First/Last-Crown Larks

July 8, 2013

“Crown Larks got its start in a dank Chicago basement some time last year. Saxophone, guitar, clarinet, voices, noises, keys of many stripes caravan through volume hypnosis, feedback death rattles, psychedelicate chamber music space lullabies, damage control grooves.”

Check out the band on Facebook and BandCamp. The band stops in Pittsburgh this Wednesday at The Shop in Bloomfield and I want to thank Lorraine Bailey (Keys/Clarinet/Flute), Jack Bouboushian (Guitar/Vocals/Bass), Bill Miller (Drums) and Chris Boonenberg (Saxaphone/Zither/Bass/Keys) for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Lorraine Bailey: Won’t do the typical thing where you lie and say I ran out at age 12 and bought a Beatles reissue or a Bad Brains 7-inch. It was probably a Chumbawamba record or something. But, just to get a lie in there, I’ll say it was only because they’re anarchist punks.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Jack Bouboushian: Lately…new records from Moonrises, Cool Memories, Mines, and The Hecks, other Chicago bands.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Lorraine: Everyone just picked good candidates…
  • Jack: “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady” and “Paranoid”. Bill Miller: “The Shape of Punk to Come”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Lorraine: “In the Life of Chris Gaines”, had such high hopes. Jack & Chris Boonenberg: “90215”.
  • First concert attended?
  • Jack: ‘The Living Christmas Tree’ in Corsicana, TX.
  • Last concert?
  • Lorraine, Jack & Chris: Silver Apples, secret show in Chicago. Right?
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Jack: Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain, or Lechuguillas at Mortville, CAVE at Empty Bottle, lots of Chicago stuff.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Jack: Limp Bizkit in Dallas, TX that a friend’s dad got us tickets for. They played inside a giant transformer that shot flames at all the most important parts of the songs, like the parts where he says fuck. (This is just a way to re-answer the favorite concert question.)
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Lorraine: Only Jack and I have been there…riding on tour with friends in Lechuguillas, seemed like a nice labyrinth of hills and houses and bars around Gooski’s, then we just wandered around in the early hours. But we’ve spent a lot of time driving through and walking around in western PA, it’s beautiful and misty and vast.
  • Thanks, guys. Been digging your album. Perfect music for a night at The Shop!