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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

NMF Preview: Hush Hush, Commotion

Keyboardist Chris Lusk of Hush Hush, Commotion took the time to answer a few questions in preparation for NMF2

How would you describe your sound?

Our music is changing, especially considering where we started two years ago to now. I believe that our sound is a


Why should we go see you at Norman Music Festival?

Well, there are a lot of other great performances happening around the same time we're playing — Stardeath, The Non, local comedian Cameron Buchholtz — but we feel like we put on a really entertaining live show and we have a lot to offer to festival goers. We are an upbeat and energetic band and we like to have fun with our audiences. Another reason to catch our set, we will be playing a bunch of unreleased songs that will be on our upcoming album!


What makes your live show special?

Playing shows is always so enjoyable for us, and I feel like that is noticeable in our stage presence. We're always bouncing around like fools on stage and running into each other, but I think it makes the experience better for everyone. The more fun we have, the more fun everyone has.


How’d you settle on the band name?

There's no crazy story behind this one. We just compiled a list of words and phrases and chose from that. We really liked the word "hush-hush" (which is actually in the dictionary), so we took that and found its pair in "commotion."


What plans do you have for the future?

Right now we're working with recording master and our friend Trent Bell at Bell Labs on our sophomore album. It's been a work in progress and it's taken some time, but I don't think we've ever been happier about the direction of our band before. Look for the to come out this year, followed by extensive touring.


What other bands influence you the most?

As far as the band as a collective unit: Kings of Leon, Limbeck, The Format, Everybody Else, Wilco, Cold War Kids. Those are some of the bands we're all five pretty high on right now.


Who else will you personally be seeing at Norman Music Festival?

Well, there's not enough time in the day to see everyone I want to catch! I'd say Man Man is peaking my interest the most right now. I've heard crazy things about their live show. Of course, I'm excited to see Of Montreal and Starlight Mints as well. And I want to try to catch some of my favorite local flavors: The Uglysuit, Mayola, El Paso Hot Button, The Separation, Gentle Ghost, Pretty Black Chains...I could go on and on.


Any memorable concert/tour stories/moments?

Oh man...I'm sure we have plenty of awesome tour stories, none of which can be printed. Some of our most found memories have been playing at another Oklahoma festival — DFEST. We love the concept of a music festival happening and organized right here in our home state. We can't wait to add NMF to our list of memories.


Best moment in band history?

This sounds cheesy as hell, but my favorite moments are driving around the country with my best friends and getting into all sorts of trouble.


Favorite Norman restaurant?

Sweet Basil on Main Street. It's the best Thai food I've had around here. It's a little pricey, but I think it's so worth it.


Favorite band as a kid?

Queen. And still is today, no questions asked. Those guys knew what they were doing. Freddie Mercury was a genius with an amazing voice, and he mastered nearly every style and genre. Classic stadium rock anthems, jazz, ballads, pop, rock & roll, blues, opera... the guy could do it all. And not to mention his stage presence. Mercury is one of the greatest front men of all time.


If there is anything else you want to say or add just go ahead!

We're really grateful to the Norman Music Festival committee for selecting us. It's a great opportunity and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of this.

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