This week’s interview is written by our intern, Sam Sunderland. Sam’s a student at Western Washington University studying Journalism.
Come join us today for the return of SUNSHINE and local tunes in the 1300 block of Bay Street. Opening the show at 6 p.m. is 3 on the Tree, a Bellingham based three-piece jam band sure to bring the funk. After 7 p.m. expect more awesome sounds from Seattle group Publish the Quest. As usual, enjoy Boundary Bay beer in the beverage garden or soak up the sun and sounds as you munch on a variety of treats from our food vendors. Bring your whole family downtown this week for the 10th annual Downtown Sounds, it’s fun and free!
Back from traveling the world and fresh off the release of their new album, “A Thousand Kinds of Gold,” Publish the Quest is just the sort of inspiration we love to see here in Bellingham. After traveling to Africa to perform, Publish the Quest decided to take on another endeavor; a documentary film, three years in the making. Today, expect to dance and groove to their funky melodies, for now here’s the latest about Publish the Quest.
How would you describe Publish the Quest’s sound?
Always the hardest question… I think about it like its Pop music, in the regards that most of the songs are a little over 3 minutes long, and have intro’s and outro’s, and melodies that get stuck in your head. There is often a lot of words, and usually in the form of a story. But there is certainly many influences. Some that seem the most obvious to me are Funk, and Folk, and Hip Hop, and on the new album definitely African inspired melodies.
You recently released a third album, what’s next for Publish the Quest?
We are working on finishing the post production on a documentary film that takes place in Zimbabwe called ‘The Truth About 99 Cents.’
There’s a film in the works for Publish the Quest? Can you give us some details?
Yes there is, and it has been (personally) consuming my life for the past 3 years. It has taken the band back to Zimbabwe 3 times, and me a couple more than that. It is about a collaboration between Publish the Quest, and a bunch of unbelievably talented musicians in Zim, Legends, the up and comers, and some very talented girls that live at one of the many orphanages there. The conversations in the film about music are extremely rich, and the recordings and performances that take place are super special… I am hoping that it will tell the story clearly to those that stumble on it of passion, the power of sharing, and the positive force that music can be on young people that need a way to express and engage with their communities and society.
Publish the Quest has had the opportunity to play at some pretty cool international shows, what has that been like?
It has been life changing. The collaborations and friendships that have come out of the trips we have made to (in Particular) Zimbabwe and Cape Verde are still growing and blossoming, and it has allowed (I know I speak for everyone) us to access music within ourselves that is on a deeper level of honesty and creativity.
What have you all been listening to lately?
Oliver Mtukudzi, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Nneka, and a Re-mix album called ‘UFO’s over Bamako’ by Vieux Farka Toure.
What are a few things, people or places that influence your music?
Needs, injustices, love, Zimbabwe, Mali, Seasons in the Northwest, friends.