Naming a band has to be one of the most difficult processes ever invented. Believe me, I’ve been there, several times. It’s never unanimous, it’s always a struggle, but I’ve discovered, if your band can survive the band naming process, you’ve overcome a major hurdle.
I admit, when I scan the papers for bands to go see, the band name plays a big factor. I mean, from my point of view, if I don’t know the band or the music, the band name is the only thing left that tries to convey what is going on. The more far out band name, the less chance I’m going to check it out. I’m sure it’s the opposite with lots of people. On one hand, I just can’t see myself going to a “And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead” show. On the other hand, I may be missing the best show in the world.
And that brings us to the Badfish Band. Not being familiar with these guys, I asked the band about their name, and found out that it’s a reference to a favorite song. Unfortunately, that narrows it down to a few hundred million tunes, and it still doesn’t tell me very much. So we have to do the next best thing, and that’s to show up and listen to their set.
That way, the next time you see the name Badfish, it’ll be as familiar to you as your latest playlist.
Badfish plays the River City Friday, Feb. 13.
Read Jim’s interview with the Badfish Band here
Interview with Badfish
1. You guys are based in Eugene, but the band seems to show up at the River City on a pretty regular basis. What's the connection to Hood River?
After most of us moved out of Corvallis, we are now spread across the Willamette Valley. We started playing in Hood River a little over a year ago and loved everything about it. The Venue is amazing (one of the best in the state), Gumby and the staff have always treated us like family, and the people of Hood River keep us going throughout the show. I can't say enough great things about the people we have met playing in Hood River. It is basically the perfect set up for us all around. We keep coming back for that reason and we are stoked at any chance we get to play The River City.
2. How do you guys choose/put together a set list?
Our Goal is to get the party started and keep it going. We mix in the different sounds that we play in a way to catch the listener and get everyone dancing. It's tough to plan out but, we always want to keep people moving with what we are doing.
3. Where did the name "Badfish" come from, and are there any CD projects in the works?
The name of the band came from a song that I loved. It sorta described how I felt about myself at the time and I though it described the music that we were making. We currently have one album "Ride The Rhythm" which we released in April last year. We are currently working on new songs and hope to have another album out soon.
4. When people listen to your music, what message do you want to send?
We like to think of our music as a way to get away from the druthers of day to day life. Not as a social medication to forget what is going on but, rather a message of hope that we can all find happiness. The message doesn't need to be something deep or profound, yet perhaps a shout out to those with the same struggles, to know that you’re not alone. We try to write at times to educate or state our feelings, yet we don't want to make our music too serious. We mainly want to bring for a message of peace, love and unity, while trying to keep the crowd moving.
5. What's the best thing about being in a band?
The best thing about being in a band is always the fans. The people that we see regularly at our shows. The people that know the names of the songs and sing them back. There is something about writing something and seeing how the crowd reacts to it. It's instant gratification when we see the crowd moving to something that we have created.
Here is our answers Jim, thank you for writing back. I have also sent you a few high res. photos that you can use if you would like to for the article.