Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski.
Mild High Club plays Reverb Lounge Sept. 21.
Talk about your bands whose name perfectly suits their sound, Mild High Club takes the cake. We’re talking smooth, jazzy, indie-fied Yacht Rock from a band with roots in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Skiptracing, their new album on Stones Throw Records, would fit in heavy rotation with any run-of-the-mill ’70s AM rock radio.
The band says the album’s story arc is that of a “private investigator attempting to trace the steps of the sound and the spirit of American music.” One assumes it’s a story that takes place in LA, dressed in polyester, behind the wheel of a tan Chevy Nova, and airing right after The Rockford Files.
I sent Mild High Club the Ten Questions survey. The band’s founder, Alexander Brettin, took the bait:
1. What is your favorite album?
Alexander Brettin: I can’t narrow it down to one currently it’s The Nightfly by Don Fagen.
2. What is your least favorite song?
“Happy” by Farrell.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Kicking out the jams, learning, seeing the world, freedom.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Witting in the passenger seat of the van gives me anxiety.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)? favorite substance?
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Pasadena – didn’t have the full band, struggled through a living room set.
8. How do you pay your bills?
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Would attempt working as a budtender; would hate to be a garbage man.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
Actually, I’ve never heard a story about Omaha!
Mild High Club plays with Fullbloods and Ojai Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Reverb Lounge, Tickets are $10 Adv/$12 DOS. Show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com.