Today’s Feature – May 13-14: The Accident That Led Me to the World

May 14, 2008 at 8:19 pm (Today's Feature)

Looking at this latest PEV feature, it would be easy to lead off the introduction by answering the question, “How did the name ‘The Accident that Led Me to the World’ come to exist??” It’s simply too obvious a way to kick this thing off… however, their name does lead to an excellent explanation about their latest album… so as I was saying, “TATLMTTW is a concept, and in the beginning stages, it was unclear as to if the band would retain its shape. Behold our second record! ‘The Accident That Led Me to the World’ tells the story of a boy who becomes fed up with the trappings of society and sails off to an island. It is during this self-enforced solitude that we are left – the boy’s lament, ‘The Island Gospel.'”

“The Island Gospel” is the second release for the trio, built with melodies and harmonies that you need to see live, “employing strictly acoustic instrumentation (alternating frequently between guitar, banjo, clarinet, upright bass, strings) and close vocal harmonies.” Labeled as “Modern Folk Music,” this latest collection carries a sense of isolation – sometimes reflecting despair and sometimes discovery. This theme translates brilliantly, oddly enough through three voices as one.

As stated before, the music that TATLMTTW produces is meant to be heard from ten feet away. It certainly isn’t your every day sound, and it needs to be sampled appropriately. Zack, Mark and Raianne will be touring this record extensively, so take on the opportunity. Get into the XXQ’s to learn a lot more.

XXQs: The Accident That Led Me To The World

PensEyeView.com (PEV): Tell us how the band first came together. As well, how has your sound changed since the earlier day when you first started out?

Zack: Well Zack learned how to play…

Raianne: Ya me too.

Mark: In 2004, the idea of working out material containing clarinet, upright bass and banjo seemed like the only intelligent course of action. The sound has evolved since then, but prolonged time spent with anyone will change you. What you hear on the records has changed too, but that’s Jerry’s business.

PEV: What were your first years in the music business like for the band?

Zack: Wickid Haaad! Payin’ dues, payin’ dues, payin’ dues!

Raianne: Make me want to lie down and take a nap, just like in the van!

Mark: Business was hard to come by. However, there is a considerable difference in rate between source and reception. These things take time.

PEV: Calling Webster, MA home, what kind of music were the members of the band listening to growing up? Do you remember the first concert you ever attended?

Zack: I live in Dudley!

Mark: In high school, I think ‘Greenday,’ and countless ‘TMBG’ concerts.

Zack: My first concert was Metallica, during the Load tour, I went with my friend Mario, who got a contact high and sick in the bathroom, I watched the entire thing with his mom.

Mark: I think Rai saw Iron Maiden.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a profession rather than just a hobby?

Mark: I quit the factory last year.

Raianne: I dream about that day, every day.

PEV: What is a live The Accident That Led Me To The World performance like?

Raianne: Charlie Chaplin.

Zack: I think the record looks nicer. Like the best funeral ever.

Mark: It depends. Last weekend, an older gentleman said that we brought him back to his youthful days. That was kind to say. In this respect, I trust the effect varies. We are currently making a silent film which will highlight the subtle aspects of our performance.

PEV: Is there a certain place you play that stands out as the best The Accident That Led Me To The World fans?

Mark, Raianne, Zack: JAMESTOWN, NY!!

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from your latest release?

Mark: A better recording.

Zack: With what?

Mark: Also, we are trying to incorporate tones of grey into our wardrobe. And no more set lists on stage.

PEV: How is this different than others out today? As well as different from your previous works?

Mark, Zack: IT IS WHAT IT IS, damn it.

Raianne: This material, since it’s so live, requires we use our dynamics and strong harmonies to create an interesting recording.

Mark: I thought Jerry did that?

PEV: What happens when you hit that “creative brick wall” and feel like a song is just not coming out right? What is your method to cure that?

Zack: Mark drinks a lot!

Raianne: Time, patience…

Mark: In all seriousness, periods of “input” and “output” must be embraced and properly utilized. There is no sense in getting torn up about this; however, I personally still often do.

PEV: Is there a certain environment you surround yourselves in when you sit down to write music?

Raianne: Lots of clocks. And plants.

Zack: Environment only relies on the three of us.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your success?

Zack: Don’t need them anymore.

Raianne: A lot of them didn’t react until we made it into the local newspaper.

PEV: Having traveled all over, what city do you think offers the best appreciation for music? Why?

Raianne: Jamestown, NY.

Zack: It’s not the city, it’s the people.

Mark: Any room that’s listening or genuinely excited about hearing live music.

PEV: What is life on the road like for the band? Best and worst parts?

Raianne: Stinky van!

Mark: Recently, I have developed nervous twitches. The only time this stops is when we’re touring. We listen to Dylan, Van Morrison, Primus; silliness, life slowly. This past March, we had discussed “the waiting.” When on tour, waiting for the show takes up most of our time. I guess we need to find more constructive uses of the free moments.

PEV: Is there an “up and coming” artist or band right now that you think we should all be listening to?

Mark: Jerry Fels…and Andy [Tom Thumb] just made a record called ‘The Taxidermist.’ Raianne: Jonny Rodgers, ‘The Aviary.’

PEV: Employing strictly acoustic instrumentation (alternating frequently between guitar, banjo, clarinet, upright bass, strings) and close vocal harmonies, you’ve been labeled as “Modern Folk Music”. With that, how would you describe your sound?

Mark: I labeled us as that!

Zack: Der!

Raianne: Sante Fe.

PEV: When the band is not traveling or performing, what can we find you doing in your spare time?

Mark: Making silent films.

Zack: Asking Mark to pour me more whiskey.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Accident That Led Me To The World?

Zack: We hate music!

Raianne: There’s little music that the three of us agree on! And we all have day jobs.

Zack: No, we don’t!

Raianne: Yes, we do!

Mark: I am studying to be an elementary school teacher. Quiet down children!

PEV: We have featured a lot of artists and bands with very interesting names (real and made up) but I have to admit, this one my take the cake. Tell us about the meaning behind the band name and how you came up with it?

Zack: It’s the name of the cake.

Mark: TATLMTTW is a concept, and in the beginning stages, it was unclear as to if the band would retain its shape. Behold our second record! “The Accident That Led Me To The World” tells the story of a boy who becomes fed up with the trappings of society and sails off to an island. It is during this self-enforced solitude that we are left – the boy’s lament, “The Island Gospel.”

PEV: In one word, describe The Accident That Led Me To The World.

Zack: Der…no, “the.”

Raianne: Quiet.

Mark: Experience.

PEV: So, what is next for the band?

Mark: The resolution. But first, we will be touring this record for roughly the next two years.

Zack: Tomorrow.

For more information on The Accident That Led Me To The World, check out www.theaccidentthatledmetotheworld.com

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