1. Hey The Pulltops, super nice to have the chance to chat with you. First and foremost what got you into music?
Mark: Hi Pigeon! Appreciate the opportunity to sit and talk about music. Well, one of the things Tom and I have in common is that we both had older siblings with great record collections.
Tom: Right. They had great taste in music, and that got us into a lot of the bands we still love today. And that general love for music eventually turned into wanting to make music.
2. What’s your favorite 70’s artist?
Mark: The Rolling Stones had their best work in the 70’s. All of those albums with Mick Taylor are fantastic.
Tom: Pink Floyd is a huge favorite of mine. Every album they put out in the 70’s is epic. I’ve listened to the thousands of times.
3. What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next 5 to 10 years?
Mark: Not dying
Tom: Ya know, I’ve always wanted to learn slide guitar. I’m adding that to my to-do list. As far as more big picture things, I’ve always thought of this as a long game. Music, and I guess life in general. Just Keep doing what you are doing, and try to be a little better each time. After enough time passes, you’ll be shocked at how much you’ve accomplished.
4. Are you a music fan?
Mark: Yes. We live it and breath it.
Tom: That’s why we both have huge record collections. We’re just consumed by it, and always looking for something new and exciting. And that can be something that’s old for everyone else, but new to us. I always have music playing at home. And I also love music documentaries, learning where all this great music comes from and how it’s created.
5. What’s your favorite 50’s artist?
Tom: Yeah, it’s hard to top that one. He was a game changer.
6. How do you structure your day?
Mark: I just take it day by day, whatever they day throws at me.
Tom: I have a few “must do” things for the day, and everything else works around it. And it’s really simple stuff. Like walking the dogs, and having dinner with the wife. No matter what I’m working on, I’ll make sure to take a break, get out and walk the dogs. Clear the mind. And I’ll try to make a list every day of what I want to do. I feel good about crossing things off the list as I go.
7. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Mark: Our good friend Steve Grimm from Milwaukee’s Bad Boy said, “It’s all about persistence.” Just keep at it.
Tom: And a keyboard player we worked with years ago, Rick Forkes, would always say, “If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing.” Keep releasing music, keep your name out there.
8. Who inspired you to make music?
Mark: It’s all of the albums, songs, the music we listen to. All of it inspires us.
Tom: You grow up with all of this great music, and then you dissect it and try to figure out how it was made. And then you want to make your own. And still to this day, when you hear something that you emotionally connect with, you get inspired to make more.
9. What’s your favorite 70’s artist?
Tom: I know we touched on this already, but I’ll add to it by talking about a specific city. There was a lot going on in New York during the 70’s. Everything had this grit to it, and it was raw, and it all sounds so good.
10. Do you agree with the Pigeon?
Tom: We’re all music fans, so that automatically means there will be a lot we will agree on. So I’m going with yes! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. This was fun! We must do it again!
Like Parquet Courts, The Pulltops stand out with "Wide Awake". This single keeps me awake with its relentless rhythm through interwoven riffs and accelerated percussion. The synergy - in this case it's symbiosis - that is established between these adrenergic guitar riffs, chunky bass and drumming reaches very high energy levels. Ideal for shaking your head from side to side and tapping your foot to alternative sounds with or without headphones, as the explosive performances screaming behind the microphone and the fast riffs will stay in the memory.
The Pigeon added the new single to his Weekly Gems playlist on Spotify. You can check out the released music below. If you like what you hear, make sure to follow along so you can stay on top of future releases!
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