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Anyone who has been following Charleston SC’s All Get Out over the past year has probably seen one of the most interesting rides for a band in a while. They released their first LP to some pretty great reviews, and then followed it up on their biggest tour to date opening for La Dispute and others. Then upon returning, the band announced guitarist Mel Washington and bassist Michael Rogers were no longer a part of the line-up. Since then the band has decided to keep going with some other musicians filling in, and just yesterday announced that they were headlining the first ever Favorite Gentlemen tour with Death On Two Wheels, Harrison Hudson and recent signees Junior Astronomers. This saturday will see the band returning to Greenville for the first time in several months so we took the time to catch up with singer/guitarist Nathan Hussey to see how things were going in the All Get Out camp.
Wes Gilliam: I saw that All Get Out is playing acoustic as a two-piece at The Sparrow opening for Mechanical River (Joel T. Hamilton) and Rachel Kate Gillon (formerly of The Shaniqua Brown), and thought that was a cool way of re-emerging after the tour. Normally I wouldn’t expect to see All Get Out on a bill like that, but it’s pretty cool to see you do something low-key with other Charleston artists. How are you planning the set for that? re-tooling any previous songs ?
Nathan Hussey: Well it was a last second offer from our friend Joel Hamilton (Mechanical River) and we had actually set a goal for the rest of this year to play somewhat “unofficially” in Charleston. We’ve toured the country many times over, but have never been much of a local band so we’ve decided to play around with our Charleston friends like Elim Bolt, Mechanical River, Brave Baby, Hey Rocco, and others. Rachel Kate is astounding. We actually brought the set to a daytrotter feel. Those sessions are fun and work really well with just drums and guitar.
WG: You now have members of Death On Two Wheels filling in for the time being (also Favorite Gentlemen artists), how did that come about? I saw those guys play in Greenville a few months ago and they were all killer musicians.
NH: We’ve know Dan Gleason from other bands over the years and between his talent and drive it was no question but to ask him. Jonathan Betts I’ve known from Death on Two Wheels for about two or so years and obviously we’ve done some shows with them. Super talented and quick learners that want to play.
WG: We’re all really glad All Get Out is still going to continue on and I don’t want to dwell on the past, but after Mike and Mel left did you and Gordon even consider ending the band or was that never an option?
NH: Well its tricky here. Mel posted an explanation on his end a few days ago you should read. There were never any intentions of breaking up. I’m the song writer, how does one stop writing songs? We may not tour for forever and we may put years in between records but as long as I can write I’m going to put out material.
WG: I saw that you have handful of other shows announced, should we expect more soon? I know you just got back from a pretty lengthy tour not too long ago with La Dispute and you seem very wary of not spending as much time as you used to on the road.
NH: Yeah we have a tour being posted on Monday for Favorite Gentlemen that we will be head lining. It’s roughly 11 shows I believe.
WG: You also do some solo material under the name “Hussey” any plans for that in the forseeable future?
NH: This brings a lot of confusion to fans. I mentioned it a year ago and it’s coming back to haunt me. I’m currently writing the next All Get Out record now. I wrote some songs for “Hussey” but a lot of them are being used for AGO instead. I would love to complete it after our record so I can know how to do it without sounding like AGO.
WG: We put something on Facebook about what we should ask you and to show that we listen, I have a two-parter. First Cassie Posey from Signs Of Iris would like to know your favorite sushi roll? and Steven Cathcart from I Am Carpenter wants to know about your beard trimmer (he didn’t specify what though)?
NH: Spicy Tuna, if thats not an option then I really want something with cream cheese. Wasabi stirred into soy, yum.
Steven, it’s a walmart bought, AA battery powered, remington beard trimmer brother. 10 bones 2 years ago.
WG: Finally, my site is doing a new interview format called “Shot For Shot” where we do interviews with the band on camera and the interviewer/interviewee has to do a shot for each question asked. So what shot are we drinking for this after? I’ll be a gentleman and let you have your choice haha.
NH: Jameson…and if I’m reading this right then are you talking seven shots? I have to work in the morning!!!
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