Puerto-Rico - Music
Bad Sports : Los Reyes del Wiken conquistan a Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Indie - 14 juin 2012
Entrevista del guitarrista y compositor del grupo, Bad Sports, Orville Neeley ": “And all the boys in the back they just do what they’re told / ’cause when the city dies tonight the stories have all grown old / And you study four years to make minimum wage / Why bother even playing when you don’t g
“You finally realized that it don’t make sense
Orville Neeley: This is the first time any of us have been to Puerto Rico. Vacations are nice, but we are especially looking forward to playing to an audience we have never had before!;
PRI: How did you and the guys from Dávila 666 meet? What did they promise you in order to get you to play Puerto Rico?
ON: We met Dávila 666 a few years ago when their booking agent asked us to do a couple dates with them on the end of our tour. We became fast friends. They promised us good shows and fun in Puerto Rico.
PRI: Bad Sports released its second record, the thoroughly awesome Kings of the Weekend, last year – any story you’d like to share with us about the making of the record and the songs that made it in there?
The songs about girls were taken from things that had recently happened. In any case, it’s all true! “Sweet Sweet Mandi” I wrote for a girl I was pursuing named Mandi. We played it several times live before she believed I had written a song for her. She would be standing up front and deny having heard the song! Maybe she was just testing me…
PRI: What’s the secret to writing a catchy power-pop gem like “Sweet Sweet Mandi” or “Teenage Girls”? Whats your approach to songwriting in the band?
ON: There are no secrets. The power to create what you love is all within you. Like the 13th Floor Elevators said “the kingdom of heaven is within you”, (I think that might even come from the bible, who knows?) and that song is far from pop, but the message is clear. What makes songs like that come together is serendipitous.
Daniel and I were writing songs with a purpose… to make catchy songs! For “Teenage Girls”, we were enthusiastic and simply playing around with riffs and the words popped into my head. It just happens sometimes. I went home and wrote the rest of the lyrics on my back porch from which I looked out upon the Baptist Church parking lot and the high school next door. Practice helps, but you’ve got to go with what’s fun. You know it’s right if it feels right.
PRI: How do you keep busy between recording, gigs, and other band-related duties? Is music a full time job for you and the rest of the guys?
ON: Music is definitely a full time job for me. In addition to writing songs and playing in bands, I do live sound and book shows. I also make time to do video projects with friends. We all play in several bands to keep us occupied. Perhaps it stems from severe ADD. Gregory is in six or seven bands and still in college and works with his dad, I think. Daniel has several music projects, he’s single, and he works in a record store (Mad World).
PRI: What have you been listening to lately? Any recommendations?
ON: I can’t speak for the other guys on this, because I know they’re into a lot of things that I probably haven’t even heard yet. They introduce me to a lot of music. I’ve been listening to The Saints’ Eternally Yours, their second album, a lot of ’68 Comeback, especially A Bridge too Fuckin’ Far, Sparks’ first album, Berlin BratsBelieve it or Rot, Liquor Store’s Yeah Buddy, The Barreracudas Nocturnal Missions and Natural Child‘s 1971 and yet-to-be released For the Love of the Game.
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