SLUG: You had a band member leave ... Was the touring schedule pretty rough?
Avi: Sure, but she’s working on her own music, so that’ll be exciting.
SLUG: Touring with Modest Mouse would be a dream come true for most aspiring indie bands. What did you feel you took/learned from it?
Avi: A lot about just working together and being on the road. They’re a really great group of people and they put on great shows, so it was inspiring to see them giving their all and being such friends with everyone around.
SLUG: Your touring schedule has been pretty hectic. Have you had anytime to start working on new songs?
Avi: I have been here and there, on GarageBand and stuff. I still have to take some real time off of touring to record new stuff, so that’s coming up.
SLUG: Your lyrics are nearly always abstract and quite often perverse. Do they actually mean something to you or are they just catchy nonsense?
Avi: They mean a lot to me, otherwise I wouldn’t sing them. I keep stuff cloudy because it’s personal.
SLUG: The songs as a whole tend to go in unexpected directions. Through the guitar work and the lyrics. Do you have a clearly thought out plan when you sit down to write the songs, or is it a pretty fluid process?
Avi: It’s a pretty random process. I just try to find chords or parts that sound good and sound good together.
SLUG: One of the most talked about portions of your recordings and one of the more exciting things about your live performances is the guitar work. Do you have a background in music theory?
Avi: I don’t have much theory on my belt, but some guitar lessons, a lot of ear work and mentorships from older musicians.
SLUG: Your last show in Salt Lake City went pretty well, are you excited to be coming back?
Avi: Yeah, I’m stoked! It’s a really great city, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, so I imagine it’s gonna be a fun time.
Avi Buffalo is going to be at Kilby Court on October 26, come check it out and get a better view and a more intimate show than you got during the Twilight Concert Series.