Boston Band Crush Archived Article: One Night Band Crush: Mike Epstein

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Michael J. Epstein was born without a mustache, but he currently has a mustache. He also plays guitar and sings in The Motion Sick and plays bass in Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most like to have a One Night Band with?
ME: I am more into long-term relationships, so this is going to be unusual for me. I think it would be most fun to end up with a band consisting of individuals used to playing the most stylistically different and (at least superficially) clashing music. I think that will stir up some real creativity and maybe allow me to play my octaved hybrid death bass/guitar on one song and my ukulele on another.

BBC: What Boston rockers, past or present, would you most fear having a One Night Band with?
ME: Anyone who doesn’t have a good sense of humor. Sadly, that might be a lot of Boston rockers, past and present…or, happily, it might not at all. Genius is mysterious!

BBC: Did you attend One Night Band last year? If so, what was the highlight? If not, what do you anticipate the event to be like?
ME: Indeed I did. The highlight was really just the whole thing going so well and tremendously exceeding my expectations in terms of smooth running and artistic output. I continue to be a big Peppermint Patties fan.

BBC: What is your normal song or part writing process? Will writing three songs in a single day drastically differ from your usual approach to creating music?
ME: I usually wake up in the middle of the night with a line in my head and a little melody carrying it. I sometimes get up and record it. Other times, I just hope I’ll still have it in the morning. For the next 6 months or so after the line is born, it kicks around in my brain, stewing, growing, shrinking, and passing (or failing) a rigorous quality-control process. If it’s still alive then, I try to write some other stuff around it. Writing three songs in a day that have any real personal meaning will certainly be difficult. Writing three formulaic songs about monkeys will be easy. I hope to convince my band to do the latter. I also hope to convince my band to do one death metal song, one folk song, and one experimental-noise romp…about monkeys.

BBC: What Boston band do you have the biggest crush on right now?
ME: It’s hard to stop loving Sidewalk Driver even if Tad does like girls and not shrubbery or inanimate objects. I am also loving the new Walter Sickert and the ARmy of BRoken TOys album. I notice that the exciting possibility of ending up in a ONB with members of each is still lingering. I am hoping that Ad Frank, who participated last year, joins my band illegally as well. By the time security gets him off the stage, we will have completed our set.

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