I recently received the Grabass Charlestons’s latest album, Dale & The Careeners, to review for Razorcake. I wasn’t sure I would like it but was pleasantly surprised. I had never listened to them before, but found them to not be afraid to utilize some different genres to compliment their punk sound. It’s a mature, catchy record and I’d definitely recommend it.
Who are you? What position do you fill in your band?
My name’s Will. I write the songs and sing the parts. I also drive a Volvo and provide drums.
Tell me a story from your childhood, please.
When I was a kidster, I had to take a flight all by myself. Since I was an alone little kid, they treated me very favorably. They sat me up in first class right next to Darryl Strawberry! He was very nice and taught me how to play paper football.
When an older family member asks what kind of music you play, what do you tell her/him?
First, I change the subject. Then I talk about my career in dishwashing. I explain how every day presents a unique and robust set of challenges. I speak of the value of “staying wet.” I then ask for a dollar and a cigarette.
I’m sure you have been asked a number of times about how the band got together. So, could you please make up a story about how you all got together? No, really. Just make something up. Knock yourself out.
David Lee Roth introduced us.
What was the first album you bought that ignited your love for music?
Kenny Rogers’s The Gambler. It was the first album I ever owned. Actually, my mom bought it for me. Does that still count?
It seems we all have that person who got us into non-mainstream music (punk/hardcore/indie/metal/emo)? Who was that person for you?
My brother went away to boarding school in the late ‘80s. He returned to Homosassa, our hometown, with a collection of cassettes that changed my life. Among them was the Pixies, which forever shaped how I listen to music.
There is nothing new under the sun, so, let’s be honest: musically you’re ripping somebody off. Who is it?
Yeah, I’m ripping people off left and right. Most recently I got really into ripping off the Constantines. The Arrivals have been a great source, too. Anything with drums, bass, and guitar, and a sense of melody is pretty much fair game for me.
Why should I listen to your music?
Because your mind probably wants to get blown.
Where can someone go on the internet to listen to your songs?