6 Questions With Jane Church
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is Queens-based indie rock band Jane Church. We have not had the privilege of featuring Jane Church here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
We’re a homemade rock n roll band mostly based in New York City. We played our first show last April but I recorded the “Demolition USA” single at my friend’s apartment in fall 2016.
As an artist, how do you define success?
For me, success just means completing the things you set out to do. I’m really hoping to get the Demolition single plus our debut album Calimocho Molotov pressed to vinyl and also hoping to play some bigger shows. If these things happen then I’ll consider it a success.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Hmmm…..well I don’t know too much about the music business but getting people to listen is always a challenge. There’s so much music out there.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
“Trucker’s Last Hour” is a fun one. It isn’t necessarily my favorite but I think it’s very timeless and palatable for people who like a lot of different stuff.
We don’t have that one, but enjoy “This Here City” instead:
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
I definitely have a handful of favorite bands and records I’ve liked since I was a kid but I don’t think I’ve ever set out to form a band with the intention of being similar to someone else. That said, I recently listened to that Replacements Live at Maxwell’s record that just came out. I think the recording is from 1986. The fearless spirit of the way that band performed on a good night is something I’d consider influential. They mess up covers and Westerberg forgets lyrics to his own songs but they manage to power through it all in a really incredible way. There’s something honest about imperfections. I think that’s cool.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I watch movies and read as much as I can. My curiosity about the world and human interactions sometimes feels like more of an obsession. On “Calimocho Molotov” there are several songs that are character studies. I’ve always been interested in the empty world Raymond Carver created in his short stories. His writing is extremely minimal and you never really realize how deep the stories are or sometimes what they’re even about until you’re done reading. I wanted to make songs like that but darker and more cartoonish and use characters like the ones on Springsteen’s Nebraska or Suicide’s self-titled album. Just really fucked up and sad American people. “State Electrician” is about a recently laid-off executioner who has no idea he’s a sociopath and “Trucker’s Last Hour” is about another miserable scum bag like Dennis Hopper’s character in “Out of The Blue” or the truck driver in “Stroszek”.