Exclusive Punk Farm Interview (Part One)
It seems unfair to have featured only one member of Punk Farm‘s motley crew (so to speak) on my site. So it is with great pleasure that I present to you my participation in the Punk Farm blog tour. An in-depth interview with the guys who make it all happen. With the upcoming release of Punk Farm On Tour, the time has never been better to grow to know and love some of the heroes who make it their job to allow YOU the chance to rock.
FUSE #8: All right, guys. So I read the interview you did with Cluck Roosterman, which was conducted before you guys got a chance to go on tour. Now that you’re in the thick of it, is it going the way you expected it to?
SHEEP: The tour is going well, we’re rocking some serious rock…but we’ve certainly hit a few rough spots. We have this old van and well, it’s tough to keep the wheels goin’ round and round all through the town. It’s an old van.
PIG: With a sweet paint job!
FUSE #8: Obviously not being under the thumb of Farmer Joe must affect your music in some way. I mean, sure he’s "the man". But is your creativity squashed by having to hide your concerts from him or is he in fact one of your strongest influences? Now that you don’t have worry about being discovered by him, has your music changed in any way?
SHEEP: Well, he’s only away for this farmer’s convention in Reno, so we have a nice window to get out there and play, but we’re still stressed about getting to all of our fans and then back to the barn before Joe does.
COW: Farmer Joe works us hard while we’re on the farm, so a lot of tension builds up inside of us. We let that energy translate to the rock.
FUSE #8: Hollywood, I can only assume, must be knocking down your door to get at you. In fact, a quick glance at IMDB shows that there’s a Punk Farm movie already in the works. More than one rocker has been swayed by the siren call of La La Land. Are you worried that you won’t be able to "keep it real" when sipping pomegranate mixes alongside beautiful crystal blue pools?
GOAT: Hmph. LA….
SHEEP: Well, a movie about our lives is in the works. At first DreamWorks Animation was all about it, but now it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a go with them. We’ve been talking with our agents and we’re exploring all of our options.
PIG: We’ve got some fans over in Hollywood, so really it’s only a matter of time.
SHEEP: As for IMDB, well they would have you believe our movie was coming out in ’08, which simply isn’t true.
CHICKEN: There are a lot of rumors going around the Internet. Like the one about Matt Dillon playing Goat.
GOAT: That kind of stuff is just entertaining, really. Ridiculous stuff.
SHEEP: As for “keeping it real”…we know no other way.
COW: Pomegrate mixes are for pets…we’re farm animals.
FUSE #8: I’ve heard you talk a lot about your past influences. The Ramones. Hendrix. The usual. What about your contemporaries? I heard rumors of drum-offs between Cow and Meg White and jam sessions where Pig broke it down alongside Amy Winehouse. Are there any other people today you’d like to work with?
PIG: Jay-Z, he’s all about the hyphenations. Rapper-mogul-Mr. Beyonce…
(CONTINUED IN PART TWO)
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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