Name: Todd Daniel.
Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey.
First song that made you want to play music:
“ ‘Thunder Road’ by Bruce Springsteen, which also happens to be quite possibly the greatest song ever written.”
“Air guitar (anyone who answers differently is either lying or a drummer).”
Local spot to seek inspiration or write music:
“In the shade of any local tree or on the sand of any local beach.”
Best local venue:
“Iota Club & Café.”
Best bar to hear music:
“Iota Club & Café (yes, it’s that good).”
Favorite local band other than yours:
Best thing about Washington’s music scene:
“The camaraderie and genuine willingness to put music first demonstrated by other local musicians.”
Worst thing about Washington’s music scene:
“The lack of variety in local radio.”
Craziest tour or show memory:
“After a recent downtown DC show, our piano player, Mark Bower, locked his keys in his (running) car. Driven by a mix of pity and our refusal to let the evening end, we hung around with him at the bar waiting for AAA. By the time they arrived, no one was in any shape to drive. Sweet irony.”
Finish this sentence: “When not making music, you can find me . . .”
“ . . . in a considerably worse mood.”
Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
“Please don’t make me choose.”
Digital download or hard copy?
Rolling Stone or Spin?
“Rolling Stone is still around? Just kidding . . . sort of.”
Club show or festival?
What’s behind the band’s name?
“After weeks of batting around less-than-perfect choices, fortune smiled upon us in the driving chorus of U2’s ‘I Will Follow.’ ”
What musicians, bands, or performers influence your music?
“Wilco, Bruce Springsteen, Old 97s, the Jayhawks, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, and too many others to list here.”
What’s the funniest thing that has happened on tour?
“Our drummer, John Cunningham, and I both showed up to a gig wearing matching eye patches. Awkward.”
What’s your favorite band that sounds nothing like you?
“Big Audio Dynamite.”
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