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Now Wants Then! – Ex Friends (9/13/12)

by on September 13, 2012
 

Welcome to Now Wants Then, a new feature that asks current bands four simple questions about their reunion fantasies.

 

This Weeks Band:

Ex Friends

*Plug:  Ex Friends has a new 7″ coming out on Paper + Plastik
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Joel Tannenbaum (vocals / guitars)

Best reunion show you’ve ever been to?
I’m going to go ahead and say X, at an all-day festival sponsored by Guinness on Randall’s Island in either 1997 or 1998. I hesitate because I’m not sure they were technically broken up, but they clearly hadn’t played in awhile. I remember John Doe sticking a guitar pick onto his forehead before they started, and just kind of staring at everyone like, “What?” I remembered they blazed through all the good songs from Los Angeles, and some more I didn’t recognize. I also remember them hugging a lot, like they were just so happy to be together, playing those songs. It felt very real. The other thing I remember is randomly running in to Jayme (Hi Jayme!) because he was the fill-in guitar tech for Francis Dunnery, who I remember was a Grade A, first-class dick.

Who would you love to see reunited?
The Replacements, although I have no idea who would play lead guitar. Maybe He Who Cannot Be Named from the Dwarves? Or is this like a fantasy reunion, where it is totally irrelevant whether people are alive or not?  Or does it take place in the afterlife? Is Jesus there? Does he have like, the best seats?

Who would you love to interview?
I definitely have some questions for Karl Marx.

Who would you love to see make a full comeback?
The great, forgotten political pop-punk band Vanbuilderass, the great, forgotten Lower East Side goth-crust-pop band The Skabs. I also wish The Measure [SA] would get back together already.

 

Audrey Crash (bass / singing / van)

Best reunion show you’ve ever been to?
I’m with JP on the Dead Milkmen reunion, but the first one they did as a benefit for Dave Blood’s causes.  They are my favorite band and it was epic.  I tried to see the Circle Jerks reunion in 1994 at CBGB’s.  We were late to the train station, so I drove real fast to the next town to catch it there, but my car overheated on the hot grass and caught fire. They canceled anyhow.  Also awesome was playing a Myles of Destruction reunion at FDR, right on top of the bowl on a beautiful day.

Who would you love to see reunited?
Jawbreaker

Who would you love to interview?
I love interviewing my older family members.

Who would you love to see make a full comeback?
Giants wide receiver, Domenick Hixon.

 

JP Flexner (drums / art)

Best reunion show you’ve ever been to?
I don’t know if it was officially a reunion show but the Dead Milkmen Halloween show at the Trocadero was a top shelf experience. My (now) wife Kristen and I were dressed as Wayne and Garthfrom Wayne’s World and danced like assholes in a washing-machine crowd.

Who would you love to see reunited?
The Replacements. Also The Marshes. Oh and I would like to see Pinhead Gunpowder play at least once in my life.

Who would you love to interview?
I would love to interview Robert Crumb, but the interview would be more about his approach to working, his drawing technique, work flow, and how his studio spaces have evolved over time and why. I would also like to talk to Chuck Anderson and the House Industries guys about a million things.

Who would you love to see make a full comeback?
Rick Moranis, duh…

 

Jayme (guitar / four-track / truck / house)

Best reunion show you’ve ever been to?
That would have to definitely by My Bloody Valentine, at All Tomorrow’s Parties, a 3 day festival in the Catskills, 2011. It was deafening and amazing.

Who would you love to see reunited?
CAN

Who would you love to interview?
Johnny Thunders

Who would you love to see make a full comeback?
Most bands should leave well enough alone. I’m generally against reunions and comebacks; great music exists in a historical moment.