Eighteen Hundred and Frozen to Death
Interview with musician Wes Hess
Member of the Martinsburg, WV Band “eighteen hundred and frozen to death”
1. Why did you start 1800 and Frozen to Death?
Me and my cousin Robert Parker love music and have been playing around with music for a long time and finally found the right guys to it.
2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:
Just do it, learn to play, do it for fun, make friends, go to shows, watch and learn.
3. How do you think “Sustainability” has evolved since the 1800’s?
Well the disposability of products has only gotten worse since the 1800’s, im also a part time scraper, turning in junk metal for recycling, i like tom Waits idea of using old junk cars to make instruments.
I think our modern world puts too much emphasis on industry, like making disposable products out of plastic that lasts for hundreds of years; like plastic water bottles, i refill them. There’s far to much junk, and not enough people reuse or recycle (to balance it out).
4. What is your opinion of “Cooperatives” / “Communities”?
They’re great; without cooperation from our local community we could not have got “out there”, i love homemade local art and music and try to support it at every turn.
5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to / or in relation to mechanical design? (For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, and work you do…)
I certainly need more of it, i think a natural way of living in harmony with the world around you is essential to a happy produtive life. of course im surrounded by all sorts of modern new fangled contraptions like cars and computers; but its hard to live without them in this day and age. But i’d be very interested in learning more about “Organic design”.
6. Do you have any other plans for future “Development” of the band or any other goals?
Yes we are in the midst of recording an album and want to play out live.
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Here are some of their songs:
Monsters Bride, Zombie Cheerleaders, Empirical Lapdog, etc..