March 25, 2014

“FENSTER makes de-constructed pop music, exploring electro acoustic arrangements peppered with traffic noises and bird calls. Their lyrics are often carefully constructed dream narratives, finding inspiration in the world of ghosts, graveyards. trains, religious imagery, and broken machinery. In their music, they build songs around errors, blending melodic chords with broken beats or minimal percussion. Their instruments range from banjo to synth to inanimate objects, using slamming doors and city soundscapes.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, and BandCamp. The lo-fi popsterssecond album, “The Pink Caves” was just released via Morr Music and they hit the Thunderbird Cafe tomorrow night sharing a bill with New Bums and friends of the blog Pairdown. I want to thank JJ Weihl (Guitar/Vocals) and Johnny Jarzyna (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • JJ Weihl: “Dookie” on cassette (duh!)
  • Your last album bought?
  • Johnny Jarzyna: Connan Mockasin “Caramel”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • JJ & Johnny: “The Velvet Underground” Self-Titled.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Johnny: Creed “Human Clay”. Why did I buy this when I was 14? I’ll never know.
  • First concert attended?
  • JJ: Weezer! I won free tickets on the radio.
  • Last concert?
  • Johnny: Played last night in Lawrence, Kansas with a great local band called Spirit is the Spirit. They gave us a pile of animal masks and some weed. Those guys are awesome.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • JJ & Johnny: Electrelane at Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin was pretty fantastic. Hot summer night, sweaty and powerful.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Johnny: The Red Hot Chili Peppers in Berlin. Just like, whatttt????
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Played a crazy show hooked up by the Pittsburgh promoter Manny at Garfield Artworks last time, arrived on time and sat around for an hour a bit worried that no one would ever show up, but Manny came and 3 other bands. I think it was Gap Dream and some local bands and it turned out to be a fun night, bizarre but very enjoyable.
  • Thanks, fellas. Gotta give respect to Manny. He’s a somewhat, seemingly polarizing figure here in town but I am definitely on his side.
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