This Friday The Loving Touch in Ferndale will be hosting a pretty fun lineup. The music is fun and the people playing the music are really fun to be around! The lineup includes My Pal Val, Cheapshow, The Gator (with a full band) and Chicago's own Oshwa. I asked Val from My Pal Val, Allison aka The Gator, and Vince from Cheapshow to answer some fun questions to show of their fun personalities. Vince initially responded with all of the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air intro song, I made him give real-ish answers. Read below for a laugh and head out to The Loving Touch this Friday for a good time. It's FREE for 21 and over and only $5 dollars for 18+.
HID- What's the most important color and why?
Val- I would have to say green mostly because black is a shade and not a color.
Vince- Black. Because it's the kind of bear that's best.
Allison- Well it's not indigo, that's for damn sure. Indigo is an arbitrary color. Newton added indigo to his definition of the rainbow because he wanted there to be seven colors to match Descartes' seven-tone musical scale. So nuts to indigo. Man, now I'm all worked up. I'd better have a bowl of cereal to calm myself down. The correct answer is, of course, blue, because of the sky, the ocean, and my eyes.
HID- What's your drink of choice?
Vince- I have no preference because I'm poor.
Allison- Sweet potato/pineapple/carrot juice. Also apple/kale/carrot/beet/parsley/spinach juice to clear out the fridge. I drink a lot of lemonade. I don't drink alcohol, though, so nobody wants to hang out with me.
HID- If you were a cartoon character who would you be and why?
Val- Genie from Aladdin. I want to be free from my chains.
Vince- Captain K'nuckles from the Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack because, I feel, his character is a wonderful representation of what I will be in 10 years.
Allison- Turanga Leela from Futurama, but gay.
HID- What is the worst band that you have ever seen live?
Val- Mudvayne is the absolute worst band I've seen live. I remember being really bummed because of how solid the first couple records were, and I was expecting to hear that in person.
Vince- I have never seen a band play live.
Allison- It would be impolite to say.
HID- What do you want to be when you grow up?
Val- A professional beach bum
Vince- A member of the X-Men. Fuck, Sadie. One of our songs is called "since when did 'joining the X-Men' become an unsuitable career objective." That's really unprofessional. Gosh.
Allison- The first thing I ever wanted to be was a professional baseball player. I was serious. Then I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. I even did a couple summers in radiation oncology research at Royal Oak Beaumont learning molecular biology. But then we recorded our first album in the summer of 1999, and the rest is a very unfortunate history. In the 8th grade, I was voted most likely to be a neurosurgeon. In the 11th grade, I was voted most likely to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. You know, baseball's a funny game.
HID- What is the one fashion trend you secretly hope comes back in your lifetime?
Val- SOAP shoes.
Vince- Going to shows. I too am guilty of staying home instead of coming out, but I'm trying to change it.
Allison- Wearing black, blue, brown, or gray all the time. (no whammies no whammies no whammies)
HID- What album or band influenced you to start playing music?
Val- This is a really difficult question. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced influenced me to play drums, and Kittie - Spit was the reason I decided to start a band.
Vince- Against Me! is Reinventing Axel Rose and Crime as Forgiven by Against Me! are two of the records that have not only shaped how I write and play, but without them I might as well be dead. All lyrical puns aside, if I hadn't found those records (and I found them at the same time), there is a chance I might not be alive. Their raw, guttural angst was something I found extremely empowering and the lyrical connection, that I still have to this day, gave me the courage to be myself (even if I still don't know who that is).
Allison- The Beatles, The Who, Peter Paul and Mary, Leadbelly, Patti Smith- these were the earliest influences. Punk-O-Rama Volume 2. Rancid's Let's Go, NOFX's Punk in Drublic, and Bad Religion's Suffer. Greg Graffin is probably the biggest guiding influence. Role model of sorts. I love the music Joey Cape creates. I love his writing. I really love Neko Case. And I'd like to say that I think Lawrence's Arms' Metropole is the best album of 2014.
The show starts at 8 p.m. this Friday and The Loving Touch is located at 22634 Woodward, Ferndale MI.