Q&A: Derek Fudesco Talks About the Cave Singers' Tour of Washington and Why They're Going Electric. JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Laura Musselman
Derek Fudesco, right, with the Cave Singers.
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Q&A: Derek Fudesco Talks About the Cave Singers' Tour of Washington and Why They're Going Electric. JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q&A: Derek Fudesco Talks About the Cave Singers' Tour of Washington and Why They're Going Electric. JUDAS!!!!!!!!!!!

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    cavechristmas.jpg
    Laura Musselman
    Derek Fudesco, right, with the Cave Singers.
    The Cave Singers can draw a full house at the Showbox any time they like. But instead of sticking to the big city, the folk rock trio has booked a tour through places like Bremerton, Kennewick, and Anacortes--essentially any city in the state where they could find a gig (which is why they're not playing Aberdeen. Show info at the bottom of this post).

    But that doesn't mean guitarist Derek Fudesco is any less excited about playing some local cities pop music has forgotten. He called us from New York City a few days before a gig with the Murder City Devils (Fudesco's on-again-off-again hard rock band), to talk about Billy Joel, taking the Cave Singers electric, and trying to book a show in Big Sky Country.

    What have you got planned for the next couple of days?

    Um, we're doing a cooking show. There's a show on IFC called Dinner With the Band, and they invited Murder City Devils to be on it.

    Are the Murder City Devils back for good at this point?

    It hasn't really been discussed. I mean, no, we're all doing other things. But these [MCD] things are fun and we're lucky that we're able to do 'em. Things keep coming up and we just keep saying yes.

    Do bands ever really break up, or do they just go on hiatus?

    I don't know, sometimes they hate each other and then they break up.

    Why did the Cave Singers decide to do a tour of the Evergreen State?

    The idea is that we wanted to just, you know, travel around our state and play as many places as possible. Now it's kind of sparking things like, "What if we do a three-week tour of California?" There are so many more places you can play in California. Bands usually just go through and play four or five spots.

    Or Montana?

    We haven't played Montana. We haven't been able to get a show there.

    After you've been playing with the Cave Singers for a while, do you get a hankering to go back to play some heavier stuff?

    I don't really think about it like that. We've been working on new stuff, and it seems like the new stuff is a lot different for us. And it is a little bit heavier. I'm into what I'm doing now just as far as writing. So if I want to play heavier stuff, I'm gonna write heavier stuff.

    Are you gonna be playing some of the new stuff on this tour?

    Yeah, we have four new songs that we're gonna be playing.

    How are the new songs different?

    They're really different for us. We brought a floor tom into the mix. There's a distortion pedal now, and there's an electric guitar. So, we're really branching out on this one.

    Wow. Are you still a trio? Did you have to bring in a fourth and fifth player to handle the floor tom?

    No, not yet. We gotta figure that one out.

    The Cave Singers song "Seeds of Night" was licensed by Washington State Lottery. Do you play?

    No. But I do gamble. I play cards.

    Jack White got really made when the Air Force aped "Fell In Love With a Girl." Would you guys be upset if the Air Force used one of your songs, too?

    Yes, that's a lot different from the Lottery, man.

    Do you have any boundaries or rules when it comes to licensing?

    Yeah, absolutely. Anything that we don't support or find fucked up. As far as like bad television shows, I'm usually OK with licensing to bad TV, but I'm not going to do a McDonald's commercial, or Air Force.

    You work the vinyl counter occasionally at Queen Anne's Easy Street. Do you guys have a Barbara Streisand/Neil Diamond filter the records go through before they hit your desk?

    Are you kidding me? It's like [Billy Joel's] Glass Houses, man--thousands of copies. That's probably the one you see the most.

    Do you cherry pick for yourself before you pass on to the rest of us?

    No. Just a tiny bit. And barely at all.

    Cave Singers' Tour of Washington State

    Feb. 22: Tacoma, New Frontier

    The Following are with Dutchess & the Duke:

    Feb. 23: Olympia, New Northern, ;

    Feb. 24: Bremerton, Hi-Fidelity Lounge,

    Feb. 25: Spokane, Empyrean Coffee House,

    Feb. 26: Kennewick, Red Room,

    Feb. 27: Anacortes, Department of Safety,

    March 6: Seattle, The Showbox at the Market

    For more show info, visit MySpace.com/thecavesingers

     
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