20 Questions with Hardison

Posted by on May 19, 2009 in Experimental Sounds, Interviews

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morrison: let’s talk about the new record

can you talk a little about the song structure on this album?

hardison: you mean Aphanus?

morrison: yes, your latest release

hardison: we wanted  a more atmospheric sound than we had on THIS which was simple and rockin.

morrison: where does the title come from?

hardison: It’s the name of a beetle but the story goes much deeper, it’s Latin for obscure Rolander. Rolander was a scientist that got a raw deal.

morrison: raw deal like the 80’s movie with the Governator classic?

hardison: maybe not as muscular but similar

morrison: Science and music, so let’s get into the record, where do your songs come from?

hardison: we have always leaned toward the urban sound and really wanted this record to reflect the city dreams and nightmares.

morrison: in such an artistic city as Seattle how do you keep your obscurity?

hardison: wow, good question. rrrr.. I guess like many other cities, we are just one of many many. I like that feeling of being surrounded by artists from all scenes and styles, we don’t mind holding the torch in the shadows

morrison: dreams and nightmares, your songs deal with loss and pain but there seems to be a glimmer of hope in the shadows

hardison: well without that glimmer, the pain can tip the scales and that ain’t no good.

morrison: i can go as far back as the demo before dead comedians your first full album and the stories all seemed connected, are these characters in your daily life?

morrison: or some wild artist’s imagination?

hardison: yes, most of our characters from the album are based on real people

we just like to make them into aliens or demons, angels etc

morrison: so folks you see on a regular basis, i wanted to get with the Russian spy on Sun bros. is she still around?

morrison: or the lady who threw the pennies in the fountain?

hardison: ha ha, she is probably reading this now somewhere in a cave, plotting

morrison: as long as i keep moving they will never get me

morrison: back to the task at hand can you put into words the live experience?

hardison: the live show is stripped down from the album. simple three piece, drums, keys and guitars and played more rockin

morrison: what is the weirdest place the band has played?

hardison: hmmm probably keystone psychiatric home in Seattle. twice. the first was a Halloween party and that was kinda crazy, we played in a cafeteria and the residents were all dressed up. It was surreal. the second time was an outdoor barbecue and we had a blast. We had left CDs  behind and low and behold some knew the lyrics. It was the best compliment any of us could ask for.

morrison: what about your Southern roots can you get into some of your musical history?

hardison: well. i learned how to play guitar in Jacksonville. I was horrible but luckily i had many patient friends. I owe a lot to my hometown.

morrison: who did you learn from or did you watch videos?

morrison: how to play guitar, Bob Ross taught me how to paint, but i forgot i don’t like trees

hardison: i used to hang with with some great folks from orange park that taught me my first chords. Heath and Dave and Tom. Those guys taught me the basics.

morrison: you had some shows and benefits in Jville, what about the Paragon show and the Gentry boys, Didn’t Mark start a fire in your apartment one or three times?

hardison: that was a great time for me musically. Mark and Brannon had been lending some live help and of course Dave This had been playing bass with me and Brian Hicks played horn and flute.

morrison: Gentry he is a wild card, off the sauce now, B. Hicks and This go way back to your musical beginnings in Jville , how did you end up in Seattle?

hardison: after some bad attempts at other cities, i figured i better find a place where I at least liked the weather.

morrison: no place like home,

hardison: this is true

morrison: who are you listening to these days?

hardison: lets see i have been listening to the knife, bun b, a lot of Blonde Redhead

morrison: Blonde Redhead they rock it hard damn short Italians

hardison: they are amazing live too!

morrison: don’t you have some hip hop connections in Seattle you worked with Ishmal from Digable Planets how’s he been doing lately anything new from his camp?

hardison: i spoke with Ishmael last week,. his new project is called shabazz palaces and its some of the most interesting hip hop i have heard in a long time. His new album is blowing me away.



the new meds love this track, who shot this vid

hardison: we actually shot that on a digital camera a nice no budget project

morrison: seems like a spy having a nervous breakdown

hardison: it was supposed to be a spy like guy recording his thoughts and probably on his way to a breakdown

morrison: the government gets you in the end, this is my favorite of your videos


hardison: yeah that was an interesting afternoon.

morrison: guy with no shirt looks dudely

hardison: i thought he looked like Tarantino. too bad we didn’t get his partner on tape who was much bigger and so much older and so much more pissed! thought he was going to have an attack right there. I think we interrupted nap time.

morrison: rooftop shows like the Beatles, who is your favorite Beatle?

hardison: probably john

morrison: me too, getting shot not so good

morrison: are you in the studio working on any new material?

hardison: yes we are about half way through a new album now

morrison: are you still with dig records and cd baby?

hardison: we haven’t worked with any labels in awhile.  cd baby is a good place for bands like ours.

morrison: last question any advice for the up and coming musicians, and what about a reunion show in jville.

hardison: I guess, I don’t feel qualified to give advice, but I think wear something cool or outrageous on stage. or at least match the music. Nothing worse than seeing someone covering Coltrane dressed like they just finished mowing the yard. and don’t give me that broke bullshit I just bought a suit for $5 at goodwill. I’m old fashioned that way. which is also why i shouldn’t give advice. I hope to bring the band to Jville sometime in 2010. Damn that sounds like space time. Maybe in a year we will all be wearing onesies

morrison:  i better pass on the onesies

morrison: until next time

hardison: thanks for the chat!



  1. Globatron.org
    May 19, 2009

    20 Questions with Hardison from Seattle: http://bit.ly/18BRaC

  2. Akbar Lightning
    May 20, 2009

    great interview, i am somewhat ignorant of obscure music, but I liked the song I listened to, reminded me a bit of Radiohead, the rhythm of it was pulsing like they do, but were more committed to making something musical like Flaming Lips.

    again, i am very limited in my musical knowledge, but I just wanted to show support for Morrison’s work.


  3. mp
    May 23, 2009

    there is a long history here, i like doing interviews they give a little slice into anothers world

  4. globatron
    May 23, 2009

    I could tell through this interview the history you guys shared together. You guys must have been really close buddies at one point or are still are. I enjoyed this too Morrison. Please keep doing interviews. It’s interesting for me to read an interview of a musician as I’m not in that scene and it seems much of what musicians are going through parallel the lives of visual artists too.

    Also, I really appreciate you sharing Hardison and you giving globatron the exclusive heads up on the release of your new album.

  5. Tig
    May 25, 2009

    Funny interview; it should’ve been much longer. Yup, the Gentry Bros, Leroy, Heath, Tom, good old boys for sure! If yer from the scene you know there are lots of stories, alright…


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