A few emails later and POOF! Robert, one half of this brother duo, and I were practically BFFs. (The group consists of brothers Robert and David Perlick-Molinari. David produced MGMT‘s indie release, Time to Pretend EP for New York indie Cantora Records, so you know…he is kind of spectacular, too.) He and I chatted about their music, their collabs with Database and Viceroy, how FHR came to be and their plans for the future with their new sound called “Next Jack Swing”. (If that confused you because you don’t know what “New Jack Swing” is, you should probably stop reading this and report to the Awesome Music Police for questioning.)
Check out the interview below and leave a comment if you want to win a pair of free tickets to see this amazing show.
Also, I will be introducing French Horn Rebellion to their first-ever ham croquetas on Friday, so it should be a pretty big deal. You know…cause croquetas are practically made out of brujeria and stardust.
Robert/FHR: NO, but that sounds amazing! (Just Googled them!) OMG! I NEED IN MY MOUTH NOW.
Robert/FHR: Oh my gosh, we should have made a tour poster with a picture of that restaurant! Maybe that needs to be on our Miami bucket list for this weekend.
Robert/FHR: Yes, this was the last album we released a little more than a year ago. It was a fantastic time putting together, and was very ambitious for us. We combined pretty much every genre under the sun, made a concept, and slapped the most epic name we could find on the cover. It’s about space, understanding, and the cyclical nature of life.
We’re looking this fall to be releasing a whole slew of singles and remixes. We’ve been working to develop a new style called, “Next Jack Swing”. There is actually a full album already done, we’re just figuring out the best and most fun way to get the new material out. For the next stuff we will be tapping into our roots, as unruly orchestra kids who just want to get folks to shake (mooove) their booties, rather than force into a chair for an hour and a half to listen to Mahler.
Robert/FHR: I’m really looking forward to this. I saw some Youtube videos of them, and they look like they bring the house down. It’s going to be a really fun trip. I’m so excited to meet Cuci!
Robert/FHR: Well, Milwaukee is best known for its beer, cheese, and sausage. Usinger’s brand is THE JAM! (Especially the summer sausage…you cannot stop once you start.) Every time our mom comes to visit New York she always brings a care package of Milwaukee’s best–string cheese, bratwurst, and spotted cow beer. She’s a good mom.
Robert/FHR: Poster Girl is a brand new song that we have finished with our Brazilian buddies, Database! The song is done, but we decided to shoot a music video for it down in Brazil before we release the thing! The song is about having a hot babe on the wall of your bedroom as a kid, and when you grow up, you hit the big time, meet her and make her your girlfriend. The poster girl will actually look like this:
She’s my old French horn teacher, definitely my poster girl.
Robert/FHR: I always wanted to play the oboe, but my oldest brother, TJ overruled me and said horn was way better. In retrospect I have to agree. David actually plays the bassoon!
Robert/FHR: We are lucky boys. We’ve been digging this guy, Viceroy’s tracks for a while now, and we’re going to be featured on one of his next singles. That would be who we want to work with.
Robert/FHR: We love the French! We have been to Paris many times, and done some amazing shows there. I’m looking forward to releasing our new music so that we can go back, and rock their socks with the Next Jack.
Robert/FHR: I think playing the Louvre for Jean-Charles de Castalbajac’s fashion show in 2010 was a highlight. I went out wearing a ‘hi fashion’ 200€ cape by myself and did a horn call on a 16th century instrument that was from a relative of Catalbajac’s. (Who has a castle.) Then all these models came on stage. The first time the French horn has been used as a call for hotness in the last hundred years.