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Lands End

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview With Lands End's Fred Hunter from 2002


MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2002 Year Book Volume 3 at lulu.com/strangesound.


It has been quite a while since we have heard from Lands End. What's been going on with you guys?
Well loads of things, not to do with music, really. Mark, first moved to Maine, then back to LA in early 2000, Jeff moved up to San Francisco in late '99, Kiko moved back to Rio de Janeiro in late '98.so anything that has appeared since late '98 has been done while all of us were apart. Mark and I are the only two that actually see each other! The last time the band was all together was at the gig on 2/7/98 in Mexicali, Mexico. So I got on and did the Transience CD called 'Sliding' and enlisted the other guys to help me, so it sorta became a group effort really. I had started on the album in mid '97, so it did take a while to come together.

Then thrown in with all that, My wife and I just had our first baby, I changed jobs three times, Mark has changed jobs at least twice and got married, bought a house, you get the picture.We were making that 'fabled trip' from being musicians dreaming of the 'big time' to the sad realization of real life and music just being a hobby. The same thing has happened to many bands, I'm sure.

MSJ: Have you been keeping busy with any solo projects?
Kiko has been teaching down in Rio and has also got his own website for his music, which you can link to from the site www.transendland.net Then Jeff has been working on many, many songs for years, but I seriously doubt any of them will see the light of day, since he is always so damn busy at work, he really does over do it.

Then I've been busy with the TRANSIENCE stuff, I've got the one CD out and the other has been close to completion for months but I keep hitting setbacks, such as jobs and babies!

MSJ: Any chance of seeing a band project soon?
OK the million dollar question - well we have around 40 minutes of songs pretty much ready. It's just finding the time to finish it all off, I'm looking towards spring/summer for a release.
MSJ: Who would you see as your personal musical influences?
Easy! Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Rush, Jean Michel Jarre.
MSJ: What have you been listening to lately and/or what CD's have you bought recently?
I love the Gabriel CD, 'Up', I also bought the new Porcupine CD, thats good and the new Flower Kings CD which is OK, but once again Mr. Stolt has got 'quantity and quality' confused again. I'm also listening to a lot of live Grateful Dead..per usual, you can easily download entire shows now..
MSJ: What about concerts...what was the last show you saw?
Yes, Universal Amphitheater...they always put on a great show.
MSJ: What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?
My most embarrassing moment was actually in the last concert we played when during the lengthy song 'Natural Selection', somehow we all got out of sync and proceeded to go nowhere for around 5 minutes until we jammed ourselves to a halt. It was bloody awful! - not a good way to play a gig.
 
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