Thursday, June 24, 2010
[buddyhead.com] I used to go on tour a lot. Spent time with a lot of f*cked up/shady/rad/weird characters that were on tours more akin to prisons letting out criminals between the hours of 10pm and 5am every night than they were to “professional musicians” on the road being, well... professional. During those hazy years, I really couldn’t tell you of a band that was as bizarre as Daughters, they had an air of equal parts miserable and annoyed. I kept going back and forth on whether I even enjoyed them as a band, or even as people, so (and I admit that I was pretty much an asshole back then) I ignored them on that tour, chalk it up (at the time) to dudes being immature, move on. Funny thing is, I would pop their record in from time to time and remember how good they could be, how much “potential” they had. They had a mean swagger and disjointed appeal that at times was part the Birthday Party part early Napalm Death, so color me a sucker for that kind of thing. Fast forward to this year and the release of their new record “Self Titled” on Hydrahead Industries, which sees a quantum leap in sound and song writing, gone are the 60 second blasts, in are pounding, structured, groove-laden jams that ebb and flow with the closest thing to the old “AmRep” sound that I’ve heard in a long time. Daughters does almost exactly what you’d expect (or at least what I’d expect): they implode and call it quits. We interviewed Nick Sadler to help shed some light on why bands break up when they’ve finally hit their stride.
Buddyhead: Now that you’re removed, from writing, recording and being a member of Daughters, and you’ve released a record that many people (myself including) would call your best and the sort of “coming of age” of the band, how does it feel that it’s basically over?
Nick : I have mixed feelings about it. its sad that the band fell apart as this record was being released because I do believe it was a sort of coming of age recording, but that it was only a peek at what was to come. Writing this album felt like a dusting of cobwebs for me and as though we were stepping into a territory that was fresh and exciting for our band; at least that was my goal when i made it. On the other hand, its great to be away from the stresses of the band. Daughters was a band that provided me with some really great memories and took me around the world, helped me make some great friends and allowed me to do what I’ve always wanted to do with my life. I feel extremely grateful to have been able to work together with dudes that I’ve known for a long time in a band I felt had integrity. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to write and record our last record as I am extremely proud of it, especially in the context and history of the band.
Sadler also discusses Fang Island...
Buddyhead: You’ve joined Fang Island now, can you recount the timeline and particulars of how that all went down?
Nick: I met Fang Island around the time they started the band in school at RISD. I was dating a close friend of theirs and was writing the album that became “hell songs”. Over the next year or two I watched them make a couple of EP’s and play a bunch of house parties and just really started to get into what they had going on. It sort of took hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I used to wish they would need another guitar player so I could join, and one day that’s exactly what happened. I joined fang island in 2007 and we slowly worked on music together over the years while I was touring with Daughters. I would bring the music with me on tour for random kids at shows who knew what it was or for the other bands to hear. It’s been going on for a while. I worked on the Daughters album and the Fang album along with some other projects at the same time and recorded back to back. The records were also released back to back with an original simultaneous release date that was later changed.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE!!!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 8:08 PM