Here’s a new episode of PingPongRocks !! Mr. Chris Sutton (Hornet Leg, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Chain and the Gang, etc) have answered a couple of our questions and also have made a really cool playlist with his favorite jams.
Remember that Hornet Leg will be touring Europe during September and part of October, you can find all the confirmed dates HERE !!!
Can you tell us a little bit of the story behind Hornet Leg and how did you find the actual line up with Bob and Robert ?
Chris: Hornet Leg started as a four track project I was using to get back into music after I suffered a van accident while I was on tour with Dub Narcotic Sound System. I was bedridden, so I used that time to learn how to play guitar and write songs and when I was healthy enough to perform some of them, I recruited various friends in my hometown of Olympia, WA to play local shows as a duo, including Claudia Meza, who went on to form a great band called Explode Into Colors and played on the first Hornet Leg 7”. In 2007, I moved to Portland, OR. Around the same time Bob and Robert moved here from where they were living in Boston and San Francisco respectively. I knew Robert pretty well from when he lived in Oly for a brief spell and when it was time to continue writing and touring, he was the natural choice. A little less than a year later, Bob approached me after a show about the possibility of playing bass on some of my songs and after our first practice, a bond quickly formed. Our abilities, temperments, and astrological signs all mesh so easily on a musical level that I can’t even imagine a different lineup than this one! And so it continues on..
What are you listening to these days ?
Chris: I pretty much listen to anything I can get my hands on in any genre, all the time. But lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Thai Country Groove music, 70’s David Bowie, North African guitar music, and horror movie soundtracks.
What’s your opinion about days off while touring ? (i know some bands that really hate days off while on tour)
Chris: Whenever I tour in America, I hate days off! Over here, if you are a touring musician who isn’t rich, you are basically a degenerate hobo and society looks down harshly on transient people (at least on a DIY level). In Europe I don’t mind extra time because a lot of the cities and people are generally more beautiful and there is a certain level of exoticism for me as a foreigner, plus there is still a semblance of the idea in other countries around the world that a musician is still actually an ARTIST instead of a beggar. There is a touch more respect on a social level and a sense of purpose when I’ve toured abroad.
What happened with the house show scene in Portland ?
Chris: In the last few years there has been a sharp spike in population in metro Portland. This means a lot more types of people moving next door to you, including older, more square, people that don’t like punk rock music and call the police when it gets too loud. It’s hard to keep up a show house when your neighbors hate punk rock music.
Beer or a shot of Whisky before going on stage ?
Chris: A hit of weed.
Any new bands that you like and we should know about ?
Chris: It’s very rare that I like many new bands these days, but the last few bands that turned my head in recent years were Danny & The Darleans, Hunx & His Punx, UV Race, Nu Sensae, Goat, and Tyvek.
Please tell us a little bit about the creative / recording process for “Wrecking Ball”, the new Hornet Leg record.
Chris: “Wrecking Ball” was comprised of recordings we made over a year and a half in Robert’s basement studio, The Frawg Pound. Every time we would get together to practice, we slowly integrated new songs and ideas. The great thing about Hornet Leg is that we are all prolific song writers and we like to work fast, so every song has tasteful input from every member and get finished very easily. After a year and half we already had a full album mixed and ready to go with more songs already on the way! Thanks to Hovercraft for putting it out!
How can you describe the playlist that you have made for us ?
Chris: Hypercolor Rock