Maggie Hampton (Vocals/Guitar), Jen Clausen
(Lead Guitar/Vocals), Alan-Arthur Arthur
Aurelia (Bass), TBA (Drums)
25, 24, 25
We formed in 2005 when we were all in college
where are you from:
We are from New York City.
instruments you use:
We have vocals, 2 guitars (lead and rhythm), bass, and drums.
style of music:
We are sort of psychedelic grunge
Maggie and Alan met as freshmen in college and at the start of their sophomore year decided to start a band with a freshman drummer named Joe. The three settled on a genre of music they all enjoyed: ska and used one of Joe’s old band names Not From Concentrate. After going through a few different members they finally brought Jen on board as lead guitarist. For the next few years NFC gigged around New York and even recorded an EP, "This One’s On Us." However, the end of college saw the departure of Joe and the other three were left without a drummer. Deciding to take on a new sound and name, the trio formed The Haight, with the name being an homage to all the greats of the 60’s. Over the last year the group has worked with several drummers and is in the process of bringing a new one aboard. The Haight just finished mixing their debut album and plan to release early this year!
what’s your message?
Never take no for an answer. No matter what your passion is, if you know that it is the key to your happiness, make it happen. A lot of people may try to stand in your way, but just run ’em over and keep on moving.
do you play shows and how do they look like?
We definitely play shows. The venues range in look, but most of the time they are little hole in the wall places with cheap drink specials. Can’t beat the whole "so dirty I may stick to the seat" vibe.
what was the craziest show you’ve ever played?
We once did a Halloween cover gig at a club for the deaf, though there were plenty of hearing people there as well. Most people were in full costume, the bar named a drink after our band called “Haterade”and there were quite a few impromptu full group dances to some of our tunes. The best part of it all had to be our sax player serenading a random girl during "Stand By Me" who ended up becoming his girlfriend.
what was the worst and why?
The worst show we ever played had to be one summer when we played in a park down on the south shore of Staten Island, NY. It was BOILING hot, we were in the sun, the acoustics were terrible and everyone was absolutely miserable.
what are your future plans?
TOUR!!! We are planning summer tour to promote the new album. Look out America!
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
We take things as they come. Since we formed it’s been completely D.I.Y, which is a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work. For now we definitely plan to make a name for ourselves in smaller scenes.
your 3 favorite bands:
Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
your 3 favorite colors:
Purple, yellow, green
your 3 favorite dishes:
Baked mac and cheese, pizza, halal
your 3 favorite movies:
10 Things I Hate About You, Hook, Independence Day
your 3 favorite books:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, A Streetcar Named Desire, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
your 3 favorite records:
Ten by Pearl Jam, Transitions by Westbound Train, Camp by Childish Gambino
your 3 favorite venues:
Charlack Pub, Overland, MO, The Bitter End in NYC, The Woodlands Tavern, Columbus, OH.
your 3 favorite hobbies:
Reading, learning French, traveling
your favorite joke:
What is Jesus’ favorite chord? G-Sus! :D
your 3 favorite animals:
Cats, ligers, humans
3 things you totally need on stage:
Distortion pedal, tuner, beer.
The worst thing someone said about your music:
The singing doesn’t fit the music at all.
The best thing someone said about your music:
Your music got me through being homeless.
Be on Warped Tour, tour Europe, meet Green Day.
what do you fight?
The urge to quit. We have been doing this for so long with very little results and it can hurt a lot sometimes.
what’s your best song eva and why?:
Product of My Century. When Jen wrote this song it was around the time we all graduated college. At this point we were realizing that we needed to actually go out and do something with ourselves; contribute to society. The thought made us all uneasy (and still does).