by J.D. Reager
This Sunday night, Seattle alt-rock/power-pop mainstays The Posies will co-headline Minglewood Hall along with ex-Raconteur Brendan Benson. The gig is a homecoming of sorts for the primary duo behind The Posies, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, who also spent the last 17 backing Jody Stephens and the late Alex Chilton in the modern-day incarnation of Memphis' legendary Big Star.
We've already got a feature on The Posies in this week's Flyer, for which we were able to speak with Stringfellow, Auer and Stephens. But the interviews yielded more interesting material than could be included in the paper, so here are a few select outtakes:
On performing at the Big Star tribute concerts in Austin and Memphis:
Stephens: There was a pervasive feeling of comfort. It was a place that we could all congregate and share our emotions and loss. Austin was a tough night, but there was a lot of heart in the performance. I think the Memphis show was more about honoring Alex's music than grieving.
Stringfellow: South By Southwest (Austin) might have been too soon for me. But in Memphis, there was enough distance and I was able to feel the love for Alex. It was epic - especially when the rain came. It was uplifting and sad at the same time.
Auer: I think we had low expectations going into it, but it ended up being magical. Time stood still.
On recording the new album, Blood/Candy:
Stringfellow: We decided a few different times that we were going to do a new record, but wasn't until this April that we got serious. We just couldn't put it off anymore - it became a "now or never" situation. So we spent two weeks together in a studio in Spain as a whole band. From there, we split the album in halves for Jon and I to each finish. But I ran out of time with my part because of commitments to other projects, so I had to call in a friend to help finish it in time.
Auer: We barely pulled this record off. It only happened through sheer force of will. Seriously, it was a fucking marathon. Next time, we will plan twice as much time for the process.
On Stringfellow and Auer's rocky personal relationship:
Stringfellow: We started young and became successful very early, so we didn't learn basic life skills and just couldn't get along anymore. Truthfully, it was like the Hatfields and McCoys there for a while. But being in a rock band, you have to rein that shit in.
Auer: Its only through forgiveness that Ken and I are still working together. There's no other good answer.
Stephens: I was never aware of it, honestly. They certainly never let it affect our work together.
On The Posies' musical gifts:
Stephens: They have a great sense of melody and attention to detail. There's lots of soul in what they do. And they have these angelic voices when they sing together.