This is a review by Ben at http://www.musicemissions.com/blog/index.php/2011/06/05/margot-and-the-nuclear-so-and-sos-tour-review/
It’s always swag to be an early adopter. You know, one of those hipster type elites that is always ahead of the curve. They always wear the trendy clothes before anyone else. They always have the latest and greatest in technology, aka Apple gear. And they oftentimes are also influencing the rest of us in regards what we watch and listen to. I felt like one of those elite individuals when I went to check out Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s at The Granada Theater. Having existed for several years, they have been touring lately to push last year’s Buzzard. That release was a change of pace for the band, who shed many of their former elaborate instruments in exchange for a more stripped down sound. They were in town filling the opening slot support role for The Twillight Singers.
There were only 100-150 people or so at the beginning of the set. My best guess is that the crowd could be evenly split between those who were already fans and those who were just arriving to the Margot party. I say that because it seemed like half were singing along and half were not. Having said that, I would also add that the majority in attendance were elated by their experience. Size doesn’t always matter, sometimes quality does trump quantity. Their guitars, rhythm, and harmonies were evocative of Minus The Bear. I think fans of Modest Mouse, Portugal.the Man, Ra Ra Riot, Death Cab For Cutie, and Dashboard Confessional would dig their vibe and sound. The stage setup, as the music itself, was simple. Sometimes less is more, and that description was very fitting for the mood of the night.
Margot and gang, led by Richard Edwards, played 40 minutes of consistent pop/folk/love rock. This band makes groovy sounding, poptimistic tunes that remind the world that guys have feelings too. “I’m never gonna break your heart, not unless I have to”, they sing during “New York City Hotel Blues”. They have a sensual sound and seductive stage presence that sucks you in suddenly. The guys led an ethereal journey that made us forget it was just a Monday. Hell, for a few minutes it even made me forget about the flat tire and annoying hassle of an ordeal I had rushing to try and make this show.
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s have been around for several years at this point, and nothing on the horizon would suggest they won’t stay around for several more. There have been numerous evolutions of both form and members, only time can tell if this changes or not. They are just about to end this part of their touring stint. They are experimenting with an innovative project of raising funds to make their new record. By visiting their website, fans can pledge a donation which gets them a copy once the project is done. This hard working band tours frequently, so try and catch them the next time they come through town.
After seeing up and coming rock/pop/folk band Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s at the Granada, I was able to hang out with them for a few minutes after their performance. We shared some conversation over a joint:
Ben: So I’ve heard and read online that your band’s name was based on the movie The Royal Tenenbaums. My question is why that movie, what was it about it that stood out?
Margot: No, not really. It actually doesn’t mean anything. It wasn’t based on any movie or anything.
Ben: Ok, well were any other band names considered?
Margot: No. this was the only idea ever. We wanted to spend more time thinking about and focusing on writing and making music instead.
Ben: So you are from Indiana. Do you eat chicken and noodles with mash potatoes?
Richard Edwards (singer): I’ve never even heard of that, what do you mean?
Chris Fry (Drummer): Of course, doesn’t everyone?
Ben: What do you worry or stress about?
Margot: We try not to do either but just focus on one step and goal at a time, right now working on the new record.
Ben: What was the latest video you watched on YouTube?
Margot: Hmmm probably Mr. Spriggs BBQ. It’s our favorite!
Ben: What era of music history would u like to be a part of?
Margot: 60’s and 70’s, oh yeah and the 90’s were cool too.
Ben: What’s going on with pledging for new record?
Margot: We found the right one, it works for us. We have heard of similar ideas before but needed something right for us. Some friends told us about pledgemusic.com and we were reluctant and hesitant initially, we warmed up to the idea.
Ben: Can you describe your song writing inspiration and process?
Margot: Simple: we don’t write on the road.
Ben: What’s the story behind your song, “A Journalist Falls In Love With Death Row Inmate #16”?
Margot: It was based on a tv show that we were watching at the time called Ink. It was only around for a season before it was canceled. It was trippy.
Ben: Speaking of trippy, were any psychedelics used in making the video for “Quiet As A Mouse”?
Margot: It was something we worked on while touring we talked on the phone with our people while both being in front of our computers. We would work on it then take a break, and just put it together one piece at a time.
Ben: What is your favorite video game or cartoon?
Margot: Power Rangers, Mario Kart, and the original Legend of Zelda.