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Excuses for Skipping

Q&A: Excuses for Skipping

No excuses necessary for rocking out to Excuses For Skipping's infectious sound--the band won our 2011 SF Fans Poll. When they're not banging out the tunes, you'll find this foursome kicking it in San Francisco’s Mission District. Read more in our Q&A with lead singer Linda Moody.

And don't miss Excuses for Skipping tonight, April 27, with fellow locals Loquat for its album release party at The Independent.

-Whitney Phaneuf

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Interview with Excuses for Skipping

- by Whitney Phaneuf

No excuses necessary for rocking out to Excuses For Skipping's infectious sound--the band won our 2011 SF Fans Poll. When they're not banging out the tunes, you'll find this foursome kicking it in San Francisco’s Mission District. Catch the band tonight, April 27, with fellow locals Loquat for its album release party at The Independent.

 

How is 2012 shaping up for the band and is touring on the horizon?

2012 is looking like a pyramid shape with two small ovals on either side. If the way it began is any indication of where this year is going, we are going to have an amazing year. First with all of our fans stepping up and showing a tremendous amount of support to help us win the contest for "best emerging artist in Sf", then getting to play this show at The Independent with Loquat; its a step up for us and we are very excited. We are planning a tour starting in the summer and the shape will be a trapezoid.  To stay abreast of our tour dates, folks can join the mailing list here.

Can you define what makes Excuses for Skipping's live shows so memorable and addictive among your fan base?

Wow that's really kind of you to say. A rock show should be a cathartic experience. When we go onstage, there's a lot of room for the unexpected to happen.  I try to be as out of control as possible. I think with Tammy's spontaneous guitar playing and all the banging on sheet metal, bike frames and other things, there's a lot left to chance. Things fall down, things go flying. We are all ready for that kind of spontaneity. It's that kind of presence and intensity that always makes a great show. 

How would you describe the typical Excuses fan?

I'd say our fans are quirky and deep, like us. 

The band's unique sound crosses many genres. How does Excuses describe itself?

We call it 'old school space age new wave.' We are all heavily influenced by the post punk movement in the late 70's, so that's the old school. But we grew up on space rock and noise rock- and we've made a lot of music through unconventional means; toys, metal objects, piano guts- this was something that excited us in SF when we first moved here. We take elements of these and add a new wave aesthetic. It's like a horror, sci-fi, feel-good movie.

Who in the band is a formally trained musician? 

None of us has any formal musical training. The funniest thing is the way we communicate as a band - there's no- "play a G, then switch to this key or that"- it's more like- "Do the rocket ship thing, then into the explosion and then finish with the pretty part". 

Describe the best live gig you ever played and why.

One time we played on the street during the SF Dyke March on 16th St. in front of Adobe Books. It was right after MJ died and we had prepared Billie Jean literally that morning and we all started singing together, us and like 20,000 people crying, dancing and singing. That was a really special moment. We were lucky enough that someone took a video of it and posted it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydhheOPblXI

Who are you currently listening to?

The Andrews Sisters, Hindi Filmi, Stravinsky and Dizzy Gillespie.

If you could make music in another time, when and where would it be and what scene would you join?

Oh it would be late 70's and we would be hanging out with The Clash, Patti Smith and Blondie.

What do you love about making music in the Bay Area?

There is a real community among musicians here, with a strong sense of doing it for the music itself.  It's different than NY or LA where it's more of a competitive vibe and people are just focused on getting famous. I think the lack of ambition here actually leads to a lot of innovation, and thats what's inspiring.

Favorite venue in the Bay Area?

Cafe Du Nord 

Can you name a few other local bands you feel particularly close to on an artistic level?

The Oh Sees, The Dodo's, Sister Crayon, Aisler Set, Battlehooch   

 

 

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Best SF Bay Area Emerging Artists of 2012
[SF Bay Area Scene Blog HERE, SF Indie Charts HERE]
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GEOGRAPHER

San Francisco's Geographer brings a smart, sensitive edge to indie electro. Lead singer Mike Deni's soulful voice, soft guitar and cello mix perfectly with drum and synth beats. On new album "Myth" with new label Modern Art Records, the trio displays a more dramatic, fully realized sound that compresses its big, orchestral movements into neat pop songs.


SHANNON & THE CLAMS

Beloved local group Shannon and the Clams (Bethany from Best Coast often sings their praises) placed 2nd with their lo-fi take on the nostaligic '50s girl group sound - which can also evolve towards punk extremes (see video below).


THE FAMILY CREST



The Family Crest is a talented sextet (and up) that plays an intense rootsy pop that borrows the indie rock concept of "loud/quiet/loud" and applies it to an orchestral context, with very convincing results.


EXCUSES FOR SKIPPING



Sounding like a fresh sonic reincarnation of our late-new wave heroes, Excuses for Skipping gives us actually an excuse for traveling back in time, to the days when bands like Cure (poppier period) and early U2 filled our days, and all we thought about was music and... lurve. Thanks for giving us this excuse, Excuses!

 

 
The Deli's Year End Polls' Sponsors

 

SF BAY AREA POLL FULL RESULTS
 
BAND
J
W
F
OS
TOTAL
 
1
Geographer
5
1
1
 
7
2
Shannon and the Clams
5
1
0.003
 
6.003
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3
Excuses For Skipping
 
 
3
3
6
icon
 
The Family Crest
3
 
2
1
6
icon
5
Whirr
5
 
0.004
 
5.004
icon
6
Taxes
3
1
0.013
 
4.013
icon
7
Mwahaha
3
1
0.004
 
4.004
icon
8
Soft White Sixties
2
1
0.036
 
3.036
icon
9
Ty Segall
3
 
0.011
 
3.011
icon
10
Excalico
3
 
0.01
 
3.010
icon
11
Michael Musika
3
 
0.006
 
3.006
icon
12
Days of High Adventure
3
 
0.005
 
3.005
icon
13
Sound Science
3
 
0.004
 
3.004
icon
14
Man/Miracle
3
 
0.003
 
3.003
icon
15
Local Hero
 
 
1.5
1.5
3
icon
16
Con Brio
2
 
0.027
 
2.027
icon
17
The Stone Foxes
 
 
0.011
2
2.011
icon
18
Rad Cloud
2
 
0.01
 
2.010
icon
19
Painted Palms
1
1
0.006
 
2.006
icon
20
Acephalix
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
 
Slow Motion Cowboys
2
 
0.004
 
2.004
icon
22
The Spyrals
2
 
0.003
 
2.003
icon
 
Weekend
1
1
0.003
 
2.003
icon
24
Maushaus
2
 
0.001
 
2.001
icon
25
Jhameel
 
 
0.005
1.5
1.505
icon
26
The Chaw
 
 
0.5
1
1.5
icon
27
Dreams
1
 
0.068
 
1.068
icon
28
Chineke
 
 
0.065
1
1.065
icon
29
The Hypnotist Collectors
 
 
0.05
1
1.05
icon
30
Assateague
1
 
0.044
 
1.044
icon
31
Metal Mother
 
 
0.027
1
1.027
icon
32
moonbell
 
 
0.015
1
1.015
icon
33
Glass Trains
1
 
0.012
 
1.012
icon
34
Cruel Summer
1
 
0.008
 
1.008
icon
 
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
 
 
0.008
1
1.008
icon
36
Mist Giant
 
 
0.007
1
1.007
icon
37
Kally Price
1
 
0.003
 
1.003
icon
38
Billy and Dolly
1
 
0.002
 
1.002
icon
39
Grass Widow
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
icon
 
Prizehog
1
 
0.001
 
1.001
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W = Deli Writers - F = Fans

 

 

 

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