"Let's see...properties in England. Ah, this one is near the Welsh border. Oooh, it's a farm. What's it called? Mellow Farm? That's cool...what town? Redmarley? Hey, that'd be a great name for a band."
And so it was that the band Redmarley, or rather the artist who records under such name, got his feathers.
The Minneapolis-based artist says that he "makes music because he wants people to listen to it," a mantra that he readily admits was stolen from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
He's never been on the radio (except as a caller on several talk shows), has only played a handful of clubs (as a member of another band), and has never performed an organized show by himself. "Though I did play for the drunks and vagrants at Orchestra Hall one summer night," he remembers, "but it was after midnight, so I don't know if that counts." Why, then, does he think his music will gain favour in the minds and hearts of music fans the world over?
"Because bands like Nickelback, Dashboard Confessional, and Panic At The Disco are the reason Hamas fired rockets into Israel, and the reason why Russia won't let the Ukraine have any of their natural gas."
Well, there you go.