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Waiting for Gamboa

Saturday night the band Aeroplane Pageant will be playing a release party for its new album, until then, they are just standing around waiting like the rest of us, but they've got some tall tales to tell.

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    Waiting for Gamboa
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    The members of Aeroplane Pageant will make this dog talk.

    Local band Aeroplane Pageant is celebrating the release of its new album "Even the Kids Don't Believe Me" with a show and party Saturday night at Pianos (with open gin bar at 8 p.m.). Opening is Beat Radio at 8 p.m. and Bridges and Powerlines at 9. Video artist Nisi Jacobs will be projecting her weird but oddly comforting stream of handrawn and and pre-recorded video clips to correspond with the band's musical stylings.

    The AP album, recorded over an extended period and a long winter at a beach house in Long Island, has gotten some far-flung raves, such as one from author and Brooklynite Rick Moody, who said, "It's a fucking weird album! I like it! I have to listen some more, because it has that Fiery Furnaces thing about it: Deep. Requires effort. But I was very surprised in good ways at the bizarre arrangements and the way the melodies don't follow and stuff."

    We had the chance to sit down with lead singer and guitarist Brian Kelly while he was waiting to hear from Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa for an interview. Kelly was fresh from the bands tour, which had to be cut short unfortunately when the drummer was bitten by a snake. He assures he'll be fine by the time of Saturday's show at Pianos. What follows is a sort of "Waiting for Gamboa" transcript of our conversation with Kelly.

    Kelly: Can you cover this show in NBC?

    Capone: I am.

    Kelly: When?

    Capone: Right now. Who usually comes to your shows?

    Kelly: Meaning? 

    Capone: You are supposed to answer. It's an interview.

    Kelly: "All kinds usually make it."

    Capone: Let's try this again. Less quotey fingers this time.

    Kelly: "If they're not busy."

    Capone: Have you ever been attacked on stage?

    Kelly: I'd have to ask my lawyer if I can answer that one. But everyone's been attacked before at one time or another, I suppose.

    Capone: Such as by the snake?

    Kelly: Snakes can be dangerous too.

    Capone: Do you think he didn't like your music?

    Kelly: Who, Gamboa? He never got the disc. He said pleeeeeeeeeeeeease send another copy. ASAP.

    Capone: No. The snake who bit your drummer. Do you think he didn't like your music?

    Kelly: Oh, you'd have to ask him...they tend to be reticent though...so don't be disappointed when you do ask him. Or ask her... to cover all bases.

    Capone: If you had to come up with another name for the title of your album "Even the Kids Don't Believe Me" what would it be?

    Kelly: Even my mother doesn't always believe me. That's what I wanted originally, but the label got in the way. Can I ask you question? Are you afraid of things like snakes?

    Capone: Only when they don't believe me. Why are you so worried that nobody believes you? Did you tell a lot of tall tales as a child?

    Kelly: Maybe I never grew up.

    Capone: That's not really an answer. What did you know and when did you know it?

    Kelly: Regarding what?

    Capone: Watergate, of course.

    Kelly: I've family who know people that know Nixon was a smart horse.

    Capone: Can we get back to the music for a moment? Will you be playing a piano?

    Kelly: Some of us will. Not a real piano though.

    Capone: Hence the plural, then? That is why it's called Pianos. How many folks do you expect to be at this show? There's free gin after all.

    Kelly: As many as can make it.

    Capone: What is the capacity?

    Kelly: Anywhere from 200-400 dependent upon some things.

    Capone: Like how many toy pianos people bring?

    Kelly: Exactly, but not quite.

    Capone: Has anyone ever thrown anything at you on stage?

    Kelly: Yes many times, and some of them are now close friends...oddly. Bottles, dog tags, fists, you name it...the list is tiring.

    Capone: Let's not go into that then. I've always wanted to ask -- why the "e" in the band's name? Are you guys from England?

    Kelly: That I don't remember...like any other decision more than two weeks removed it hobbles into the collective blur. Maybe it had to with wallace stevens...I was reading a lot of him at the time...and he sounds English.

    Capone:Wallace Stevens was English?

    Kelly: No he's from Connecticut, but that's besides that point. He was into insurance. But he sounds English

    Capone: Will he be at the show?

    Kelly: I could only hope. And if Kafka comes we could quit our jobs.

    Capone: Will Rick Moody be at the show?

    Kelly: No, he just had a kid so he is busy parenting. But maybe he'll be at one soon.

    Capone: We hear you are organizing a Literary and Musical Block Party Barbecue in Brooklyn. Any truth to this?

    Kelly: It's not not true, yet. Preliminary stages.

    Capone: We might need some absinthe. Well, we don't not need it. Do you drink absinthe, Mr. Kelly, regularly?

    Kelly: No, I don't personally, but I know people who look like me that might.

    Capone: So where to after the show tomorrow?

    Kelly:Skinny Bar and Lounge.

    Capone: And after that?

    Kelly: Wherever the whistle takes us...

    Capone: And after that?

    Kelly: I don't have plans... do you?

    Capone: Nothing definite.

    Kelly: Good then maybe something will happen.

    Capone: Something probably will.

    Kelly: More than likely.

    Capone: How long can this go on for?

    Kelly: The interivew? That's up to you.

    Capone: I was wondering.

    Kelly: My driver is here...so whenever you're done I can be done.

    Capone: You have a driver?

    Kelly: He's a friend, too.

    Capone: All drivers are friends. Not all friends are drivers, though.

    Kelly: You speak some truth.

    Capone: Will he be onstage?

    Kelly: Not that I know of. I'm not into bands that have gimmicks...I'd rather just have the music do the talking.

    Capone: And the driver do the driving.

    Kelly: Exactly.

    Capone: I think we're done here, then.

    Kelly: It was only my pleasure talking to you.