Holly Hunt's Gavin Perry on Singing for the Band: "The Barry White Sessions Are Coming Up"
Monica McGivern at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Genesis 6:4 hints, in that cute, sci-fi Biblical manner that giants might've once roamed the earth. The Cardiff Giant turned out to be a pretty good hoax back in the 1860s, but make no mistake, Holly Hunt's Gavin Perry is neither hoax nor Biblical prophecy -- and he's giant through and through.
A visual artist who gravitates towards a psychedelic patina of vibrant colors, he's a coconspirator with artist/drummer Beatriz Monteavaro in South Florida's Holly Hunt; one of the heaviest and sludgiest entries into the genre of the recent years.
We spoke with him before their much heralded gig last week at Gramps in Miami with fellow heavies Shroud Eater and Black Cobra, and prior to tonight's show at the Bubble in Fort Lauderdale with Death Talisman VII, the Killing Hours, and Manifest Test Subject. We caught up with Gavin about touring, his height, and the ballsy move of releasing a double LP as the band's first album.
How tall are you and how is that an advantage in creating droning chaotic doom?
Gavin: 6'8". Advantages and disadvantages... I'm never in an obstructed view. Natural imposition. Hanging monitors and low ceilings hurt.
Explain to us the über ballsy move of releasing a double LP as the lead full-length salvo in what we hope can only be an ever growing catalogue.
We had recorded everything we had to that point. We were discussing what and how we would release the material with Other Electricities (Emile Milgrim) and Roofless Records (Matt Preira) and they offered to release it all. We felt that releasing it at 45 rpm offered the biggest headroom, deepest groove on vinyl but that it would have to be on two discs. They agreed and we were stoked. Hopefully we didn't start at the apex.
You and Betty are both visual artists, how does that affect the musical creative process for you guys, if it does at all... Or even vice versa, how does the musical process affect your visual disciplines?
It does. Vice versa. It's hard to describe tangibly, it's a bit abstract. The ideas and aesthetics come from the same place. The executions are different. Music/sound is immediate. Binary. Art/visuals are more transient. Less triangulated.
You've had some exhibitions recently, Houston, if I remember correctly, so on that artistic note, what prompted last week's triumvirate of South Florida's finest heavies to pummel the evening sky during Art Basel and moreover, what are your feelings on what the "event" has become over time?
I've been a huge fan of Black Cobra since I started playing music again. After a very long sleep I'd found myself trying to catch up and digest as much heavy music as I could. BC was in constant rotation.