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One Night Band Crush: Matt King

July 30, 2009

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Matt King has been playing bass since he was 15 years old and has run the gamut between jam bands and brit-pop with a smattering of stoner rock in the mix somewhere. He doesn’t believe in existentialism, but does believe in pie.

Local Musical Resume: The Halogens (1998-2001), Moki (2002-2005), The Lights Out (2005- present)

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most like to have a One Night Band with?
MK: Honestly… I don’t know if he qualifies as a boston rocker at this point, but it would be pretty wild to be in a band with Black Francis for one night.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most fear having a One Night Band with?
MK: See, here’s the rub: as a member of The Lights Out, I know no fear. We had a drummer once who had fear  and what happened to him is a sad and grisly story that can’t be repeated at the dinner table. It’s a cautionary tale and not one that I care to relive.

BBC: What is your normal song or part writing process?  Will writing three songs in a single day drastically differ from your usual approach to creating music?
MK: When The Lights Out get together to write songs, it’s a process we call “cutting up the baby”. One of us will bring a verse, chorus, or even a mostly completed song and then the rest of the band will throw that baby on the table and start hacking away at it, adding or removing parts, switching stuff around until each one of us is satisfied on a fundamental level. Oftentimes, the ‘baby’ only bears a slight resemblance to its original form. In order for this songwriting model to work, the key is completely excluding ego from the process, which can be difficult for a musician. It’s not an easy task since all of us have dramatically different tastes in music, but so far, it’s working and keeping us honest in our artistic endeavors here.

Frankly, I think that the One Night Band songwriting process is really interesting as we won’t have a lot of time to nit-pick the songs to death and the end result, while rough, could have a purity of its own that I don’t really get to experience all that often.

BBC: What Boston band do you have the biggest crush on right now?
MK: I’d have to say Township. I saw them for the first time at the Rumble Finals a few years ago and am a total fan at this point. One of the few local bands where I can say that I have bought all their recordings. They will rock your face.

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