Editor‘s note: MUSE offers a monthly feature to highlight artists in and out of Davis that impact our community. This month‘s “Five Questions” is with Alexi Glickman, the lead singer and guitarist of the San Francisco-based band The Botticellis. They will be performing Saturday at Sophia‘s Thai Kitchen, along with Band of Annuals and Leslie and the Badgers. For more information on the band, go to thebotticellis.com.
1. How‘d you settle on this name for your band?
Botticelli means little barrel.… It was a term [from] childhood. Since the sound of the band is definitely a lot more of a surf sound than our previous projects, we thought it‘d be perfect.
2. I see you‘ve played with some pretty big bands (Feist, Grizzly Bear, Cake). Who was your favorite and why?
One of my favorites was Papercuts; we‘ve played with him. He‘d helped us with a couple of songs on our record. I think what he does is really some of the best stuff in the Bay Area and in music right now. It was also really great to see Grizzly Bear when we played with them. And we got to do a little tour with Mates of State a little while ago, and seeing them, I think it was sort of a special thing that happens when you see the same band at different venues night after night. You get an angle on how they work. It‘s different if you just see them once. I guess those three bands are definitely the best shows we‘ve played.
3. What would you be doing if you didn‘t do music?
Well I had a job at Jamba Juice when I was 16. I was only there for a month before they fired me. So I feel like I would be pretty down on my luck if I wasn‘t able to do music.
4. Do you fold or crumple?
You‘re referring to toilet paper? I don‘t have a toilet. I don‘t go to the bathroom. I‘m an android.
5. Describe the band‘s sound in 3 words.
Huge, Tiny, Toyota.
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