Local Frequency: Bay Area Band Q&A w/ Blood and Sunshine
Like peanut butter and jelly, and chips and salsa, it's fun putting complimentary elements together. Blood and Sunshine are no exception. Combing their backgrounds of shoegaze and electronica, the duo of Joseph Macrino (vocals, guitar, Omnichord) and James Brennan (vocals, synth, machines) alternate their base styles with soul, R&B, and good '80s influences.
Their new EP Change is in the Weather offers four songs by the two songwriters. The title track opens with crunchy synth beats and robot vocals that give way to the drums and guitars rolling in. "Cigarettes and LSD" fits the psychedelic name, while "I'll Be Gone Tonight" is a jangly, shoegazy effort, and "While The Renunciation" is an epic ending track complete with gospel backing vocals that wouldn't be out of place on Duran Duran's The Wedding Album. Change is in the Weather is a salty-sweet mix that leaves you wanting more.
Blood and Sunshine met up with Local Frequency at The Residence to chat about avoiding Star Wars, DJing funeral songs, and sticking it to Dick Cheney.
If you could describe your sound as a San Francisco neighborhood, which one would it be?
James Brennan: We would be a drunken dance party on a roof in Lower Haight.
Joseph Macrino: I was thinking the Fillmore, it has a lot of roots in music, but a lot of new fresh stuff too.
JB: Lower Haight is this meeting place of all things and a lot of neighborhoods. So really an impromptu, drunken dance party in either lower Haight or the Fillmore. That's what I feel like when I'm on stage.
JM: I always feel like that.
If you could DJ the songs at your funeral, what would they be?
JB: Would you play something off the Funeral album by Arcade Fire, or is that too obvious?
JM: "Love Song" by Elton John and" What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, and they must be spun on vinyl.
JB: "Do It Now" by Dubtribe Sound System and I song I wrote called "Don't Doubt Yourself."
It's happy hour, where are you drinking?
JB: I really like Dovre Club. It's close to my house. And the Argus.
JM: I've been drinking at home a lot. Red wine has been my thing: Two Buck Chuck usually. Being unemployed, you feel like an ass going out a lot.
Marry/Fuck/Kill: Pat Robertson, Sarah Palin, or Dick Cheney?
JB: Well I would definitely fuck Sarah Palin because she's the only woman in the lineup.
JM: Oh no. I was thinking kill/kill/kill.
JB: If I were going to go gay, it would not be for Dick Cheney or Pat Robertson. So, the question is now which one of those two guys would I marry and who would I kill?
JM: I'm am not marrying that, I'll stick it Cheney, right in his ass.
JB: Look, if you marry Sarah Palin, she's going to be around for a long time.
JM: I can deal, I could live in Alaska. Hey, my dick is not going in there. I never said that.
JB: So you're going to fuck Dick Cheney and kill Pat Robertson?
JM: Yes, exactly.
JB: I have a different answer, but I'm being persuaded by your reasoning. I would kill Dick Cheney, and marry Pat Robertson.
JM: No, don't kill Dick Cheney, he needs as much punishment as possible.
JB: I didn't say I had to kill him quickly. Why would I marry Pat Robertson? He's the odd man out. I think I could make him miserable if I married him - that would be my mission. If I was married to Pat Robertson I would throw gay dance parties in our living room every night, he couldn't get any sleep. He might actually succumb to his desires.