The Inner Party is a relatively new band to the scene in Fayetteville, and they’ve already played some pretty big shows.
To this point, they have been a rock band without a drummer. Seems strange, but it somehow works thanks to some clever drum sequencing, and probably a lot of practice.
We have high hopes for these guys. They are talented, hardworking, and relentless promoters, and a great addition to the Fayetteville scene. You can check them out on myspace or you can hear a demo of “It’s Alright Now” below. They will also be appearing live at the Dickson St. Theater Thursday July 17th along with locals Dreamfast, and Friday, Maybe Saturday. Dave Morris from the band was nice enough to answer some questions. Good job.
FF: What have you been listening to lately?
IP: Nine Inch Nails – The Slip, Crystal Castles – s/t, Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into, Pulp – This Is Hardcore, Iggy Pop – Blah Blah Blah, Catherine Wheel – Happy Days, Oasis – Be Here Now, American Princes – Other People, The Good Fear – Dirty Lowdown Adventure, The Cure – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and the singles from the upcoming new record, and “Guitar Hero”, which is the kick ass new single from Amanda Palmer’s (of the Dresden Dolls) upcoming solo album. That’s most everything from this week as far as music goes. I also listen to Air America constantly in my vehicle and I particulary enjoy Randi Rhodes, Rachel Maddow, Mike Malloy, and Ed Schultz.
FF: How do you perceive the music scene in Fayetteville?
IP: I think it’s a lot better than it has been in a long time. I was as depressed if not moreso than anyone after the closing of the almighty JR’s and I think if we had the scene in 2005 that we have currently that the motherf*cker would have never shut down. I do think it’s a bit splintered now and that we have some snobs in our midst but I guess that’s also probably pretty normal. For some reason our band has been really accepted by the metal scene, which is definitely thriving and awesome, so we’re naturally pretty partial and loyal to all those folks. Overall I perceive the scene to be in apretty good state but people still need to go to more shows to support both local and touring bands because we definitely have some room to grow and improve. I felt like this entire area was drying up and rotting away culturally for a while but that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment. Hopefully it won’t ever be again. I think a lot of that has to do with the vast and varied house show scene that sprang up after JR’s closed and that led to some venues catching on and bringing some of that music out of the basements and back to Dickson Street. I just hope people continue to go out and check out new things and that there’s a nice balance of house shows and bar shows in case there’s another slew of bar closings.
FF: What are some other bands around town we should check out that we might not know about yet?
Friday, Maybe Saturday (which is a confusing bitch to put on flyers), Indiana & the Byrds, the Sinking South, Pile of Dead Women, the Drunkards, Dreamfast, the Pullout Method, the F*ck-Tards, Dirtmother, Bryce Harrison, Deadbird, Basement Cult, and Will West to name a few.
FF: You guys opened for Lucero a while back. How was that?
I’ve been friends with those guys for a very long time and I’ve always wanted to play a show with them. The same goes for The Good Fear who were also on the bill, and as a fan of those bands it was like two big dreams coming true. We were pretty nervous about it though since it was only our third show and the typical Fayetteville Lucero crowd isn’t really made up of a lot of folks I would ever expect to listen to us, but everyone was pretty cool and we made some new friends and fans and had a lot of fun. As a lot of people that have been going to Fayetteville Lucero shows for a long time probably know I like to get rowdy and stupid and this time it was nice to do it when I was actually supposed to be on stage instead of just babbling into the mic while taking shots with the band. I’m sure I still made a little bit of an ass out of myself like I always do at those shows, but this time I wasn’t even remotely embarassed about it whereas I am usually at least a little embarassed about it. Ben (Nichols, from Lucero) has always been very supportive of what we’ve been trying to do with this band and we definitely appreciate him getting us on that show. He came out to see us at Vino’s (in Little Rock) last month and that was pretty cool as well because he obviously has a unique perspective on what we’re doing and it’s both fun and helpful to talk to him about what’s going on. Wade (Ogle, co-owner of the Dickson Theater) was also very helpful with that show and our upcoming show at the Theater and we appreciate that too. Not many bands get to play a show like that, especially early in their careers, so we feel very lucky to have had such an opportunity and hopefully we made the most of it. Maybe someday we’ll be in a position to help out our friends like that.
FF: What do you want to be when you grow up?
IP: An astronaut cowboy fireman, or if that doesn’t work out then someone who can afford to write and record music, release it to the public, and tour without having to worry about holding down a “real” job or being homeless and starving to death. I don’t think any of us really care about being rich per se, but it would be nice to be able to do those things without having to worry about how to survive. We all have other interests outside of our band (which I won’t bore you with) that we would also be a lot more free to pursue without that basic burden.
FF: What are your plans for the immediate future?
IP: Well obviously right now I plan on finishing this interview, but as far as our band goes we plan on trying to get together as much cash as possible to make some CDs and other merch since we’re broke as f*ck like everyone else living in this economy and consequently can’t afford to do much in that department. You can actually download a .zip file for free from our MySpace and theinnerparty.com that has the “Honky Heretics” EP and some other stuff in it, but there are still some people that don’t use a computer and actually need and want a CD. Also, it’s a lot easier to retain new fans from shows if you have a physical copy of the music to sell or give to them instead of saying “oh yeah once your drunk ass gets home remember to immediately get on MySpace, find us, wait for this file to download, and then listen to it.” Anyway, once we have more merch we are going to try to play out of town as much as humanly possible while still playing here a bunch too in the hopes of eventually putting together a good long tour. Beyond that we’re just keeping our fingers crossed for good things to happen. I am also trying to seek out other like-minded folks that might be interested in incorporating a record label to put out records for local bands, so if anyone reading this is interested him me up on MySpace. Cheese.
FF: What is the Inner Party?
IP: It’s the elite members of the ruling party of INGSOC in Orwell’s 1984, which is one of Keith’s (The Inner Party’s frontman) favorite books and my absolute all-time favorite book. That’s where the name actually came from but I think it maybe means different things to each of us and it might mean something else to someone else so it’s not just limited to the 1984 thing. If you asked anyone else in the band they may very well give you a completely different answer than the one I’m about to give, but I personally like the idea of having the word “party” in our name because we have fun doing what we do and we hope other people enjoy it too. I also like the implication that it’s not necessarily limited to just us (the band) and to me the Inner Party is us, our friends, and anyone that likes our music, goes to a show, or even has a similar mindset to us culturally. It’s an inclusive and hopefully uplifting thing, whereas in the book it was obviously very exclusive and certainly very oppressive. I like the contradictions and ambiguity and I think the whole concept is very relevant in 2008 when civil liberties, habeas corpus, and pretty much every aspect of the 1st and 4th Amendments are constantly under attack. Clearly what we’re doing is on a tiny, tiny scale but I think at least for our band it’s a healthy release and constructive distraction, if there is such a thing, from everything else that’s going on in our lives and the world and hopefully that’s what the Inner Party is for some other people too.
Click below to hear “It’s Alright Now” by The Inner Party
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