FREEwilly CMJ Showcase Spotlight: Nashville's Garage Darlings Pujol

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If Jack White has anything to say about it, one of Nashville’s brightest stars, Pujol, will be at the top of everyone’s “OMG, I <3 This Band” playlist very very soon, if not already. With a sound reminiscent of your high school boyfriend’s band– you know that swoon-inducing kind of rock you wouldn’t really be into unless he was singing about you, until of course you learned a thing or two about music. This time Daniel Pujol, who’s last name is just darn cool enough as a moniker, may as well be singing about all of us. The boys will like the no-fuss delivery and the girls will, well, they’ll love it too.

Along with fellow Nashville boys, Turbo Fruits, the crew reminded Brooklyn that a good guitar hook, reverb or not, will get a crowd moving at Saturday’s Death By Audio show. On Jonas Stein of Turbo Fruits newest endeavor, Turbo Time Records, we can expect tons of vinyl coming in the direction of fans eager to eat up the booming southern city’s sound– thanks to friends JEFF The Brotherhood and the like, who’ve already paved pothole free lanes for any boy with a large sound holding a guitar. The label, which launched on October 12th with limited edition presses of both bands, will be announcing a larger roster soon– think Underwater Peoples via the Mississippi River (that’s close to Nashville, right!?).

We’re excited to have Pujol as a part of our CMJ lineup tomorrow night at Glasslands, for many other reasons than the fact that our readers will be able to say “Oh yeah, I saw that band before they got ridiculously huge”– although we’ve always been the kind of assholes who don’t mind bragging rights.

Check out the interview with Mr. Pujol after the jump for a little more insight on what makes him tick, what song he can’t live without, and what planet he’d live on if music wasn’t his thing.

After years of playing with local Nashville bands, how are you handling all of the recent national attention? I check my email more, and it’s a little more jobbish, which is good, but aside from that it’s not dramatically different, I’m very grateful to have a more stable avenue of exposure and opportunities to make more work on a regular basis.

How long have you known the Turbo Fruits guys and how would you describe your relationship? I think I’ve know Jonas for about 3 years now, and the current members for about 2. Jonas’ birthday is the day after mine. We’re friends who can do art and business together, and share a mutual enthusiasm for all three of those fire irons. I like talking to Matt Hearn about web stuff. Turbo Fruits are polite and nice and I enjoy working and touring with them.

What is the goal of Turbo Time Records? Tell me more about the singles collection. Well, that’s more of a Jonas question as it’s his brain baby, but the series of singles allows both artists to constantly generate quality material to regionally tour on, while working towards an album. Sort of a compromise between quality business and quality art. Albums are coming sooner than later, but we are interested in being able to sustain a living creative tempo both for ourselves and our releases, which we have the freedom to do because of technology and making best of the current economic climate. Aren’t artists doing business like sheik now, or “where it’s heading” anyway?

What’s up with this love for vinyl? Well, URP is in Nashville and, really, it’s just enjoyable and creatively satisfying to produce a material piece of art that you can touch. The dimensions and format of a vinyl release functionally provide for visual and written, as well as audible, communication. I have no ideological problem with a CD, it’s just a $15 piece of plastic, but right now, I’m into releasing vinyl, with digital download as an option, due to the creative opportunity within the medium itself. Packaging and all that jazz are just as viable of a medium as consumption in is general, why fight reality when you can utilize it?

How did you first get linked up with Jack White? What was it like for you guys to work with him– are you a fan of his music? Nashville’s pretty small, and I was looking for a drummer, and asked around a lot and ended up in dialogue with the Third Man office in regards to awareness about available, professional, local musicians. I enjoyed it, I think everyone that played on the recordings had a good time. It was a good learning experience. Yeah, I think he’s a good artist with a solid sense of self, narrative, and aesthetic. I think he’s hit the nail on the head in regards to making art in the tradition of American indigenous culture, that is now infused with advanced capitalist and media culture, so technically, I suppose I could understand myself as a fan of that.

What’s the hardest part of being on the road? The best part? I miss my dougies. [Best is] New Brunswick.

Is there an album you just can’t live without? Or a song that you hope to never hear again? #1. Street Hassle by Lou Reed, #2 Any obscure psychedelic/garage band’s song downloaded of a .RAR blog

The guys from JEFF the Brotherhood are quite a riot, what was it like being on tour with them? Any funny stories you’d like to share? One time, we were in Richmond, and Jake wore the George Washington mask and got a bullwhip and trained everybody, so we could do Wizardz with our body condoms in the basement of a birthday party for someone’s dick, DUH.

Where do you see Pujol in the next 5 years? In a guitar shaped spaceship, raising kids on Mars.

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