an end of 2009 interview w/ Savoir Adore
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: Savoir Adore - three tracks from In the Wooded Forrest (link takes you to download page)
One of the nicest bands and most underrated bands in Brooklyn, Savoir Adore have been going for almost two years but just their debut album, In the Wooded Forrest, on Cantora Records. It's loaded with big pop hooks, clever productions and positive vibes. They are also a lot of fun live, which you can find out for yourself tonight (12/18) -- they play The Cantora Holiday party with French Horn Rebellion. It's $5 with RSVP, doors are at 11PM. You can also catch them at Mercury Lounge on January 14th. Tickets are on sale at noon.
Core members Paul Hammer and Deidre Munro answered our year-end questionnaire...
You released your debut album this year. How'd that go?
Deidre: It was exciting! Many many months went into getting that out, and we are so glad its finally able to get into everyone's hands.
What was your most memorable musical moment of 2009?
Deidre: There were too many. Lots of learning, lots of writing, etc.
Paul: There were definitely a lot. Had a pretty memorable experience at Death By Audio in March. It was the first show with our drummer, Tim McCoy, and we were encouraged to do an encore (that was pretty cool). We played our song "TCP," which we hadn't rehearsed, and it never sounded better... Spontaneous moments like that are really exciting. There's also a great energy in that room when it's full.
What about non-musical moment?
Deidre: The 31-hour car ride straight from Austin, TX to NYC with 4 band members plus equipment in a Subaru Forester. I guess that's longer than a "moment."
Paul: Definitely that...longest moment ever.
What were your favorite albums of 2009?
Deidre: Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. This is a difficult question for us, because we rarely are on top of very new music, and it may take us a few months to get into it. We could more accurately answer this question in mid-2010.
Paul: Definitely the Phoenix record, and also Wild Beasts' Two Dancers and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart LP.
Deidre: "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" by Pitbull & "1901" by Phoenix
Paul: "1901", Atlas Sound "Walkabout", Neko Case "People Got a Lot of Nerve", Cymbals Eat Guitars "Indiana"
What was the best show you saw in 2009?
Deidre: The Dirty Projectors at SxSW
Paul: Same, that was the first time I had seen them perform. I was floored.
Favorite place to play in NYC?
Both: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Best new NYC-area band?
What's the best and worst thing about being in a band in NYC in 2009?
Deidre: Best is proximity to all things awesome. Worst is overstimulation.
Paul: Best is the sheer amount of exciting music and venues. Worst is probably getting to and from gigs. So many parking tickets...
Plans/predictions for 2010?
New songs, lots of recording and touring -- UK release in May. Hopefully festivals in the summer!
Shitgaze, Glo-fi or Darkwave?
Deidre: Well, Glo-fi sounds like its the most fun.
Paul: Glo-fi !
What's your favorite Michael Jackson Song?
Paul: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" or "Human Nature"... the smoothest jam of all time.
What is the proper way to incorporate "meh" into your band name?
Savoir "Meh"dore - If you say it fast it sounds like a dinosaur.
Savoir Adore - 2010 Tour Dates
Jan 14 Mercury Lounge, NYC w/ Mon Khmer (tickets)
Jan 21 Kung Fu Necktie w/ Ape School, The New Motels and Circadian Rhythms Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jan 22 Velvet Lounge w/ Ra Ra Rasputin and Bellflur Washington DC, Washington DC
Jan 29 Wesleyan University w/Awesome New Republic and The Last Minutes Middletown, Connecticut
Jan 30 RISD - Tap Room w/ Mon Khmer and Sky Jelly Providence, Rhode Island
Mar 3 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA, Pennsylvania
Mar 5 Howlers w/Ennui, Donora and Mon Khmer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 10 Al's Bar w/ Mon Khmer Lexington, Kentucky
Mar 17 MARCH 17 - 21 - AUSTIN, TX Austin, Texas
Mar 24 Nightlight w/ Mon Khmer Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mar 25 Velvet Lounge w/ Deleted Scenes, Grandchildren and Mon Khmer Washington DC, Washington DC