Plushgun has finally managed to release their debut album after a slew of EPs, lineup changes and various hairstyles. Singer and elite hipster (he hails from Brooklyn) Dan Ingala caught up with us from the road.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO COMPLETE PINS AND PANZERS?It is probably the closest I will empathize with pregnancy. The early anticipation and excitement, constantly changing names until the last minute, and a nice heaping of postpartum depression.
MY FAVORITE SONG BY YOU IS "JUST IMPOLITE." WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BREAKUP SONG?
This is a tough one. I would say somewhere between "Girl" by the Beatles and "Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright," by Bob Dylan, of course.
WHEN YOU WRITE SONGS, ARE YOU CONSCIOUS OF HOW MUCH DETAIL YOU WANT TO CONVEY TO THE AUDIENCE?
It’s important to be honest with oneself while writing songs. But in a lot of cases, names have been changed to protect the innocent. I’d like to think, as a songwriter, a lot of my experiences become public domain by necessity, while protecting the experiences of unwitting actors.
DO YOU EVER WORRY THAT A STIGMA MIGHT BECOME ATTACHED TO YOUR EMOTIONALLY DRIVEN SONGS?
It has been the standard over the past few years to become increasingly judgmental towards emotional music. I’d like to think that the era of apathy that currently dictates the flavor choices within our generation is on its way out. At Plushgun shows, people dance, and that gives me hope.
MY FIRST ROCK ALBUM WAS MATCHBOX 20′S YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU. IT’S HORRIFYING. WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
My first album was Flood by They Might Be Giants. For a while, I considered my appreciation for ’80s music to be a guilty pleasure. But no, it’s just a pleasure.
[Plushgun with Jay Brannan. Fri 8.20.10. Harper's Ferry, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 617.254.9743. 8pm/18+/$10. [[http://harpersferryboston.com/|harpersferryboston.com]]]