Let’s start out by saying, Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness play the kind of tunes that I could play all day long. It’s the rock ‘n’ roll that I grew up on, some MOD , some garage, and a whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll fun. I don’t spend time paying any attention to what’s hip or what all the other blogs are covering. Really I couldn’t care less, but what I do care about is finding Bands that are in the game for the right reasons. I am not here to break down the structure of the songs nor to analyze the lyrics , we can leave that to the kids with degrees in creative writing. Rock ‘n’ Roll is meant to be fun , you are supposed to be able to put on a Record and blast the shit out of it, dance like a crazy person and get lost in the coolness of the beat and that indeed happens when you play Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness. I would like to say thank you to Scott from Hidden Volume Records for turning me on to Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness, and that is just one more reason for all you garage rockers to show some love to Hidden Volume Records.
Hi our name is….
Jake Starr and The Delicious Fullness
People say we sound like…..
A tornado of 1960s garage punk replete with thumping rhythms, fuzzed-out geetars, snarling vocals, and hyperkinetic maracas!
Jake Starr, Sean Crowley, Kathleen Wilson, Louie Newmyer, and Nathaniel Osgood.
We are from…….
Washington, DC, but two of us are from Baltimore, MD.
Who are some that have an influence on you?
The Chocolate Watchband, The Music Machine, The Small Faces, The Action, The Creation, The Monks… you get the picture.
How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in the band
I was six years old the first time I jumped on the living room table and lipsynched to The O’Jays for my family! After that, I started my first mod/punk band in high school. I guess I’ve been “performing” ever since. In The Delicious Fullness, I play my throat, maracas, and tambourine; Sean plays guitar and sings; Kathleen also plays guitar and sings; Louie plays electric bass; and Nat plays the drums.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out?
We all arrange the songs when they’re brought into rehearsal. I tend to have riffs, structure, vocal melodies, and lyrics already done when I bring in a song… just cuz I’ve been working on it in my head for awhile before I bring it to the band. Nat had already recorded a bunch of song ideas and demos that we turned into a couple songs. Sean also works on songs on his own and brings them in. Once the proto-songs are in rehearsal, we all mold them into what you eventually hear on our records. Since I fronted the band Adam West for a long time, I made a lot of contacts. I’m very lucky that many record labels always want to work with us and release records. So we’ve been able to release a bunch of limited 7”s, a 10” EP, and a full-length LP on different labels all over the world. It’s flattering!
What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have you overcome those challenges?
One of the biggest challenges is devoting time to a band while you’re either married, in a career, or both! I think everyone goes through that balancing act. The other big challenge is playing rock-n-roll in a city (Washington DC) that is the epitome of anti-rock. I mean, emo was born here! I have always been a black sheep in this city among all the post-hardcore, emo, and indie superstars. It can be very frustrating indeed.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
I’d go back to 1966 and spend the year driving around the USA seeing as many garage punk bands as possible… and buying their 7”s! I’d also go to the UK and Europe (and Japan… why not?) to see the greatest bands of all time. You know who they are.
Who are all of you currently listening to ….
Jake: Well, there’s this great label called Hidden Volume Records that keeps putting out killer garage 7”s! Other contemporary bands that are on constant play are The Ar-Kaics, The Neumans, The Flight Reaction, Imperial State Electric, and Born Loose; along with some great local bands like Thee Lolitas, Thee Lexington Arrows, The Stents, The Idle Gossip, and my old Adam West bandmates’ stoner metal band Borracho.
Kathleen: Nothing genre specific. If I hear something I like, I want to learn more about it. It happens constantly so it’s impossible to keep track of. Shout out to Baltimore bands though, I’m really amazed at how many talented people are playing music in this city.
Louie: Nick Curran, JD McPherson, the Kaisers, old country, old rock n roll, wild r&b. All kinds of stuff.
Nat: Cambodian Psyche/Rock, King Tuff, The Nerves, Jim Jones Review, Juice Newton and Taylor Swift.
Sean: A comp of crazy ass music from India that my wife got me for Christmas called PSYCH FUNK SA-RE-GA!
If you could open for any Band right now, who would that be and why?
The Foo Fighters so we can utterly embarrass them by showing them what a rock-n-roll band is supposed to be.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Play what you want regardless of what’s hip or cool at the moment.
Your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Extremely sad… but I think there’s always been a healthy underground of real rock-n-roll always lurking around. You just need to look for it. Now with the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find good music. But once you do, buy the band’s vinyl… don’t just rely on fucking MP3s.
Our plans for 2015…..
We plan to write a few songs, play a few shows, and release a few more 7”s. There’s also talk of a short tour of Spain this year, so we’ll see what happens. The “Tastes Good!” LP is being played quite a bit on Spanish national radio, so if the opportunity arises, we’d like to go for it.
Here’s our discography… good luck finding the rare 7”s! 🙂
I’VE GOT MINE 7″ (Bootleg Booze Records)
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED 7″ (Strange Magic Records / Ghost Highway Recordings)
DON’T NEED YOUR LOVIN’ 7″ (Ghost Highway Recordings)
CITY OF PEOPLE 7″ (Onslaught of Steel Records)
MODESTY BLAZE 10″ EP (No Balls Records)
YUMMY! 7″ (Fandango Records)
TASTES GOOD! LP (Strange Magic Records / Ghost Highway Recordings / KOTJ Records / AM Records)
FACES 7″ EP (JanML Records / Maja von Lobeck Records) coming in 2015
BY THE GRACE OF MOD 7″ flexi (Hidden Volume Records / Fandango Records) coming in 2015
SMOKEY, DUSTY, & SULTRY split 7″ with Thee Lexington Arrows (Hidden Volume Records) coming in 2015
USA vs SWEDEN 7″ EP (AM Records) coming in 2015
What’s this? FLEXI test pressings for Jake Starr & The Delicious Fullness in the house. HV0018/FR039 is a co-release with Fandango Recs and will be an EXCLUSIVE release with the first issue of our Zine “7&7 Is” coming in MAY. Hidden Volume Records