On the new EP Hard to Read (2016, Grand Jury/Fat Possum) Oakland band Day Wave is all Jackson Phillips, who did the Prince thing by performing and recording the album all by his lonesome.
Phillips’ music falls into the same indie dream pop realm as Wild Nothing, Diiv, Black Marble, Violens, Dignan Porch, that slew of bands that have taken the Joy Division/New Order aesthetic and combined it with modern-day gloom.
That said, don’t expect to see only one guy standing behind a keyboard when Day Wave plays Slowdown May 4. Phillips will have a touring band in tow to fill out the sound on stage. And it’s a good thing, too, because Day Wave has been added to a slew of festivals this summer, including Lollapalooza, Governor’s Ball and Shaky Knees.
We asked Phillips to take our Ten Questions survey. A man of few words, here’s what he had to say.
1. What is your favorite album?
Day Wave: Hmmm that’s a tough one, I’ll say Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets.
2. What is your least favorite song?
That song that says “I’ve seen better days” over and over.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
My favorite part is writing and recording songs, I can do it all day long.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
I don’t enjoy the lack of sleep that comes with touring.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
I’m a big fan of almond butter.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
I just got back from Australia, that was pretty much one of the best places.
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
I haven’t played any bad shows with Day Wave!
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?
I always wanted to be a photo journalist for National Geographic. I never wanted to do anything involving math.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I’ve heard it’s haunted.
Day Wave plays with Lot Walks and Bokr Tov Wednesday, May 4, at Slowdown Jr., 729 No. 14th St. Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $10 Adv. / $12 DOS. For more information, go to theslowdown.com.