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Josh Grier of Tapes ’n Tapes

The Office Rock Star Returns to SF

Tapes ’n 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 he’s 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): We’ve been doing a lot of songwriting, trying to get ready to record another album. I’ve been working at my day job.

SFS: You still have a day job?

JG: Yes, it’s true.

SFS: You must have a nice boss?

JG: Yeah, she is very understanding. It’s pretty awesome.

SFS: Do you have any plans to quit?

JG: Not yet. Basically, right now I don’t have any reason to quit because I can work when I’m at home and when I need to do band stuff, I can do that too. It’s 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 it’s a little bit of a shock, but it’s kind of normal at this point. I’ve 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. It’s nice to get breaks and have different types of jobs.

SFS: So you’re 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 it’s cool. It’s just the usual rhetorical questions, “You must love living the rock star life, don’t you?” I don’t think I really live the rock star life; it’s nice I like to play music.

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

JG: We haven’t played anything yet, mostly because the songs weren’t quite ready.

SFS: Are you playing anything new on this tour?

JG: That is the plan. There are a bunch of songs that we’ve been working on that we are going to play. It’s one of the things that we are most excited for about this tour -- getting the chance to play new songs. We’ll 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: It’s 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 don’t 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 ’n 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.