Shannon Perry – Vocals, wearing our Hyper Kinetic Romper
In a city that has no shortage of music Gazebos is a Seattle band you must see live. Each individual in this quartet has played in bands throughout Seattle’s music community for over a decade. Shannon Perry, TV Coahran, Shane Herrell, and Jordan T. Adams formed Gazebos a couple of years ago and have been delivering songs seeping of existential dread along with feminist anthems you can dance to. They embody Prairie Underground’s roots as a group of individuals who are uniquely creatively and become your best friend. We asked them to pop over to our studio before taking off on their first tour to play dress up and share their stories with us.
Shannon wearing our Traveling Companion
Q : Tell us a bit about your history and what brought you to the music you play now with Gazebos?
TV : Popular Shapes, Holy Ghost Revival, TV Coahran [solo], Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, Spurm, Prohibituary, R. Stevie Moore’s live band
Shannon : Every band that I’ve been in has been dramatically different. I think my sound in Gazebos is a product of a combination of just doing what came naturally against TV’s demos, and reaching an age where I’ve become more comfortable with theatrics and showmanship.
Shane : I started playing music when I was 14. Some of the bands I’ve played in around Seattle were the Knast, Virgin, First Times, Great Spiders, and now I’m also in Bread & Butter. I ended up playing in Gazebos when TV played me some demos and asked if I wanted to play Squeeze-type music. I said HELL YEAH.
TV Coahran – Guitarist & Vocals, wearing our Heated Suit
Q : Are you from the PNW, if so what has kept you here and if not what brought you here?
Shane Herrel – Bassist, wearing our Touring Trouser
Jordan T. Adams – Drummer, wearing our RZ Cigarette Pant
Q : What is the philosophy behind the songs in “DIE ALONE”? Can you talk about a couple of them and the ideas that they explore?
TV : I sometimes write hook lines when the instrumentals are coming together (“I don’t like the boys who like me”, “I don’t wanna be here”). At first they mean something real literal and simple to me, but tend to become something different once Shannon interprets and creates all the meaty real lyrics. I write catch phrases and Shannon gives them meaning
I think in Gazebos, “DIE ALONE” is more me trying to shake everyone else up in a way. Or wake them up. It’s like a question. I don’t want to answer the question for them, I’d just hope that it might make them think. “Die alone” sounds sad as a phrase, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s inevitable. I think I’m preaching against fear. Or maybe I’m trying to normalize something that seems scary? It means a lot of things to me personally, but I’m open to however anyone wants to interpret it for themselves.
Q : How would you describe your personal style? What are your apparel inspirations?
Shane: 60’s and 70’s stoner vibe.
TV: I want kids on the street to look at me and know that i’m a real wizard like in their books
Shannon wearing the RZ Trip Tunic
Q : How does your experience of recording vs. performance vary?
Shannon: Performance is like really feeling the spirit at church. Recording is like a still life painting.
Q : What genre do you feel Gazebo‘s exists within or bands that you relate to in regards to your own music?
Shannon: Jordan and TV keep calling us “Whoa-Pop”, a term I feel iffy about. I am worse at musical genre classification than I am at keeping my mouth shut in tense political conversations.
Shane: Squeeze, Sparks, CAN
Q : Tell us a bit about the Frank Correa collaboration for the inside of the album as well as your music videos – what is your connection with the creative community around you and how do you approach these collaborations?
Shannon : I feel pretty involved in the artistic community, but I think I could do a lot more. I just like tattoos so much that I don’t often do much else besides commissions and show fliers. But like I said, this is a small city, and the community is pretty close-knit, so I feel like I’ve always got a hand in something.
Frank is a magical person that we are blessed to have in our community! That photo was all him. He shot us very quickly, and then just did what he felt like. We didn’t give input, just told him to be free with it, and he was.
Jordan : Frank was one of the first people I met when I moved to Seattle. In New York I was exposed to a massive amount of emerging contemporary art through my work, but Frank’s eye for color contrast, composition and refined imagery is among the best I’ve ever seen. We asked him to create a photo for us and gave him free reign on design, after a few poses together he ended up shooting us individually and creating an amazing scene. We all loved it and decided to include it as a poster insert in all the Die Alone LPs and CDs.
TV: Frank has been a friend for years. Love his bold ideas and bright saturated images.
Daisy heroin (Colin Dawson) has been doing great collage animations for a while and we knew he would make a great video for “just get high”. and he did.
Carlos Lopez is one of my longest-running friends in seattle and has made so many rad vids and films. very resourceful. he can take lemons and make OJ.
Q : Who are your favorite bands currently?
TV : Older stuff I’m into at the moment: YMO, Can, Kevin Ayers, Cher, Os Mutantes, Smashing Pumpkins
Newer stuff: Boyfriends, Bowie-Blackstar, Death Grips, King Krule, Clams, La Luz, Cheveu, D’Angelo, Full Toilet, Tame Impala
Shannon : Right now I can’t stop listening to Rihanna’s new album. My favorite new Seattle band is Boyfriends. Other than that, I’m kind of in a Beatles rut lately.
Jordan : We are touring with Shannon and the Clams right now, they are a favorite and their new record is so powerful. Definitely recommend it for anyone falling in or falling out of love.
Q : What would really benefit Seattle’s music scene and community?
TV: More venues.
Shannon: The current obliteration of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood caused by the exponentially increasing influx of tech workers could probably be slowed if our city would prioritize for preservation of creative communities/rent control instead of bulldozing entire neighborhoods to build expensive condominiums. The demographic shift is scattering our punk, artistic and creative communities.
I’d also like more music venues! We’ve lost more than we’ve gained in recent years.
People are producing such good work here and I think all artists stand to benefit from learning about and working on something new, especially when it is outside of their field.
Gazebos is signed with Hardly Art Records.
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