is the man, the myth from Drag City guitar fest Six Organs of Admittance
. Sounds like the making of his latest record, Luminous Light,
out August 18, was some seriously risky business, what with the Turkish prison-style atmosphere and all! Check out our correspondance below:
Miss Ess: What music did you hear in your house when you were growing up, before you had a choice? Do you think this music had any influence on you?
Ben Chasny: The Rolling Stones
- Tattoo You
. Well, I have a crazy tribal backplate, so yes.
ME: When did you pick up the guitar?
When I realized it was a lot easier to play like that than when it was lying on the ground (waa waaaa).
ME: When and how did you start writing songs?
When I was 3. I wrote a song called "The Futility of the Rattle" inspired by Sartre. I've tried to simplify things since then.
ME: How has living in Seattle as opposed to the Bay Area influenced your latest batch of songs?
Well, I can still look California here but feel Minnesota. Or is it th
e other way around?
ME: What made you ready to move away from a mostly guitar-based sound for this album?