A Few Minutes with… The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

ALBANY – In a little over three minutes, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – consisting of Jordan Demarest on drums, Dan Haggerty on bass, and Will Kachidurian on guitar and vocals – takes its listeners on a wide panoply of different sonic textures and grooves with their latest single, “Situational Comedy.” Released on August 14th, this song began with an acoustic guitar intro, before going into a straightforward pattern that supports an extremely vulnerable, and well-delivered vocal. As the song continued to grow and swell, we hear the intro motif played just before it broke into the chorus section.

If the intro served as almost a plaintive, kind of serene lucidity, the middle section consisted of being incredibly direct with vulnerability. This listener would say the ending portion of the song served incredibly well in its concluding role, as the tempo slowed down – though no amount of unabashed guitar overdrive was lost – which invariably made it feel like a final recap. A solid tune through-and-through, it was really nice to hear such an in-depth storytelling piece both in instrumentation and lyrics. As a promo, this definitely has me amped to hear the rest of the album.

I was happy to get a chance to sit down with Will from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Throughout the online conversation, his humor came across in a refreshing way as we navigated topics of anxiety, the meaning behind “Situational Comedy,” creativity, and future plans for the band, To catch the interview, please continue reading below.

Lucas Garrett: Hey, folks! Thanks for sitting down with me today to discuss your latest single. Let’s get right into it: how did it come to be?

Will Kachidurian: The song itself was written a while ago, back in 2018 I think. We got home from a show and I remember having a pretty bad time and Jordan told me to go inside and write a song about it… so I did! It came together super quickly, it took maybe an hour or two? I just wrote the intro riff on an acoustic and then built the whole song out from there. I remember it was 2am or something so I recorded a really quiet demo on my phone and sent it to the rest of the band. I honestly wasn’t sure if I would use it, but they seemed to like it, so we got to work adapting it for a full band arrangement.

LG: What type of music do you listen to? What influenced you creatively in terms of the sound of this particular record?

WK: I listen to tons of stuff. I’m really all over the place… At the time, I was definitely listening to a lot of Jeff Rosenstock, PUP, and Charly Bliss just to name a few things that may be relevant to our sound. I could rattle off all the hip hop, jazz, and Japanese funk-rock I was listening too but I’m not sure how much of that made it on the record. But hey, who knows?

LG: I really enjoyed the lyrics in this song. Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind them?

WK: The song is basically about a panic attack I had! How fun! But in all seriousness, I sort of just wrote it as a way to process anxieties I had. It’s called Situational Comedy because at the time it felt like I was in some kind of TV show. I’m in a dramatic, uncomfortable situation, all eyes are on me, the laugh track is going, the whole nine yards. Obviously, my life isn’t The Truman Show, but at the time that was the best way to describe that pressure and anxiety I felt.

LG: As we all know, the pandemic has made those already aware of arts’ vulnerabilities more aware of said fact, while giving a rude awakening to those who may have been blissfully unaware. In my view, this type of music, genre-wise, is even more susceptible, as live shows are a huge component. What are your thoughts and experiences on this?

WK: I think rock, punk, DIY music (or whatever it is we make) is definitely fragile in some ways. I know personally that I want to experience it live, and in a packed pit of people. But, it goes without saying that that is not a safe scenario these days. That said, while I think it is a commercially vulnerable genre, it’s very resilient from a creative standpoint. In our case, I can say that even if someone told me tomorrow that I would never play another live show, I would keep writing and recording this music, just because I love doing it. I’d never make a living that way… but it would still be worth doing and I think a lot of other artists feel that way.

LG: What are your plans moving forward from this release?

WK: Well, we already have another album in the works that I’m very excited about. That should be out by the time I turn 1000, at the rate I work on things… but I think it’s coming together nicely. I certainly know a lot more about producing and mixing now, so I think sonically it will surpass You’ve Changed. Not to say what we have out now is bad… I’m not really selling it well, am I?

LG: Lastly, if we missed something, please feel free to elaborate on anything that might’ve been overlooked!

WK: I really just hope I was able to convey humor over this written medium. We try not to take ourselves too seriously so hopefully that comes across. Also, I hope this was coherent and not too much of a rant/ramble. I really enjoyed thinking about this stuff so I had to try not to get too carried away!

LG: Thanks for chatting today! I hope we can hear even more from you soon!

WK: Thanks so much for letting us do this and for listening to our little band, we definitely appreciate every opportunity we get like this. For now, we’ll keep playing, and writing, and recording as much as possible for as long as we feel like doing it!

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Relevant link:

https://thegpgp.bandcamp.com/track/a-strongly-worded-letter-goty-edition

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