by Grant Moser
Cause for Applause EP, released in April 2003, is less than
twelve minutes long, but has nonetheless created a stir.
This Brooklyn band seems to be influenced by post-punk sound
of The Fall and Richard Hell, but their music contains sporadic
bursts of energy and expression that really dont fit
into any category. The songs can be frenetic, but this isnt
the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, nor even The Hives or The Vines. They
are their own breed. I decided to go straight to the source
to find out more about this unique band. As their lead singer
David Lloyd told me, categorizing music is basically just
a way to sell it. I talked to Lloyd on the phone in May
of 2003. It was Lloyd's first official interview for the
band. We may have gotten to him first, but more will follow.
In case you recognize the name or the face, he used to play
with The Boggs.
Grant: You're in Georgia,
Yeah, Im in southern Georgia right now.
Grant: Hows that going?
David: Its going really well. Its beautiful here.
Absolutely nothing like New York City.
Grant: Are you from Georgia?
David: No, Im from Texas.
Grant: I was wondering about the accent. Anyway, I got your
CD in the mail on Monday and gave it a listen, and it was
David: Glad you liked it.
Grant: This is your first release?
Grant: All right. Lets start off with some basic interview
questions to get us rolling. How do you define your band?
David: Hmmm. Lets see. I suppose: a celebration of the
Grant: Does that include the revival music movement?
David: Is that just happening now? I thought it always happened.
Grant: Well, its always happening, but theres been
a lot of press in the last year or so.
David: I suppose I write the songs I write, and my band mates
do what they will with them.
Grant: How is the collaboration with the band members?
David: Pretty fast. More so than anything else. If I know exactly
what Im doing, we can have a song finished in one
rehearsal. Theyre probably the best musicians Ive
ever played with as far as comprehension goes.
Grant: So they also contribute to the songs?
David: Definitely. They advance them far more than the simple
little silly things I initially give to them.
Grant: Listening to the music, I hear a variety of influences.
Most notably a punk sort-of 70s feel, but I also hear
a southern kind-of something in there, not exactly honky-tonk,
but a twang in it? Maybe it could be your vocals, but the
music sometimes has a little extra down-south beat. Do you
know what I mean?
David: I suppose. For the EP thats out now, I did almost
all of the writing for it, and there was no specific intent.
And I believe youre the second or third person to
mention something sort of honky-tonkish about the music.
Grant: It wasnt the overlying influence, but every now
and then Id catch a riff or harmony that was a nice
addition in to the punk.
David: Well, I appreciate it. I guess I can see it on the latter
three songs [Forager, L.O.H.O., Ode to Danzig] more than
the first two [The Wire, Latest].
Grant: Yeah, the first two were much faster paced. Are those
the songs you are looking to write more right now?
David: Well, most of the songs lyrically have
something to do with some sort of heartache, so its
nice to diffuse that with something more exciting.
Grant: These are shorter songs, two to three minutes, tops.
Do you find that you cover what you want to cover in that
amount of time?
David: Well, its funny because I believe the shortest
song on the CD has the most words to it [Latest]. I dont
often repeat myself in a song and I think I say a whole,
whole lot by the time Im done actually saying what
Im saying. It might be only two minutes, but it might
be 200 words or so.
Grant: Lets talk about your live shows. Unfortunately,
I havent had the opportunity to catch you before I
write this because youre in Georgia. But what are
your live shows like and how often have you played?
David: Since September weve played every month one or
two times, but in April we played five times. I was a little
worried about that, but it seemed to go really well, and
not affect attendance. Theres three of us [David,
Jack Martin, and John Anderson] and I try to be as active
as possible, thats my compulsion. Im glued to
the microphone a lot of the time and weve even thought
about adding a bass player to free us up some. But people
seem to like the live show quite a bit. I dont especially
trust people though for some reason. Maybe Im more
of a critic than they are.
Grant: Well, New York audiences are fickle.
David: I suppose. Weve played at Sin-e, Mercury Lounge,
BQE, Bowery Ballroom, and Galapagos, which is something
Ill never do again.
Grant: You didnt like Galapagos?
David: They put us in the back room. It was poorly organized.
Its kind of small; VFW hall like. I think that works
well in the Midwest, but I dont think thats
what draws people these days.
Grant: What bands in the New York scene interest you?
David: Im really happy the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Liars
are doing really well. At first I thought Fever to Tell
was a bit uni-dimesional but now after a few listens, I
think its really, really beautiful, especially towards
the end. I think its really cohesive as an album,
which is something you dont see much of these days.
Grant: Any bands youd like to play with?
David: Definitely. Were getting better acquainted with
other bands that started around the same time as we have.
Theres a band called The Double, and Ghost Exits.
Calla are friends of ours.
Grant: I just saw Calla at Mercury Lounge with on!air!library!
David: Yeah, Alley from on!air!library! sings backup on the
first two songs of our CD.
Grant: What did you grow up listening to that influenced you
the most? I heard a lot of early punk, but also some 80s
as well. Maybe Dead Kennedys?
David: I started off with all the basics. I went straight from
Metallica and Guns n Roses to The Meatmen and Corrosion
of Conformity and Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains. Then I got
into The Minutemen and the Circle Jerks and what not. All
the big guns of early punk rock were my favorites. I think
at the very least that music is revisitable. And theres
people a few years younger that me that havent been
exposed to that and I feel very badly for them.
Grant: Do you think theres a place for this back-to-the-roots
move in todays world?
David: I suppose. I wouldnt say anything against it.
But more so than that, drawing from anything and not being
exclusive about what inspires you is the most successful
thing one can do.
Grant: What are your plans for the future?
David: Well, Im here writing what will be our next album.
Georgia eliminates a lot of the distractions, but New York
is way more inspirational. Theres a lot of people
with really good ideas and it make you really feel in context.
Grant: So, can we expect the same music on your next outing?
David: Somewhat. Therell
definitely be comparable elements. Again, Im not trying
to be exclusive. Anything that comes to mind Ill write.
Grant: What other bands
have you all been involved with?
David: An instrumental band called Joel Pandles was the most
recent for me. Before that, there were a couple of hard
core bands, pretty appropriate for the 90s I guess.
But John, our drummer, his claim to fame is he drummed for
Boys Life for a while. Jack, our guitarist, is infamous
around the city for being an ace guitarist.
Most recently, he was part of The Bright and Desperate Sparks.
Grant: I loved those guys.
David: Yeah, he was the songwriter for them and the primary
guitarist for The Knoxville Girls.
Grant: You going to start touring again?
David: Yeah, when I get back we should play the 18th of June
at Mercury Lounge with some Australian band, whose name
I forget right now. And perhaps on the 24th at Northsix
with Glass Candy.
For information about Cause for Applause, visit: http://www.sayheyrecords.com