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Jonny Latimer of The Aimless Never Miss
A Discussion With an Apocalyptic Messenger
by Matt Crawford on Jan 31, 2008
After coalescing in Sonoma Countyís small and incestuous rock scene, The Aimless Never Miss packed their bags to try their luck in San Francisco. About two years and two EPs later, TANM is gigging with a psychedelic light show that matches their spacious guitar and synth-driven tunes. The band is working on their debut LP between gigs at various venues around the Bay Area. They perform on February 12th, opening for Raised by Robots at Cafť du Nord. Jonny Latimer (guitar/vocals) spoke during a phone interview with SF Station from his SOMA practice space.
SF Station (SFS): Did gigging in Sonoma help prepare you for performing in San Francisco?
Jonny Latimer (JL): Itís a pretty different scene here. Itís kind of a shock and I think we are all still adjusting. We moved bit by bit -- some of us to San Francisco and some of us to the East Bay. Itís a bit of a culture shock, coming from an area that is more rural. Itís familiar, but itís still a pretty big jump. Iíve been here for about two years and Iím just starting to feel like Iím calling it home.
SFS: What was most shocking?
JL: For me, it was the culture of constant distraction. There are people everywhere and there is always something to do, which is great. It gets more and more difficult to be bored when you are living in such a populated area.
SFS: With all of the distractions, have you found it hard to keep your creative interests going?
JL: It was a big distraction at first, but fortunately when I moved here I got a job as a bike messenger and whenever I had downtime I could come to the practice space and play. It was great; I would be on the job writing songs.
SFS: That is a hazardous job; did you have any accidents?
JL: Yeah, I got into plenty of accidents. I got hit by a fucking airport shuttle and fractured my knee and my rib. I got doored a few times. The last straw was when a cab hit my buddy. I went to the ER to see him and he was all messed up -- bleeding out of his nose and ears -- and I wasnít sure if he was going to come back. Literally, two days after that, I fell pretty hard and cut my hand open and got 10 stitches. After that I said I was done -- for now anyway. But, to tell you truth, I miss it a lot. It was a really fun job with a lot of freedom and it is a great way to get to know a new city.
SFS: Itís a good thing you are sticking to music. The lighting at your concerts paired with the video for your song ďRun and HideĒ is very Pink Floyd-esque.
JL: Totally. Luke Judd (stage lighting designer) and I spent a lot of time together with the video. He obviously did a big bulk of the work and most of the time I just sat on the side and said, ďWe need more explosions.Ē
SFS: Does your outlook for the future match the apocalyptic images of the video?
JL: I think that would be fair to say; I definitely dabble. I just donít see how our culture can perpetuate itself. With the rate that we are going and all the shit that is going on, itís pretty ridiculous. Everything just gets out of hand.
SFS: Your lyrics give the impression that you are not a huge fan of cell phones and new technology.
JL: I donít know. I definitely have a fetish for gadgets, especially when it comes to music. I also think technology has its vices. I think the learning curve is really the problem with technology. We get things too fast before we have the time to learn how to implement them reasonably into our lives. It is just kind of overwhelming.
SFS: Did your rural roots help shape that philosophy?
JL: I donít think it has anything to do with Sonoma County. Maybe itís my education. I studied philosophy at Sonoma State, with an emphasis on science and religion. A big pressing question throughout my education was: What role should science play in our lives and how should human values fit into the whole equation?
SFS: Any luck on finding the answer?
JL: (Laughs) Well, I wrote a thesis before I graduated that kind of touched on that. I think that science canít be done in a vacuum. We canít be creating shit for the sake of making it. You have to at some point question whether or not you should do something.
The Aimless Never Miss performs at Cafť du Nord on February 12th. Doors open at 8:30pm and the show starts at 9:30pm, Tickets are $8.
by Matt Crawford on Jan 31, 2008