THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Fletcher Todd: Guitar, Vocals
Billy Gleason: Guitar, Vocals
Chris Wehr: Bass Guitar
Jett Roeser: Drums
THE GARAGE: First of all, tell the people: What’s your brand of music and who are the artists that influence The New Abnormal?
Billy: I think that we would prefer not to be branded, but if you had to brand us, we could be classified as alternative or punk rock. We take a lot of influence from a lot of different bands. Nirvana and The Black Keys are definitely bands that really inspire us.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Billy: We have been working really hard to pound out new songs for this entire month. I think you could expect burgeoning energy from all of the band members, and a few surprises. We are all really hyped up to play one of our new songs “The Streetlamps Wept”. It’s got a really cool sound and feel to it, that I think everyone will connect to.
THE GARAGE: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Billy: It’s all about feelings. Songs that stimulate feelings are… So special. When an artist can pour their heart into a song, it really makes it easier for the listener to understand and feel the song. “Mayonaise” by Smashing Pumpkins and “Sometimes” by Sunny Day Real Estate are probably about as perfect as music will ever be.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Billy: Well, I guess you could call it practice… We drink a lot of Pepsi, eat pizza, break stuff, and play a little bit of music. Mostly we end up playing Tenacious D covers, and making up songs about pirates.
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue? Why?
Billy: Excluding THE GARAGE makes this harder. Obviously my answer would be THE GARAGE, but I guess we’ve had a few really fun shows at Station 4 in St. Paul as well.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
Billy: We type all of our lyrics onto our phones so those are important. Lightbulbs, the refrigerator, and the wheel are also pretty important.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Billy: Pierre. Go listen to Pierre, right now. Pierre, Pierre, Pierre.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Billy: Taxman by The Beatles.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
Billy: Don’t wait around for a drummer or a bassist or whatever you are lacking in. Get going with what members you have, and the pieces will come together in due time. Otherwise you’ll never get off your feet.