1. This episode is longer than 23 minutes
2. There is a lot of talking
The reason for that notice is that I’m talking to the Shifters, a great ska/rocksteady/reggae band out of D.C. and I wouldn’t want to cut them short or deny any of you listeners a thing they have to say or some of their music. It had to happen this way, and you’ll be glad I didn’t short change you. The Shifters are going on a short Southern California tour next week, so I want everyone to know about that too, and show up, and dance, and have a great time!
Look at me, I get to talk to Blake Hoshibata, guitarist for the Eugene, OR ska band, the Longshots. We talk about the usual, how the band got together, what went into writing and recording their latest EP, all that fun stuff. But what is really fun is that Blake also takes us all on a tour of the EP telling us the story behind the songs “Books” “Ryan Salisbury” and “Two Down”. He also lets us know that there is an full length album coming out soon too!
In my effort to grow this podcast, I’ve decided to start doing interviews with ska bands at the first of each month. For our first go around in interviewland I talk to the Indianapolis, IN group Lockstep. I’m mostly talking to vocalist/bass player Dave Grove, but if you listen close you can also hear keyboardist Jen Grove as well. We talk about how the band got started, what it is like to be married to a band member and their recent album “It Happened in the City…”. We also talk about Dave’s song writing process in general and specifically for the song “Michigan Road” which we close out this episode with.
Upcoming Lockstep shows in February:
* Thursday the 3rd at 7:30pm at Birdy’s (Indianapolis IN)
* Saturday the 19th at 10:30pm at the Melody Inn (Indianapolis IN)
w/ the Toasters
* Thursday the 24th at 7:30pm at Birdy’s (Indianapolis IN)
w/ One Punch Knockout, the Putz & the Typos
Lockstep’s song “Last Time Again” was previously featured in the episode “Rebirth” from May 23rd, 2010.
If you’re in a ska band and would like to be interviewed, please email me at radjose[at]gmail[dot]com. We’ll see if we can set something up.
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