By Mark Perro of The Men; photos by Kevin Faulkner on January 7, 2014
The New York Knicks.
OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL
When I believed in that sort of stuff, I spent some time in the jungle, and I dreamed that I saw an eagle. I thought for a while that was my spirit animal.
IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC
Drivin’ around somewhere pretty.
WORST SHOW EVER
Our weirdest show ever was when we played the Gershwin Hotel in Manhattan, probably in 2010. We were the house band for a performance-art/nude-drawing class; the concept was basically you had 20 to 30 people in masquerade masks walking around the room, totally nude, and people would draw them in different poses. There was one surreal moment when one of the models was standing on top of our amps, and people were just watching, drawing, not paying attention to us at all. I guess that was kind of the best and worst show.
ON THE ROAD
When we were in Rome one time, a certain member of the band allegedly trashed his hotel room, according to the hotel staff—and they wanted us to pay all this money for it. We said we needed to get money out of the van and just took off. The owner of the hotel ran us down on his scooter, stopping the can in the middle of the road, stopping traffic, throwing his helmet at the van, screaming in Italian. He said he was going to call the cops, and then another member of the band said to him, "Nobody cares about your stupid light." He eventually just went away and we kept on going.
LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD
Being broke, but judging by the frequency of it, you might think otherwise.
WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...
This interview gets printed in FILTER magazine!
3 albums that inspired The Men's Mark Perro to make music
These are three of my favorite all-timers. They all inspire the way I play—or the way I hope to one day play.
Caveman soul, one groove over and over again.
Stolen riffs, songs, melodies and, yet, totally theirs.
Motorik beat. Klaus Dinger is my favorite drummer of all time. Everything I do musically, I try to emulate what he did.
This article is from FILTER Issue 54