Weirder Than Looney Tunes
JOED OUT The Loudness Begins ( A story of Joed Out) Part 1: The Fellowship Gets Drunk Ben and Andrew met for the first time in the summer of 2000 at a Guided By Voices gig. Introduced, they said little but raised ale glasses politely at each other in a way that didn't really forecast the beginnings of anything. That night a seed was planted, though quite possibly the best thing (also quite possibly the worst) that ever happened to them. The inspiration that was Guided By Voices; a band that could deliver pure pop pleasure, song after catchy song, chord after perfectly placed power chord and still drink like the booze was free and then still keep drinking. Beer & Music. Rock & Roll. With Ben still creeping out of his angst ridden, Cure listening, short hair and baggy pants wearing teenage years, wise ol Andrew showed him the light (and his impressive record collection). Previously they had both been in bands. Ben in the failed RockQuest outfit Flip The Bird, and Andrew in the short lived Turkey Virgins. Together they drank, listened, played and made music they could call their own. It had a little something to do with jangle. Flying Nun being the mother superior guiding them from a Dunedin past. The Chills, The Clean, The Verlaines, 3D's and The Bats all providing them with the inspiration they needed to do things on their own terms. Part 2: The Two Line-ups At first Joed Out was a four piece, practicing in the front room of a Symonds St slum, Aucklandtown. They played a few gigs and had a bit of fun. Unfortunately though in the middle of 2000, the other two members decided Ben was a prick and left the band. Nevermind, said Ben and Andrew, so they retreated to New Lynn. Just the two of them, writing songs and recording them on a 4-track. One Sunday afternoon at ye olde Kings Arms, over a few steins of ale, Ben and Andrew happened upon a page boy playing piano and singing songs that sang like Sebadoh. He happened to play bass (amongst other things) so began the ritual journey to Ace Powertools for practices and drinking sessions. His name was Matty B, already popularized by his inclusion on the Crawlspace Kiwi Music Sampler (7). They set to work practicing and writing songs, with Matty B contributing his compositions too. For over a year these three played around town, generating a buzz wherever they went, well getting drunk anyway. In mid 2001 they released the Floorshow ep, selling them at gigs and the institution that was Crawlspace Records (RIP). In 2002 the band went down different paths for a while. Ben concentrating on the Feyodor album, and Matt and Andrew creating the Dead Souls Song Collective. In September of 2002, the band reformed twice for Andrew's 40th and Ben's 21st birthday parties. They resolved after that to release a whole albums worth of material that had been recorded but sat gathering dust in a scummy Grafton flat. They decided to call it Heroes&Zeroes. Justin Venturi Effect Schilder guitarist for Chicane agreed to tidy the songs up a bit at his Saltlick Studio. The band liked what Justin did. Justin liked the band. They all liked to drink. So Joed Out became 4 piece once again and that is how it remained...for a short while. Part 3: The Hobby Let's get one thing straight right now. This ain't no f***ing hobby but a fully fledged quest by these fellows to write, record and release the music that needs to be heard by an audience that needs noise pop in their lives. Damn Straight.