Somerville Symphony Orkestar-Joel Edinberg- 5 Questions!

Somerville Symphony Orkestar hail from, Somerville Massachusetts(duh), but they sound like they were dropped here from some Eastern European country. The band blends punk with Klezmer and mixes in a good dose of traditional Russian music. The band is currently at Q Division Studios in Summerville recording their 2nd album and we took a second to sit down with them and ask them our famous five questions. We chatted with Joel Edinberg who seems to maybe be the leader of this rag tag bunch of people. He let me know they have a show coming up on May 1 at Cuisine en Locale opening for Slavic Soul Party and you can buy Tickets here: He also let me know you can also catch them at Penuches in Concord on April 11th. He also let me know that he didn’t care much for me stealing his identity and selling his life’s story to Hollywood to be turned into a movie. Not wanting to be on the receiving end of a tiger punch to the gut, I moved right into the five questions….

What is your favorite Nintendo game of all time?

Joel Edinberg:This one is easy. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - Nintendo NES is the best game for Nintendo. It had great theme music as well as just amazingly ridiculous characters.

What are you most looking forward to in the next year for The Somerville Symphony Orkestar?

Joel Edinberg:Right now, we're recording a new album and we're going to approach this one differently than our previous album and single. In the past, we took a snap shot of what we sounded like and recorded everything live. This time around, we're going to bring in some guest artists, and also work to shape our sound in the studio to make some really cool recordings and version of some of our new material. We also have a show set up on May 1 opening for one of the best Slavic party bands on the east coast, "Slavic Soul Party" and we're super excited to be on that bill and play with them.

What artist has made the biggest impact on your music?

Joel Edinberg:I try to take influences from many different genres of music. But, for SSO, we're most heavily influenced by Balkan Beat Box and Fanfare Ciocarlia. These two bands have such an incredible energy as well as being major acts in modern Eastern European party music. Though, Gogol Bordello was the first band that I hear that really got me into this scene.

What is your favorite song to play out live?

Joel Edinberg:I'd say our song, "Borscht on the Rocks" is my favorite to play. This song has an energy that always gets the band pumped up, but also goes through various musical modes. Besides the ska feel, we add classical cadenzas and a reggae section that has some fun R&B style horn lines. There's a dynamic written into the song that just gets us ready to play more. And we're in the process of recording that song for our new album, and have lots of goodies planned for that one.

What is the most memorable thing to happen to you at a show?

Joel Edinberg:For some bands, the crowd will for mosh pits or people will start crowd surfing. Well, a group of people picked up on our Klezmer influence and threw their friend up on a chair and paraded around the bar with him on the chair for a whole song. I don't think that quite counted as crowd surfing, but we'll take it as the SSO version of that.

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