The Quarantine Questionnaire: JJCnV

Who are you and are you in a band or do you perform solo? If in a band(s), what is the name of that band?

I’m Jeff Barthold. I assume this is about a band, and the name of that band is JJCnV.

I’m Dana S, I’m in JJCnV and Sturdy Ladies.

I’m Pete from JJCNV and also the Shaving Party.

What instrument(s) do you play?

Dana: Guitar and voice box.

Pete: Sing, bass, guitar, songwriter.

Jeff: In this band I play the drums, and every so often the slide whistle.

How long have you been making music? And what first drew you to your craft?

Pete: Since my teens. I had been drawn to music since I was a wee lad.

Dana: I think I’ve been playing for about 1,000 years. You could say I was drawn to it the way a drowning person is drawn to a life preserver.

Jeff: I played guitar in a punk band in high school, and have played drums in JJCnV for 15 years, so I guess that’s a total of 20 years (there was a 10+ year break between those). As far as why, I always liked listening to music and most people I was friends with did as well. Playing in a band is just something else you can do for fun with the people you like to hang out with.

What was your favorite show of all the shows you’ve ever played?

Dana: Just one? 

Pete: Any of the record release shows for JJCNV have been outstanding affairs.

Jeff: These three were a long time ago but I remember them like they were last month so they must have been pretty good:

2008-08-08 @ Grumpus Room in Tucson – Go Nowhere Fest w/ nobunny, Standard Deviance, Yuma Territorial Prison Guards, and lots more

2008-09-12 @ The Trunkspace in Phoenix – Record Release show w/Bolt!, Ray Reeves, Skinwalkers, Haunted Cologne

2010-05-28 @ The Tree House in Albuquerque, NM – Discotays, some other bands, and a bunch of crazy drunk kids

What would be your dream lineup/location?

Dana: An extended and generously funded European tour with both bands I’m in as well as my pets. Offers to play with other cool bands will be considered on a case by case basis.

Jeff: I guess we’re playing this hypothetical show? Well, Death Takes a Holiday (Pete’s old band) played with Steel Pole Bathtub, and The Budget Sinatra (Dana’s old band) played a show with Mclusky, so it’s only fair that I get to play a show with both of those awesome bands as well. My answer is JJCnV with Steel Pole Bathtub and Mclusky. And if I get to pick it might as well be in Hawaii.

Pete: V3, JJCNV and GBV with Scott Joplin providing music between acts. Have this someplace in NZ.

What are you listening to during this period of social distancing?

Dana: Podcasts, no wave, new wave, all kinds of different stuff.

Pete: Music and podcasts like Mysterious Universe and 80’s All Over.

Jeff: NPR and I just got access to “The Spotify” so I’m going to try that soon, I’ve heard it’s good.

What are you binge watching/reading?

Dana: Watching anything except Tiger King (for example, Conversations with Ted Bundy doc on Netflix), reading anything that holds my interest.

Pete: TV – Tales from the Loop, BCS, Ozark, What We Do in the Shadows Books (Cloud) – A New World, The Cosmic Machine, Collected Stores of Arthur C. Clarke, Lucid Dreams

Jeff: The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, with a little MacGyver and Hart to Hart mixed in.

What else are you doing with these extra hours at home? Extra creative time?

Jeff: I’m lucky enough that I am still working, so I don’t have a lot more time now, but I guess I spend a lot of time eating, drinking, thinking.

Pete: Making videos.

Dana:  Organizing everything from thoughts to closets. Creatively, I try to play at least a little every day and just see what comes of it. 

Quarantine Questionnaire JJCnV 02If you could Facetime/Skype anyone in the world for an extended convo right now, who would it be? FaceTime or Skype?

Pete: Ben and Aaron from Mysterious Universe.

Dana: No FaceTime or Skype, but I’ll happily Zoom with the ladies of the Grrl Gang or my friend Lydia Lunch (for inspiration and Netflix recommendations).

Jeff: I guess it would be FaceTime since I have an iPhone and haven’t ever used Skype. If it’s an extended conversation and they can’t hang up, I’d get whoever it was that came up with those bears for the toilet paper commercials on the phone and ask them what the hell they were thinking. Who does the underwear on the bathroom floor belong to? The bears don’t wear pants, let alone underwear. Are they really showing their asses to each other all of the time to check that they’re clean? And one of them is named “Skids?”

Favorite food you can make at home?

Pete: Lots.

Dana: Vegan treats and cocktails (not food, still relevant).

Jeff: My favorite food to eat at home is Italian food, and I can make it. The problem is I’m pretty lazy so I end up making a lot sandwiches.

Are you currently working on any new musical projects? If so, what?

Dana:  Ideally, I’d like to put together a project of my own, (mostly) on my own.

Pete: Same as before.

Jeff: I was messing around and playing bass with a band that doesn’t have a bass player and was going to actually play at a show, but it was supposed to be a few days before they closed everything so it didn’t happen. Maybe once stuff starts happening again though…

How can folx support your musical endeavors? Can people check out or purchase your work online? What other options might be available?

Dana: JJCnV Stays Up Late will be available May 8th on Spotify, etc, so fire it up! We have all kinds of JJCnV merch on Bandcamp, too. But the best way to support us is by supporting and the people and places that make it possible for all of us to do the crazy shit we do. Donate, donate, donate to local venues, etc so when we’re all able to meet again, the people and places we love will still be there.

Jeff: Find out how to support the local venues, either donating or buying gift cards or take-out, or whatever you can do so that when things are safer they’re still around and able to open up again so we have places to play and see live music. Other than that, our stuff online at the usual places.

Pete: Support local businesses that host shows any way possible during the epidemic. Listen to my music on Bandcamp and Spotify.