There is an easiness about The Cairo Gang
that pulls on the gentle heart strings of any 60s psychedelia guitar fan. Traditional pop guitar rhythms and a steady backing band push this easiness. The band doesnt go crazy with their sound and they dont need to; the vocals cruise along as does the listener. Emmett Kelly of The Cairo Gang knows how to approach the music he wants to create, his confidence shows in the finished product. With the release of their new track "Ice Fishing," we wanted to get in touch with Emmett for a quick Q&A just to see whats going on here.
Were bands like The Byrds an influence on your sound? I hear a lot of that psychedelic 60s guitar pop on "Ice Fishing."
CG: Of course I like the Byrds. Anyone who uses an electric 12-string is obviously informed by them.
Speaking of "Ice Fishing," that's a hobby that requires a lot of determination and willpower: to sit around the ice hole in the freezing winter waiting for a fish to bite. Were you all ever participants in actual ice fishing?
CG: I've been ice fishing on a regular basis for the past 2 years. It could be some sort of addiction, but I think it's more a game of circumstance. Victim or executioner, one must realize their place in the food chain and be bold.
We're in this sort of revival of psychedelic music these days. What is it about that acid-tinged sound that still speaks to so many people?
CG: I don't consider anything as being "revived." Recording artists today either sample other records or reference them. In the end it's all pastiche in the popular sphere. But that's ok. Obviously there is no shame in the nature. Hopefully we, bands and audiences, can let go and have a good time. Maybe that is why "psychedelia" is hip. Because we all wish we could be naked and painted, bathed in swirling light, stoned as fuck, in some great hippie orgy.