Monday, 29 April 2013

True Apothecary Q&A

Your name: 
David Brooks (vocals, guitar).

Where are you from? 
Originally North Carolina, but I've been living in New York for about 15 years now.

Name of band:
True Apothecary.

Who else is in your band? 
Jared Garcin (guitar) Tom Parisi (drums) and Harold Beltre (bass).

How would you describe yourselves?
Musically I'd say we're some sort of indie/experimental rock band with pop vocals. It's hard to sum up our sound in a sentence or two, but if John Mayer had a lovechild with Circa Survive we'd probably hang out with that kid on the regular.  
As people we're an odd, but quite humorous bunch of guys. We do well with a couple rounds of drinks ;)

Who are your main influences musically?
We all come from very different musical backgrounds. Jared (guitar) takes some influence from Circa Survive and Thrice. Tom (drummer) comes from a punk/ska/reggae background and LOVES Queen to death, also NOFX, (who I also dig). Harold (bass) has been with us about a month or two and seems to be all over the map, but we know he digs The Mars Volta. I, David, (vocals/guitar) take influence from Michael Jackson, Death Cab For Cutie and Further Seems Forever, (mostly the How To Start a Fire album).

What do you hope to achieve in music?
A self sustaining career would be nice, and infinite fame would be even better ;)

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Honestly, I think this current line-up has been the highlight thus far.  It's been a long road to finding a group of musicians that are on the same page of dedication and talent. I've been working with Jared for about three years with True Apothecary through various line-ups. We found Tom about a year ago and now with Harold in the mix things are finally starting to move. We're not famous, but we're moving forward, which is a hard thing to do with four different points of view. This is the first time we're all looking in the same direction and that can be a difficult thing to achieve.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Ha...settling on past players and making compromises at our expense to make them feel more comfortable. I've lost numerous contacts and venues over stubborn players, whether it's a location or the equipment we have to use at a particular venue, or just a lousy schedule on their part. If True Apothecary was this line-up when Jared and I started I don't think I'd really have an answer for this question.

If you could choose just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
The Eagle Has Landed. I think, (and hope), it gives off enough pop sensibility to attract the average top 40 listener while still maintaining an air of thoughtful musicality and experimentation. The song is in 5/4 time, which isn't something you typically find in mainstream music. True Apothecary is a band Jared and I put together to achieve something a little different, but still have substance to it.  I think The Eagle Has Landed embodies that idea. Also, we had the good fortune of having Jay Sakong from Owel (another band to check out) guest vocal on it, and he sings like an angel.

Where can we listen to it? it's a free download as well (so is the four song EP it's a part of).

Where can we find out more about your music?
Anything else you’d like to say about your band that I forgot to ask?
We'll be putting out a new EP by May. No title, but it's jam packed with goodness.
Obviously we'd like to sell the music we record, but if anybody can't pay for whatever reason, simply mail us at and we'll be glad to send you a free download of any and everything we have. Money pays the bills, but if nobody listens to you then what's the point?

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