7 Minutes in Heaven with: Wowser Bowser
Artists Website: http://wowserbowser.bandcamp.com
Twitter: our thoughts really aren’t interesting enough to have one
Bio: Okay, here we go. Wowser Bowser is better than N’SYNC, hands down. They hail from Atlanta, GA. There are usually at least three of them on stage. They like balloons and dancing. They dislike candy corn. Yuck. Wowser Bowser plays children’s music for adults. Dragon-Pop. Dance-tastic jams. Wanna cookie? How about 500 cookies that you place in your ears?!
1. Where are you from and how long have you been making music?
George: We’re all from Decatur, GA, and we’ve been playing music of some sort together since high school. Well, actually, Jake and I have played together since high school. Joe didn’t play with us back then. He played with the other cooler band in town. They used to give us swirlies and purple nurples.
Jake: Since high school we’ve been in different incarnations of bands with a lot of the same members popping in and out in each of them; we were very musically incestuous. Wowser Bowser, for us, is just the newest way we’re making and performing music. Before we had played stuff that centered around folk or indie rock and now we have landed on a more meticulous, electronic compositional-type method that allows us to make densely-layered songs and add live instrumentation over that.
2. Describe your sound in 5 words:
George: Best. Fucking. Band. Ever. Bro.
Jake: Zingy. Bloopy. Misty. Buzzy. Kafka-esque.
3. Who would you list as your top 3 musical influences?
George: Wilson, McCartney, Mangum.
Jake: Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, and Wilco.
4. If you were to choose one song from your most recent release to share with our readers, what would it be and why?
George: Well our most recent (and only) release only has two songs on it, so I guess I’ll say “Water Story” because that’s the one I wrote. Go me!
Jake: Fine George, if we’re doing shameless self-promotion here, I’ll go ahead and suggest our B-side, “October”. Let the battle begin…
5. What were your 5 favorite albums of 2010?
George: So many good ones last year. In no particular order:
- Sufjan Stevens –Age of Adz
- Caribou – Swim
- Qurious – Planet Plant
- Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
- Quiet Hooves – Saddle Up
- Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
- Spoon –Transference
- LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
- Liars – Sisterworld
- Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine
6. Name a band that we might not have heard of yet but we should definitely check out?
George: Qurious is changing the game. Check them out immediately. While every music blog out there is busy fighting over first dibs on the next bedroom demo from some bespectacled chillwave introvert, Qurious is and has been consistently putting out some of the best electronic music in the southeast and playing killer shows all over Atlanta and Athens. Those guys make Wowser Bowser and everyone else in the Atlanta music scene try harder. http://qurious.bandcamp.com/
Jake: At this point, I think everyone should know who R. Stevie Moore is. He is known as the “father of home recording” because of his DIY approach to making well-crafted pop songs ever since he got his hands on a reel-to-reel in the early 70s. He’s self-released a ton of material that he writes and records largely on his own, and even though he’s been made something like 400 tapes in the last 30 years or so, he never toured until this year. His music really inspires me to make exactly the music I want to create and reminded me that exploring a large variety of musical styles really keeps things interesting and fresh.
7. What’s been the most exciting thing about 2011 for you so far and what do you have to look forward to?
George: The album coming out soon on Adair Park Records is exciting. Touring this summer was fun. New York City was intimidating. Everyone is so attractive up there! Really, just playing music with our friends is what I look forward to most. Just a few of our friends that make me personally excited about 2011: Reptar, Zorch, Qurious, Tiny Victories, Magic Man, Slam Donahue, Casual Curious, Bitter Children, and many others.
Jake: We got to travel up to New York and down to Miami this summer, which was really fun. Just being in these brand new locales for the sole purpose of playing our music was something we had been wanting to do for so long, so it was nice that we could get some time to go out and find new audiences to play for. Basically, we hadn’t done a real tour like that before and we were total noobs. Like George said, we can’t wait until our album comes out, and we’re working on some new songs right now that we’re planning to unleash in the near future…