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We were all in the same art and music circles in San Francisco and Oakland. Jason and I began playing together in 2005 when we formed a project called Volunteer Pioneer, which was the two of us and a talented harpist named Sabrina Duim. She was really a star. But, she unexpectedly passed away about a year after we began playing. Sometime after that, a band came together out of this group of friends that had been close to Sabrina and were all trying to deal with her loss — that was me, Jason, Matt and Ashley, and at that same time Jason asked his long-time friend Brian to join and play the bass. We called that band Lady Genius. Eventually, Ashley got married and moved away, so we were just down Jason, Matt, Brian and me. We decided we’d keep playing together, but played differently and sounded different, so we wanted to change the name and came up with Primary Structures.
Quelles sont les raisons du choix de ce nom ? Primary Structures, why this name?
Primary Structures was the name of a 1966 art exhibit that showcased minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Sol LeWitt. To us, the name seemed open, like it didn’t evoke a particular image or style of music. We liked where it came from too; we are all fans of those artists — Jason and Brian both make minimal, hard-edge paintings themselves — so it’s nice that the name is connected to something we are all interested in without being too blunt about it.
Pouvez-vous nous en dire plus sur la genÃ¨se de cet album ? De quelle maniÃ¨re composez-vous vos chansons ? Can you tell us a bit more about the genesis of this album? How were your songs made?
I write the melodies and lyrics for the songs, bring them to the group, and then we arrange them together. Jason plays guitar, brian: bass, matt: drums and I sing and play the synthesizer on a few songs. When we were a five-piece, we recorded an album with a similar list of songs but weren’t happy with how it turned out, and canned the whole thing. So when we began Primary Structures, that was our starting point – an album’s- worth of songs none of us were happy with. We re-wrote the songs, and then recorded them in San Francisco with a great engineer named Jason Kick, and had them mastered by another talented guy musician, Paul Oldhamwho plays with and records his brother Will Oldham of Palace Brothers.
Yeah, as I was saying, with our old line-up the songs ended up being over-written. There was another guitar, keyboard and voice on every song, and the sound that came out was a kind of layered, emotive, orchestral pop sound that I think each of us liked, but didn’t really get what each of us really wanted for a sound.For this record, I quit playing guitar, and only added synthesizer where I thought it made a difference, and Jason Matt and Brian wrote music that was straighter, more driving and more interesting than what we’d come up with previously.
Speaking personally, I don’t think so. There are a lot of excellent bands coming out of San Francisco now – I’m a big fan of Grass Widow and the Fresh and Onlys – and there a lot of other psych-garage acts that are making good music and forming a San Francisco scene, but I don’t think that we share the same influences, or if we do, do end up at the same place musically.
I think that’s correct, that we have a lot of post-punk influences, but between the four of us, I think we’re all over the place. I think we share influences, like Pavement, The Smiths, and Talking Heads that are about using the skills of a group to focus on strong songwriting, while still writing music like a band. I particularly appreciate how those bands could write really interesting, beautiful music and melodies without seeming too poppy or overly emotional(even The Smiths really). And how they’d be able put those melodies into noisy, collaborative arrangements.