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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Green Line Operator

Green Line Operator

Green Line Operator formed in 2011 when singer/songwriter Desert Muserelli joined forces with drummer Tim Hoag. The two spent a year sporadically recording a 13-track album at Audioconfusion in Mesa. As the album neared completion, bassist Andrew Goody was added and Green Line Operator was finally complete.

The group released debut album Sixteen Ounce World on Jan. 12.

The Spec interviewed Muserelli about Green Line Operator’s future plans and how the band name relates to doing as much as you can, with what little you have. Read below to see what he had to say…

How long have you been making music?
The band started wearing the pants of legitimacy in 2011 when Tim joined. We went into the studio later that year and started working on the record. The idea was to have quality recordings released before we did too many shows, and my eyes were big back then, so we went for a full album, rather than an EP. I guess my eyes are still pretty big, because we did manage to finish a full album, but there are likely some new wrinkles under them. It took over a year to record because we had to save up for each session and we wanted to get it right. Making this first record was an absolute blast, but I am definitely wiser in regards to recording music now. Musically wrinkled, you could say.

Who/what are your influences?
Our influences are pretty diverse. I’d say our musical platter is an appetizer of punk, a main course of 90’s alternative with a side of folk and a dessert made with metal, pop-punk and a dash of ska. All washed down with a fat glass of 80’s alternative. Weezer, the Foo Fighters and the Violent Femmes tend to come up as comparisons to GLO. The songwriting takes after bands like Eve 6, The Counting Crows and a local favorite of ours, Andrew Jackson Jihad.

Why did you choose Green Line Operator as your band name?
When I was 8 years old, the house behind ours caught on fire. My dad and his friend grabbed a pair of green garden hoses and started fighting the fire. When the firefighters arrived, their code for the two of them was green line operators. I took that as a band name because I like the idea of doing as much as you can with what little you have. We don’t have big bank accounts or fancy instruments, so we try to work hard and use a little ingenuity. It seemed a fitting name for an indie rock band.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We just sent Sixteen Ounce World off to be printed, so we’re working on planning a CD release show in February. In the mean time, we’re playing the 4xF Fest (FMLY Friendly Fourth Friday) on Jan. 25 and a show at The Trunk Space on Feb. 7. Beyond that, we’ll just be playing shows and trying to spread the record to what ears will take it in. We do have a number of new songs in the works, but we’re holding the reigns on them. One record at a time.

What inspires your music?
GLO songs have an odd multiplicity of inspirations. Things like dreams, interactions with other people, old stories. Only one thing seems to be for sure about my songwriting; the only time I really find myself able to focus on writing a song is five minutes before I have to go somewhere. I’ve used the excuse “Sorry, I got stuck on the second verse” a couple times for being late. The really sad episodes of Futurama always make me want to write songs too.

Why do you make music?
Restlessness and relief are my best answers. If I’m frustrated or down, catalyzing it into a song always seems to grant me some relief. Plus, music has always been fun for me. Tim, Andrew and I all have an element of restlessness to us and so we’ve taken that extra energy and built a band and a record with it. If the record brings even one person out of a bad day (like a lot of records have done for me), then I’ll consider it a success.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
If you see us at a show, please give one of us a high-five. The high-five seems to have died out in a way, and that makes us sad. Seriously, a high-five is like opening the doorway to an instant friendship.


One Comment

  1. Do the high five thing, it really works!

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