B&L: What animal do you associate yourself with (given our ties to oxen)?
Philip Price: Chickens. So helpless, so confused. So comforting.
B&L: Why music? Why do you seek it? Why do you create it? How’d it come calling to you?
Price: I always tell myself I write music because writing songs was so much quicker than writing novels or raising money to direct feature films. But really it’s because it’s the only way to shut up the ice cream truck jingles that play in my head all the time.
B&L: Was there a moment or experience that led you to try your hand at making this your life? What keeps you inspired to keep going?
Price: I know I do have a choice, but it doesn’t feel like I have a choice. I’ve tried to quit a few times, but the songs keep showing up, like a neighborhood stray cat, at my back door, mewling for scraps.
B&L: What’s the making of a great show? What do you look or hope for as you step foot on that stage?
Price: I want us all to go on a little trip together. Sometimes I know how to fly the plane. Other times, we are definitely going to crash, but its all ok. We will crash together.
B&L: What is a winterpill?
Price: It’s not a thing; it’s a state of being – a liquid state. But if you Google “winter pill,” you will realize that it actually is a thing. We’re not selling any, though.
B&L: From a (random) meteorological standpoint, how did the winter of 2016 stack up? Should we be worried?
B&L: Okay, let’s talk about the new record, “Love Songs.” What do you love about this record? What were the goals when you set out to make it?
Price: I admit to having a serious crush on this record. The goals were simply to make another album (it had been since 2012), and we went into the studio with a producer (Justin Pizzoferrato, who works with Dinosaur Jr., the Pixies and Sonic Youth, among many others) who knew how to capture us at our loudest and most expansive and it really changed how we thought about the songs and arrangements. We did it mostly live. Many of our other albums were done kind of piecemeal. This one was full of eye contact.
B&L: What is the meaning/benefits of the word “love”? Why do you/we seek it?
Price: in the context of this album, I think love doesn’t just mean a tender ode to an object of affection (although it includes that too). It means obsession, personal mythology, memory, entropy, celebrity, death, delusion… We love thinking and talking and asking questions about love, we love to love love, but we never really know what it means, except it seems to be the emotional component of truth.
B&L: The record is the gift you offer the masses upon the decade of existence you’re celebrating as a band. A decade seems like a nice run. What are the top three things you love about this band? (I know, we’re beating the whole “love” thing to death here… I’ll stop.)
Price: I love my wife (Flora Reed) and my friends in the band (Dave, Dennis, Max)! And they tolerate me pretty well… I love that we’re still doing it.
B&L: What’s one tune (or, heck, a couple) that exists out there in the ether that blows you away that you kind of wish you had written yourself?
Price: That’s an impossible question. Ok, I’ll just try a few. “Gentle Moon,” by Sun Kil Moon. “Birds,” by Neil Young. “Things Behind The Sun,” by Nick Drake. Everything by Joni Mitchell.
B&L: What can folks expect when they come out to see the Winterpills perform at the Stone Church this Saturday? What do you love (last time – promise) about having Arc Iris opening the show?
Price: A rock show! Teaming up with Arc Iris is slightly unorthodox but it works. I’m a big fan.
B&L: Question number 12. If you could have a dozen of anything, what would that dozen of something be?
: Eggs, of course.
Winterpills will share the stage with Arc Iris on Saturday, April 30th at the Stone Church in celebration of their new record, “Love Songs.” For tickets and more information, click here.