Captain Green is the type of band you never get a full handle on. One second, they’re the swampiest funk band you’ve ever heard. At the drop of a dime, they’re playing pulsing jazz that leaves you weak in the knees. Next thing you know, their psychedelia sends you halfway to the moon. Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist Bob Weir once said that his favorite thing about music is when time goes away. With Captain Green, time and all its limitations cease to exist. All that remains is a trust in the power of unpredictability and the belief that, in the end, groove will prevail. O&A spoke with the band about the newest addition to the group and the joys and perils of life on the road as an independent band.
O&A: Talk about the evolution of your sound with this new record coming out and what the new guitarist Grant Hudson adds to the group.
Captain Green: It’s everything the first album wasn’t. We took our time making it and our production team has been very hands on. In a way, this feels like our first actual album. Grant’s added new-found depths to our sound and has freed up the other members of the band to explore new textures.
O&A: Pensacola’s become a bit of a second home for you guys. What makes it so special?
Captain Green: We have really enjoyed everyone we’ve met at our shows there. They have been welcoming since day one. It reminds us of our fans back home. There’s tons of love floating around here.
O&A: Have you guys returned to Spirit of Suwannee since you played there? Do you view it from a different lens?
Captain Green: We all attended Bear Creek last year and Ross sat in with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. It’s a place that is held very dear to all of us, Grant has been going to the park for over 10 years now.
O&A: Why is Frank Zappa such an important figure for you guys?
Captain Green: His music is the best and he is the lord and savior of us all. His stuff never ceases to reach new complexities and it’s a large musical inspiration to us!
O&A: How much time and energy went it to that cover set and was the crowd as into it as you had hoped?
Captain Green: We prepared for the show for almost five months before the show and the crowd reacted better than we than we could have expected. We had young as well as older Zappa fans their and we felt like we held them attentive through the whole show. It was an electric night.
O&A: What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned since embarking on the journey of being a touring band?
Captain Green: To protect each other together, of course. The best part of touring is meeting awesome people in all parts of the country. It’s amazing how generous and giving people people can be, letting us stay at their house with only meeting us at the gig that night.
O&A: What’s the most uncomfortable spot you’ve ever had to sleep while on the road from show to show?
Captain Green: Seven dudes. Two single beds. Dave had to sleep underneath the sink and had to stay in a fetal position all night.
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