Armadillo Doesn't Care About National Acclaim: "Why Not Just Have Great Music in One Place?"
"It's that Dionysian impulse of, 'Let's just lose order for one second, and you can maybe be someone else, or like a communal subject in this place, for half an hour or 45 minutes,'" Marks continues. "Maybe that will feel nice, and maybe that will change things after that. That's the most fun for me as a player, is that I can somehow still play while losing my mind.... And I can only do that when the audience seems to be doing that."
Alexander shares the sentiment. "It's really fun to be loud and make a lot of noise, but that's for me. I mean, that's the most rewarding thing for me, when people move."
Fargason orders another beer and waxes on this potential during live events. "It seems like that can only happen in the tiny basement shows, like Blank Space. The audience is sitting on your fucking lap."
Marks begins to stir as he recounts the band's Blank Space encounter. "Just the feeling of sweat, OK? Not a physical feeling, but a nominal feeling. Like, you feel something happening here."
He animates as he remembers the night. "I lost my glasses in that show. I was all sweaty, and they just went." He starts making noises like he is trapped inside of a wind tunnel, wiggling his head to and fro. It creates the exact look of someone so enraptured by the task at hand that they neglect to take note of their physical environment, or spectacles.
No band member seems too enthralled with the idea of breaking nationally. Marks is most vocal on his ideal scene: "I don't feel like a lot of music these days needs to be heard nationally. Why push against infrastructure that's not there? Why not just have great music in one place, and why not have great live performances?" he ponders.
"There are tons of venues here, there are tons of bars, and people who don't have shit to do on a Wednesday or Thursday. Why not go listen to music?"
As the interview comes to a close, Marks continues describing his desires for strictly local attention. "It would be cool if, after we have been playing for a while, if people just want to jam with us, you know? 'Hey, we saw you play; do you want to play music with us some time?' It would be nice if we had more of that stuff going on." He shuffles in his seat as another thought stirs in his mind. His speech comes out like a soliloquy -- an errant thought directed at no one in particular.
"Yeah, I think we'll keep playing. As long as people are into it."
Armadillo will play this Friday with Bo & the Locomotive and Starlight Girls at the Gramophone. Show starts at 8 p.m. $7 cover.
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