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Josh Grier of Tapes ín Tapes

The Office Rock Star Returns to SF

Tapes ín Tapes rocks shows all over the country (including opening night of Noise Pop 2007), but singer/guitarist Josh Grier still keeps it real with a data-analyst day job when heís not on the road. The Minnesota-based quartet returns to San Francisco on May 2nd at the Great American Music Hall with its first new material -- songs that will be featured on an upcoming album -- since the 2005 release of The Loon. Grier spoke with SF Station during a recent phone interview.

SF Station (SFS): What have you been doing during your break between tours?

Josh Grier (JG): Weíve been doing a lot of songwriting, trying to get ready to record another album. Iíve been working at my day job.

SFS: You still have a day job?

JG: Yes, itís true.

SFS: You must have a nice boss?

JG: Yeah, she is very understanding. Itís pretty awesome.

SFS: Do you have any plans to quit?

JG: Not yet. Basically, right now I donít have any reason to quit because I can work when Iím at home and when I need to do band stuff, I can do that too. Itís a good way to keep health insurance.

SFS: Is it ever difficult to finish a tour and then go back to working in an office?

JG: Sometimes itís a little bit of a shock, but itís kind of normal at this point. Iíve been doing it for a long time. Before things started going well for us early last year, we went on tour and my job was pretty flexible. Itís nice to get breaks and have different types of jobs.

SFS: So youíre the office rock star?

JG: I guess, people like to think so. I try to downplay it as much as possible. For me, I go to work and go home and have my normal life.

SFS: There must be some interesting water-cool banter.

JG: Yeah, it definitely gives people something to talk about.

SFS: Do you ever get weird questions at work?

JG: People are usually just curious. Everybody is super supportive and they think itís cool. Itís just the usual rhetorical questions, ďYou must love living the rock star life, donít you?Ē I donít think I really live the rock star life; itís nice I like to play music.

SFS: Have you played any songs from the new album at any of your concerts yet?

JG: We havenít played anything yet, mostly because the songs werenít quite ready.

SFS: Are you playing anything new on this tour?

JG: That is the plan. There are a bunch of songs that weíve been working on that we are going to play. Itís one of the things that we are most excited for about this tour -- getting the chance to play new songs. Weíll be testing them out and playing around and hopefully people will enjoy them. But, for the most part it will be fun for us to just have something to mix things up.

SFS: You will be visiting San Francisco on the 2K Sports Hit-N-Run tour. Did you ever think you would be the poster boy for a sports video game company?

JG: Itís not something I ever really thought about. It never even crossed my mind. When the opportunity came up, it seemed like a good fit for us because we are all sports fans and video game fans.

SFS: Do many jocks go to your shows?

JG: I donít really know. We all played sports, but none of us, by any stretch of the imagination, are jocks. I think we all wish we could be better at sports.

Tapes ín Tapes performs at the Great American Music Hall with Ladyhawk and Harlem Shakes on May 2nd. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.