Interview with Low Fat Getting High

grunge punk for vegan stoners

By: Michael Haskoor

April 25, 2014

"...we usually don't bring songs into the studio we haven't played a million times live. It usually only requires one or two takes."

The aggressive grunge punk trio known as Low Fat Getting High puts a bullet bursting with energy, catchy choruses and rough edges right between your eyes. The band has been slowly making a name for themselves thanks to their energetic live shows, and has captured that sort of flare on their latest 4-song EPs: 2013's 'Bad Yoga' and recently released 'Poor Circulation' - a fanzine/EP collectors might want to own (the band's songwriter Michael Sincavage is a skilled illustrator who has contributed with his work to various issues of The Deli). Interesting doors opened for the band in the last year, including shows in support of Titus Andronicus, Jon Spencer and Bass Drum of Death. 

How did you guys meet? 

KR- We met a few years ago via Craiglist. Meeting that way put the music first. We were three frustrated musicians, kind of over our then current bands, looking for new people outside our circles to create with. It's a gamble to meet people online, but luckily we are all unified by our love for shredding and noise.

What does your name mean and how did you come up with it?

MS- Artie came up with it.  English is his 3rd or 4th language, and he comes up with these great non sequitur word combinations that make for great band names and titles.

AT- Brooklyn pot lovers try to be healthy, eating organics, do yoga, being hipster attitude.

KR- Sometimes I wish we were just Low Fat, because I can't tell my young drum students or their parents I'm in a band called Low Fat Getting High….

You opened for Titus Andronucus in June, would you consider them one of your influences?

MS- I remember the first time I heard their first record all the way through.  It was just so direct and visceral.  The lyrical imagery was so unique in that musical context.  I kinda hated them for making such a thoroughly good first record that sounded so raw and intentional. It made me want to react in ways that I couldn’t define.  We’re working on our own first full length right now, and that record definitely sets a standard in my head of what a record should do to a person. It’s awesome that we’re getting some opportunities to play with bands that personally inspire me.

You recorded your last EP ‘Bad Yoga’ in the basement of a house.  What makes you value low-fi quality and did you do that again for your upcoming EP?

AT- not sure if we got lofi sound or not but we love lofi sound on hifi recording.

KR- While it's true that both 'Bad Yoga' and the upcoming EP 'Poor Circulation' were recorded in a basement, I wouldn't consider either to be lo-fi quality. The basement is still treated to an extent for sound, the microphones are quality ones, and our recording guru John Meredith really knows what he is doing. It just happens he operates out of his basement. However, we do value live performances. We do live tracking for the drums, bass, and rhythm guitar, and only a few overdubs after that. It could be tedious recording that way where every member of the band has to be on their game, but we usually don't bring songs into the studio we haven't played a million times live. It usually only requires one or two takes.  

What is your favorite venue to play at and why?

KR- Death By Audio. It's just a great venue run by people who actually care about what goes on in the DIY community. And being an all ages venue, they don't discriminate on who gets to attend their well curated shows. Anybody could get in there for a small amount of money, and you know you are going to see some rad bands.

MP- Edan, who runs and curates all those shows, is super particular about every detail of every show, and somehow he manages to be super laid back about the whole thing while never compromising his integrity. I respect the hell out of that place, and I’m always stoked to play there.

If you could relocate your band somewhere else besides NYC, where would that be and why?

KR- New Jersey, because that is where I live. I don't mind taking the train in for band practice and shows though, it gives me an opportunity to catch up on my reading or beat my latest Zombie Highway high score.

MP- Denver, CO—— there is an interesting art and music scene forming out there, and with the legalization of weed, I either see that getting waaaay more interesting, or waaaaay less productive.