AN INTERVIEW WITH QUALITY CABLE
The zesty, chill, nostalgic sound of Quality Cable filled the room with scene regulars excited to have one of Louisville’s favorite bands back in town. After finishing their summer tour without member Will Lamkin, all five members, Emma Treg, Fiona Palensky, Sam Kernohan, Andrew Ramsey and Will reunited to play their homecoming show at Steven.
(EMMA: No one wants to hear about your sunburn.
ANDREW: I’m not even talking about my sunburn.
FIONA: I have an aloe plant if you need it.)
YOU ALL HAVE BEEN A FIVE PIECE FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW. HOW HAS ADDING ANDREW ON LEAD GUITAR + HAVING WILL IN POLAND FOR SIX MONTHS AFFECTED YOUR SOUND?
E: We were getting Andrew for our album release in January, so we got him in September ‘18. We had him so when Will (keys) was studying abroad we had someone that could fill in the gap and then when Will came back we stayed a five piece.
A: No one can replace Will.
WILL: This is actually my first time seeing everyone since I got back from Poland.
E: But since Will was gone, when we were on tour we did bring his picture in a picture frame. People in Cincinnati were passing it around and kissing it. And in Memphis this drunk woman picked it up and humped it and danced with it a little bit.
W: I wasn’t even there but I feel violated.
F: The picture had made it looked like he died. We were trying to do more like a boy crazy fan girl sort of thing.
E: We had to explain that to people. When I would tell people over the mic that he is alive, I would hear sighs of relief.
WHAT ARE SOME WILD THINGS THAT HAPPENED ON TOUR?
E: We were robbed in Chicago.
F: Besides that, it was really chill. We stayed at families’ houses.
E: Fiona’s mom got us the cutest air bnb. The house was over 100 years old and they had banana flavored moon pies for us. Which I did not eat one.
SAM: I did. And I liked the banana flavored moon pie. I don’t understand the hate.
E: We learned something about Andrew when we all got sick on tour. He does not eat non-organic cough drops.
F: Andrew kept goin’ on about how he liked those bougie cough drops.
A: Ricola are not bougie.
F: Bougie-er than Halls.
IF YOU ALL HAD TO PICK A CITY THAT YOU WENT TO ON TOUR THAT IS SIMILAR OR OPPOSITE TO LOUISVILLE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
F: Mississippi is pretty opposite. Cincinnati is pretty similar.
A: I feel like Ann Arbor was kinda close to Louisville.
S: We didn’t see a whole lot of it but St. Lewis. The Loop is very similar to Bardstown Road.
F: We saw John Ham. Emma kept saying his name and we were ten feet away from him.
E: I messaged the band, I said I’ll give $50 to whoever invites John Ham to our show. No one did it.
WHO ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT YOU MET WHILE ON THE ROAD?
A: This homeless man named TY.
E: He would ask each of us our names and then be like, “Spell that.”
F: He was like, “Fiona? What is that? Italian?”
E: And I said, “TY? What does that stand for?” and he goes, “Thousands of things! Thank you. Trust you. Try you.”
A: I loved when he asked us for money. He told us it wasn’t for food.
E: He was like, “Food won’t work.”
F: And then he made each of us bow and look him in the eyes before we could leave.
S: Took us at least three tries.
E: We met this sweet woman at a gas station-
A: She was not sweet!
E: She was like, “Would you like a bag?” and I was like, “Oh of course. I’ll use it as a trash bag in the car.” And she goes, “Oh yeah that guy before should have thought about that. Boys, they never think of these things.”
A: Why would we all need bags in the car?
ALL FIVE OF YOU GO TO MUSIC SCHOOL - HOW HAS THIS AFFECTED YOUR MUSIC?
E: Being in school together is how we met.
F: Emma takes a lot from classical guitar repertoire, she does a lot of chord progressions from classical guitar music and we got the jazz groove.
E: It’s interesting because I’ll bring in a new song and then they’ll put all the parts around it and it sounds completely different. It could even be meant to be a slow song but turns into something completely different.
W: All the songs evolve as we go too.
F: We have some improv because of the jazz background.
W: Music composition mostly helps with the song writing process. With me being on keys, I think it’s important for me to be able to understand how things work together musically.
A: I just make up my solo every night. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not.
WHAT MOVIE DID YOU SEE LAST AND WHO WERE SOME GOOD BANDS YOU PLAYED WITH ON TOUR?
F: I watched Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time this weekend.
E: Royal Tenenbaums.
Q: Don’t spoil anything.
E: You didn’t see it in Poland?
W: It hadn’t come out in Poland yet. But I think the last movie I saw was Detective Pikachu.
F: My favorite band was Brotha Josh and the Quickness (Hattiesburg, MS).
E: I really liked password:password (Atlanta, GA).
A: Playing with Bleary (Nashville, TN) is always really fun.
S: Sweet Poison Victim (Bloomington, IN) was this awesome Cuban band.