MUSIC ::: HELLO CHIEF
Title: Hella Fellas
by: Mickey Mold
I'd like to predicate this particular blurb by sharing the knowledge that I in fact did not conduct the interview leading up to its penning. That being said, I have it on good authority that the following information comes directly from the band itself (and on better authority that portions may be completely fictional indeed). Lastly, I wish to acknowledge the title's origin: the file sent to me containing the interview was entitled “hello fellas.docx” and I could not help but to repetitively call out in my bedroom, alone at that, “hella fellas [expletive].” At this particular juncture, I find it to be simultaneously sophomoric and capricious, but I am, however, easily amused.
Interviewer: By Shakespeare's ghost, what's in a name? Hello Chief, really?
Jonathan: The answer good sir is quite simple. Jake (Hollier) and I were Facebook chatting. I said, “Hey man” and Jake responded “Hello Chief.”
Interviewer: Who is considered the brains of this operation?
Jonathan: Brains? Mmmm, nom nom nom! Hello Chief is communal. One member nonchalantly plays something they came up with and awaits the others' reactions. Typically, there are no reactions. This behavior continues until the idea is reintroduced with an acknowledgment such as, “Hey you pompous nerf-herders, check this out. I wrote it the other day!” At this point, the other members listen after which we all just jam for a while and the song begins to structure itself.
Interviewer: So, essentially, Hello Chief has no brains?
Jonathan: Haha, everyone carries equal weight in the writing process since we write for our own instruments. We all have semi-specific roles in the band outside of the writing process, but within said process it's pretty open.
Interviewer: It has been said every man has a motive. What is that of Hello Chief, or are you lacking and thereby less than men?
Jonathan: Our message is less defined than other bands. We are however firm believers in subjective interpretation.
Interviewer: I am reminded of past instance wherein I asked sir Jordan (Wright) the meanings of his lyrical scat to which he replied, “Piss off! Lyrics mean nothing to me. What do they mean to you?”
Jonathan: What our lyrics and music might mean to one person is not necessarily what they will mean to another. It is ultimately up to each individual to decide if and how it influences them or if it is even applicable to their lives. Sometimes the experience of music or a live performance is more important than the message.
Interviewer: Mars Volta, intersubjectivity, cognitive expressionism, blah, blah blah... Jonathon: Subjectivity for the win, sup haters?
Interviewer: What have been your most memorable concerts to date?
Jake: When Fat Tony joined us onstage (w/ADD) and free-styled to our tune Shim-Sham at the Back Room and headlining the same venue with Red River and Purple.
Jonathan: The tambourine, and also the time Jordan and I almost died after back-to-back outdoor gigs last June.
Hello Chief is Jake Hollier, drums, Jonathan Wooding, bass, and Jordan Wright, guitar. All members join in singing meaningless, nonsensical lyrics. You can hear their music at hellochief.bandcamp.com.
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