--Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily
Seth Aldridge: Music is always on my mind whether I’m listening to music at that
moment or not. I’ve met pretty much all my friends through playing music and
that’s the thing we all have in common and relate to and usually end up talking
about. I like that certain songs or albums can make you think back on a certain
time in your life or where or who you were with when you were listening to said
Mason Keck: Music is the biggest part of my life. It's where I met most of my
friends and taken me to most of the places I want to go. Since the pandemic, its
been even more of a refuge to get away from the craziness of Every day life.
Keith Ingalls- Music has shaped every aspect of my life. Aside from my family and
one childhood friend, every meaningful relationship or lasting friendship in my
adult life is directly related to my creating and performing music. For better or
worse it has influenced every decision I’ve made in the last twenty years.
--Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
SA: I think the best place to listen to music is when you are driving or riding in the
car. Other than that I do my more attentive listening in the morning while I’m
drinking coffee and haven’t really started my day.
MK: I do most of my music listening in thy gym while I'm running. Recently I've
been trying to listen to a new album I haven't heard before every time I go in there.
Keith Ingalls- Walking my dog has been the main place for experiencing music
the last few years. Pre-pandemic I would have also said traveling in the band van
to gigs. During the pandemic I’ve set up my music room at home and enjoy
listening through my studio monitors.
--What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments,
mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
SA: I like playing Gretsch and Ludwig drums because they are timeless and always
sound great. Evans drumheads and Promark sticks because they hold up better than
any other brand and I always know what I’m getting with them. I like any good
cymbal I can get my hands on. Lately, that has been Istanbul or Zildjian cymbals.
MK: When it comes to guitars, I'm a big Gibson guy. I also love Fender guitars,
but I usually play the Gibson role in the band. I also play Germino amps, which
are the best Marshall-voiced amps on the market in my opinion. I love old Fender
amps too! BMF and Cusack effects are my go-to pedals. The BMF Purple Nurple
is like The Black Crowes in a pedal! As far as mics, we're typically using
Sennheiser in live situations.
Keith Ingalls- I really enjoy my Fender Precision bass, Super Bassman amplifier, and cabinet. I have a reissue of Guild Starfire II that I love in equal parts because of
its unique sound and it was my teenage dream bass. The Barefoot Effects Pale
Green Compressor is great, it’s very quiet and even sounding. I’ve had the Xotic
Effects Bass BB preamp pedal and Ep boost on my board for some time now and
use them to add varying amounts of overdrive and boost. I keep an MXR Phase 90
on the board for an occasional Pink Floyd cover or to get a positive or negative
reaction from band members. We currently use Sennheiser e935 vocal
microphones for live performances and rehearsals.
--Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The
the storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred
during the writing/recording process?
SA: Our newest recording came about because we had written some new songs
that we really liked and had been playing but didn’t have quite enough for a full
album but we also had a handful of older songs that we had been playing for years
and had never managed to get them down the way we intended and decided to put
them together. With some luck and good timing around the time we decided to do
this our Friend Jay Tooke invited us out to Nashville to come to do some recording in
his studio. Everything just fell into place and working with Jay was a lot of fun and
I think the product is the best thing we have done to date.
MK: Our current project has been years in the making! Some of the songs were
written recently, and some were written throughout the years and never released.
There were times in years before where we had tried to record some of these songs
and we weren't pleased with the end result, and this pandemic gave us time to
really sit down and dig in. It was also cool to look at the older tunes with fresh eyes
and make some changes that made the songs better as a whole.
Keith Ingalls- My perspective for the new project will differ the most from the
other three guys in that they are all new songs for me. “Big City Blues”, “Glass
Bottles”, “Too Late Now”, “I Can Still Be Your Man” and “Don’t Look Now” are
songs the band had written and possibly recorded but never released before I joined the band three years ago. However, we hadn’t performed them since my
joining until preparing them for this recording at the end of 2019/beginning of
2020. “Burger King” is the newest song of the project. We have been performing
“Hope It Ain’t That Bad” live since the beginning of 2019.
--Were there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as
a band overcome them, if not what do you think is Jive Mother Mary’s
formula to gel so well?
SA: This recording process went really smoothly and was a lot of fun. I think Jay
really knew how to capture what Jive Mother Mary does. If anything I just wish
we would have had more songs ready and more time.
MK: There really weren't any conflicts during the recording process. We spent
plenty of time preparing for the studio, and I felt we all knew the songs well. It
helps that the members of this band grew up around each other and we've known
each other most of our lives.
Keith Ingalls- Aside from the uncertainty of the world as a whole, I thought the
process went pretty smoothly. Beyond being great players there’s a lot of history
with Mason, Seth, and Schulz. They’ve been friends, bandmates, and (at times)
roommates for well over a decade. They’ve shared so many musical and non-musical experiences together. There’s a certain group intuition that comes with all
of that. Being the “new guy” I just try to listen and play the best I can to keep up
Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a
SA: Something that I did with this project that I’ve never really done before was
get to spend time and experiment with different drum sounds. Usually, we are in
and out in one day and basically set up play everything down, and move on. This
time we would see which drums and cymbals sounded right for each track. We
would swap drums and cymbals out, change heads, remove heads, Change mics, or
mic placement. We got some really great sounds.
MK: My favorite part of the experience is when you have just recorded an
awesome take of a song, and you listen back over the studio monitors. If the track
sounds great raw and unmixed, you know it's going to be an awesome final
product. I also love going back and layering guitars after the rhythm track is
finished. It's like putting the sprinkles on the Ice Cream.
Keith Ingalls- I like being there for all tracking sessions even if I’m not needed. If I
feel like I’m in the way I’ll go have coffee or three in the break room.
--How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the
recording studio and produced?
SA: You can never be sure a song is one hundred percent done until you lay it
down and that’s it. Once it goes down on record that’s when you are stuck with it.
MK:...I'm the worst! Admittedly, I'll go on and on with a song until someone else
says, "Dude, it's finished!" There usually is a point tho when it's clear the song is
ready for the next process.
--Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently-
where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2021 and beyond?
SA: Honestly for 2021 I’m just hoping to get back on the road. I hope we can make
up for some of our canceled dates and tours. Hopefully, get back to Europe. I think
everyone everywhere is ready to like music.
MK: 2020 was the strangest year you could imagine for artists. We are very much
a boots on the ground type band, and it has been tough not touring and playing
live! I'm hoping 2021 brings back a safe touring schedules, and I hope our new
release gains some traction to take us into our European tour that was rescheduled
Keith Ingalls- Hopefully we can return to performing live later this year.