“Listen to some music, hang with each other, and take part in whatever antics are unfolding in our little shared world.”
“Another benefit for everyone involved is that assisting others is a good outlet for dealing with the stress created by the pandemic that we all feel.”
“It’s a wild freeze frame when your job and your passion both stop dead in their tracks.”
I spoke with founder and baritone saxophonist Martin Perna about the making of Fu Chronicles, being in your favorite band’s favorite band, the state of music education in America, and a certain new collaboration he’s involved in.
"My songs mostly come out of experience or someone’s experience that’s close to me. A lot of my songs are stories or they bear some weight that comes from my life. I’m not that creative of a person, so I have to take it from real life, and I know a lot of weird characters from living all over the world and being around a bunch of them."
"People started dancing, and when I play like that I try to change stuff up because you can overuse the drum but it’s a really handy tool. It fills a space that I can’t fill by myself and a guitar."
Willett and I spoke ahead of the show about finding his voice through a film, the band starting its own label, learning how to handle a lot of responsibilities, and keeping the music fresh.
"There will be some way for people to hear what I’m doing, maybe I’ll put it on the internet or something, but I just want to make art and not necessarily a bunch of products."
"There are many moments on the record that are inspired by people who either play in the city or have come through on tour that I discovered. It comes from a lot of local stuff, believe it or not."
"I feel very humbled by it. It’s crazy … starting when we did and now I’m 25 doing this."