Subtract two from R.E.M. and you get The Minus 5
Scott McCaughey is involved in so many music projects, it's amazing he has time to finish them all.
The Seattle singer and multi-instrumentalist formed acclaimed alt-rock band Young Fresh Fellows in 1983. A friendship with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck led them to start up The Minus Five (initially a loose collective), in 1993. Buck invited McCaughey to tour with R.E.M. a year later; he's been an adjunct member ever since.
The pair are also regulars in experimental group Tuatara - which just put out "East of the Sun" (Fast Horse) - and Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3.
On 2006's stellar "The Gun Album," The Minus 5 has crafted its strongest effort yet with guest appearances from Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Colin Meloy (the Decemberists), Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger), Ken Stringfellow (the Posies), John Wesley Harding and others.
I caught up with the jovial McCaughey (pronounced "McCoy") at his home in Portland last week.
Q: This is your first Inland Empire appearance. I was surprised to see The Minus 5 on the bill.
A: From looking at the concert program, they seem to book mostly tribute bands and we do mostly originals, but we're a class act and hopefully people enjoy it. We'll try to keep my obscene stage patter to a minimum (laughs).
Q: For the most part, the latest CD is more accessible than previous efforts. Was that a conscious decision?
Posted on 02 Sep 2007
A very long and interesting interview is up at Namedropper Media
. Scott talks about Ian Hunter, Led Zeppelin, his first album he bought, future recording and tour plans with his various band and a whole lot more.
Posted on 07 Aug 2007
Young Fresh Fellows at Seafair,August 4
All picture and setlist scan by Geoff Vickers
The Fellows played an early set at the Seafair festival in Seatlle yesterday , while the hydroplane boats were racing on Lake Washington, the small crowed enjoy a pretty great set of old and brand new songs.
Posted on 05 Aug 2007
Summer Tour 2007
It's been awhile since the Minus 5 put a show together, but all you Northwesters are in luck, The Minus 5 comes out of hibernation for a couple of shows.
First up is the show at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale,OR on the 22nd of August. where they are playing after Wilco, so who knows what will happen during those two sets. At the end of the month the band goes over to California for a double header. First on August 31 the play the Lake Arrowhead Village in Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Village is located in Southern California, less than a two hour drive east of downtown Los Angeles, in the San Bernardino mountains. The best part of the show is that it is a FREE show and it starts at 5:30 p.m. sharp. A perfect opportunity to bring out the entire family. The day after they play Spaceland in LA. A familiar place where many Minus 5 and RH&The V3 gigs took place.
A week after the band meets again in Portland at Dante's for the Northwest Music Fest on September 8, with The Blakes, Loch Lomond, Patterson Hood of The Drive By Truckers and Richmond Fontaine on the same bill.
Posted on 05 Aug 2007
Scott and Kurt praise "You Am I"
Aussie rockers "You Am I" get praised in the latest issue of "The Stranger
" by a who's who of Seattle musicians—members of Soundgarden, the Presidents of the United States of America, Mudhoney, the Makers, The Young Fresh Fellows and the Posies, among others.
Here is What Scott and Kurt had to say:Scott McCaughey—the Young Fresh Fellows, the Minus 5, R.E.M.
I think Kim Thayil of Soundgarden first told me about You Am I. First time I saw them was at CBGB—the Fellows might have been on the show or I might have just gone to see them on a night off, I can't remember. I was blown away by the songs and the energy. I figured they were destined to near-immediate hugeness. I guess it never quite materialized over here and it's hard to fathom. The latest album [2006's Convicts] shows how much they still have to offer—killer songs with the early Replacements often coming to mind and still slipping in that masterful Ray Davies melodic flair. What's not to love?Kurt Bloch—Fastbacks, the Young Fresh Fellows, Sgt. Major
They were playing on a Sunday night, I think, at the Off Ramp... I suppose no one had even heard of them around here at that point, 1994, but if they were friends of Soundgarden and from Australia (home of good times and all things rock), they'd be worth a try. And they were! I recall Live at Leeds–era Pete Towns-hend fronting AC/DC's rhythm section, with total kill songs to boot.
You can read the original story as posted in The Stranger here
. For more info on You am I go to their site
Posted on 21 Jul 2007
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The Minus 5
April 13 - Music Millennium, Record Store Day, Portland, OR
June 14 - Hi-Fi, Eugene, OR
June 15 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
June 20 - Turf Club,St. Paul, MN
June 21 - Anodyne Coffee, Milwaukee, WI
June 22 - Kiki's House Of Righteous Music, Madison, WI
June 25 - Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
June 26 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
June 27 - White Eagle Hall,Jersey City, NJ
June 29 - Mass MoCA SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL, North Adams, MA
July 27 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle, WA
July 30 - The Ruins, Hood River, OR
Young Fresh Fellows
April 26 - Slim's Last Chance, Seatle, WA
April 27 - Dante's, Portland, OR
The Baseball Project
Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon
Corin Tucker, Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, Linda Pitmon and Kurt Bloch
May 09 - Neumos, Seattle, WA
May 10 - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
May 11 - Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR
May 13 - Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, CA
May 17 - 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA
May 20 - U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
May 21 - Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, PA
May 27 - Festsaal, Berlin, Germany
May 28 - Le Petit Bain, Paris, France
May 29 - Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
May 30 - Barn Theatre, Oxted, UK
May 31 - The Garage, London, UK
June 02 - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, ES
Feat. John Ramberg and Jim Sangster