The Lathered Sound Of Baby Hair—An Interview With Wrong Hole

By Atousa Blair

Wrong Hole is a three-piece band based in Toronto, consisting of a guitar, synth, drum machines, and distorted vocals.  The members are Nick Flanagan, Andrew Moszynski, and Jon Schouten. Nick and Andrew both grew up in Toronto and met in grade school and have maintained their friendship since. While both attending Humberside Collegiate Institute, Nick and Andrew first began to mess around with forming bands. Nick and Andrew’s first “real band” was the Killer Elite which Andrew describes as a “kind of Stooges-like two piece band… an excuse for one guy to punch people.” After a long break, Wrong Hole is Nick and Andrew’s first active band together since they were teenagers. Demo caught up with Nick and Andrew at their Queen and Bathurst rehearsal space as they prepared for their upcoming shows.

Demo Magazine: How and when did Wrong Hole first form?

Andrew Moszynski: After Nick’s band Brutal Knights broke up in 2010… although the band didn’t really get active until mid-2012. The only reason the band is relatively active is because Jon booked a show and asked us to open. Then we realized that we didn’t have any songs.

Nick Flanagan: We realized we didn’t have any sound.

AM: We had about twelve minutes of music. It sounded like garbage. It was just me playing guitar, Nick singing, and a drum machine. It didn’t sound like anything.

NF: Then we didn’t have enough songs so we were trying out weird covers, spoken word pieces, and I would hold up photos of dogs to the crowd.

AM: Then Jon joined the band, playing the bass. But then he switched over to a synth because we were just sounding like a band who didn’t [have] a drummer.

DM: After looking at lyrics for songs such as “What is a Car,” and “I Wanna Be A Grandparent,” I noticed the band has a distinct method of lyricism. Could you elaborate on your writing process?

NF: I write for the band and I did the same for Brutal Knights and also the bands I was in previously. The lyrics are intended to make people laugh most of the time. I use broken English with Old English and unrelated and non-rhyming words.

AM: The process is Nick handing me this stuff he wrote with no consideration for how… music would work around it and I have to decipher this riddle and turn it into songs.

NF: It’s been like that for most bands [that] I have been in for twenty years. As long as Andrew and I are in the same room together we are able to work it out.

AM: We have stumbled onto this formula that every band has always done since forever.

DM: Do you have any inspirations in terms of other writers?

NF: I would say the Moistboyz or Frogs. I mean, it’s really hard to talk about influences for lyrics, because I have just been writing them for such a long time and they generally just stem from specific situations I was thinking about.

DM: What about the name?

NF: There [are] no more band names left. Especially if you are in a specific subgenre — there is just sort of this memo sent out claiming the words of the year like jock, wolf, beach, or yacht.

AM: A year before we started the band, Nick wanted to call it Cheese Torpedo.

NF: The name Wrong Hole is great. All you have to do is divest it from the idea of accidental anal sex. Then it’s an accurate name because it represents all the stuff we do that isn’t really correct.

DM: How is Wrong Hole’s distinct sound usually described?

AM: The synth gets a lot of attention. People have called us synth-punk or something like that. Nick describes us as “lean punk.”

NF: We are lean punk because Andrew is always leaning to get the drum machine programmed and the keyboardist is always leaning down to do his thing and then I’m leaning over to do the pedals and such.

AM: We are lean punk pioneers.

NF: Our sound really is a weird combination of things. Basically, I’m attempting to follow some sort of vocal melody but then it is filtered through all this noise and then Andrew is holding it down with a three chord guitar piece and then the synth kind of drifts off in its own direction and acts as a base for most part. Sort of like a Wendy Carlos type thing. Lathered is a good new word to describe our sound. We have a lathered sound. Kind of like the sound of conditioning a baby’s hair in a completely silent room. That is what we sound like. We have finally gotten to the bottom of it.

You can check out Wrong Hole’s upcoming show at the Silver Dollar room on December 19th, with Comet Control, Uncut, and Apeshit Simians.

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