July 31, 2013

“Pop mini-masterpiece from Phoenix’s best kept secret. Soaring keyboards, perfect harmonies and sunny melodies surrounding a big black cloud of panic and terror. Oh fuck.”

Check out the band at Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, BandCamp and Twitter. I continue my coverage of the excellent and ongoing Paste 50 States Project with ROAR from Arizona. The band is Owen Evans and an ever-evolving cast of musicians that play his tunes live. You can discover for yourself how he rolls by picking up some of his music here. I want to thank Owen for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • I think my first album was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • I don’t remember the last record I bought. I think it might have been a Celine Dion “A New Day Has Come”. I was on tour at Amoeba Records in LA and had remembered loving the record having been forced to hear it over and over when I worked in a record store. Man, that was quite the run-on sentence. I ended up regretting the $4 purchase.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • I do love “Pet Sounds”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • I was pretty disappointed with Weezer’s “Green Album” when that came out. I was pretty excited for a new Weezer record at that point.
  • First concert attended?
  • My first concert was Diana Ross in Hong Kong when I was 8 and lived there.
  • Last concert?
  • The last concert was one that we played with Anamanaguchi and they were wonderful.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • My favorite concert was when my old band played with The Spinto Band in Phoenix. They covered ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ and ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’. And I think we bonded.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • I don’t think I have a least favorite concert… Or maybe it was so bad that I’ve blocked it from memory.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I played at Garfield Artworks in 2010 in front of maybe 5 people but it was really rainy and pretty that night.
  • Thanks, Owen. Loving your stuff, man. Don’t let that GarfArt experience deter you from coming back to Pittsburgh. Would love to see you live!