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The Black Sheep Interviews: Mild High Club Front Man, Alex Brettin


Mild High Club has been touring since the end of August, and on September 24 they’re stopping by Pygmalion Festival in good ol’ Champaign-Urbana. Their sound has been described as pop-noir glam rock, and if you don’t believe us their album Skiptracing came out earlier this year so you can see for yourself. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk with Alex Brettin from the band, and we found out he’s into mythical animals. And we don’t mean unicorns.


The Black Sheep: What are you most excited for about Pygmalion Festival this year?


Alex Brettin: I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of the local [acts], Prince Rama, and I’d like to see Future Islands play. Great bands, they’re both freakishly talented.


TBS: So, your name is Mild High Club. Are you in fact a member of the mile high club?


AB: I’m a member of the Mild High Club, but not so much the mile high club. I haven’t had sex on an airplane yet. I have been high as shit on an airplane. I do exist on the plane of existence somewhere in this universe of rock and jazz, art. It’s a serious joke; you know what I’m saying?


TBS: If you were going to describe your sound in the least musical terms possible, how would you describe it?


AB: Probably like that bag of weed your dad has in his drawer, and you didn’t know your dad smoked weed and now you’ve found it. Just like that.


TBS: Do you have any weird traditions you do before you get on stage?


AB: Besides like joking around with my band, no. Smoke pot, drink beer, drink water. Really nothing too superstitious. We do have one member of the band who reads the Bible. We’re getting somewhat ritualistic, but it’s more so theological Bible study, not so much Bible worship.


TBS: What is your favorite song to play on the kazoo?


AB: Well I haven’t played the kazoo in some time, but probably that song that has that meme out there right now, of this little kid on a children’s show talking about ‘fun, fun, fun, fun.’ He’s just blowing his brains out with it. I don’t know what it’s called, but that’s the song.


TBS: If you could bring any animal on stage with you while you perform, what kind of animal would you bring?


AB: I would bring Cthulhu, I think it’s like a mythical creature. Like a legendary thing that everybody has their own interpretation of what it looks like, but nobody actually knows.


TBS: If you were going to be any other musician for Halloween, who do you think you would be?


AB: Adele. No, I would be Vitas. He’s like a Russian pop star, he’s very funny.


TBS: If any dead musician were going to haunt you, who would you want it to be?


AB: Shit, Miles Davis. I would like to hear him helplessly kind of whisper in his voice, and creepy ass stare. Yeah, that would be nice.


TBS: What is your favorite song to karaoke when you’re drunk?


AB: I don’t know, Journey? “Don’t Stop Believing.”


TBS: Chipotle or Qdoba?


AB: That’s kind of tough, like this election cycle. I would have to go with Chipotle I guess, the lesser of two shitty burritos. Qdoba is a McDonald’s burrito. The thing with Chipotle is, I have a secret hook-up. I can’t go too far into details, but a friend of mine cracked their answering machine and figured out how to get free burritos.


TBS: If could tell anything to the reader’s of The Black Sheep, what would you say?


AB: “And Cush begat Nimrod.” That’s a biblical verse, it’s Genesis. I’m learning still. I thought it was a pretty nice passage, I don’t know what it means but I like how it sounds.


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