TEN: Starting in 2013, each Friday, Innocent Words started shining the spotlight directly on up and coming artists/bands with 10 questions we like to call IW10.
I’m from Downers Grove, Illinois, originally, but me and the rest of the band live in THE BIG NEW YORK CITY now.
Members & Instruments?
Graham Smith: vocals and bass guitar and other things on records
Thayer McClanahan: guitar
Matt LeMay: drums.
Short Bio (in your own words)
I started out as a teenager stealing words to express myself, and I grew up alongside home recording technology. For a long time, I wrote music because I felt like I had to, which I still do. But as people responded favorably to this or that thread in the songs I released, I tried to do more of those thises and thats without losing a sense of joy in listening to my own music. Along the way, we’ve played in distant countries, medium sized venues, and people’s houses. I remain anchored to the notion of making pop music, however untrue that may be.
What was the first live concert you went to?
I think it was Paul Simon on the Graceland tour? But I didn’t really choose to go to that one. I suppose Lollapalooza ’92 may be the first concert I chose to attend. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did NOT bring out Paul Simon as I expected and my tears drowned the earth.
What is your funniest or worst tour experience?
On a solo tour at some point in the early 2000’s, I was booked to play a house show in Chapel Hill. A band called Dead Things was my support, and they were doing a “bike tour” of North Carolina. They asked to borrow all of my equipment, and then every single person left after they played so I did not play. But I got a free place to sleep.
What three things are a must have when you go on tour or play a show?
Headset microphone. Complete recordings of Redd Foxx. Mysterious map suggesting there is a talisman of unspeakable power buried in a forest.
What was the first record you ever purchased?
‘The Immaculate Collection’ by Madonna.
If you had to record an EP of covers, which five songs / artist would make the cut?
I’ve actually been kicking around a list of covers for this very purpose! I think it’ll happen some day. Here are my five favorites:
The Cardigans “Good Morning Joan”
Cat Stevens “A Bad Penny”
Paul McCartney & Wings “Daytime Nightime Suffering”
Celine Dion “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”
“Imogen Heap” Hide and Seek
What’s your preferred music format, vinyl, CD, digital, cassette, and why?
Digital! Because it can move with you and live anywhere. Also no inherent quality or time restrictions. But I love them all. Except sheet music, for I cannot read sheet music and I’m not about to learn now.
What are your website / social media links?
http://kgw.me, twitter.com/grahamsmith, facebook.com/kleenexgirlwonder, about.me/gvs, linkedin.com/abrahamlinkedin