There is really no bio for this group. Its as if they aren't interested in that kind of aspect of media presentation. When asked, “What audience are you aiming for?” Any of them will give a quizzical look and say something like, “Anybody” Or “Everybody”. It’s the same with musical likes or influences. If Lanford is asked about this he's liable to reply with a book he's read, or a movie, or something like “Daschell Hammett”, or, “Did you see Kevin Shield's “City Girl” in the outro. To “Lost in Translation?” What?
Lanford has mentioned hearing Peter Green's “Albatross” on a radio somewhere when he was about eleven years old. He didn't know what it was until years later. But at the time he just thought, “That's what I want to do.” Pepper Ramsey's father was first chair, second violin for a major city orchestra. He (Pepper) was recently in Chicago at his grandmother's 100th birthday. She was a concert pianist. He talks about some of the drummers who he studied under. Then at a rehearsal he'll start yelling PJ Harvey lyrics: ”Lick my...........” well, never mind. Lanford then chimes in about his father who was a paid tenor at a large city church, and sitting alone in the sanctuary as a child listening to Handel arias. At that point if you don't walk away he starts reciting lists of guitar players from Segovia/Montoya (and will explain the vast differences) to Scotty Moore, then on to the two guys in CHON. Then Shameless recounts his blind father throwing hard balls at him to teach him baseball. Though he denies being classically trained, Shameless begin guitar under a classical teacher. He took up bass to play with a blues group that He and Lanford belong to. He and Ramsey talk about the Pixies then go into a riff. Shameless gives Lanford a cd of “Punk covers of Carpenters Songs”. This is all very confusing as a response to what seems like a simple question.
When asked about goals or projected market niche, Lanford consistently talks about a phrase, “for the healing of the nation” that pops up now and then. Somehow this relates to the meaning of the word “fixertrope”. All this sounds very grandiose, but when one listens to the music and watches the interaction of the three at rehearsal or on stage, it sort of comes together and makes sense. Its something never heard before but what one has always known. It’s exciting, comforting, titillating, even raunchy, driving, cheeky, melodic, hooky, campy (“Act Beautiful: Papa Pompous”), intriguing, and beautiful. 5/4, 6/8, time signatures abound and well worked out vocal harmonies are a feature. When really pressed Lanford responds with “Well its not fame pop shit at least.” But all in all they are rather nice guys.