The Edited Ark is a dirty two-piece, riff driven, indie rock assault from Devin Gallery (formerly of Boys Climbing Ropes) and Morten Fausboll (formerly of Pirate Panties). These guys have been rocking the Shanghai scene for a little while now and they consistently put on unbelievably fun shows. We had a chance to sit down with singer/guitarist Morten before the release of their new album PLAY/FOLD at Inferno on Friday, November 18.
FYI: Their album is available HERE at NoiseTrade. Leave them a tip! 100% of tips go to help the Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal as if you needed another reason to love these two guys. .
The Edited Ark is such a unique name, where did it come from?
I was reading the Bible at the time, to find out what the book was all about, and was reading about the Ark of the Covenant at the time that we started to think of a name. Devin and I sent random band name ideas back and forth for a couple of weeks and the world Ark and Editor were consistently in our name suggestions. We both liked Young Editors but we weren't really young and we liked the idea of the Ark of the Covenant needing a new edition mainly since there hasn't been any editions since back when they were written on stone tablets. Finally, The Edited Ark looked very nice when written so that became our name
What was the inspiration for the album name?
The working title for a long time was The Battle of Hans Island but it was a little too cryptic for me. We ended up with PLAY/FOLD after having seen the cover art that Calum Crotch developed. The name references the artwork that is very closely connected to our band name and it's also a poker reference that applied to your general attitude towards life. Do you play or do you fold?
If you had to lump yourself in to a category or style, what would it be?
We are probably some sort of indie grunge? My influences are very much riff carried metal where Devin is more of a Japandroids kind of drummer. We didn't at any point try to pull each other over into a genre that wouldn't fit the other. Whatever your influence was, you brought it to practice and it very smoothly became a strange mix that we're both really happy with and that seems to work well when played live.
What's your favorite song to perform on stage? Follow up, why is it Sweet Home Alabama by Lynryd Skynrd?
Favorite song to perform live for me is To Live and Die in Yangpu, simply because we tend to end up having everyone in the audience shouting YANGPU! and that is just an incredible feeling. Furthermore, it has become sorta tradition that the audience invade the stage during the last song (which is often TLADIY) and that's super fun. In terms of Lynryd Skynrd, I don't feel comfortable with artists who's name I cannot spell...
If you could play any venue/city in the world which/where would it be?
If I could play any venue in the world it would be Orange Stage at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Being Danish, I've been at that festival many times and seen many of my favorite artists like Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Bjork, etc. We'll need to be a well known band first though otherwise it would be slightly anticlimactic playing a venue that fits 100,000 people with only two lost but extremely high teenagers watching.
If you could trade places with any musician who would it be? Follow up, why is it Steve Harwell, lead singer for Smashmouth?
I would pick Justin Bieber and when I have become him I would donate all my money to charity and redo high school with the aim of becoming a veterinarian. I'll keep my chrome supercar though but only so I can conveniently check my face for zits when I'm out driving. Also, I'd go to London and try to convince my wife that I AM actually Morten. That might take a while unless I find the Zoltar machine that changed me in the first place.
Where could people find more information about you guys, shows, etc?
We are on Facebook. Also find us on Noise Trade where you can download our album and leave a tip if you want. All tips will go to the Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal. My wife was a refugee from Afghanistan when she was a child and I'm of the opinion that there are WAY more people from the Middle East and Europe that should tie the knot. Mainly to bring a tastier cuisine to Europe. You have no idea how good Osh, Kabuli or Sapsi tastes! It'll blow your mind!