The WK thing continues this Thursday, May 12th at NYC’s 55 Bar for show #4 of 5, with Nate Wood, Owen Biddle and Henry Hey. This week’s featured artist: Thom Yorke. The following is an excerpt from Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
DC: I see this week you’re delving into Radiohead territory. Surprising from you, as the tedium of jazz musicians covering that particular band became a cliché years ago. What’s up with that?
WK: You’re right, of course. It was a last ditch thing. I’d planned on doing Britney Spears this week – had even arranged a few songs – but then ran across the last cut on her new record and was so bummed out by the lyrics I couldn’t stand the idea of covering her. Then I remembered I had that Yorke record, “The Eraser”, which was pretty good, so I hit that instead. Hopefully the audience won’t be as cynical about it as you are.
DC: When can we expect to hear you performing your own music again?
WK: I don’t know. I hope to have a batch of new stuff finished soon to record and will no doubt want to play it live somewhere, sometime. But I have to say, what we’ve been doing down there with these covers has been pretty wild…sometimes it’s hard to distinguish from my stuff.
DC: How is that possible? You’re saying your music is no different from Britney Spears’?
WK: It’s not that, but – we figured out a long time ago how to improvise as a band in this certain way, and now I’m finding we can do it with almost any written material. It’s a pretty transforming feeling, actually. I’m not sure yet what it means, but I think it’s good.
DC: Well, we’ll be the judge of that…
WK: Judges try. We do.
The 55 Bar: 55 Christopher St. & 7th Ave. South. 212-929-9883. Sets at 10:15 and midnight.