Known as “The little big band with the strong back and supple/stubborn heart,” Poi Dog Pondering have been rocking for over 25 years now. From traveling street performers to the hell that is major label limbo, PDP have seen the music world as a whole and have emerged wiser and more talented than ever. Impossible to pick one genre, or even three to classify the band, PDP make gypsy soul music that is heartfelt and uplifting. In addition, singer/guitarist Frank Orrall is also a touring member of electronic trailblazers Thievery Corporation.
The band will be tearing up Slim’s tomorrow night [Friday, Dec 4th] with the always amazing Geographer.
So to hype up tomorrow’s fantastic line-up, I present you a very special Kuestionnaire with frontman Frank Orrall as he answers the Kuestionnaire…
1. Could you state your name and what you do in the band?
Frank Orrall – writer, singer & guitar
2. How would you describe your sound?
rock ensemble; orchestral soul
3. What is your favorite local band (San Francisco)?
4. Any concerts that blew your mind recently?
5. Any non-musical influences you would like to mention?
6. If your music was to be the theme of a film/TV show, what would it be?
Poi Dog Pondering’s music has been used in several films.
7. What musician/artist would you like to collaborate with for a day?
Caetano Veloso or David Bowie
8. What is the album you listen to on a cold rainy day?
[I listen to] the works of Claus Ogerman, Errol Garner’s “Garnering” or Nick Drake’s
9. List four songs you would listen to on a road trip?
Jeorge Ben’s “Forca Bruta” (four times in a row)
10. Where do you see yourself in 7 years?
[I see myself] as a chef, waiter or ensemble musician.
11. What is the last book you read?
“Che” by Jon Anderson
12. Is image a factor in music or is it a waste of time?
If you allow yourself to live the dream of yourself, you become what you
Are; that becomes your true image.
13. Any embarrassing moments on stage you would like to share?
14. Any favorite tour locations?
Portland, Montreal, San Francisco, & Spain
15. Lastly, what is your present state of mind?
[I am] determined to learn Bossa Nova Guitar
Poi Dog Pondering – Super Tarana from 7 (2008)
Geographer – Each Other’s Ghost from Innocent Ghosts (2008)