND WOULD YOU WANT TO OPEN FOR RIGHT NOW:
Wes: 94, woodstock 94 I would play on stage with Blind Melon
Josh: I would play on stage with nine inch nails
Wes: i would play with nine inch nails and tallica
Alex: No Bunny?
Wes: Flaming Lips from the early 90’s or lets open for Botch.
Bill: I would love to open for Glenn Branca doing a heavy solo set, or any heavy shoegaze band really.
Josh: Lightening Bolt, Melt Banana!
IF YOU COULD ONLY BRING ONE RECORD ON TOUR WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Wes: I’m calling it, we’re not listening to a record in a tour van, you tell ‘em I saw right through it.
Josh: That’s one of those trick questions
Bill: I’m gonna say George Clinton Computer Games
Josh: No, I’m gonna say Gang Starr cuz we always listen to Gang Starr
Alex: I’m gonna go with the hour long version of Sleigh Ride by Alexander O’Neil that I made.
Josh: In conjunction with Alex Borozan
Alex: The edit by myself
Wes: Thugs and Harmony
Josh: No Just Bones
Wes Cream with Eric Clapton
Josh: Cream with Eric Clapton, we’re spirit animals
Wes: That plant music record
Alex: Little Johns Throw it up!
Josh: Tim Dog
IF YR NOT PLAYING HAVING SOME TIME OFF WHAT CAN WE FIND YOU DOING?
Wes: I’m usually at my house somewhere doing something and not leaving my house for several days
Josh: Same thing but not leaving my studio
Bill: I’m duping tapes
Bill: I’m also making coffee, a lot.
Alex: Josh’s house, eating pizza.
THE ONE THING WE WANT YOU TO THINK WHILE LISTENING TO OUR MUSIC:
Josh: Stay Hard
Wes: What is it that Bill and Ted say, oh “Be excellent to each other!”
Josh: What is this shit?
WHAT’S UP FOR 2015?
Wes: What’s up for 2015? OR what’s up for 2012?!
Alex, Josh, and Bill: What’s up for 2012!
Wes: Well, I got married.
Josh, We’re gonna be a band in a bout a year, I’m moving to Chicago
Alex: I’m gonna be smoking all the time.
Bill: booking shows at Deagan Music.
Josh: is that the year we first toured
Bill: that’s the year we met, 2013 is the year we toured. (Josh and Alex other band Problems that Fix themselves went on tour with Bill Tucker)