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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Quilt

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Boston-based Quilt will make its way to Last Exit Live on Monday, Feb. 17, with local rockers NUMB BATS and Daisy Face. The band is touring in support of its sophomore LP, Held In Splendor, which dropped Jan. 28.

The Spec interviewed frontman Shane Butler about Quilt’s inspiration and plans for the future, read what he had to say below…

Tell us a little about yourselves..
I am 5′ 11″, about 155 pounds, and grew up mostly in New York.

How long have you been making music?
When I was 15, me and my best friend Luke started a joke punk band called Bejawa! — we were in boarding school. I was a lead singer at the time and would roll around on the floor and stuff like that. During that band, I just watched Luke play guitar all the time and realized I wanted to play, so I started playing at around 15 or 16. I can’t remember. I’ve always sung throughout my life; in the shower and in the car and stuff like that. My brother and I used to make recordings of fake TV shows while we were kids as well. I would love to find those.

Who/what are your influences?
John Cage says it best in his Some Rules For Students and Teachers: “HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later. ”

You can find the whole thing here.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Different moods for different dudes; you know? Sometimes I’m one dude, sometimes I’m another dude. But there’s a consistency. I really dig all of our songs; that’s why I like making albums with these dudes. “Saturday Bride” is a lot of fun to play live. So that one I’m excited to play on tour. When I wrote “Penobska Oakwalk” (from our first album), I felt like it was just channeled through me in one way or another; that has always put me in a stupor. I don’t even know if I wrote it, or whether my body served as a vessel for the song — actually — that kind of happens with most of our songs. Haha. Umm, end answer now.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Real space rock. Like, rock in space. Not just Hawkwind: NASA JAMS.

What inspires your music?
My friends. Love. Death. The in-between.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I am really into this musician who changed his name to Tirath Singh Nirmala; his birth name is John Clyde Evans I am pretty sure. He makes devotional experimental music that is mostly with acoustic instruments filtered through computers. Those jams are endless in inspiration. I just found an interview with him, and I felt a deep connect to some of the stuff he talked about – non-duality and things of that nature. He also has a crew of musicians across the Atlantic who I have received endless inspiration from: Vibracathedral Orchestra, Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell… Those are musicians I’ve been thinking about for a bit and will continue to — Also my endless supply of Internet will provide my ears with thousands of inspiring bands for the rest of the history of the internet. I also dig LPs when I have the money to LP it. I like a lot of music. Beatles and Peaking Lights and Six Organs of Admittance and Pearls Before Swine and Soft Healer have been on my LP machine a bit in later times.

Why do you make music?
The other week I was at the movies; I was feeling kind of weird – you know? One of those states where you ask why you are living and stuff like that. I was in the hallway and was walking back to the theatre and happened to be behind a family. There was a daughter up on her father’s shoulder and she dropped her gloves on the ground; I bent down and picked up the gloves and gave them back to the family. They smiled.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
At UCSD, they did an experiment; I think it was a few years ago — where they made these two ultra-vacuum-sealed rooms. Inside the room they had this specific type of metal; very small piece. Something happened – I forget what – but they were able to rule that the piece of metal was both at the same time, moving and not moving. What the hell does that mean? Or, more like, what should we make of that?

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