Canadian duo (Brandyn James Aikins and Daniel Brandon Allen) Indian Handcrafts came to my attention last year, thanks to their signing to one of my favourite labels, Los Angeles based Sargent House; home to Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Le Butcherettes, Zechs Marquise + more. They’ve been likened to The Melvins, Death From Above 1979 and Karp since releasing their debut self-titled last (US) spring. One reviewer singing their praises declaring the record “will make your nipples hard and have you looking like a tic-tac smuggler in no time. That’s a promise.” They’ll be making a much anticipated appearance next week at the annual SXSW Music festival.
What kind of music would you say that you make?
BRANDYN: Meatball Music.
DANIEL: Wrestling entrance themes.
What’s your first musical memory?
B: Probably in the womb; Michael Jackson.
D: Watching KISS in The Phantom Of The Park as a child.
Growing up who were your musical heroes and what was it about them that you found so appealing?
B: Musical dance hero: James Brown. His splits were so daring. Drum heroes: Mitch Mitchell, Gene Krupa, David Grohl.
D: Ace Frehely because not only did he rule on guitar but could teleport, shoot lasers from his hands, and do no handed backflips!!
How did you guys meet? And when did you realise you wanted to create music together?
B: I believe we met in an empty factory office space that was being re-fitted into a rehearsal studio. It was across from the Beer Store. Dan played a ditty on the piano and I kicked a kick drum, and he says, “Hey man we should play together.” And I says, “Yeah sure man.” So we did. Then all our siblings joined the band, and none of them could ever get along. So we says, “Hey man you wanna play together? Just you and me?”
What are your songs inspired by?
B: Anger, punching, laughing, blasting, banging, throwing, crushing, and movie heroes of the 1970s.
What song from another band would you love to lay claim to?
B: Either Prehistoric Dog by Red Fang; or the theme song from Jeopardy (purely for the royalties).
D: The Musical Box by Genesis or Knights In White Satin by The Moody Blues
You’re recording your LP debut for Sargent House with engineer Toshi Kasai (!!) who works with The Melvins and Big Business; when did you decided he was the person you wanted to work with for your latest record you’re working on?
D: As soon as we knew he was an option!!
What direction is the music and lyrics taking on the new record?
D: Hard to starboard.
What’s the most challenging part of writing for you?
B: Not copying somebody else!
How would you describe performing? What feeling does it give you?
B: I get sweaty. It feels good.
D: The feeling Cyrus probably got in the film The Warriors when he was uniting all the gangs. Can you dig it!!
What is your favourite song to play live and why?
B: Probably the newest heavier ones. Or any song that makes people do a headbang.
D: Newer songs for sure because they’re the ones that have the highest probability of failing!!
What do you do that’s creative when not making music?
B: Giraffic Designing.
D: Painting, silk screening, writing.
Where are some places that you like to hang out?
B: Snowbanks, kitchens, camp fires.
D:In Alcona Beach, at the pub known as the local punch and duck.
What’s something that you would really like to do one day?
B & D: Fly to Australia! For Free!
What been your favourite Indian Handcrafts related experience so far?
B: Just generally hanging with Dan and laughing and having a great time. Also, getting to meet so many great people, both in Canada and the United States. More great experiences to come.
D: All of them so far!! Each one is better than the last.
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Have a awesome day!