WPGU Band of the Week: Number One Sons

1. Please list the names of all members of your band.
Benjamin Spoden- Guitar,vocals Marty Gray-Drums,vocals Steve Swigart Guitar, vocals Dan Brown-bass
2. Where did you get your band name?
My mom bought me a cheesy quartz clock from “things remembered” in the mall for my birthday inscribed “Ben- Number One Son” I thought it was great. I am also the 1st born child, so it kindda takes on a double meaning.
3. When did you start performing together?
Marty and I have performed in various bands for about 7 years. We both moved down here from Chicago in December of 2007 to persue different personal goals.
He is starting an organic farm and I am going to school in August for music ed. We played under the name of “The Number One Sons” for about 2 years in Chicago as a 3 piece with a very talented guy named Jason Mortensen on bass.
4. Who is your greatest musical influence?
I would have to say my family for not encouraging me, and my ex-girlfriend.
5. Describe your sound in 3 words or less.
6. What is your favorite place to perform?
Recently, we opened for Shooter Jennings at The Canopy Club, it was really cool. We actually had roadies! FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE!
7. Where is your favorite after show party spot?
Mike and Mollys
8. What is your latest album called?
Self titled I guess “The Number One Sons” boring…I know
9. When is your next performance?
August 12th at Mike and Mollys
10. If you could perform with anyone in the history of music, who would it be?
Jimi Hendrix
11. What historical event does your music sound like?
The day Willie Nelson was born?
12. If you could own any house pet, what would it be?
A chocolate lab
13. What is your favorite thing to eat as a band?
14. What cartoon character does your band most identify with?
Itchy and scratchy
14B. Why?
Marty has a cell phone ring with tha “itchy and scratchy” theme song.
15. What kind of car do you drive?
98 dodge coversion van, complete with tv and VCR –I watched “singles” the other day in my van. Pathetic? yes indeed..
16. What is your favorite joke?
Eddie Izzard rules. Tim and Eric are also great.
17. What is your favorite Canadian province?
18. What was your favorite middle school field trip?
To the Burpee Museum to see “T-REX”!!!
19. How often do you get your hair cut?
Once every 2 months…ish
20. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Radiohead—everytime–they blow me away.
21. Who are you voting for in 2008?
Are you kidding? BARACK!!
22. Who did you vote for in 2004?
John Kerry. Anyone but Bush…
23. Does global warming exist?
24. What is one thing you do that’s good for the Earth?
I ride my bike to work everyday-seriously.. and recycle my tiolet paper. Not seriously.
25. What is your band’s favorite lunch meat?
26. What is your least favorite reality TV show?
All of them
27. What is your favorite movie?
I just saw “The Fall” yesterday. Was pretty cool.
28. What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?
Hawaii-Napali coast scuba diving.
29. If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?
Yes. Just because we do not hear it, doesn’t mean it does not exist.
30. What is your favorite kind of underwater creature?
Sea turtle
30B. Why?
When I was scuba diving last year, I had a chance to swim with some amongst the coral. It was a very exilerating experience.
31. If you could time travel, what would you go see?
The big bang!
32. What’s better, Pac Man or Ms. Pac Man?
Mrs pac-man, because she has “pac-boobs”
33. Which Teenage mutant Ninja Turtle do you best identify with?
Leonardo- I cut meat as a job, so I pretend to be Leonardo with a sword on occassion…not really
33B. Why?
I said not really!
34. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of music?
I used to have a bad habit of smashing my guitar on stage on occasion.
I miss those guitars now. But that was back when I was full of piss and vinegar.
35. Any advice for the public at large?
I really hate the stupid pro gun signs on the highway. It makes everyone around here look like hillbillies, even though they are not. NO FAIR!
36. If you could be one of the Flavor of Love girls, who would you be?
I dunno what that means, but my answer is POSH spice.
37. What is one cool thing you think everyone should know about you?
I lost 10 pounds on the “Jared subway diet.”
38. And another?
I have an air conditioner
39. What is your favorite song to play live?
Right now it is a tune called “Stalker Maria” an original new song we play.
40. Which Mario Kart character is the best?
41. Boxers or briefs?
Boxer-breifs actually..the best of both worlds.
42. What is your favorite office supply?
Xerox machine- you can Xerox your butt, and The word Xerx has two X’s in it. Pretty rare, outside of porn.
43. Describe your audience in 3 words.
Sleeveless, drunk- friendly
44. Who is the biggest underdog in movie history?
Who cares.
45. What is your favorite place to spend a Friday night?
Playing a show
46. What is your favorite horror film?
Children of the corn
47. What is your favorite brand of shoes?
I wear leather black boots 95% of the time. My mom bought them for me a few years back. I am too lazy to look at the brand name right now.
48. Do unicorns exist?
They exist only in my imagination.

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