Interview: The Greater Midwest

The Greater Midwest has played The 'Stand several times over the years, and we're happy to have them back again with The Ro Sham Bos on May 29th, 2010. Lead singer and guitarist Shawn Pike answers questions from us for this post.

How long has the band been together in its current form?

We've been together for about 3 years, give or take.

How would you describe your sound?

Hell, I don't know. We're in no way reinventing the wheel . . . I mean, I know who we are ripping off, if that's what you're asking. What do you think?

What made you want to record a show at The Banana Stand?

There is a purity to basement shows. It's very intimate and humid and sweaty and it smells like a foot, but that's the beauty of it. I absolutely love it. So, to have a chance to get a quality recording that captures a bit of all that is exciting.

What's your best memory of a live show?

I saw And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead at Dante's when they were touring on Source Tags and Codes. I was 18 and used my brother's ID to get in. At the time, they were amazing, they kinda blow now, which is sad. Anyway, at the end after a blistering set, they all but destroyed their equipment: the drummer threw the majority of his set off the fucking stage, and the snare landed in front of me. Amp heads were tossed with drunken abandon, beer cans flying, random household pets were being tossed through the air, people were crying and screaming and praying, I mean, MASS HYSTERIA! Fan-fucking-tastic. But that wasn't the end! Their roadies came out, gathered all their shit, put it back together and they played 3 more songs. It was beautiful.

Do you have a favorite live album?

Probably Neil Young Live Rust. At one point it starts thunder storming and Neil says, “Hey, if ya think really hard, maybe we can stop this rain!” And then he starts chanting “No Rain, No Rain!” What a BATSHIT CRAZY ASSHOLE!  God, I love that man.



Thanks to Shawn for answering questions! Find about more about The Greater Midwest on Myspace.