Since the formation of MINKS, have there been any particular musicians who have been inspirational in regards to shaping your own band’s stage presence? What bands have blown your mind with their live performances?
Sonny Kilfoyle: I don’t really enjoy playing live at all. I’ve never been comfortable with being the center of attention, and now that we’re playing live with less band members, the anxiety is only worse. As far as the best live performances I’ve seen, two come to mind: the first was a Neil Young solo show, where he switched his instrument for each song, and the other was seeing Spiritualized at Radio City Music Hall with a full orchestra and gospel choir. I was blown away each time.
Yeah, sounds like two really amazing shows. Very nice! So, if you had your choice to tour with any active band during the upcoming year . . . with whom would you hit the road?
Sonny Kilfoyle: I’d definitely rather stay in and record. But if I was forced to tour, I’d probably want to tour with Tame Impala or Portishead.
Excellent picks! Would it be fair to say that your new album, TIDES END, is perhaps a celebratory ode that encourages all artists to break the lifelessness of writer’s block or anything else that disrupts the creative process?
Sonny Kilfoyle: If it celebrates anything, it’s the small moments in life that nobody pays attention to while they are happening. I get writer’s block when I’m content in life, and songs seem to flow much easier when I’m having a hard time. Music is kind of a coping formula for my personal side.
The dynamic sound on TIDES END has been labeled indie, retro-wave, modern new-wave, lo-fi, dream-pop, dance-floor, and on and on and on. How would you describe your new album’s sound?
Sonny Kilfoyle: The sound of the album is hardly retro. I actually hate that word, as well as most of the above genres or slogans. Music is music. Categorize it how you will, but I feel that lately music is becoming more of a board game or a trivia show where someone is trying to match one card to another. It’s music, just listen to it. I could go on and on about how the internet is killing any creative pursuit with making everything accessible . . . blah blah blah . . . At this point, people can paint my music whatever color they like if it makes them happy. But I long for the return of good music criticism when it was less about comparisons and more about the details. To me, it sounds like the music I hear in my head.
Amen to that! I fully agree . . . So, TIDES END is a vastly rich collection of feelings, moments, and expressions of archetypal human experiences delicately preserved in lyrical awe . . . It’s an album to which many listeners can relate — each song told through poetry that’s almost tangible. And though every song on the new album is important, rank your personal top three favorite poetic songs on TIDES END . . . Only three . . . No cheating.
Sonny Kilfoyle: First off, thanks for the kind words. All the songs are the same to me. I like each one as much as the other for different reasons. An album is one body of work, not ten in this case. So instead of leaving you hanging, I’ll give you my three favorite songs of the moment that were not written by me:
1) “Hazey Jane” by Nick Drake
2) “The Whistle Song” by Frankie Knuckles
3) “Mind Games” by John Lennon
You cheated! But I do respect your three choices. So any plans for an east coast/west coast tour?
Sonny Kilfoyle: I think so, but nothing’s confirmed.
Well, congrats on a solid album, Sonny. MINKS is on to great things. What can your listeners expect from your band these next five years?
Sonny Kilfoyle: Thank you. You can expect me to keep trying to prove that music is made by musicians and not hipsters. I’d like to keep writing music that represents my life and who I am, and hopefully some folks will enjoy it.
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