Today’s Feature – June 6 & 7: The Lonely H

July 8, 2008 at 1:12 am (Today's Feature)

Beholding Mark Fredson, Eric Whitman, Ben Eyestone and Johnny Whitman of Washington state-based band The Lonely H, may have you asking “how the hell did they do that??” How did they capture such an essence of rock that both borrows from the best of the classics, and at the same time turns the genre on its side and kicks it in the ribs a few times? However they did it, they’ve found a way to, as they put it; produce “melodies that sound like letters to Penthouse etched on colored vinyl.” Nice. You’ll hear similar words echoed by some critics at some pretty well-known establishments, such as SPIN Magazine and a small paper you may have heard of called The New York Post, which labels The Lonely H as “Truly infectious old-school rock n’ roll.”

These guys have had some time to come up with their formula � friends since at least the 5th grade. They’ve survived high school and a barrage of musical influences growing up to bring you some boot in your ass music today. It wasn’t easy to play rock shows on a school night, but they’ve since released two albums, “Kick Upstairs” and the more recent, “Hair.” The newest record is “a little less poppy, a lot more rocky. Less about holding hands, more drinking straight whisky.” Honestly, you can’t deny the power behind it and neither could the fella’s of The Lonely H. It has a less polished feel to it, allowing the music to go where it wants when it wants. You can expect similar things from a live Lonely H performance. They generally include “multiple orgasms, gallons of sweat, wet T-shirts, and the loss of your virginity.” It really does sound like the best time ever. The Lonely H thrives on hitting the road so there’s bound to be a show somewhere near you soon. Check it out. And check out the XXQ’s for more.

XXQs: The Lonely H (PEV): Tell us how The Lonely H first started out. Was it an instant connection from day one?

The Lonely H (LH): We sucked at playing baseball so we started playing music. It was instant love, not with each other, but playing music with each other. We’ve known one another since 5th grade or, in certain cases, birth. We get along fine and can get away with pitching A LOT of shit at each other without getting raging pissed. One big happy family, right?

PEV: Growing up, what kind of music were the members of The Lonely H listening to?

LH: CCR, ELO, TLC, DMX. Not kidding, we had phases…made some poor choices. It all turned around when I found a copy of John Wesley Harding in the basement and an old boxy turntable. Yes, yes.

PEV: How has the sound of the band evolved over the years?

LH: A little less poppy, a lot more rocky. Less about holding hands, more drinking straight whisky.

PEV: Attending college at The University of Washington, what was it like balancing classes and the growing career of the band?

LH: Not bad. Hell, before that we were balancing high school with the 2 hour plus trip to Seattle for shows. So schooling and living in Seattle saved us much, much time. But, then again, we did drop out.

PEV: Tell us about the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio or used in another media outlet. What was going through your heads?

LH: For some unexplainable reason I was in American Eagle, and then I saw us on an in-store TV. I wasn’t necessarily proud.

PEV: Was there a certain point when you realized that music was going to become more than just a hobby you?

LH: When I really started thinking about how much I hate having a real job with real responsibilities. I have a hard time with the 9 to 5. Plus all the free beer makes it more appealing.

PEV: Who have you not collaborated with so far that you would like to?

LH: Meat Loaf.

PEV: In all your travels, which city do you think offers the best scene for music?

LH: Jaurez, Mexico. They’re actually enthusiastic about music. Mexico isn’t overexposed like the USA.

PEV: How has “life on the road” been for you? Good parts? Bad parts? Any favorite stops along the way?

LH: I could probably write an entire fucking novel on this one. There’s good nights; playing to a couple hundred and then getting laid afterward… And then there’s bad nights; playing to two seventy-five year old guys in the middle of a chess game. It’s really night to night. As for cities, San Fran and New York are the best.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live The Lonely H performance?

LH: Multiple orgasms, gallons of sweat, wet T-shirts, and the loss of your virginity.

PEV: Are there any pre-show rituals you do or is it just go out there and perform?

LH: Drink beer in the van, and then get in a spirit circle and chant “H, H, H, H, READY BOYS? LET’S FUCK EM UP!!!”

PEV: Any embarrassing or funny live performance stories?

LH: One time some guy yelled out “Hanson.” We fucking lit into him and told him to shut the fuck up or we’ll get off stage and beat his ass with our guitars. He just left. It’s fun to try to be badass.

PEV: Is there an up and coming artist out right now that you think we should all be looking into?

LH: We like the Parlor Mob.

PEV: Who are you listening to right now?

LH: Slade. And Ben complaining about how sick he is.

PEV: Tell us about your recent release. How does your work on this album differ from your previous works?

LH: It’s got that dusty thrift store feel. More raw power. A little less polished.

PEV: What is one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of The Lonely H?

LH: Mark was asked to join a farm team for the Seattle Supersonics but he had low arches… lucky us. Johnny and Eric are twins.

PEV: When you sit down to write, what kind of environment do you surround yourselves in?

LH: Whatever’s there at the time. Rotting Georgia swamp dock. Deserted parking lot on the Sunset Strip. Tex-Mex casa just North of El Paso

PEV: When you are not touring or performing, what can we find the members of The Lonely H doing in their spare time?

LH: Let’s see. We hang out in our Grandma’s old cabin on Lake Crescent. Fishing, swimming, listening to 8-tracks. For the extra cash we get handyman jobs around town, like painting houses or yard-work. There’s always slowly riding bicycles places with a little cassette player rubber-banded to the handle bars. Uh, you can find us roaming around Seattle perusing record shops and the like. We sleep a lot, too. We get pretty deprived of that on the road. It’s mostly relaxation.

PEV: In one word, describe The Lonely H.

LH: American.

PEV: So, what is next for The Lonely H?

LH: Prison.

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