Poor Favor Q&A
By by melissa firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan. 23, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.
Live music in Victoria can seem like a line right out of a Blues Brothers scene. Elwood asks the bar owner what kind of music they usually have. She innocently responds: "We got both kinds. We got country and western."
Danny Kuykendall, frontman of Poor Favor, has made it his mission to spice up the scene since the band formed in 2010. The trio is layered with post-hardcore, alt-rock and indie influences dating back to the '80s including At the Drive-In, Cursive and Violent Femmes.
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?
Latin Dance Party on NPR. A lot of Prince or whatever ends up in the car. One of my friends turned me onto the Charlie Manson Album. That was part of the whole murder thing. He recorded this record and wanted to put it out and spread his message. ... It's really weird, but I didn't look into it to learn the musical style of Charlie Manson. It's probably better than what's on Top 40 nowadays.
WHAT'S YOUR GOAL WITH YOUR MUSIC AND POOR FAVOR?
That seems to be a very popular question. It's mostly just a creative release, but the goal is to have an answer to that question.
We've started recording stuff again. We played a lot last year, more than 50 shows. I took a little break, and now I'm getting back in the swing of things.
WHICH CONCERT HAS BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ON YOUR MUSIC?
In high school, I was introduced to the local music scene by a co-worker - it was this metal band at Sun Valley. It's just a big closed down building now, but it was really cool back in the day.
I'd always had an interest in music, and we always had instruments around the house. But from right then, I was like, "I know what I want to do!"
When we started playing in Victoria, it was always heavy metal bands and country bands. Not that I despise it, but if I'm going to do something, I want to do something else. I wanted to do different for the sake of music.
SOME OF POOR FAVOR'S SONGS HAVE ALMOST A NIGHTMARE-ISH QUALITY. IS THAT INTENTIONAL?
I listened to a lot of Cursive when I was writing songs for this band and At the Drive-In. It's a lot of the sound of the music, of course, but the energy behind it that I felt I related to. The music is complicated. They're not simple little pop songs. It's not trite, and that's something I wanted to work with. I wanted to do something unconventional. It's not your standard approach to writing songs.
Poor Favor is a play on a Spanish phrase, por favor: please.
We started off in guitar class over at the college. All the songs we learned in there were Latin choro and Latin Classical. We learned about the theory and song forms. It inspired me to write.
It's a mix of those dark Latin songs and the form sets it up for a nice emotional quality.
I met my bass player in that class and we just wrote the songs from there.