Q & A With Morey Straus From Atomic Kavemen

Q & A With Morey Straus From Atomic Kavemen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Morey: Now that we have a full set, we’re really focused on getting as tight as we can be for gigs. We probably will start releasing new songs again this summer.



XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?

Morey: Six months.



XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?

Morey: Seemed like a sure fire way to make a lot of money.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Morey: I played clarinet as a child. I later picked up the bass, and quickly set it back down. I’ve just concentrated on singing since then.



XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

Morey: A shambling, semi-humanoid figure, rising up from the urban landscape.



XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)


1. Keep the band together

2. Make more music – at least one full length record

3. Convince more clubs to take a chance and book us.



XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?

Morey: 1. Keep the band together



XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Morey: I get a lot out of recording, but nothing beats playing live if you have even a small crowd engaged.



XS ROCK: What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Morey: Lyrically, our songs tend to be pretty abstract. My writing is a stream of consciousness, based around horror, war, sour relationships, and other dark matter.



Q & A With Morey Straus From Atomic KavemenXS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Morey: We haven’t done any touring yet, but we hope to have some stories from the road soon!



XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Morey: Nothing strange yet. We need more oddball fans.



XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?

Morey: Marginally, at first. I think they felt better once I got a “real job”.



XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Morey: I like them all, really. The high energy tracks like Slam Hammer and Walking Away are probably the most fun.



XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Morey: Glenn Danzig, who showed me that a baritone can be cool.



XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Morey: The bill would be a little offbeat and eclectic. I’d love to play with Free Salamander Exhibit, Dog Fashion Disco, and the Stolen Babies.



XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Morey: Sucking air on this planet continuously for five decades.



XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Morey: A gunsmith, or a motorcycle mechanic, or a computer security guy, which is what I am.



XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Morey: I’m just the singer. If the house has a Shure SM58, I’m good.



XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

Morey: It seems to have stagnated a bit. I don’t hear as much experimentation as I would like.



XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Morey: I don’t care for onions.



XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

Morey: Danzig meets the Melvins



XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Morey: Drop by our Bandcamp page! We have music and march! Thank you for your support!



XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!

Morey: No, thank YOU.




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