Hosannas Session - June 2011

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Violitionist Sessions

Session Date: March 14, 2011
Posting Date: June 27, 2011
Artist Hometown: Portland, OR
Links: HosannasMusic.com, Bandcamp, Facebook
Recorded by: Michael Briggs

The Sea
Onward With Bravery
Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (The Beach Boys)
ONE: Where did the name Hosannas come from?
Brandon: We used to be called Church. Incidentally, that really doesn’t have that much to do with where the name Hosannas came from. We had to change our name because of the Australian band The Church…they kind of legally maneuvered…
Richard: They sued us.
Brandon: …they made it so that we would change our name. The name Hosannas is a Hebrew word…it’s like a prayer for safety in its original, literal translation; and we were traveling so much at the time, I thought it was a cool thing—people would originally say it as a ‘safe travels’ sort of thing, and since we were on tour so much…I thought it was cool.
TWO: Speaking of traveling, what is your favorite venue you have ever played at?
Brandon: We’ve played a lot of venues, so it’s hard to decide…We played a venue called The Ship in Hamilton, Ontario.
MB: Is it on a boat?
Brandon: No, it’s not on a boat. It’s nothing like, that cool…We did play on the half-sunken pirate ship that was an art installation in L.A., and that was pretty awesome—but this place just had the best food, and the nicest people, the nicest people anywhere on the planet.
Richard: And the Crab Poutine!
Brandon: And the Crab Poutine…that would be the best…Have you had Poutine before?
MB: No…
Brandon: It’s twice-fried French fries, Belgian-style, with tons of fresh crab on it, lots of melted cheese curds—and clam chowder just like, dumped on it.
Richard: Food is important.
THREE: How do you feel about the current state of the music business, and selling records, and your place in it?
Richard: I don’t think I could ask for anything better, really. I don’t know…
Brandon: You think so?
Richard: It works for me. Why not?
Brandon: We’re not really in it to sell a lot of records.
Richard: We just like making the records.
Brandon: Making the records is the important thing.