When I met up with my favorite (super)man-about-town Adam Bruneau, it was so freakin hot and sticky outside. It seriously felt like we were suspended in unpleasantly tepid Jell-O. So my intention was to have the laziest afternoon interview ever but, as it goes, talking with this dude about his many projects and adventures got exciting. He's one of those quietly brilliant people - genuinely full of ideas and sincerely interested in what people are doing. His broad range of talents, sweet approachability, and un-obnoxious tirelessness make him a popular partner in Atlanta collaborations. I have no idea what the hell made me think this could ever be a lazy interview. So there we sat, mainlining iced tea and talking about school bus graveyards and how Adam is quitting this city for Sweden if someone doesnt pay him for his awesomeness soon.
Whats the haps, adam?
I'm finishing the Back Pockets record thats cool. My little brothers having a baby this weekend so I gotta buy some cigars.
It seems like everyone ever is involved with the Back Pockets right now - What are you doing for the record?
Mostly working with Em [Kempf] on the overdubs and stuff. Yeah, theres gonna be a ridiculous number of people going on tour we need to get a school bus or something.
I know of this school bus graveyard in North Georgia. Seriously, there are, like, hundreds of busses from different decades. Lets go get one.
Oh hell yeah, that sounds amazing. Let's go!
So tell the people who you are. Where did you grow up?
All over Gwinnett.
Do you think growing up in the suburbs does something weird to your brain?
Definitely. I think it explains the kind of people [who end up] in Atlanta; they didnt fit into the small towns. So they gravitate to the nearest big city. I think it explains why everyone wants to try to so hard like, yay, I escaped the suburbs so I have to do everything! City kids are born used to it all, so the energy isnt the same.
What projects do you have going on right now?
I know you recently traveled to Sweden. How was that?
I loved it. Im seriously afraid its gonna take me away. Its so much easier to make a living in music there. Their government actually gives money to venues to pay bands with, just in case no one shows up. They financially take care of their artists in ways you wouldnt imagine in the US.
Adam, dont move! Ill make someone hire you. Sorry, Im okay. What else are you working on?
I want to do another 3D video, like skeletons surfing. But I dont know if Ill be able to do that before [Back Pockets] tour.
Also, Ive been working on the Falcon Lords website theyre an awesome band. They work a lot. Its good to see people in Atlanta who are really working to develop something in a real way, not just on a local level. They really know what theyre doing.
Okay youve played with everyone in Atlanta, it seems like. What are some of your favorite projects / bands youve been involved in?
I helped with The Spooks album dont say Im in The Spooks or anything! Im not. But I helped. I also did a sound collage for the last Deerhunter album, played with Lotus Plaza last year that was all really fun.
Oh! I just recorded karaoke song for Danger Woman. She called me up and said 88 Keys thats her code name for me, I need you to do a secret mission! It was to record a karaoke song for her. Shes so hilarious and energetic.
Cel-Ray Moxies just started drumming with them yeah, Im all over the place with this.
I dont get paid for any of these by the way but thats the way it is.
(I have to interject here: we are sitting next to a wall of fliers for upcoming music shows. The whole time were talking, Adam keeps pausing to point out posters for shows that hes either playing or that feature bands hes previously worked with. Seriously, this happened like 6 or 7 times. At another point, Derek Lyn Plastic came up to us to talk to Adam about playing with Stepdads, a new local supergroup thing with Derek Lyn Plastic and Facehugger just one more in-the-works project that Adam didnt even remember to mention. This kid gets around.)
Who are you a fan of in Atlanta right now?
The Plaza Theater I love what theyre doing. Theyre doing a local filmmakers night soon, with animation and stuff Brett W. Thompson is doing that. (Note: look for an upcoming interview with this beautiful, camera-happy animation leader.)
Also the Carnivores. I just added theramin to a song theyre working on for their new album. Theyre one of my favorites right now.
What would you change about the Atlanta creative environment?
Id make it so you can make a living playing music thats the main thing. The other thing would be making it easier to get out of Atlanta its so hard get out of Atlanta.
Yeah, its a comfortable little cocoon sometimes.
Exactly. There are plenty of places to play and practice you can forget that theres a whole world beyond Atlanta
And more focus from people here. Maybe less stuff going on. Its just a sea of all this stuff bombarding you its hard for the things to stand out, and you end up missing stuff. But maybe that makes Atlanta a good laboratory for sensational things.
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