AN INTERVIEW WITH MILD HIGH CLUB
With a King Gizzard collaboration, a song featured in an HBO series, and two albums of psychedelic fusion under their belt, Mild High Club has pushed the boundaries of neo-psychedelia to new expanses in the three years since their debut LP. Six months after the release of Sketches of Brunswick East, a King Gizzard featuring collection of skittering prog and bebop, I caught up with lead singer Alex Brettin before the band’s sold out show with Jerry Paper at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles.
YOU MADE A RECORD WITH KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD. SO WERE THERE 3 DRUMMERS IN THE MIX?
ALEX: Actually I was the only… Matt didn’t stick around for that I was the member of the band that was in that. Actually most of that was recorded by one drummer. That’s Cav.
THAT COLLABORATION WAS TWO OF THE MOST PROLIFIC MODERN PSYCHEDELIC ARTISTS WORKING TOGETHER. WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE OF MAKING IT?
It was great. They’re really fun. I did some consulting on some of their compositions and added little things here and there that were sort of more my language. They’re a lot more prolific than I. I take a long time to do things. I had a fun time with that process for sure.
YOU STUDIED JAZZ IN COLLEGE IF THE RUMORS ARE TRUE.
I did go to music school and I studied jazz, yes.
SO NOW THAT YOU’RE LIVING THE ROCK N ROLL DREAM, HOW DO YOU REFLECT ON THE MUSIC SCHOOL EXPERIENCE?
It was such a great experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was just a lot of helpful things for your ear. That’s what I care most about, hearing, so it’s good. Music school is good. Or just having a good teacher. It doesn’t have to be in school.
ALL MEMBERS OF MILD HIGH CLUB SEEM TO HAVE SOME PRETTY BODACIOUS BEARDS.
Our bass player just cut his. Maybe Matt, our drummer, has one. I think I’m the only one left with a beard beard. This is my first beard. Max has always grown a beard but he can grow them quite long so that was a fun thing to watch.
My bass amp. My Wurlitzer. My new fuzz wah pedal. Gear and records and books and movies. I just read this collection of short stories called CivilWarLand in Bad Decline that was funny. I recently watched was Good Will Hunting which I hadn’t watched. Interesting movie. Robin Williams is great and didn’t realize it was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
WHAT SHOULD READERS LISTEN TO AFTER THEY FINISH READING THIS?????
The Shy Boys, Pearl and the Oysters, Jerry Paper.
photo by NATALIE SOLER