We posed some questions to Tim about being
a band in Brooklyn, band vans, and subway performers...
Free Williamsburg: Is Brooklyn better?
Tim Harrington: Then what? Boise? Yes. Outer Space? No. Manhattan?
When it is better it is because we live there and so do lots of
our friends. Prospect park and the botanical garden are there and
there are some good places to eat and bars with good music and cheap
drinks and our apartment/Practice space is nice and pretty cheap.
Free Williamsburg :Who's your favorite subway platform performer?
Tim Harrington: It is a toss up 3-ways. I like the avant
guard violinist- He looks like a sort of hipster guy and I imaging
he's from some eastern block country. I like the old black guy who
hangs a microphone around his neck with a coat hanger and
always wears fisherman's rain gear and plays a really old guitar
doing some kind of ultra stripped down blues. I like the old white
guy who wears cowboy boots and has a gray beard. He always wears
wicked tight jeans and a sleeveless shirts and plays Neil Young
and G&R standing bow legged and rocked way back like he's taking
a dump- but looking cool.
OH WAIT!!!!! The best subway performer who actually kicks these
guys asses is the drunk guy who walks through the cars singing silly
songs in Spanish while wearing a horses body costume on his lower
half. If you've seen this you know and love it. He really works
that little horsie. If you have never seen it- I'm sorry it is to
good to ruin with a short description, get on the subway and wait.
Free Williamsburg: Does Les Savy Fav have a Band Van?
Tim Harrington: Oh god please don't remind me. We had the
worlds coolest band van which we parked under the BQE. It had a
giant boosted roof so you could fully stand up in it and a bed and
a cool A.C. inverter which let you plug things in while driving
and it was silver-gray with flames coming out of the gas pipe and
it had a sticker that said "working is for people who don't
know how to party" on it.
It was the jam but then this past May it suddenly broke down in
Boston. Since then it has been to 4 Mechanics in New England. All
were baffled by it. Finally we took it to a dealer and the dealer
said "JUNK IT!" This is a very heartbreaking subject since
the van is the only one we've ever owned (though Syd owns it) Now
we have to buy a new one which will not be all cute and chugga-chugga
like our old one. One time we played the van baby music so it wouldn't
be stressed out and run out of gas while we were driving through
the Arizona desert and it drove for an hour on fumes.
Les Savy Fav just recorded this past Spring a new album. It is
called "GO FORTH" and it is good. It comes out in late
October. Les Savy Fav recorded it in Brooklyn right near their house
on Powers and Union and Phil Ek recorded it.
Les Savy Fav will be playing on November 1 at the Bowery ballroom
for thier US launch. Please look for this record. Syd(their bass
player) is putting it out on his label Frenchkiss Records. He is
also putting out the DC band THE APES' record this fall. So look
for "The Apes- Fugue in the Fog" and "Les Savy Fav-GO
FORTH" this fall!