Planting Seeds Records


NYC’s The Voyces are a five piece band led by singer/songwriter Brian Wurschum and featuring vocalist Jude Kastle, guitarist Steve Dawson, bassist Frank Carreno, and drummer Eric Puente. On May 8th they are set to follow up their international hit single “Relate To Me”(which was featured on Jack Johnson’s Thicker Than Water Soundtrack) with their debut LP on Planting Seeds Records‘ titled “Kissing Like It’s Love” – it’s a fine blend of 70s AM radio pop and pure California folk/country rock…

If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
BRIAN: Camarillo Brillo – Frank Zappa; The Rover – Led Zeppelin; Till The End Of Time – DeVotchKa

JUDE: Our songs: Top of My Lungs, Canyon Ladies, You Can Not Know; Other peoples songs: Fat Bottom Girls Queen IOU Replacements Love Hurts or Hair Of the Dog Nazereth

STEVE: That is an impossible question to answer correctly, but this week, I’ve been listening to “Coming Up” by Paul Mccartney, “Dissident” by Pearl Jam and “Slit Skirts” by Pete Townshend.

ERIC: sex machine – james brown; now it’s on – grandaddy; last goodbye – jeff buckley


Name any musical influence(s)?
BRIAN: Lyrically: Roger Waters, Walter Becker, Randy Newman; Musically: Just mentioning Simon & Garfunkel and Judas Priest should about cover this.

JUDE: The Church, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, Styx, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, The Cure, Koko Taylor, Pat Benetar, The Eagles, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Cowboy Junkies, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson…….way too many to mention

STEVE: Frank Zappa , Paul Westerberg, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Elvis Costello. Growing up, it was Kiss, Rush, AC/DC & Van Halen.

ERIC: peter gabriel, steely dan, yes, missing persons, steve gadd

What new music are you currently listening to?
BRIAN: Jay – Z, Jenny Lewis.

JUDE: Kissing Like It’s Love> The Voyces, Lucinda Williams >West

STEVE: These days, Guided By Voices, Deerhoof, although they are not so new anymore. Some others i cannot think of at this moment. via audio is a great unsigned band from massachsettes. they re-located to NYC.

ERIC: peter gabriel, steely dan, yes, missing persons, steve gadd

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
BRIAN: I do not have one. The bands I love the most do not have opening acts. To me, that is part of their allure. So I do not dream of opening for anyone.

JUDE: The Eagles

STEVE: probably David Bowie. The Who, maybe. Led Zeppelin. I don’t know. That is something i don’t ever think about.

ERIC: i would have liked to open at Woodstock, or any Lollapalooza.

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
BRIAN: Jude Kastle, Steve Dawson, Frank Carreno & Eric Puente.

JUDE: Rick Ruben/ Tom Petty

STEVE: Maybe Robert Pollard. Pink Floyd, back in the days of meddle, saucerful, etc… I collaborate with Brian Wurschum of The Voyces and Randy Lord & James Lord of The Fuzz Haunted & that makes me very happy.

ERIC: Frank Zappa

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
BRIAN: Any of the details concerning the absolutely insane week I have just had; my opinions about string theory.

JUDE: I was ran over by my dad when i was 2 years old, i almost died and he became a preacher.

STEVE: I don’t wear underwear. you may google it soon, if this prints online, though.

ERIC: I played drums in my high school marching band in the Syracuse Carrier Dome – same place the Rolling Stones played.

Linda Draper is set to release her fifth studio LP on May 8. Keepsake is the follow up to her 2005 Planting Seeds debut One Two Three Four which was produced by Kramer (Galaxie 500, Low, Sonic Youth, Urge Overkill, etc) – She is quickly receiving praise and new fans from the likes of Dean Wareham (Luna, Dean & Britta, Galaxie 500 etc), Regina Spektor (Sire Records) among others…

If you were making a mix for our readers, what would be the first three songs you’d select?
Blind Melon ‘No Rain’; The Jesus and Mary Chain ‘Just Like Honey’; Joni
Mitchell (‘Both Sides Now’ Album version) ‘A Case Of You’

Name any musical influence(s)?
Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Nick Drake…there’s always more, but those are the first that come to mind.

What new music are you currently listening to?
Juana Molina, Dean & Britta, Joanna Newsome, and Julie Sokolow.

Name a band (current or defunct) that would be your dream act to open for on a major tour?
Luna/Dean & Britta

Who, if anyone, would you like to collaborate with?
Eminem. I want to be his next Dido. Just kidding. I don’t know. I’m open to suggestion. It would be a dream come true if I could collaborate with Leonard Cohen, or Tom Waits, Sunday Smoke Kit…or pull a Mazzy Star and sing something with JAMC.

Tell us something about you that we can’t find on Google.
Is that a trick question? Because once this interview gets posted in your blog, then someone could find it through Google, so whatever I say would be irrelevent? Hmm…how postmodern of us. (Insert smiley face emoticon). I guess something you can’t find on Google about me (up till now) is that sometimes I have a tendency to overanalyze things.

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