Come celebrate the inauguration of our 44th President by heading over to the Middle East Upstairs tonight to see Archelon play a full set of music as The Presidents of the United States of America. Archelon first played in this musical costume on Election Night and it went so well that they figured it only fitting to cap off the political season with another night of music from the band known lovingly as PUSA.
Q&A w/ Jesse Goyette, bassist of Archelon
Q: How did the idea first come up to play a show as PUSA on election night? and what kind of reception did you guys receive?
A: I think it was either Trever or Brian’s idea to start out…we’d originally planned on just doing it as a Halloween thing, and then it occurred to us that it’d be pretty cool to do the thing on election night. It was pretty overwhelming to start out…the Presidents’ style couldn’t be more unlike our usual sound, but having all cut our teeth on 90’s music it was still a common love for the three of us. The night of the show was amazing, we got a great response from the crowd. A lot of people came up to us afterwards talking about how they’d forgotten how much they loved the Presidents. And then there was that whole election thing, that was fairly exciting in and of itself.
Q: PUSA cover shows aside, where does the connection lie between the extinct species of sea turtles known as Archelon and your music?
A: Ultimately we’re all just massive geeks who are hugely into dinosaurs and turtles. Trever has 5 pet turtles, Brian’s got dinosaur posters in his bedroom, it was just a natural direction for us to take things. We haven’t quite finished our first album yet but we’ve already started writing our second one, which is going to be a concept album centered around an Archelon-worshiping tribe of humans living in post-apocalyptic Colorado. Q: What is the most flattering/sickening musician/band comparisons you have received from fans, friends, family, press etc…? A: Well we haven’t done much yet so just being asked for an interview is high on the list right now. The first PUSA show we did, the way that was received was amazingly flattering, especially for me having never sung in front of people before. Other than that, I guess one time Ernie Kim showed up kinda late into one of our shows and only saw us play a couple of covers and he complained later that he’d wanted to hear our songs, that was pretty nice to hear.
Q: What are the upcoming plans for Archelon in ’09, shows, touring, album etc..?
A: We’re up to the mixing stage of our first album, which we hope to have out by the end of the winter. Our next show after the inauguration show will probably be our record release. We actually haven’t played a show as ourselves since August, and as much fun as this whole Presidents thing has been we’re all really looking forward to dedicating ourselves to ourselves again. Once we’ve got the first record out and we get back into playing shows again we’ll start dedicating ourselves to writing the concept album, which we’ll hopefully get to start recording later in the summer.
Q: If you could play a show in Boston with 3 other local bands who would they be and at what Boston venue would you play?
A: I’d love to play with Hangman’s Alphabet, Nassy, and Tristan da Cunha, just because those are really great bands that are friends of ours and any time that any of us get together it ends up being a good time. Venue, I don’t know, they’ve all got their positives, maybe Great Scott just because I haven’t played there in ages and I’ve had some great times there.
Listen to Archelon “Dieceratops”