In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer chatted with Fred Friction about his new album, Jesus Drank Wine. The entire conversation is fantastic, but here's a sneak preview:
Was there an overall aesthetic you were shooting for, where you wanted it rough around the edges?
I told him to keep Exile on Main St. in mind. This was going to be a record with various styles on it. I definitely didn't want to put out a novelty record of any sort, but I wanted some levity in there. As far as a loose concept, it's about one person going through life and what they're experiencing. Humor belongs in there, and a lot of it is rather bleak, but I think optimistic in the long run.
To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect when I played the record. I knew you from the Highway Matrons, but I think a lot of people my age -- I'm 27 -- know you from the Music Lounge and know you from seeing you around, but don't know you as a musician.
Undoubtedly, there's gonna be some people thinking it's a record of all spoons songs. I played spoons on one track because I put myself in the listener's seat. There's no way I could go through 40 minutes of somebody playing spoons and playing their lungs out. But I wanted that element in there on something. And I was happy to get a broad cross-section of talent from all across and around St. Louis. There's at least seventeen or eighteen other people on the record.
Read the rest of the piece here. Friction will celebrate its release with a show on Saturday night at Off Broadway at 9 p.m. Price of admission is just $5.
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