(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass Donora) is sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
Donora play the wicked indie pop rockiness that will grab your ears like the handles on a second place pinewood derby trophy and force Donora’s criminal level catchy tunes into permaspin in your brain pan. Here just listen to the deally bob so you can chair dance while you read Jake Hanner of Donora answers to Groovey.TV’s The Gauntlet Interview Series! Does he survive? Does he cry and run away? I don’t know either just rock out on the Soundcloud doodad and read the interview ya jerks!
1) When was the last time you figuratively put your foot in your mouth? (or literal if you can do so.) Details please.
Well none of us have literally put our foot in our mouth, but Jake c, our bass player, put his finger in someone’s mouth. We were on tour, I believe in Chicago at the time, and he turned to point which direction we were supposed to be walking and his finger went right in a girls mouth. He quickly pulled it out and neither of them said a word. None of us saw it, and they shared what I could imagine was the most awkward silence ever between two strangers…until the crosswalk turned green.
2) Stella or Guinness? Why?
Guinness! I’ve been to the Guinness factory in Ireland twice. I don’t care for Stella at all…which is weird because I like most beers. When I was in Dublin on my way to the Guinness factory for the first time, I saw a HUGE billboard for Coors Light that had a picture of the Rocky mountains and said “WHERE ALL BEER WISHES IT WAS FROM”. It was four blocks from the Guinness factory. I thought, “wow, no wonder people hate Americans”, HA.
3) If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
Madonna “Like a Prayer”. “Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone. I hear you call my name, and it feels like home.” I think it’s the best Gospel Pop Song ever crafted. When it switches to the minor progression about three minutes in then lifts back up with the gospel choir breakdown chorus…amazing.
4) What’s the most embarrassing band you listen to?
5) What was the last song you listened to before this interview?
The last song was a something I’m working on, but that’s boring. The last song I remember hearing on the radio that I rushed home to put into my favorites on Spotify was “Couldn’t Get It Right” by Climax Blues Band. Ha. I had heard that song before, but something about the mood just struck me at that moment. I was blasting it with all the windows down. Ha.
6) What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
Prince and Me VS Hall and Oates.
7) Which voice in your head is the craziest?
The one that doesn’t want the party to end.
8) How long could you live without money?
Not a single day. But I could make a small amount stretch really far while still being generous with it.
9) If you could accomplish one thing in a music career what would it be? When you achieve that will you quit?
Craft a song that will stand the test of time. No. Music isn’t about getting anywhere, it’s about living the art.
10) What are your top five albums of all time?
These are my top five most influential to me.
- Nirvana “Nevermind”
- Beastie Boys “Check Your Head”
- Cars “greatest hits”…ha probably aren’t allowed a greatest hits album on a top 5 list, but when I picked up this album at Jerry’s Records I was blown away that very evening.
- Lou Reed “Transformer” – I love all these records david bowie produced, but this one really captured my imagination.
- Radio Head “Ok Computer” –‘the bends’ really drew me in, but this album was such a game changer.
Jake Hanner is penalized 2 points for slacking and stopping at only 10 answers. Bad Jake! Bad!