1. Let’s talk about the name Pink Pots briefly. How did that come to fruition?
Todd: It came out totally as stream of consciousness. It’s not supposed to represent anything important, it’s meaningless.
Fun fact, occasionally people mistakenly call us Pink Dots, which is already a band from the Netherlands. Probably should’ve chosen a different name.
2. How did you guys come together and how have you grown as a band over the years?
Todd: At one point or another we were all students of the Charlotte School of Rock, which was a place that gave performance-based music lessons. We’d all already known each other for like three or so years before we were in a band together, but this incarnation of the band wasn’t together when the band initially started.
Phillip: We kept kicking out people we didn’t like anymore.
Todd: Yeah, that plus people leaving, and that’s essentially how we got this lineup.
3. What musicians or people in general, do you look at for inspiration?
Todd: Essentially everyone I know at this current moment in my life shaped this album somehow.
Todd: I write and record everything myself in a makeshift studio that I’ve made over the years at my parents’ house. It’s not professional at all – the best piece of equipment I have is a set of drum mics that are essentially all broken in some way or another. This album took a year and a half to make, so over that year I wrote tons of songs and recorded various incarnations of them that eventually led to me saying “screw it”, and thus I recorded the better whole of the album pretty much by myself over the course of a month.
We’ve made a much better effort on rehearsing as a band and transferring what I record to a live setting. On this album I tried to cut back more on studio experimentation since a majority of the songs we play from our previous record (The Life and Times Forthcoming) doesn’t sound the same at all live.
Pink Pots will be releasing their new album Adolescence Jacket on June 9th. Catch the premier of the new single “Shadow of Crowders Mountain” click your mouse here. For tickets to the release show and album release click here.
5. Being in Charlotte, how do you feel about the music scene and the way large venues have closed but smaller spots are trying to help revive the scene?
Todd: I’ll take this question from a teenager’s perspective. When we initially started as a band (late 2015, when I was 16), the last major all ages venue (Tremont) got torn down, so that kind of led me to thinking that I’d have to wait like a year and a half or something to even bother playing shows in the area. Luckily though, I was able to make connections with some awesome people and get on bills at 18+ and 21+ venues for the first time, which was rad given I was 16/17.
I like the scene here and I love the people in it, and there’s a lot of musicians around that I know that I feel deserve success and a bumbling environment to be around. However, the only problem I feel that holds Charlotte’s scene back is that I can’t help but think that we have kind of an alcohol-fueled culture, which doesn’t really resonate with me at all since I was raised in a family of teetotalers. Since every new joint around here is 18+ or 21+ and serves alcohol, it prevents younger kids from coming out to shows and seeing new bands, playing with their own, and helping the scene progress. It promotes ideals of going out and getting drunk and eating expensive food rather than going out and seeing a band. It makes going out to shows an exclusive, adult thing.
And I know there’s kids who want to come see shows that are under 18. At my high school, I formed a band with my schoolfriends, and we started throwing house shows which would ALWAYS have a good turnout. We talked about playing in Charlotte after Pink Pots started playing, but ultimately decided we couldn’t since everyone we knew that would come at the time was under 18. Even aside from that, I remember my friends and I getting pissed off about not being able to go to shows of bands that we really liked. Now that I’m over 18, I don’t even feel like doing it anymore since I know it’s just going to be booze everywhere. And even regardless, I can’t drink it even if I wanted to.
I’m glad that smaller spots have been opening up though, and it’s nice to see that Crown Station and Tommy’s Pub both got different locations and are able to still do business. But I don’t really see another dedicated all ages venue opening up soon, which sucks. Luckily places like Lunchbox and Petra’s throw all ages shows, though.
Todd: It’s generally just record stores. We used to busk a ton the summer before we started Pink Pots so we’d all hang out around NoDa then.
Phillip: What down time? I just work and sleep.
7. What, if any, has been the biggest obstacle for the band?
Todd: Dormancy, inability to communicate, and laziness. We all live in separate parts of the Charlotte metropolitan area so getting together to practice was habitually a hard thing to do. During most of 2017, we’d all practice only the day of the show and then play the show immediately after since we all have jobs with varying hours. We’ve been getting better at it though.
8. What have been some of your favorite show moments?
Todd: The best shows we’ve had have all been house shows. We organized a show at Phillip’s house once called “Dilemmafest” that had one of the best lineups I’ve ever played with and tons of people flocked to his house. During one point in our set I tore off my shirt and started barking at the audience for whatever reason I can’t remember now.
Phillip: The time when I finally stopped crying.
9. What are your plans for the rest of 2018? New music or videos? tour?
Todd: Put out album. Tour. Try not to die.
10. How would you describe your shows in three words?
Todd: We suck live.
Phillip: Big fart buckets.
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