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Pinkerton Raid Loves Birch Beer and a Bonus Episode

Pinkerton Raid Loves Birch Beer and a Bonus Episode

When I think about [Squamscot Birch Beer] I’m so full of nostalgia from my childhood growing up in New Hampshire.

Music conjures up memories from the past, but it’s certainly not the only thing that bubbles up such recollections. On the latest episode of Bubble Bottles, Jesse James DeConto from the band Pinkerton Raid shares the sense of nostalgia connected to birch beer from Squamscot. This non-alcoholic specialty soda is a mix between cream soda and root beer. DeConto recounts feeling a sense of freedom and independence while heading off to the corner store with his own money to buy baseball cards and a Squamscot.

It came in glass bottles, which made it feel antique.

When DeConto and host, Sloane Spencer, finish talking about specialty sodas, they dip over to partner podcast, One Hit History to talk about his favorite one hit wonder, “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a 2011 hit for Gotye that features Kimbra on guest vocals. Two podcasts for the price of one!

I was fascinated by the production of it…The way Gotye and his team interwove acoustic instruments with samples and synthesizers was fascinating.

Thank you for your 5 Star ratings and hilarious reviews of our podcasts in your favorite podcast app. They make a huge difference in spreading the word.  You can leave reviews for both Bubble Bottles and One Hit History with this double feature episode. We appreciate you.



Thanks to Charles Hale for this episode’s show notes. You can follow his radio show Ajax Diner Book Club and look forward to his upcoming episode of One Hit History.

AI Transcript

Sloane Spencer  0:07  Well hey y’all, let’s learn Spencer and you found us here at our new podcast called bubble bottles where we talk with music people about their favorite carbonated beverages. Thanks so much to everyone who has joined us in our launch. It’s only been a couple of weeks and y’all are digging what we’re doing. We also have a partner podcast called one hit history where we talk with music people about their favorite one hit wonders. We’re gonna give you a double shot episode today starting with our bubble bottles conversation with Jesse James DeConto of Pinkerton raid. And at the end, we’ll add on our conversation about his favorite one hit wonder stick around. One of my favorite things to talk about backstage with musicians and music people is about their favorite beverages. Often when folks travel, they’re looking for something new and different in those regional brands. And regional beverages can be quite special or memorable, not always in a good way. So we’re talking today with Jesse James DeConto of Pinkerton raid and when I first saw at my favorite music festival albino skunk Music Festival in Greer, South Carolina, they can be found at Pinkerton red.com. They’ve got a new single called magical flying rowan tree with an amazing animated video as well. Jesse James DeConto. Welcome.

Jesse James DeConto  1:22  Excellent. Yes. Really good to talk with you.

Sloane Spencer  1:25  My pleasure. So we were talking a little bit about favorite beverages. So I’ll just hit you with the big question. What’s your favorite carbonated beverage?

Jesse James DeConto  1:34  There’s a small soda company, I’m going to use the word soda, which is going to tell you already that I’m from the northeast,

Sloane Spencer  1:41  you’re not from Atlanta.

Jesse James DeConto  1:43  There’s a small soda company called Swampscott in New Hampshire, and I love their birch beer, which is you know, kind of a take on root beer and cream soda somewhere in between. I love I should say I loved it really in the past tense because it’s been a long time since I actually had it but it’s just so when I think about it so full of nostalgia from my childhood growing up in New Hampshire. Now I’m down in Durham, North Carolina. But that was the first thing it’s funny. You know, I like I don’t even really think about beer being carbonated. When you ask What’s your favorite carbonated beverage? It’s like, okay, it’s got to be some kind of soda. And you know, immediately swamp Scott, you know, I knew it was local, which just even back then to me made it cooler than Coke or Pepsi or whatever was coming in plastic bottles, it came in these glass bottles, which, you know, felt like antiques. To me, it has a lot to do with where I would find it because it represented some level of growing independence for me, like a preteen, maybe 1011 1213, when like, I remember this little convenience store called Lundy’s kind of general store that had been in my little town in Brentwood and Hampshire for decades, you know, I could walk to it from where I would play Little League, they and they had Swampscott. And they you know, I could also like buy baseball cards there or buy something sweet. It just represented this time when I like maybe I had a little bit of birthday money. Or maybe my parents gave me a little money. Maybe I babysat or something like that. It was something I could buy for myself in some settings. And I wasn’t dependent on anyone. And I was just like, with my friends and just walking around. And I think that combined with the uniqueness of coming in a glass bottle and being made in New Hampshire, all of that sort of made it seem really cool to me.

Sloane Spencer  3:38  What a great story behind the beverage and what it means to you just sort of the memories associated with that.

Jesse James DeConto  3:46  Yeah, I guess I just had to pick a flavor for you. Because you asked, you know, they probably made like 50 different flavors. And you know, I’d try them all. I just loved that flavor, root beer. And, you know, that was their kind of special take on it. And, and that was another thing about a birch beer it was so there. It was so specific. I always loved birch trees the way they look. And so I just associated with that. And so that’s the one I I sort of lean toward.

Sloane Spencer  4:13  The localization of it, of course, is always important to a story. My personal like flavor preference has always been weird ginger ale and weird root beers, regional, local, whatever. And so I mean, I’ve been obsessed with this since I was like in early high school. So I’ve been researching this forever. And birch beer is an interesting one because it’s primarily like Pennsylvania, north to New Hampshire. It follows that northern Appalachian region, you know, all the way up essentially in it’s truly made from distilling from Birch trees. And because birch trees have different species, and I’m not a science person, different versions of trees like darker and lighter birches, you get different brews from the distilling of it and gives very different flavor profiles and so the is still very much a hyperlocal decision where there are different places that have dark birch beer or lighter birch beer. And this is still a thing that’s made. So cool.

Jesse James DeConto  5:09  Yeah, very interesting. There are different local companies that make this. And they’re

Sloane Spencer  5:15  very different from one another because the trees themselves are different based on where you are so awesome, they can still make it this way. So because there are not enormous amounts of birch trees available for distilling for birch beer, it’s still very localized. It’s not something that’s been commodified on a national level. And that alone is interesting to me. But one of the things I learned researching this program that was shocking to me is that root beer is no longer made from SAS, Birla and or SassaFrass, because they learned that both of those are toxic. This has happened in my lifetime. So we used to make root beer from real sassafras or from sarsaparilla. We will make tea from that until they know it causes liver toxicity. And that’s so all root beer that you get now is a safe chemical invention flavor, which is stunning to me.

Jesse James DeConto  6:07  It doesn’t surprise me that the big companies but you know, putting it in two liter bottles at the grocery store are doing that, but I pretty sure Swampscott made a sarsaparilla Yeah, you know, flavor, which just sounded way cooler to me that.

Sloane Spencer  6:24  Oh, I totally bought it because of the name. You know? Right. That’s how I got into all of this. Right. And swamp Scott’s a great example of that the the spelling for someone. I’m from Georgia originally, you know, I look at the word and I’m like, How do you even say that words like SQUAM?

Jesse James DeConto  6:40  Cot right?

Sloane Spencer  6:41  Yeah, yeah. I looked up a recipe of how to make birch beer. Not that I’m ever going to do that. But I was just curious what else went into it? If anything, because I really am not super familiar with birch beer. I’ve heard of it. But I don’t believe I’ve ever had it and goes back, like all the way back to the 1600s. There are documented recipes of it in the Northeast of the United States. I guess we weren’t the United States yet at that point. But documented recipes. Of course, it was fermented at the time and they produced an alcoholic version of it. And frankly, I’m surprised that it hasn’t taken off again.

Jesse James DeConto  7:10  Yeah, yeah, that makes sense. People are making alcoholic root beers.

Sloane Spencer  7:15  They are and I’m really disappointed about it. Because now I have to really read labels carefully know what I’m getting. Yeah.

Jesse James DeConto  7:21  That’s right. I love a local This

Sloane Spencer  7:23  is for you and just the time of life. And you know that instant memory things sort of like scent can bring you back to a very specific time and place in your life. Certain products can as well.

Jesse James DeConto  7:34  Yeah, that’s right. That’s right. There was just so much joy, I think in going to these little corner stores, especially where I could buy baseball cards. Right. A lot of times you know that the swamps got what I get with the baseball cards.

Sloane Spencer  7:48  Absolutely. Well, Jesse James to Konto of Pinkerton raid. We’re looking forward to your new single magical flying row intrigued by that more about the band at Pinkerton raid.com. Thanks so much for joining us on bubble bottles and talking about this swamp Scott birch beer, y’all. If you’re living up in New Hampshire area, you should definitely check that out. Thanks so much for listening and leaving those hilarious reviews and five star ratings in your favorite podcast app. Believe it or not, it makes a huge difference. If you love what you hear, share the episode with a friend. And Y’all come back now you hear one hit history is a comedy podcast. We’ve done slightly less research than your average Wikipedia contributor are loose with the facts and your mileage may vary. Hey y’all, it’s Sloane Spencer, you found us at our new podcast one hit histories where we’re talking with music people about their favorite one hit wonders. And we have been all over the place in what favorite means, but also in what one hit wonder means a lot of these folks have very interesting careers in other areas or other parts of music sometimes it’s like wow, how did you have such a big hit and then I’ve never heard from you again. Today we got someone fun that I first saw at my absolute favorite music festival on the planet albinos current music festival in Greer, South Carolina. It happens twice a year and I absolutely adore it. Part of a group called the Pinkerton raid. It’s Jesse James decanter. You can find them at Pinkerton radio.com, I got a new single on the way what happened? Tell you a little bit about it. Hello.

Jesse James DeConto  9:17  Hey, slow thanks for having me. The magical flying round tree is our single but I’ve been just playing around with fantasy or very non literal storytelling and song, you know settings in a different universe. It’s a very personal song. A lot of my recent songs are very much grounded in family experiences. But a lot of times I just use that as a jumping off place and then go somewhere very distant. It’s kind of a superhero story, but it’s set in the age of when people believed in magic and witchcraft wasn’t witchcraft. It was like medicine, just being human and being alive and so are there’s a legend myth about this tree, the Rowan tree, it only grows in very cold climates. So like here in the south to find a comparable plant, and we call it down here a mountain ash, to find it, you know, you have to go up to the very highest peaks in Appalachia of any grows all over Canada. But a lot of these myths come from Scandinavia, the British Isles. And the idea with this row and tree is that it creates a window into the magic world fairy world, it’s supposed to be protective. So people would plant them outside their cottages that sort of ward off evil spirits. And then there’s an extra powerful type of row and tree that when it grows on the side of a cliff, or it grows literally in the crook of a branch of another tree, then it’s even that more powerful. So the song imagines a child as the embodiment of this magical power of the row and tree. The video is an animation of that idea of a child protecting his family with his magical joy. The animator is a woman named Lainey Chandra oh two she’s Greek. We she and I sort of bonded over the animation in the Book of Kells feature length movie. And when I was telling her about the kind of nature spirituality behind the song, she said, Oh, you know, I’ve always wanted to do animation in that style. And so that was sort of a jumping off point.

Sloane Spencer  11:29  Wow, that’s very exciting art. So you’ll definitely can find out more about the band at Pinkerton radio.com. So you’ll be definitely in the know about magical flying row entry, you don’t want to miss out on all of that, for sure. So this podcast talks with music, people about their favorite one hit wonders. And most of the time, the styles of music are very different than the style of music the person works in. That’s not always true. But that’s most of the time true. So we’ve talked a little bit offline about this particular song hit us with it, what’s your favorite one hit wonder,

Jesse James DeConto  12:02  Somebody That I Used to Know by go ta It really blew me away when it first came out. You know, I was in the middle of making my first record around that, too. So I was just fascinated by the production of it, because it just felt like this very groovy pop song. But the instrumentation is just so interesting and unexpected. I feel like it’s sort of set the stage for the move toward electronic music that followed. That’s almost become cliche at this point, the way that that goes Jay and his team interwove acoustic instruments with samples and synthesizers. It sounds very, very organic to my ear. But yeah, a lot of it’s not and and that’s I think what I love about it,

Sloane Spencer  12:49  the song was released 2011 2012. So the the release, and then when people actually get their hands on it, the album was called making mirrors. And so the thing that I’m particularly interested in because I’ve worked in radio for so many years is often folks release, like a radio version and an album version of songs that’s been common for decades. But in this particular case, it’s not just the length that is different. The production of the radio version that people know, and the album version that people know are significantly different. It’s still completely recognizable. But those layers are like a whole different song.

Jesse James DeConto  13:23  Oh, wow. You’re you’re educating me here. I didn’t even know that.

Sloane Spencer  13:26  It’s really interesting in there, maybe 30 seconds different in length. And then there’s also the vocal play with Kimbra as well.

Jesse James DeConto  13:35  I didn’t talk about that. But I love the vocal production on that song. That’s more than anything. What gives it this really big pop sound? You know, it’s gorgeous.

Sloane Spencer  13:44  The very first time I heard this song, I was fascinated with how they produced it. He mostly did all the work himself. The interesting guy to talk about briefly, he was born in Belgium to a Belgian family who then moved to Australia when he was two. And he’s known by a variety of names. So his given name was a Belgian version of Walter so Walter de Bakker. And then when they moved to Australia, his parents anglicised it to actual Walter and then he was called Wally as a kid, but the Go da or go Shea, depending on who you talk to. He’s used both publicly as well is where the French origin of the Belgian version of his name comes from, like, super confusing.

Jesse James DeConto  14:33  Wow. So it’s related to Walter in some way, similar to

Sloane Spencer  14:36  Mary go Shea’s last name except that it’s ga u L. th, er, and hers does not have the L. So it’s part of that same origin, but through the various different languages, the pronunciation changes, and I love the fact that he has both official pronunciations out there. Right. These are the kinds of things that radio people obsess about, because we try to get it right and then Like, okay, there’s not a right there’s both

Jesse James DeConto  15:02  and then you will have someone call you out or go down that rabbit

Sloane Spencer  15:05  trail every time. So how did you first stumble upon the song?

Jesse James DeConto  15:09  I must have just heard it. Come on commercial radio. I can’t really remember. But it seems like it was everywhere back then. I mean, that xylophone melody, just the very beginning really grabbed me. Yeah.

Sloane Spencer  15:22  So go da slash go Shay, Somebody That I Used to Know, you have to have the vocal version with Kimbra in there, because that contrast is just essential to it. But the song was a huge international hit like 11 international awards, three Grammys here in the US just a massive, massive song worldwide, which is not always the case with wildly popular tunes, especially one hit wonders. They often have a geographic region where they’re wildly popular, but rarely internationally like this.

Jesse James DeConto  15:50  I was just looking it up because I was curious, and it’s almost hit a billion streams on Spotify. Unbelievable.

Sloane Spencer  15:55  Lyrically, it’s an interesting song to me as well, mainly because it reminds me of a 1980s one hit wonder song, lyrically and Okay, so if you are a Gen fellow Gen X, or you’re going to know exactly what I mean, everyone else is going to be rolling their eyes so hard, they hit the back of their head. Lyrically. It’s sending the same message as Don’t you want me baby? Yeah, it’s a presentation is so much more glamorous.

Jesse James DeConto  16:21  Yeah, right. Right. Yeah, it’s like much more indirect, which is a function of the 30 years younger,

Sloane Spencer  16:29  human interactions. And how folks then deal with seeing one another when they are no longer in a relationship is the essence of the song. And pretty straightforward when you read the lyrics. But when you’re listening, you can get wrapped up in the sound and not even catch that. That’s what’s going on so much.

Jesse James DeConto  16:46  Yeah, yeah, that’s right. I came to this song, just fascinated by the music. And, you know, Somebody That I Used to Know, just as a conceit is just so understated. You could sort of fill a lot of gaps if you want to in your mind. You write the lyrics, you know, if you read them all, but then it becomes pretty clear, but it’s dense enough lyrically, that and because the music so interesting, you don’t necessarily pick that up on Listen,

Sloane Spencer  17:14  you really don’t I probably heard it 20 or 30 times before I really paid attention to what he was saying other than the hook. And it was like, oh, wait a minute here. And really, when I first paid attention to it was when cameras vocal comes in. I was like, Oh, I didn’t even realize that’s what this song was about. Wait a minute here. We ought to mention Kimber quickly. Kimberly Johnson is mostly kind of an avant garde jazz vocalist based down in New Zealand, well known in the Australian music scene. Not so much here in the states however, but has a vibrant career there. You can find it cameras music camera music.com easily there. Go da or go Shay is available@gotye.com geo tye.com Don’t you? It’s a weird one. It’s all good. I got a weird name. We live with these things. So Jesse James to conto of Pinkerton raid. Thank you so much for sharing with us about this one hit wonder that you enjoy. Oh, thanks. Stick around. Yeah, you can find out more about other folks we’ve talked with in there fantastic one hit wonder songs at one hit history.com You can support us at patreon.com/one Hit history. Thanks so much for listening. Take it easy. Thanks to Jacob for our theme music you can find his catalogue at Jacob for.bandcamp.com That’s jcobfurr.bandcamp.com Thanks so much for our graphic design and logo from Keith Brandon. You can find his work at thinking out loud design.com


LadyCouch Loves It Cold and Fruity

LadyCouch Loves It Cold and Fruity

If it’s cold and fruity. We’re happy with it. — Allen Thompson and Keshia Bailey of the 12-person jam band, LadyCouch

How does a band of 12 people travel around and perform shows? With lots of snacks and bubbly water, at least if the band is LadyCouch. Keshia Bailey and Allen Thompson, two of the band members, discuss their favorite carbonated beverages — of which they have a lot

That’s what makes us work with the crew of humans we have as well as we do. We have 12 stars in the band but they are in the same band and no one is the star of the band — we’re a constellation… a galaxy, if you will.

What are the dream bubbly water flavors of these two, plus host Sloane Spencer? Find out more by giving this episode a listen, and prepare to be extra thirsty thanks to these musicians’ passionate opinions on drinks and life in Nashville. 

80 percent of our group text thread is about a new flavor of bubblies:  LaCroix or Wild Basin or Pickers.  There’s no real good grape ones of any kind. Everybody f**** up a grape flavor, and the watermelon flavor too!

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AI Transcript

SLOANE SPENCER  Well, hey, y’all, this is Sloane Spencer. And you have found us at bubble bottles at the brainy podcast where we ask music people, what’s your favorite carbonated beverage one of my favorite backstage conversations to have with folks. And these answers have been all over the place. I have a couple of folks with a band I have seen twice spread out pre pandemic. And then just recently as well, we haven’t checked out lady couch yet you need to catch their brand new record. And they’re on the road quite a bit as well. But have them introduce themselves. So you get a little bit of background. Hello.

KESHIA BAILEY Hello, I’m Keshia Bailey here.


SS tell us real briefly what’s been going on with LadyCouch.

KB Oh Lord,

AT we just put out our first full length record on September 10. With Blackbird record label out of Los Angeles, it’s called the future looks fine. And we’ve really just kind of been spending the last few months working on that and doing all the necessary things you’re apparently supposed to be doing when you put out a record album.

SS Well, if y’all have not had a chance to see Lady couch, live, there are a number of folks on stage. And the core of the band is Alan and Keshia and their voices together are absolutely mesmerizing and memorable. And each amplifies the others like it, it will be a touch your heart kind of show. And that’s not something I say very often like I really mean that truly, like I saw y’all recently, as we were saying, and it was like, Wow, this was really just an emotionally powerful moving experience. And so I think a lot of us are seeking that these days.

KB Oh my god. Well, thanks. I don’t even know what to say for that. I mean, genuinely, it’s a powerful and moving experience for me every time but I think I really got to feel it through Americana fest here in town for my first one this year, and it was nutty. So to hear anyone else feel the way that I feel is I’m pretty nutty but yes, it’s strange. We cry a lot and we cry a lot sometimes in happiness and sometimes in what the hell do I do?

AT Well, so sometimes, you know, we’re not exactly doing tear in our beer kind of songs these days. However, beverages are an important part of daily life.

SS So hit me what is your favorite carbonated beverage?

KB Well, we’ve got a couple you know, I love a good look for it right? But I also love a good vodka soda. So I have kind of by the grace of God, I’ve been blessed and funding tickers, banca who also has a brand called pickers unplugged, they became cocktails and took basically a canned vodka soda. So if you were thinking of a truly or a canned vodka soda, but its essence was fresh fruit from like, grandma’s the grapefruit, tangerine. They were my kayaking drink of purpose and preference all summer and last summer as well.

AT I definitely prefer them to some of the other the other ones of those on the market. I wish that they would make a cucumber lime, because that’s definitely my favorite Of course. I would like to kind of have that box of tea. Plum I’m more of a peach pretty damn

KB hot biscuits. This is the Yeah, I can’t I can’t get enough of that. There’s something about it tall and skinny carbonated beverage. I don’t really care what it is delicious.

AT Yeah. There Yeah, we’re we’re not super discriminatory on the on the entire wave of alcoholic and non alcoholic carbonated beverages. If it’s cold and fruity. We’re happy with it. Some are a little bit differently essence than others. A little too much to take.

KB Our number one right now would be pickers unplugged.

AT I would say the pickers cranberry lime and then the cucumber. BlackBerry Lacroix. Those are probably

KB the shit. Yeah. What’s your favorite?

SS I gotta quit live right here. Alright, so I don’t like any of this. Oh, no, you don’t like me. So I’m like a tangerine Lacroix.

KB Sloane, please send me your address. And let me send you some let me send you a little goodie packet.

AT So this is absolutely hilarious because one of my favorite parts about it is, you know, anytime you’re packing the van for a tour with a band, it’s like everybody has to have their own flavor. Not so much because they need their own flavor, but you need to know who’s Candice who’s so like, okay, no, you’re pumping by the store and you’re gonna live with that.

KB Well, I’m gonna go ahead and tell you what this lady couch crew, no one can belong to anyone. No snack that belongs to one or the other. I make it a point. Every time that we leave, I bring a little mini cooler of lots of bubble water. I think the last round of trips we went on or shared zoom in on. I brought some lemon cello Lacroix. Yeah. And I think that it made it halfway to Roanoke, Virginia, from Nashville before it was gone.

AT I was about to say like, what 12 of us the only way that anyone gets their own flavor is if one of us gets some Costco card access. Yeah. And we’re able to get the five variety case otherwise, like, Alright, guys, everybody’s getting a pop on this.

KB And maybe my sleeves, the guitar at home. So we have room for someone else to bring a cooler with different writers at this point. We’re running out of room.

SS Yeah, if y’all missed that 12 people in the band, like I said, it’s an experience.

AT Yeah, it’s an experience for sure.

SS There are not a lot of newer bands that are out there with this many people and who bring that kind of show on the road. And it’s really exciting to get to see y’all when Lady couch hits the stage.

AT You know, it’s really it’s really exciting to do it. Obviously, when we started three years ago, like we didn’t really see 2020 Come in. Yeah, the way it did. And so, but even then, like in 2018, we first started whenever someone would come and see us and be like, Oh my god, this is so great. How do you guys do it? And we’re like, Well, we, you know, we just kind of show up and perform, you know, what do you mean? And but now after 2020 hours, Keshia and I were talking about this the other day, and it’s like sometimes I feel like the two of us are at an appointment for like adopted child like returned to explain why we think this is a financially feasible.

KB Yeah, our spouses definitely feel the same way too. Like, are you guys doing? What is it that you’re doing? But then they are also totally supportive and see it and understand. But I can see how the naked eye would be like, What the hell the dogs in society we’re gonna do and how is this working?

SS That’s a really great statement, because the two of you come from very similar, but also very different, both musical personal and professional backgrounds.

AT Yeah, yeah, we, we both grew up in Appalachia, I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, and Keshia  grew up in Kingston, Tennessee. So we do have a lot of that common Blue Ridge mountain upbringing. But we were raised in very different environments as well, different bestessay Not not as different ideas, I think we would have thought years ago for sure. But that’s sort of what brick, you know, what makes us work as well together as we do. And what makes us work with a crew of humans that we have, as well as we do is, there’s a lot of common threads in what we do. And there’s a lot of differences in what we do. But ultimately, family is one of the most important things to all of us. And so having that ability to compromise and have some diplomacy, and figure out what is for the good of the family as a whole as opposed to just a couple of individual. We have 12 stars in the band. Yeah. But they’re all in the same band to nobody is the star of that band, which is a cool place to be

KB constellation, if you will. Yeah,

AT yeah, Galaxy. Yeah, I mean, the closest thing I can even maybe even compare it to is Wu Tang Clan, we all kind of had a little bit of difficulty trying to do it by ourselves. And what started out I think is more of a support group became just a group, you know, we’re able to do a lot more and get our point across a lot better as this unit than we any of us had been as individual.

KB I will also say that a fizzy water dish does not taste nearly as good as it does with these boys and girls. And there’s something about knowing that like we created our own family, you know, it’s not traditional, and then we’ll never be but how we’re not traditional what is a tradition until you make one like exactly so? Yeah, from soda water to snack, to sing in tune to switch an instrument to fill in our thoughts like we are One big gathering of weird Hamon. And this is how we found each other. We all really did kind of find each other over fizzy water

AT 80% of our group tech threads or whenever a new flavor from somebody, whether it be whether it be bubblies or Lacroix, or wild basins or pickers or white claws or what if a new one comes out, one of us has to make sure that the other 11 of us know about it. It’s nothing like bonding a modern day version of the big houses in the family and seasonal flavors of bubble water.  

KB We get so excited if I have not seen it. I don’t even care if I need them. Even if I know I have like my water was there my not to mention brands. I will say though I’m more of a Chico kind of lady with Chico Santa lady. I love the the original really?

SS Not the flavors. Not really

AT the flavors, man. I don’t Yeah, no, just give me a straight up bubbly water. But you’re I remember being a kid and me. I’m like, Why did people drink a shit? Here I am a 33 year old woman and I’m like, I can’t get enough of every flavor. I want to try everything of anything. Now I just like plain Topo Chico and I never thought I’d be that woman that like plain soda water.

AT When I was younger. My mom had a big New York Seltzer and clearly Canadian affinity bordering on problems. And I think I got burnout on the sugars Cobell Perrier or, or Topo Chico, Harry, to me, but then in recent recent months and years, I’ve definitely I keep going back to that cucumber, lime, that BlackBerry cucumber.

KB So good. Well, if anyone’s listening at Topo Chico, I think they’re missing a great branding experience.

AT We could definitely, we could definitely use one of those coolers at the at the purple building.

SS Yeah, yeah, by the way. So for folks who don’t know, tell them about the purple building.

AT So purple building, or big purple is a rehearsal space slash studio in five points neighborhood in East Nashville. It’s owned by Todd Snider. And that’s kind of been his practice area office space studio for a good long while, He’s been kind enough to sort of let us and a few other folks judge at her widespread panic and Hayes Carll and two other neighborhood people really Wynwood as well. It’s become all of our clubhouse. That’s where we recorded our record future looks fine. And that’s where Todd did his record, the first agnostic church Oh, from wonder. And so that’s sort of, it’s all of our little spot. Definitely, we’re super thankful to have had that spot in our lives. Over the course of this last few years. That’s where we started. And that’s where we just left there today working on stuff. And it’s nice to have that office in the neighborhood. And it’s nice to have a team and like Todd in our lives, who lets us use it regardless of whether or not we can financially assist them with a play. If you wouldn’t told me at any point in time that I could just go into the space and play judges, piano knowing that they have been so many other beautiful pianists and keys and humans to play in him to play this instrument. And we just sit there and try to pluck out the little things that I can pluck out. more helpful than using the Casio in my, in my guest bedroom.

KB Or the Casio in my living room, which is also in bad shape. Yeah, a real dream come true in that building is very, very important to us and probably will always be like I don’t I can’t imagine no matter what that space or that corner of a blog could ever turn into. It will always be a thing to us. And that’s

AT it was as much as this city in this neighborhood are are changing and growing exponentially. You know, every day and every year. It is nice to have that little piece of old weird East Nashville that you know, not going anywhere. That’s our little home.

SS Definitely, definitely. Yeah, boy, if you all haven’t traveled to Nashville, and specifically East Nashville over the last 10 years. I mean, every six months ago, it’s like portions are unrecognizable. It’s stunning. Oh, yeah.

AT Yeah. I get lost on a regular basis, just driving around to the places that I’ve been familiar with, you know, for the last 15 years.

KB You know, now we’re looking at my 11th year in town, and I’ll grab like three hours out of the way, but my three hours out of the ways The country country like, you know, traveling 20 to 30 minutes to get to a grocery store or Walmart, you know. So to go come here and for it to It felt as big as it did 10 years ago and see what this must feel like, or be like for a kid that left town like I did, I would be overwhelmed and I’d be you know, it would take me off guard. It would make me feel weird. You know, we don’t build towns for how people are going to feel in generations anymore. And then, you know, the people make this we will make the pound not the town. We’re trying to keep in that in that spirit. But it’s a lot different. I did fizzy water then. Now we’re here talking about fizzy water.