Five Questions with…Gavin Hayes

July 29th, 2009


Dredg is a four-man band straight out of Los Gatos, Calif. Since forming in the mid-’90s, the group’s music has been described, among other labels, as “agro,” “alternative,” “metal,” and “progressive.” In other words: they’re a rock band. They released their fourth studio album, the 18-track The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion, in June. And now they’re touring the country with RX Bandits. They hit The Bowery Ballroom on Friday, but Dredg singer-guitarist Gavin Hayes answered five questions for The House List in advance.

What band are you most ashamed to admit listening to?
The new Kanye West record.

What’s your favorite place in New York City to hang out? And do you ever feel like you could live here?
I love a falafel at Mamoun’s, a coffee at Abraco and a drink on the Lower East Side. I would love to live in New York.

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
I don’t think there are any limits or rules to writing a song, but for me, I feel that the more personal the material, the better.

Your after-party is at Hi-Fi, the Avenue A bar known for its endless jukebox, and The House List gives you a buck, what three songs are you playing?
The drinking song “The Wild Rover (No Nay Never),” “Shady Lane” by Pavement and “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” by Travis Tritt.

It’s 4 a.m. and last call has come and gone. What’s your next move?
Vomit and then try to find a bar that is still serving. —R. Zizmor