Houston’s Indian Jewelry was nice enough to give us some insight into their music in the following interview. Also check out their track “Oceans” from their upcoming album “Totaled” below the interview.
s.o.t.r.- Tell us about your newest album, and when it will be released?
I.J.- Our newest album is called Totaled. I think it’s great, but I don’t want to spoil the mystery. Anyhow, the record was supposed to come out April 27 this year but there was some kind of sleeping spell in upper management and now it’s coming out out in early May.
s.o.t.r.- You blend so many styles including, psychedelia, industrial, and shoegaze to name a few, can you name some of your influences musically?
I.J.-We’ve been doing it for a long time and it is hard to say what isn’t an influence on our music. [Here is a completely random list of fairly recent bands we dig anyway, arranged by chance memory and association: SIXES/Deathroes, Country Teasers/The Rebel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Sword Heaven, Garbaj Kaetz, Clipd Beaks, Psychic Ills, Excepter, SS Pyramid Snake, Mazing Vids, Leslie Keffer, Tusco Terror et al, Glass Candy, GA'AN, Oakeater, Night Gallery, Mater Suspiria Vision, Bad Party, Genders,Gardens, Adult., Loto Ball Show/Loto Ball's Stupid Danse.] But the stuff that leaves a deep mark is seldom even close to what people think. I’ll break it down for you this way. For me, I’ve never had much money, ever, so I had limited exposure to music until the internet made everything free except freedom. When I was a teenager I listened to AC/DC, Metallica (Kill Em All & Master of Puppets,) Ozzy Osbourne, Depeche Mode, Guns N Roses, Johnny Cash (grew up on it,) anything on Magic 102 here in Houston, NWA, Leonard Cohen (via my mother,) Sex Pistols, Pantera (I saw them a bunch of times when they were still a hair metal band,) the Misfits, David Bowie, Motley Crue, the Doors (moreover, I checked out all of Jim Morrison’s books of poetry from the library and a few were pretty good,) Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, Fugazi, Jane’s Addiction, and the Butthole Surfers. I used my mother’s original lps of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band & Abbey Road to learn how to scratch ala a 1980s rap dj. That was all in jr high and high school. If you were talking to Erika or anyone else in the band, you’d be hearing of different and mostly cooler bands, (Mudhoney, Bauhaus, New Order, Blondie, Voidoids, Bongwater…) but you’re hearing from me and those are the ones that convinced me to throw my life away.
Lately, I have been listening to some Death In June, Trouble Funk, and Samhain. Beyond that we’re just talking a shitstorm of inevitable names and associations that one makes sooner or later with no regard for chronology: Old Dirty Bastard (RIP,) Eno, WIRE, really trashy garage bands, Syd Barrett, Parliament Funkadelic, Kill the Hippies, CAN, Pere Ubu, PIL, Roky Erickson, The Fall, Velvet Underground, Geto Boyz, saw Masonna in Cleveland many years ago and that was amazing; he made everyone there sick, Royal Trux, La Dusseldorf, the Ramones, Mayo Thompson, Suicide, the Pop Group, Cabaret Voltaire. Only really got into Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV after people kept throwing them in our faces, but I really love them now.
s.o.t.r.-I see you are playing in Mexico on march 21st. I am sure that will be quite an experience and make for some good stories. What inspired you to schedule that show?
I.J.-I got around to reading a few books by Roberto Bolano this past Fall, and I’ve been in the thrall of his narratives ever since. And they’re all about Mexico. What’s more, we have wanted to play in Mexico for years now, but never could figure out how to get there (now we know, drive south.) When Todd P invited us to play at the MtyMX festival we jumped at the chance. We’ve heard that Monterrey is the Houston of Mexico, so it can’t be worse than here unless it is.
s.o.t.r.-Who are some of your favorite groups in the Houston area?
I.J.-We street team for The Wiggins, Thousand Cranes, Future Blondes, Balaclavas, Twisted Wires (but we play in this group too,) How I Quit Crack, Rusted Shut, BLACKIE, Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery, TENSE, Kunst Fascion, Exterminating Angels, Little Joe Washington, AfterParty, High Almond Content, Fantasy F, Black Leather Jesus, Meat Glove, Wicked Poseur, and Cop Warmth. Cry Blood Apache are technically an Austin band, but they’re in too. The Houston band Voidmate has a nice video, though we’ve never seen them play. We stand by Jana Hunter even though she split town for vaguer pastures. We also rep for Rua Minx and the Electric Set/Terrible Eagle wherever they are in the world. Also, Erika and I have a new group COXCOMBS that will hopefully be releasing some stuff coming out this year.
s.o.t.r.- Do you have any pre show rituals?
I.J.-Naw. We just turn off the lights and go for it.
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