Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Pennsylvania’s Public Disco Porch. Together we discussed the requirements to attend the disco porch, shareholders, The Gospel of York, their newest album “Have a Great Life”, and much more!


1.Mustard is grateful to have you join them at Music Shelf. How are you doing today?

Very well. Currently holding my little 5 month old girl who is asleep on me, so not sure if it’s gonna get much better today.

2. Mustard wonders if there are any requirements to attend your Public Disco Porch. Is there a dress code? Should humans bring refreshments?

One must familiarize themselves with the founding of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia which took place in 1829, and a fully memorized delivery of Robert Eggers feature film script “The VVitch” is also preferred for any sort of attendance. However, even on the ridiculous off chance you don’t have either of those loaded up, just be a nice person and we’ll hang for sure. I am always in favor of refreshments, a case of Rolling Rock and some Martin’s Potato Chips in any location is an absolutely winning combo. But yeah no, nothing is required, ever. Dress codes or “show blacks” is not very punk rock. Wear whatever you want, or nothing. It’s all good.

3. Additionally, Mustard wonders how you came up with your name. What is the story behind Public Disco Porch?

My Uncle Skip has a pretty fun tendency to sort of talk about stuff that absolutely no-one knows about, and often struggles to get folks onboard to even comprehend where he might be going with a story. Well, sometimes his wife, Aunt Mary Anne does, but even then, rarely. She’ll get the random movie quotes every now and again, but this one time in Maine he was going off about “how does no one remember those big elevated decks, like party zones that used to be up above bars or the docks?! The 80’s-ish era! YOU REMEMMBER…come on, yeah, you know it was like one of those big honkin’ public disco porches!? Really…? You don’t remember, oh yeah it was great.”

I immediately said, “I was in a band called Public Disco Porch”. 

4. Do you have any plans to privatize the disco porch? Do you listen and heed advice from shareholders?

Nah, shareholders muddy the waters in my experience. Independent, for the people, by the people, for forever.

5. Who or what influences you?

A whole lot. Lately, the cynicism of Bukowski, the landscape of Central Pennsylvania, the Boss Bluesdriver pedal, and the town in which I live (York, Pennsylvania). Also, homemade butter.

6. What is your creative process?

Write a very simple music song. Find your friends, and then bring them into a recording environment and watch as they breathe new life onto the initial embers. It usually ends with the initial songwriter marveling at what happens when people lift one-another up and allow for different ideas to creep into a space.

The whole process, regardless of the recording / writing medium, has lately felt like excavation. Dig up something new, even if small and simple. Bring it up to the air and as it burns off it’s amazing how you find stuff. Nostalgic smells, corrections within yourself, friendship, resolution. You find whatever meaning you’re looking for in the process of music song making.

7. Is 777 your favorite angel number? What was the inspiration behind this song?

Yeah, I knew it was an angel number and carries some spiritual weight by representing the perfection of the trinity or something. But I was actually more interested in the 777’s that show up on the video slots of my favorite bar and also gas station chain. There was this dumb “WIN 500” machine in the outskirts of Chicago in my favorite bar that if you lined up the 7’s, then you were spinning for double money baby. Granted, we were usually only loading up a single George into that bad dog, so the stakes weren’t very high. But man, WIN 500 was fun as shit. So, anytime someone would visit from out of town and we would be at that favorite bar, I’d sneak ‘em over for a spin to see if those 7’s would show up. The song isn’t about gambling or anything like that, more just a reminder that heaven might just be a bar. We might be all we got, so be good with being buried wherever you might be at any given moment. 

I also had a tussle with faith while aboard a Qatar Airlines flight where they made a huge deal that we were onboard a Boeing 777. So, that’s probably in there too.

8. 2018 saw the release of your album “The Gospel Of York.” Could you share with Mustard what it was like putting this album together?

Learned how to collaborate with that music. Not just within making a music song, but just life. Exercised the muscle of listening, and being patient until someone else fleshes out their idea / thought. It was full of fearless recorded moments, conversations, and random improvisations that were incredibly unorthodox (would make any proper recording engineer shudder). Screaming while simultaneously playing double stops on a violin, or mic’ing an amp in the bath tub with saxophone happening in the hallway of a very narrow apartment. My best fiend Joel immersed himself in darkness for a LONG while before recording 6 seconds of audio for the end of “…And Also With You”. We just didn’t care man. We didn’t care what the result was, because we were just hanging out. Every session was like that. Just fun. We found the freedom to make music songs in any way you wanted to, and the relaxed approach to that record really allowed me personally to nestle into some of the stuff that it sings about. I feel good about decisions I’ve made about how to walk forward in life.

9. A human wants to learn more about The Gospel of York. How would you summarize the gospel of York? Is this gospel accepting of everyone?

1000%. A sort of 5th canonical gospel that spins off from “THE Gospel” consisting of an episodic narrative of experience with a place. At the time it was recorded, I was living in Chicago, understanding how beautiful and rich that city is. Surrounded by friends, lifelong pals that I deeply miss today. The Gospel of York, lyrically, is a meditation of how the innocence of my small hometown in York, Pennsylvania had unknowingly helped shape me into an individual. 

Family. Roots. Small roads that take awhile. 

These things matter to me way more than I even felt living away for a few years. From start to finish the record kind of sings about how one should “go out, see every corner of the world if you can…just don’t forget to eventually follow your feet back to where you belong, your kids are home and it’s almost dinner time.”

10. Earlier last year you released “Have a Great Life.”  What was the inspiration behind this album?

If “The Gospel of York” was a recognition that it was time to go home, “Have A Great Life” is an absolute celebration of everything that York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area has to offer having finally settled in here. The landscape is incredibly inspiring. Honestly, worth worshipping, I mean folks did for hundreds of years. In the same zip code, you can be in the middle of nowhere, downtown, or by the river. So, yeah, York and all of its family, friends, neighbors, and art inspired me again…just in a different light this time around. It was swirling around me, as opposed to longing for it all.

11. Have a great life is something humans say to each other sometimes. Is this album your way of saying goodbye to someone?

Yep, nailed it. I say “Have A Great Life” to everyone and anyone after hanging.  It’s a goofy goodbye that not only creates pause in the interaction but lingers as we both think “well, I’ll see you tomorrow..?” Maybe. I want you to have a great life. This might be it, and as I said before…we might be all we got. 

12. Could you share with us some of your favorite malware tech?

Marcus Hutchins.

13. What is next for Public Disco Porch?

More of the same. If music songs are all we have to offer, then we want to make sure we are using them to sing of being a good neighbor. Re-directing any light that comes our way back onto the folks that champ’d this project up, and take care of the land we’re standin’ on. Playing one show in February, then hope to play some more shows in the coming months as it warms up. Also, few new songs have started sneaking onto tape the last coupla’ days.

14. Where can readers listen to your music?

Headphones. Car speakers. Cracked iPod nanos. Those are some spots I go to check to see if the mastered versions play. Also, the internet.

www.publicdiscoporch.com

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