To celebrate the release of Hello America!, The three way split album featuring Adam Gnade, Ohioan and Coasts, Mr Gnade is taking over The 405 this week! Since The 405 started last year Adam Gnade has been one of the most supportive people we’ve had the pleasure to meet and It was our honour to ask him to become the guest editor of The 405. Adam has a load of amazing things lined up for you this week and we hope you enjoy them as much as us. Let’s get the ball rolling with a short interview we conducted with the man himself.
Hey Adam how are you? Well. When this year began, I told myself it had to be a big adventure year or nothin' but I think I kind of egged on a self-fulfilling prophesy. I guess being overwhelmed is better than being depressed, so I'll take that. It's been a year since we last interviewed you. What kind of year have you had? Did some tourin'. Went to Europe for the first time. Got robbed and jumped in Paris. Hung out with my buddies Jamey and Miguel on the beach in Portugal in a fisherman's bar. Went to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. Ran out of money in Berlin. Fell in deep love with Spain. Train-hopped for the first time, which was fuckin' terrifying. Watched a new president get elected while staying in London. 2008 was great. 2000 and great. There were a lot of scary, heavy moments, but I've never felt more alive. LOW RES You just released 'The Wild Homesick'. How does the album differ from your previous efforts and are you happy with what you've created? Well, I think it's about as close to what I imagine the genre “talking-songs” is going to be when I finally figure out what the fuck I'm doing. All the past records have been me trying to actualize this sound that's in my head. Lots of failures. Lots of mistakes and records I can't listen to anymore. Pretty insanely happy with how it came out. It's a summer record. Banjo, tape samples, guitar noise as thunderstorms. Lyrics about 40-ounces and spiritual warfare and good women. Oh, I played electric guitar on it for the first time on any of my records. See ya later, folk music, thanks for nothin', asshole. Not really. But still. Oh, but as far as it being different, the songs are arranged in suites of music, 10 songs stuck together over the course of four tracks. Which makes it sound kind of musician-y or prog or something, but no. It's pretty lo-fi. Having spoke to you a few times over emails it's really nice to know that your music reflects you as a person really well, which isn't always the case with people that pick up a guitar and sing. How important do you hold personal reflection in music? I'd say on a scale from one to 10, maybe a solid seven or eight. In terms of the writing process are you the sort of person that documents everything? Your output sort of suggests you do! Oh no, I'm pretty selective as to what gets told. Gotta keep some of your life private. What sort of involvement did you have with the Faux Hoax project? Can you talk about it? Yeah, sure. For one, it's my first time on vinyl which is really fucking exciting. Didn't think I'd be so stoked on that. I'm still kinda thrilled. What happened was Danny got in touch and was like, “Hey, me and Dave are doin' a solo project, wanna record some vocals?” and that was it. I don't like my delivery in a bunch of the parts but the music I'm very much okay with. The lyrics are about loving your friends unconditionally, which is something I stopped believing in for a while. I can be a mean bastard sometimes, but I'm back now. Friends, I love you. Let's go grab a beer and catch up. LOW RES WOODS You're about to leave home to tour. Do you find touring enjoyable? Love touring, for sure. Rather be playing live than doing just about anything. And I'm getting to the point where I'm not as shitty live as I used to be. Still, I have my share of bad nights. More than my share, maybe. What it all comes down to is it took me a long time to figure out how to play this stuff live. Messed around with full-bands, improv, different instruments. And anyway, talking while playing an instrument is pretty fucking hard. I'm getting there. Slow but steady. The set up I'm working on at home, but haven't played out yet, is me sitting on the floor surrounded by a record player, a CD player, and a tape player—for samples and to make drones—and a bunch of toy instruments and shakers. I play those as noise suites and drones and segues and then play a 4-string guitar, harmonica, or banjo during the actual songs. There are no breaks between songs, just a long, warm, rustic soundscape. I kind of want it to sound like you're having a dream where country music and blues and field hollers and bluegrass kind of drift along together and dissolves into itself with real “songs” emerging every once in a while before going back to layers of noise. It's really, really, really mellow. I hope it works live. Finally, what have you got planned for the rest of 2009? Well, I'm leaving for a month or so in a few weeks and that'll take me all over the US and up into Canada. Great time to be on the road; dead of summer. After that I'm coming back to Portland for the rest of summer then moving to California. Besides that, I kind of don't want to do anything for a while. No more releases or shows or anything like that. Just chilling out and writing and re-setting my brain. This year has already been way too wild for me. I'm ready for the boring part to begin. If I could spend the next six months sitting on a porch somewhere warm reading Michener novels I'd be way into that. And lots of sleeping would be great. Right now I could sleep for three days like it was casual. Links