What’s on the L.O.W.?! – Chris Carrigan of The Fem Doms

This week on What’s on the L.O.W.?! We’re showcasing local band The Fem Doms.

I got in touch with old buddy band mate and friend Chris Carrigan formerly of Carbon Copy and Spanish Noir to discuss life on the road, his most recent album with the group and how they got started.

In their latest album The Fem Doms play seven tracks that are sure to have you head banging and moshing with your favorite pet alone in your living room for a solid half an hour. Chris’s vocals are reminiscent of Robert Plant at times but you can occasionally get the same old feel of Rob Thomas coming in that he always seemed to have from the start. The rhythms have the distinct vibe that NOVA produces as you can hear the Foo Fighters basis around it while there are also hints of the obvious Zepplin and Cage the Elephant. The Fem Doms have really worked toward and created a sound truly original and distinct and they’ve definitely made a fan out of me!

Check out the interview with Chris below. They are currently touring and are planning on releasing a new album very soon. Be sure to hit them up for the album when they come to a town near you!

What’s on the L.O.W.?! – Phil Spiess of Two Canadians

Recently I had the pleasure of doing an interview with a friend and fellow musician, Phil Spiess. We met when Burd and I played a show back when lots of things were different. Empire was open and was not Empire but Jaxx, Two Canadians was not Two Canadians but Union Street, and A Note Two Self was not that but The Offset. We ended up playing music with them quite a bit through the years and formed a pretty solid friendship with all of the musicians. You can check out Phil’s recent works with another member of Union Street, Joe, up above.

Their music really reminds me of old school gritty but meaningful good old fashioned rock n’ roll. With hints of The Doors and Bob Dylan the Two Canadians have found an equation that mixes grungy sounding guitars with profound and beautiful lyrics.

To start, a bio….Phil Profile

Philip Spiess has worked as a live sound and recording engineer since 2005, beginning with the Marine Corps Band, Air Force Band, Navy Band, and as the head sound engineer for Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Philip has worked and understudied with Jim Bienemann and Mike Atherton at Common Ground on the Hill since his arrival in 2006, mixing sound on various festival stages since 2009. He has done sound mixing and engineering for Taylor Swift, Carbon Leaf, State Radio, Red Jump Suit Apparatus, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Sierra Hull, Tony Trischka, and Walt Michael and Company. Currently he is a fire fighter in Woodbridge, Virginia, and is recording his first solo album.

Phil opted for the written interview. I shot him a message on Facebook and the questions began! On a Table
An2S: So Phil, What got you guys started on this project?
Phil: I started writing and working in various bands and I wanted something that was my own.  I felt acoustic left it the most raw and most open to personal interaction with the people I was playing for and found it more fun for everyone. Right now it’s just me playing as me so Joe isn’t with me anymore, he’s currently serving in the Marine Corp.
An2S: What influences… artists, life, anything… gives you the drive to continue making the music you do?
Phil: The biggest influences are actually my friends who are doing it professionally, Josh Hisle, Dan Collins, and poet Blaine Martin. I’ve worked a lot with them and toured with Dan and Josh. We met at Gettin' DownCommon Ground on the hill and they have taken me under their wings in the business.
An2S: What do you like more? Performing live for an audience, or working it behind the scenes?
Phil: Doing audio work vs performing… I love both. You can’t really compare them or put them up against each other. It’s two completely different disciplines and mind sets.
An2S: I really dig the song Boston Harbor. What is the premise and some of the meanings behind the words?
Phil: Boston harbor is an old song haha. I don’t really write happy music. It’s about being in love with someone but you never know if they Banjolove you or the idea of you until obviously it’s too late and your hearts broken. If you think it’s normally the way it really is.

An2S: How long have you an Joe been playing together and when can we expect more music from the two of you?

Phil: Me and Joe played together in high school and through part of college. We split up back in 2011 so until he gets out of the military probably no bass lines from Joe sadly.
It was great being able to interview Phil and revisit the music I first heard years ago with The Offset.To find more from Phil Spiess and Two Canadians check out their stuff on ReverbNation.
Stay tuned for next weeks What’s on the L.O.W.?! When I interview Chris Carrigan of The Fem Doms and showcase their album Thump.

Make Believe

Verse 1

I can’t believe the consequence,

In the past sequence in events,

What exactly is the news when it comes time for you to choose?

Insanity is best when shared,

So go out with your teeth all bared!

Scream till you feel the rasp inside life’s most marvelous thing to confide!

Why?

Chorus

All you know is make believe,

All these things are make believe,

What we see is make believe,

Sense that all is make believe!

Verse 2

Foolish games can lead to hate,

The best of it is always late ,

And though you know it spreads,

You continue to rest your heads!

Pain is what you feel in love,

It’s not all that sometimes a dove,

Flight is overrated in passion taken for granted when in mass production!

Woah,

Chorus

All you know is make believe,

All these things are make believe,

What we see is make believe,

Sense that all is make believe!

Solo

Breakdown

There are beautiful things we would all like to see,

Lets take a trip as we count down from three,

We can ride in the car with the wind in our hair,

Jammin’ to Ludacris hands in the air,

Hey ho, hey ho, hey ho,

And I’d like to know when it rains and it snows even if I’m dead from my head to my toes,

With the song that you sing when nobody knows,

What to expect of tomorrow!

And the sense that you get of that good good feeling,

Knocking you back bouncing up to the ceiling,

Nothing but good happens when we make beh,

Nothing but good happens when we make beh,

Nothing but good happens when we make believe!

Make believe.

Euphoric Dream

Verse 1

You walked through the snow,

Creating the glow,

The dark stood no chance to such radiating beauty,

You took my hand,

Made me understand exactly why love can elude me,

 

PreChorus

Mixtures of silence bring light to this science,

Textures that bind us heated up in this furnace,

 

Chorus

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love is a euphoric dream,

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love is a euphoric dream,

 

Verse 2

Rise through my spirit,

You touched down right near it,

You found something new bright and rearing,

Although worlds apart,

Our planets touch heart I,

Can’t believe or even start imagining,

 

PreChorus

Mixtures of silence bring light to this science,

Textures that bind us heated up in this furnace,

 

Chorus

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love is a euphoric dream,

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love is a euphoric dream,

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love is a euphoric dream,

Miraculously you have made me believe that,

Love love love…

 

Lyrics by: Mike Richards

Speechless

Verse 1

Walking through these city streets I think about the strong and meek,

Pushing through the crowds of people, searching through their moods,

Taking turns at Dupont Circle,

Circling circling circling around and round,

The chaos of it all just make us speechless to the point that we say woah,

Woah, woah,

 

PreChorus

I’m trying to find solutions, lodged deep within my brain,

While crossing over bridges disregarding loss or gain,

And I’m trying to find the answers to the riddles in my mind,

As I get caught in the spider webs when suddenly I find,

 

Chorus

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

 

Verse 2

It’s so weird how life provides us,

With so many different challenges,

A lot like taking foot steps stepping faster further farther wondering,

When had you become so cold,

And when had I become so bold?

We didn’t have the words,

And when our minds go blank it’s only woah,

Woah,

Woah,

 

PreChorus

I’m trying to find solutions, lodged deep within my brain,

While crossing over bridges disregarding loss or gain,

And I’m trying to find the answers to the riddles in my mind,

As I get caught in the spider webs when suddenly I find,

 

Chorus

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

I’m Speechless,

 

Lyrics by: Mike Richards

Consano

Verse 1

Sometimes I must stop and wonder where am I to go?

I lift my head up high and move ahead!

My feet begin to fall back down into the undertow,

And I hear the words my father always said!

 

Chorus

All things heal, all things heal with time,

Though flack may fly around the rind,

All in all you’ll be just fine!

All things heal, all things heal with time,

Not hard to know and good to see,

All things heal with time so start with me!

 

Verse 2

All in all I’ve always had to walk straight through my life,

With all the thorns that pricked me in my side!

And oh I’ve had my toils yes you know I’ve had my strife,

But I always pull straight through it I keep stride!

 

Chorus

All things heal, all things heal with time,

Though flack may fly around the rind,

All in all you’ll be just fine!

All things heal, all things heal with time,

Not hard to know and good to see,

All things heal with time,

All things heal with time,

All things heal with time…

so start with me!

 

Lyrics by: Mike Richards

The Morning Circle

Verse I
Six twenty nine and I’m, waiting for the sun,
My body and soul are in far destination,
A place that’s better pieced, and swirled like a dream,
Fears in the new years, but I’m counting on the truth,

Bridge 1

I’m counting on the truth,
I’m counting on the truth,
I’m counting on the truth,
And I’ll believe you if you must,
And out of the silence,
I’m lost in thought,
PreChorus
Nobody said this would be easy,
But melody is holding me,
Nobody said this would be easy,
But melody is holding me,

Chorus

This Morning Circle,
This Morning Circle,

Verse 2

Six thirty six somewhere, somehow I’ll be fixed,
Thinking of all the words that are,
Waiting to be heard,
Clear and out of shape, don’t give me those petty words,
Four minutes are passing,
While the winter morning birds sing away,

Bridge 2

They sing away,
They sing away,
They sing away,
And birds are forever singing away,
Maybe someday,
We’ll fly to new heights,
PreChorus
Nobody said this would be easy,
But melody is holding me,
Nobody said this would be easy,
But melody is holding me,

Chorus

This Morning Circle,
This Morning Circle,

Lyrics by: Burd Boonyoo