The 2/3 of Middle Brother Interview | Newport Folk Festival.

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Editors note: Beth and I covered the Newport Folk Festival last month, and we were both blown away by Middle Brother’s performance, in part because they made being in a band look like so much damn fun. NPR recorded the band’s set, and you can download it here.

Middle Brother Interview

Randy catching up with John McCauley & Matt Vasquez of Middle Brother at the Newport Folk Festival.

As Emmylou Harris sang her heart out on the main stage at last month’s Newport Folk Festival, Beth and I had a chance to catch up with Middle Brother’s John McCauley (Deer Tick) and Matt Vasquez (Delta Spirit) as they headed backstage to catch the final numbers of Emmylou’s set. Just as we started talking, the duo got word that if they wanted to participate in the festival’s traditional closing singalong led by Pete Seeger, then they had to get to the stage pronto. McCauley and Vasquez graciously still gave us a few minutes, so with no time to spare, I decided to skip the more traditional questions I had written— like ‘What makes Newport so special?’— and go straight for my closers.

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Taylor Goldsmith, Matt Vasquez & John McCauley of Middle Brother perform at the Newport Folk Festival.

If Middle Brother’s plane crashed in the Andes and you had to eat someone to survive, who would get eaten first?

MV: That’s debatable. Probably me, because I have the most mass. I think I weigh the most and I’m taller.

MV: You’re taller than I am. How much do you weigh? (Vasquez asks turning to McCauley.)

JM: I don’t know man, it fluctuates.

MV: I don’t know; we’d eat each other…out.

JM: If I had to, I wouldn’t be opposed to eating Matt or Taylor, if I had to.

I read in an interview that when you are on tour with Delta Spirit, you guys listen to Howard Stern daily in your van. So, should the Stern show bring back Artie Lange?

MV: Yeah. Well, of course they should. If he can stay clean, well, regardless, I think he should come back. He needs a lot of help, a lot of people are always worried about him because he is a really destructive mother fucker, but he’s also really funny and he’s a great personality and he’s in the Stern family. I mean has the Stern family ever really kicked somebody out forever? He’ll be back.

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Matt & John of Middle Brother performing during their set at the Newport Folk Festival.

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(8) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • Mia Van -

    August 18, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for sharing the interview , I had a good time reading the question and answers, especially the cannibal topic – lolll… :))

    • Bethany -

      August 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Mia! So glad you liked it. @Mia Van,

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam -

    August 18, 2011 at 7:56 am

    It’s too bad you didn’t get more time with them. I love band interviews, even if I’e never heard of the band… 🙂

    • Bethany -

      August 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      I know. It was too bad we didn’t get more time. Are you saying you’ve never heard of them? They are quite good – bet you would like them! 🙂 @Raymond @ Man On The Lam,

  • Mack Reynolds -

    August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    this interview made me laugh out loud. a couple of times. hahaha. it’s too bad you didn’t get the time to do you r whole interview, but judging from that one throwout example, maybe it was for the best (no disrespect). i liked the interview.

  • Tours Of The Vatican -

    August 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    What a fun interview! I hadn’t heard of Middle Brother before, but I will definitely be checking them out after reading this article. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂


    • Bethany -

      August 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Heidi,

      Definitely check them out. We’ve been slightly addicted to them!

      Some of your tours look great too – I was checking out your website. 🙂 @Tours Of The Vatican,

  • Michael -

    August 26, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Great feedback from the Middle Brother. The think I really like about band interviews is that many times you learn stuff you’d never even imagined about them.