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What I Learned at Bandcamp: The Autumn Stone

The Autumn Stone, interview, Bandcamp

The Autumn Stone is the husband-and-wife duo of James Cassidy and Syd Lane. The group creates haunting psychedelic music and its latest release, Beautiful Freaks, was recorded on a old reel-to-reel tape machine.

In June, the duo released a B-side to the album, appropriately titled Bee-Sides. Both albums are available on Bandcamp.

Read The Spec‘s interview with The Autumn Stone, below…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
The band is myself and Syd Lane. We’re happily married. I play guitar, bass and drums mostly and she mostly plays the keyboard.

How long have you been making music?
We’ve been making music together for about five years. I have two solo records that I plan to release at some point in the future. They have been finished for quite some time, but I’m probably going to remix them. I’ve gotten much better at it since then. They were released, but I took them down… one of the reasons being that I wasn’t happy with the mixes. She put out her first album in 2006, which was strangely enough the same year I began working on my first album. She has 11 to date, and they’re on Bandcamp and they’re amazing.

Who/what are your influences?
Who: Galaxie 500, Grandaddy, Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, Daniel Johnston, The Flaming Lips (older), Spiritualized, Syd Barrett, The Beach Boys.

What: Abandoned factories, ghost towns, the American dream, girls in country dresses, the lost soul, cigarettes, the vagabond, vampires, the dreamer, the vast wild expanse, hobo hearts, broken down ferris wheels. Sadness, joy, let downs, ramparts, steam trains, loss, late night diners, love.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I’d have to say it’s “The Spins,” it’s also the first one we did together. It starts off slow and quiet, but builds and builds into a huge undulating wave of sound on the chorus. The words are beautiful, too.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We are currently recording as The Small Explosions, which is more of a early ’60’s garage, folk rock, psychedelic thing. Along the lines of the early Stones, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Syd Barrett’s Floyd, The Kinks, The Animals, with some glam rock influenced songs along the lines of Bowie, T-Rex, and Roxy Music.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I’m not doing this for a living. I don’t like the idea of touring, which is how bands make money. I’m not cut out for it. To get on a label you have to tour often and build an audience. This can no longer be done if you are poor. I hear what 98 percent of musicians are doing today and as Bob Dylan said, I don’t believe them. Rock ‘n’ roll dress up is for rich kids with trust funds. I think that’s partly why music is in the state it’s in. There’s no real emotion or soul. They’re pantomimes. I’m an artist and I’m more than happy to make music at home where I can spend time in my own world and making something great. Success for me is making a great record, not making it the industry. That’s why I’ll be making records long after most people quit. They stop doing it because they couldn’t make it. I’ve made it already, so I’m going to keep going. What was the question? Oh yeah, I’m still trying to figure out what I can do for money that isn’t entirely time consuming and soul destroying.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Other artists we love: Chet Baker, The Zombies, The Small Faces, The Pixies, Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, Violent Femmes, Leonard Cohen, Pulp, The Ramones, Pete Doherty, The Clean, Neil Young, The Magnetic Fields, Elliott Smith, Edith Piaf, Big Star, The Velvet Underground, Gram Parsons, Kate Bush.

Why do you make music?
I am wired and compelled to do so and I love it .

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Syd Lane is releasing three sparkly new albums, the first one being in a few weeks from now. So be sure to check that out.

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