May 9, 2013

Making Noise: Kyle Gervais goes solo, keeps sound open-ended

'Sociopath' is the first solo album from the Fort Kent native who now calls Portland home.

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

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KGFREEZE (Kyle Gervais) plays all of the instruments except drums on his first solo album, “Sociopath.”

Ryan Eyestone photo


"Marquee Moon," Television

"When a Woman's Fed Up," R. Kelly

"Proxima Centauri," At the Drive-In

"The Perfect Kiss," New Order

"Ballad of Dorothy Parker," Prince

"On the Beach," Neil Young

"In Context," Field Music

"Him," Rupert Holmes

"Vox Celeste," Deerhunter

"Escapade," Janet Jackson

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What's the hardest part about writing lyrics?

Actually sitting down to write them. I used to try and write words based on the sound of them rather than what I was actually saying, but it's hard for people to connect to things that don't make any sense. I also have a problem writing anything positive or nice, just because it always ends up sounding so cheesy, at least to my ears.

Lately, I've found that writing lyrics that have a bit of a sting to them or that are covered up by sexual innuendo come pretty easy to me, because it turns out I really enjoy turning people off while turning them on, or vice versa.

How old were you when you wrote your first song?

I'd guess 11 or 12, but I'm sure it was terrible. I think the first tune I wrote that I could actually stand behind was a song called "Happier" when I was in a band called Glory Trap in high school. We won the Reindeer Rock-Off, but only because we had a choreographed dance.

If you could collaborate with any musician alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Prince, because even if it didn't work out, at least I'd have some sort of crazy story. And if it did work out, well, I'd have a freaking tune with PRINCE.

Where can people purchase "Sociopath"?

Sociopath is available at all Bull Moose locations and through Bandcamp.

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