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Brent Messenger of Every Move a Picture
Heart = Weapon
by Matt Crawford on Dec 21, 2006
Following international attention from an early EP and Heart = Weapon, the debut LP released in July 2006, Every Move A Picture is back in the Bay Area preparing songs for their sophomore album. In between working on new material and searching for a replacement for Allen Davis (guitar/keyboards), who unexpectedly left the group, the band is ending the year with a couple of Bay Area performances. Brent Messenger (vocals/guitar) spoke with SF station during a phone interview.
SF Station (SFS): How is the writing process going?
Brent Messenger (BM): It’s good. It is going a lot faster than it has before in terms of starting new ideas and coming up with different stuff. I think we are experimenting and taking a lot more chances than we have in the past. It has been pretty fun so far.
SFS: How are you experimenting?
BM: Right now, we are working as a three piece. We are looking for a guitar player and have been auditioning players because our guitar player had to leave, if not indefinitely, at least for a while. He had some family stuff come up that he has to deal with.
Basically the writing process has been that of a three piece. Our guitar player Allen was a pretty influential part of the writing process the last go-around, so writing without him is different. I’ve been doing most of the writing and what is different about it this time, at least for me, is I’m not just using a guitar. I’m using keyboards and a piano to start songs.
SFS: You met Allen through Craigslist. Are you using Craigslist to find a new guitar player?
BM: We’re not really using Craigslist because we are trying to find somebody that knows about the band already and that at least has some background on what we can do. Basically, we are looking for a friend or someone who is referred to us by a friend. It would be cool to find somebody completely outside of the San Francisco scene, if there is such a person. That’s what Craigslist would be good for, but right now we are just going through friends to see what is out there.
SFS: Why would it be good to have someone from outside of San Francisco?
BM: I just think it would be interesting. When Allen came to the band, he came from Portland, Ore., and everybody in the San Francisco scene was like, “Hey, where did this guy come from?” Everyone in San Francisco sort of knows each other and what everyone is up to and capable of. You could almost make a determination about some based on what you know of them. It’s like a relationship, you know everybody’s baggage.
We will just see how it pans out. This is sort of new because Allen just recently left.
SFS: About a year ago Every Move a Picture was considered a “buzz” band by various media outlets and you had a good response at South by Southwest. Where do you think the band fits on a national level now?
BM: It’s hard to say. Our album has done okay. I don’t know if it has met or exceeded expectations, to be honest. There were a lot of people who thought we were going to be a big commercial success, and there were people who thought that we were a good indie band with just a couple of good songs.
We are not splashed all over the pages of Rolling Stone, but I don’t think we are completely out of the picture, either. We have definitely grown our fan base and we are having better and better tour opportunities that are being offered to us everyday. It seems like things are still sort of on the way up.
SFS: Have you heard anything from Toby Keith since you dissed him on your album?
BM: No, we have heard from a lot of his fans that come to our Myspace page every now and again. They give us an earful. It’s funny, some of the political songs on the album -- such as “Signs of Life” or “Outlaw,” the song the references Toby Keith —were cutting against the mainstream grain when I wrote them. It is now the mainstream position to oppose the administration and the war. I would like to think that we had something to do with it, but I know that it was the president’s doing.
Every Move a Picture performs at Mezzanine with Trans Am on December 30th and the band headlines Club Loaded at The Rickshaw Stop on January 5th.
by Matt Crawford on Dec 21, 2006