Mr. Epp and the Calculations

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Interview Clips

Mark Arm from Mudhoney weighs in on his first band, Mr. Epp and the Calculations.  Epp symbolizes Seattle’s endearing humor.  Named after their math teacher, Epp members created a fake band out of thin air, replete with fake albums and fake tours.  Eventually, Epp became a real band when a promoter witnessed singer Jo Smitty tacking up a band poster on a telephone pole, and invited him to play a show.  In any event, Arm—who played guitar in Epp—talks about the end of the band’s ‘reign,’ around 1984.

Keep in mind when listening to this clip…the worst sin an underground band of this era could commit: sounding like a mainstream rock band.  You weren’t supposed to sound ‘too rock.’  Have a listen.

Date of interview: December 26, 2009.  Used with permission.

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