Sunday, January 17, 2010

KreepS: We don't fit into a specific category

KreepS is a band that you just have to hear. It is one part surf, soul, lounge. You get the idea. This is a band that covers the bases musically. Dom Kreep discusses where KreepS music is filed, who he'd like to share a bill with, and what he would be doing if he weren't making music.

Where do you file your music in a record store?

This is a tough one - record stores seem to put us in different places all the time. Our records have been in most sections from electroclash to Punk to straight up vanilla Indie. Nobody seems to really know what it is - but I guess we didn't start making music to fit into a specific category. Most of the bands we really like seem to make all sorts of kinds of music which I guess is pretty natural. I think it's a shame - it seems that alot of people need to feel like a band is one thing in order to accept it.

What is essential to every Kreeps song?

Grit. I'm not exactly sure in which forms but in everything we've done there is definitely audible grit. It could be from the kinds of instruments we use or maybe the rooms we use or maybe even the mics or boards - I'm not sure where it comes from and it's hard to define. I like things that sound like they're broke so maybe that's it. In fact some our stuff is just plain broke. We've never used anything new to record anything. Or even expensive. We're mostly held together by tape.

Why should I have your music in my collection?

People should have something dirtier in their life. Y'know - for the balance.

If you can have a beer and a conversation about music with anyone, who would you choose? Why?

Probably somebody like David Lynch. He's someone who puts as much effort into the sounds and music in his films as he does the cinematography and I love when audio and visual media work that well together. I'm not really talking about music videos. Hes somebody that can really make sound work in extraordinary ways - like that abstract way music can make you feel. Things you can't quite put your finger on.

You get to share a bill with three other bands (active or defunct). Who do you get to fill out the bill with you?

Sleepy Eyes Of Death, DFA 1979 and My Bloody Valentine.

What would you be doing if you weren't making music?

Who knows? Shining shoes - holding up a bar somewhere - teaching origami - I can't imagine not making music so it's tough to see where other paths might take me. There'll always be something to get a sound out of.

KreepS album Belly Full of Razorblades is available on CDBaby.

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