The Dirty Banks are comprised of David Smith (drums), Danaca Booth (guitar and vocals), Holly Heinz (bass and vocals), Tim DeYoung (keys and vocals), and Jon Heinz (guitar and vocals). The band opens for JD McPherson at Sunday’s Down by the Riverside show at Mayo Park. The show starts at 7 p.m.
507: How does it feel to be opening for JD McPherson? Are you nervous or stoked?
Dave: Totally stoked!
Danaca: I feel really lucky to be a part of the Down by the Riverside series, and opening for JD McPherson. Right now I’m just excited. I think it’s going to be a special experience for us, and I hope a lot of fun for the audience.
Holly: Pumped. But inevitably the nerves will kick in about 5 minutes before we go on stage.
Tim: It’s an honor to be opening for JD McPherson and I feel very excited.
Jon: I’m really trying not to be nervous but I will be.
507: Top five songs of yours our readers should listen to before the show?
2. In Retrograde
3. Screen Test
4. Table Tennis
5. Bank Holiday
507: Most listened to song in the last week?
Dave: Devices by The Honeydogs off of the album Love and Cannibalism. That record is amazing!
Danaca: Holding Roses by Twin Peaks.
Holly: Youth Without Love by Har Mar Superstar.
Tim: Lousy Connection by Ezra Furman.
Jon: Out on the Weekend by Neil Young and the entire self-titled Zoo Animal record.
507: What do you drink during a show?
Dave: A pint of Summit and a shot of Jim Beam.
Danaca: Always water, sometimes beer.
Holly: Water or cider.
Tim: One Premium Grain Belt Tallboy.
Jon: Water and/or cheap beer.
507: One book you think everyone should read?
Dave: Zen and the Art of Motorcylce Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.
Danaca: Joan Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking.
Holly: Black Postcards by Dean Wareham.
Tim: I’m currently reading The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Traveling to another planet? Giddy. Up. It’s full of very compelling anthropological and theological themes related to discovering life on another world.
Jon: Fall of Berlin. I’ve recommended it to three people but I don’t think anyone’s gotten through it.
507: Strangest thing you’ve ever seen an audience member do?
Dave: A dozen little kids sitting on the edge of the stage at Harriet Bandshell.
Danaca: We played a Music and Movies in the Park show a few weeks ago. The movie was The Force Awakens and someone handed out dozens and dozens of light sabers during our set. We didn’t know that was going to happen and it was strange and great to see light sabers everywhere.
Tim: At one of our shows? We had some dogs at our Music in the Park show at Minnehaha Falls last summer. Pretty sure I saw some butt sniffing.
Jon: My daughter on my phone watching YouTube instead of us. I caught her eye once, I got a thumbs up, then she went back to Minecraft videos.
507: Best show you’ve ever seen?
Dave: The original Joe Jackson Band at First Avenue.
Danaca: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at the Fine Line circa 2007 – one of my all time favorite bands and I was with some of my all time favorite people.
Holly: Lower Dens at 7th Street Entry.
Tim: Tapes ‘n Tapes at First Ave.
Jon: Beta Band at Fine Line in 2001.
507: If you had to outlaw one song from ever being played again, which would it be and why?
Dave: Honky Tonk Badonkadonk by Trace Adkins. A musical abomination if ever there was one.
Tim: I’d ban Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett. It makes me cringe every time. I’ll eat at his restaurant though because of the nachos. Pencil Thin Mustache is okay too.
Holly: Bear with me here – I mean no disrespect to one of us but I gotta say Southtown Girls by Hold Steady. It’s a long story.
507: One up-and-coming band, aside from yours, that our readers should be keeping their ears open for?
Dave: What Tyrants! Their live show is spectacular.
Danaca: It’s really hard to narrow down. In the past year, the bands that really grabbed me were Wastrels, Graveyard Club, Bae Tigre, and Persian Leaps. Also, Tim, our keyboardist, plays drums in Era Novair, and I really, really love the songwriting and musicianship in that band.
Holly: Honeystick. They are super talented, FUN, and have a keytar.
Tim: Lunch Duchess (!)
Jon: Wastrels, great EP, and great guys.
507: Top five JP McPherson songs?
- Northside Gal (Seriously, such a good tune)
- It’s All Over But the Shouting (A seriously great song name)
- Signs and Signifiers
- Mother of Lies (Such a sweet vibe. Very Ray Charles plus that saxophone)
- Let the Good Times Roll
Jon: 4 out of my top 5 have a tremolo effect on the guitar so I maybe have learned something about myself, too?
- Signs and Signifiers
- Head Over Heels
- Gentle Awakening
- Wolf Teeth
- Can’t Complain