Tuesday residency with Doug Sahm drum dynamo.
Philly guitarist Kurt Vile doesn’t like being called an indie rocker.
“I mean, technically it’s rock music, and it’s on an indie label, and I’m on my favorite indie label of all time, and I’m happy about that,” he says from his cell phone somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. “But indie rock has become a derogatory term, I think, like it refers to a band that’s kinda pussy and white and college.
“We recently scrapped a song because it sounded too ‘indie.’”
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Vile has had minor beefs with the holier-than-thou Titus Andronicus about putting his songs in commercials, always maintaining his simple, salt-of-the-earth stance. He’s got a wife and kids, and he wants to write songs for a living.
“I’m obsessed with music, I’m obsessed with live music, and I’m obsessed with really pushing it to the edge. I also like the idea of capitalizing on a situation and making a lot of money for my family,” says the 33-year-old dynamo.
April’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze arrived with critical acclaim, as well as notching a very respectable No. 47 on the Billboard 200. These days you might be able pull his CD off a Starbucks rack. After 10 years and multiple bands of his dewy voice and unmistakable, shimmering guitar tone, Kurt Vile finally has a portfolio career.
“To me every album and every stage was a small step,” he explains. “It was paying off along the way. It goes from, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m playing South by Southwest’ to, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m opening for Dinosaur Jr.’ to, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I finally own my own band and can sell out big venues.’”– Luke Winkie