Introducing The Band In Heaven, a shoegaze/psych outfit from West Palm Beach, Florida. Sleazy Dreams, the new 7, came out on Hozac Records this month, so we asked the band if they’d like to spend a little time asking themselves the questions that they never get asked. The result? Religious ranting. I guess we should have known something was awry from the name. See the interview below and head over to the Hozac Store to pick up the 7″.
Psych Magazine recently asked us to interview ourselves. Figuratively it was like asking us to stare into a mirror and pick out our flaws since we are incapable of admiring ourselves. And this mirror was facing another mirror, so our ugly images (questions) seem to go on forever.
Question #1. So, the band in Heaven, are you excited to play Austin Psych Fest? The line-up is pretty unbelievable. I didn’t even know that you guys were a psych band.
We are proud to be involved in such a great event. Yes the line-up is pretty amazing. The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Dead Meadow are honestly some of our biggest influences. We really appreciate that the Black Angels and the rest of the people at Psych Fest and Reverberation Society try to raise awareness of the great modern psych and garage rock bands. We also never realized we’d be considered a psychedelic band. We used to do lots of hallucinogens in high school and college, but we’ve slowed down on that stuff and mainly stick to prescription uppers and cat tranquilizers now. But maybe the psychedelics did some permanent damage. We are trying to write pop songs, but they come out all wrong no matter what we do.
Question #2. Ummmm….. Florida… why are you guys from Florida? Don’t you know the rest of the country thinks Florida is a joke? Stereogum recently called it a “silly state”.
We’ve toured (in our previous bands) through many states, and there are surely more exciting states, and more homely states, but Florida is a true melting-pot when it comes to culture and community. There is not a distinct Florida feel, or a distint Florida “sound” when it comes to music, but I think that works to our advantage. Check out the music of some of our friends from around West Palm: Cop/City Chill Pillars, Love Handles, The Jameses, Guy Harvey, The Dewars, Snake Hole, Luma Junger, Tumbleweave, Hear Hums, Weird Wives, Surfer Blood, Jacuzzi Boys, Lil Daggers. Even Derek from Sleigh Bells and Andy Burr of Woven Bones are from Florida…. that’s a pretty lengthy list of amazing bands from a pretty small area, all putting out some pretty amazing music. There is no unifying sound, everyone sounds uniquely different. If anything binds all these musicians together, it’s the fact that everyone is pretty chill. California seems too lazy, New York too fast. We have a good pace of living going on here. None of these bands are silly. There is a Disney world in California too. Big deal. Do we get a bad rap because Seinfeld’s parents in the show moved to Boca?
Question #3. Sorry…. Take it easy, let’s move on. You recently put out a release with HoZac Records. What do you think about HoZac?
We’ve loved the label for quite some time and were so excited that they wanted to put out our music. They work with some amazing bands and I feel like they’re one of the only modern day labels that focuses on having a certain feel or sound to their bands and releases. They seem to work with pretty dark, garagey, slightly pschedelic, hard working bands. And it’s a venture on a pretty personal level too. I talk to Todd, the owner of the label, on a daily basis. He’s never too busy to talk. There are no
middle guys involved. They are concerned with the music, not the money, not the press, not the returns. It’s very hard to find a label like that these days.
Question #4. The 2 music videos you have online (Sleazy Dreams & Sludgy Dreams) both come off as rather blasphemous in regards to religion. Does the band in Heaven hate God? Doesn’t that seem like a contradiction, to have Heaven in the band name yet display such negative and sacrilegious imagery?
I think we all believe in God but can agree that organized religion is pretty silly. These concepts and images are intended to be provocative. Sludgy Dreams plays off of some of Aleister Crowley’s Book Of Lies, particularly Psalm 69. Sex as a holy ritual, semen as a sacrament. All of it has to do with how, where, what and why one prays. I’ve been to churches, temples, mosques. It’s all a bore, and feels like a 2,000 year old game of telephone, where the original message is so mangled we’re just repeating pure nonsense at this point. But does that mean we don’t have some spiritual, rapturous moments? No, of course not. Holy moments exist every day. Just not in their “proper” environments.
Question #5. Okay, this is getting a little too weird to continue as the filler piece we intended. You never even answered what were the band members favorite colours or foods. We literally know nothing about your band. Let’s cut this a little short. What’s next for the band in Heaven?
We have a few dates at SXSW, playing the HoZac, Austin Psych Fest, Get Bent, and Cherry Sustainable unofficial showcases. Then we have Austin Psych Fest in late April. And then we’ll tour up the East Coast and play some shows in New York. And we’re slowly working on our full length album, which hopefully we’ll release after summer or something.
Thanks the band in Heaven. This concludes our interview, the band in Heaven signing out.