Friday, March 27, 2009

7 Silly Questions With EAR PWR

EAR PWR, the evil creation of Devin Booze & Sarah Power, has not so quietly been terrorizing the Atlantic coast states for the last couple of years with their infectious twee dance anthems and amazingly fun live shows. I remember seeing them at last year's WE Fest in Wilmington NC and just couldn't stop smiling. The duo has long been splitting their time between Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, but I have heard a nasty rumor that Baltimore is now their official home. NC will miss you. The pair have a new album (Super Animal Brothers III, due out May 19th) and a new label (Carpark Records) and have spent the last 8 months or so touring the US, leaving a trail of happiness in their wake.

One of the most impressive things about EAR PWR is that Devin, a recent grad from UNC-Asheville's Bob Moog founded Music Technology department, uses his skills to create the synths that EAR PWR uses to make its disco magic! Clearly there is a great deal of time and effort that is put into making the electronic music creations that power the show. And it is here that the true brilliance of the band shines through. If you get a chance to see EAR PWR live, I highly recommend doing so!

We recently caught up to the pair via email and took the opportunity to ask them some highly dorky questions!

Viva: What is the most embarrassing band you loved as a kid?
Sarah: Bush
Devin: Blues Traveler

Viva: What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?
EP: Funny things happen constantly when we're together, so it's pretty impossible to narrow it down. But, we were in an earthquake in LA and it was really funny. I know it doesn't sound funny, but it was!

Viva: What other band names did you seriously consider before going with EAR PWR?
EP: Beer Shwr and Cheer Flwr

Viva: Who has the worst van etiquette?
EP: Gerrit of Future Islands

Viva: Your live show is dependent on technological gizmos and contraptions. Does your gear ever betray you?
EP: Yes, all of the time. We've had to replace everything in our set up at least once. We've went through 4 megaphones!

Viva: Who’s in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Sarah: Jay-Z & The Beach Boys
Devin: Dr. Sakis

Viva: What was the worst fight over nothing that you got into with each other after being road weary and exhausted?
EP: Hmmm, we really don't fight. Sometimes I get mad at Devin if he doesn't have both hands on the wheel.

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