9:30 INTERVIEW: Trampled by Turtles
Kelsey [9:30]: I know a lot of folks have asked you about your band name over the years. I’m gonna add to that - what kind of turtles do you envision doing the trampling?
Dave Carroll [Trampled by Turtles]: All of them.
Wild Animals and Stars and Satellites seem a little more slowed down and mournful than earlier albums like Palomino. Would you chalk this up to maturation or something else?
We’ve definitely matured as a band over the years. With Stars and Satellites and Wild Animals, we wanted to do something different than what we’ve done in the past. These albums are a way for us to grow as a band. It’s also really a great experience to slow things down, and think about what we are doing while we are doing it, as opposed to balancing on the edge of a train wreck.
Besides sharing a hometown with Low (and Alan Sparhawk who produced the latest album), how has being from Duluth influenced TBT’s music? I always love when I can get a sense of the band’s native topography through the music.
Duluth is a wonderful city, one might say the best outdoors town in America. However, when the cold wind bites and it is difficult to be outside, it channels a different energy. Artists have months during the winter to learn new skills or form new bands (indoors). Also, the lake (Superior) has a profound impact on all of us. It is pretty amazing.
To you, what’s the most important reason in keeping traditional American roots music alive and relevant?
Playing music using instruments crafted from wood and metal will always be an important part of American roots music. It’s how it all started.
You guys recorded this album in just a couple of weeks, right? Has the recording process gotten smoother after having six albums under your belt, or are you pickier?
We don’t like to have a time table present when we are recording nowadays. Back in 2004, we were on a much more limited budget and therefore had less time to record. I think we made our 1st record in 4 days. Even though 2 weeks is still a small amount of time, we feel like it allows us to try playing the songs in different ways, using different guitars or banjos etc. We tried a lot of new techniques. It was a blast.
Best food to eat on the road?
Try to find a sweet local restaurant, or eat a salad. We eat salads every day. Ha!
If there was one misconception about your band or the bluegrass genre that you could clear up, what would it be?
Banjos never feedback.
You guys are well known for your excellent live cover of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind?” and you recently recorded a great cover of Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down” for a Born In The U.S.A. tribute. Are there any other songs you’ve been dying to cover?
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.
Flip side of that: what would be your dream scenario for another band covering one of your songs?
What’s the best new music you’ve heard recently?
I’m a huge fan of Warpaint’s new record, although I think it came out last year.
Who are you most excited to see at the Route 29 Revue?
Hurray for the Riff Raff. They kill it.
Last question, because you know the fans want to know – how do y’all keep your beards so fluffy and voluminous?
See Trampled by Turtles at Route 29 Revue on Saturday, September 13 at Merriweather Post Pavilion!