This song hits so hard. I hope the link works. I am at the public library and they dont have flash installed. If it doesnt, I know for a fact if you click download it will take you to a link that you can play it from.
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Exclusive Chapped Lips and Chiclets Interview with Ash Buchholz from Toronto's USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
What exactly does Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker mean? I was frustrated and working in a printing factory and trying to quit smoking and was suddenly galvanized to write a manifesto that encapsulated exactly who and what I wanted to become. I had been reading the mini dictionary the woman in shipping and recieving kept in her desk and I turned my way to the word ubiquitous and so it became. The title of said manifesto was Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, an optimistic, resilient grateful magnet of equanimity and wonderment. We like to imagine that when someone wears our shirts that they are talking about themselves, like its a title or the characteristics of a type of person.
Your newest release, “Questamation” dropped March 9th. How has that been for you guys so far? It has honestly been the manifestation of our wildest dreams. Grunge and drum and bass peaked at the same time in the 90’s independent of each other. I always wondered what it would sound like to hear Nirvana play unplugged at a rave but in 1984. Apparently I wasn’t alone in my curiosity. Our first single “Laces Out” is being embraced by radio all over Canada. The album has giving us the opportunity to travel to New York and LA to perform and our sound tech has been having a hell of a time getting our monitors louder than our fans singing all the lyrics.
What was it like performing live on MTV Canada? The Concert Hall is a legendary venue in Toronto, unfortunately I was too young to play there before it closed. So playing MTV live got us in there, which seriously ruled! A hilarious story about our performance is that on the last chord of our final song Anti-Venom I ran and jumped off a speaker and when I landed I slipped on some confetti and tore the ACL ligament in my left knee. I had to miss the NXNE celebrity soccer game we were invited to play in which is also hilarious cause my car was falling apart and I was still roofing to pay the bills, you know like most celebrities. How did you two meet? Is it true that you guys split up for a little bit? Hilariously enough we went to rival high schools in our home town, but it wasn’t till years later that we met working at a local golf course. We both got assigned to reorganize the beer fridge and I believe I was holding a case of Labatt 50 at the exact we met. It was as if the gods of extroversion and introversion wanted to save pages in the encyclopedia of human experience by smashing us together. I think they got mixed up cause my name is Ashley, they didnt realize procreation would not be possible. Many other forms of creation would ensue and give birth to many remarkably divergent realities. It is true that we split up. We both needed to hit the reset button on life. Jay went out to Alberta and worked on the pipeline. I dissolved myself of possessions and went on an pilgrimage of awakening. It was all totally necessary, though it made no sense at the time.
What is your favorite/least favorite part about touring? My favorite part about touring is getting my mind blown with the reality of what is possible. The architechure.The food. The libraries. The old growth forests. The graffitti. The accents. The enthusiasm of people you would otherwise have no business meeting. The adventure. The dipping sauces. The local zines and community newspapers. It is also so amazing to absorb the pheramones and vibrations of all the amazing people we meet who buy our albums and come to our shows and allow this all to happen. It is very easy to get caught up in album sales and myspace views and forget that those numbers are connected to brains and hearts. My least favorite part of touring is being away from my favorite Vietnamese cold roll restaurant on Queen St. West in Toronto. I get night sweats from the withdrawl of not having their secret peanut butter hoisin sauce. Oh the horror! And missing my girlfriend like sailors miss stable ground, though the space is actually amazing, so that counts as favorite/least favorite at the same time.
How do you feel about people downloading music? This question is amazing and much easier to answer when you are not signed and have to worry about someone at the label reading about your objective views on downloading. There are just so many amazing angles, like lasers in a mirror maze! Ultimately, optimism persists in these types of scenarios, where think tank type thought can pull a con from any pro and vice versa. The ability to download music was the necessary catalyst to wrestle control of music back to artist’s. The reality is, music in North America became too much of a corporately controlled commodity. Yet the same computer technology that allows Artists to record and market their music also created free downloading. So tie game. The paradox lies in how to adjust to your competition being free. It takes creative vision to turn something that is universally perceived as a weakness and turn it into a strength. That is the point we are at now. I will bypasss the cliche that you wouldn’t walk into an art gallery and take a painting off the wall and take it home for your living room cause there is a whole generation that has no moral connection to applying this analogy ubiquitously. But thats ok. The human diet has changed more in the last 50 years then it had in the previous 50,000. Change is so absurdly rapid. On another hand, in spiritual traditions true teachers of wisdom never charged for their teachings or their talks, how many musicians would do what they do for free with passion? Is downloading simply natures way of implementing natural selection into this field, to seperate the true muses from those who primarily want to get laid and party? A another fascinating perspective is that before there was even sheet music to sell, which is where publishing came from intially, the primary way for a musician to earn a living was from performing. So it appears that music has come full circle. Which takes us back to the good old fashioned feeling and the emotion of the actual music as opposed to the vehicle the sound is sold on.
Who comes up with the designs for all your merch? I randomly started talking to this girl after one of my solo shows before I started performing with human and at the time was selling home burnt CDR’s with purple butterfly stickers and permanent maker text as the art work. She looked at my disc and said if I ever needed help with some album art to let her know. I told her I was envisioning this Cold war Russian athletics meets Native Canadian Haida logo. Turns out that was here specialty, her name is Rebecca Benton-Roy, her mom raised her on Haida Story Books. I called her up when our EP Welding the C; was nearing completion and then again for Questamation. I guess to underscore the campfire after-party imagery of our band is the theme of technology and tradition. Which is where the native art fits into the circuit board of our current expression.
What does Toronto mean to you? Tkaronto means “where there are trees standing in the water”, Mohawks used the phrase to describe The Narrows, where Hurons and other natives drove stakes into the water to create fish weirs. Radiocarbon dating of surviving stakes reveals that the weirs at The Narrows were in use more than 4,000 years ago. The Mohawk phrase began its southward movement about 1680, when Lac de Taronto (today’s Lake Simcoe), appeared on a map attributed to French court official Abbé Claude Bernou. From there the name inspired Passage de Taronto in 1686 for the canoe route between lakes Simcoe and Ontario, which followed what we call today the Humber River. In turn, that river became known as Rivière Taronto, and in the 1720s a French fort east of the mouth of the Humber River, on Lake Ontario, was identified as Fort Toronto. This is where Ontario’s capital city stands today. It also means “the place where I can generally ride my bike 25 minutes in any direction and high five one of my friends”.
If you could open for anyone in the world right now, who would it be? Would have to flip a coin between MGMT and Weird al Yankovic. Seriously. I grew up on Weird Al and I heard that MGMT once asked for a dozen puppies on their rider. Enough said!
Something about some of your songs reminds me of the band, “Why?” Have you ever heard of them? Sadly not until I youtubed them, cause if my answer was “of course, Why is my favorite band of all time! ” than your question would probably have been: Something about all of your songs reminds me of the band “Why”, are you going to renumerate them or can I spearhead the lawsuit?
What can your fans look forward to in USS’s future? What are some of your goals? Our fans can look forward to being cleaned with sham wows and vinegar and cooling us once again as we lay the blueprints for more divergent melodic exploration. Fans of our band can look forward to more groaner puns as we prepare to impregnant the world with optimism and become World Fathers of Unrelenting Enthusiasm. We have some rad-ash remixes on the go, the one for our track “Laces Out” was done by Myagi, who has remixed the likes of Crystal Method and USS. Well now he has. I am restarting my zine which has a new name with each issue, and is a cut and paste acausal stream of pictorial and linguistic consciousness, past issues include: The Axiomatic Oubliette and The Breakcore Competency As for goals, if the Myan Calendar isn’t a hoax and we haven’t transcended 3rd dimensional reality we see ourselves with passports full of stamps and bank accounts full of money for having been the catalyst for thousands of smile filled-dance parties all over the world. We would then like to see our monetary success and spotlight be shared with causes that aim to do what we aim to do in music, which is helping humans transition from misery to happiness. We aim to make a smoothie while performing our song Me vs Us in every time zone(on ships counts), we would love to perform at the foot of Whistler mountain for the 2010 Winter Olympics cause sports are excellent anti-depressants and finally our most important goal is to be more succinct, to stay focused and continue to be goal setters cause people who know what they want get what they want. Did I mention another goal is to play in Seychelles, a tiny island north of Madagascar where a guy downloaded a live set we played, we would love to perform in his living room for him and his family and then drink roiboos tea and play soccer.
What is the best way for your fans to support you? Email or call your local radio station and request our music and come out to our shows and dance your faces off. Our music and merch are available for purchase on our website and on itunes and can get me evicted er, be downloaded on torrents all over the web and i write that with the most paradoxical of grins. The greatest way to support us however is to simply be nice as often as you can. The butterfly effect of everything we all do resonates, so be nice so we can receive vibrationary huggery all the time.
Anything else you guys would like to share with Chapped Lips and Chiclets readers? Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers Unite, everywhere simultaneously, like you have a choice! and be the strange you want to see in the world. Weird Up! and happy travels.