Perfect Porridge

Interview with Jim Fairchild of All Smiles (formerly Grandaddy)

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For his debut solo album under the name All Smiles, Jim Fairchild builds on his experience playing with Earlimart, Great Northern and the solo-career launcher, Grandaddy, and brought in a butt-load of guest drummers: Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Quasi), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Black Heart Procession), Danny Seim (Menomena) and Solon Bixler (Great Northern).

Atmospheric acoustic guitar strumming set to high-strung vocal pop, Ten Readings of a Warning is underwhelming at first but will grow on you as the album trends into harder territory with the piano-led “The Velvetest Balloon” and our favorite track, the burning electric beast of “Moth in a Cloud of Smoke.”

Perfect Porridge had the chance to briefly interview Fairchild this week. Here’s what he had to say for himself.

Perfect Porridge: Where are you right now?
JF: Chicago, Illinois, in the storefront that Natasha and I bought and converted in to our home/project space. It’s gorgeous. We’re fortunate.

As you write, what are the general themes that permeate your music?
Dealing with being a jerk, disappointment, forgiveness, redemption.

Everyone’s going to talk about your role in Grandaddy for the time being. How long before you shed the image and just become “Jim Fairchild”?
I think you can answer that question easier than I can. As long as it gets people to what I’m doing now.

You used a lot of drummers on the new disc. Which one was your favorite?
It’s a four way tie.

What are you listening to right now?
At this very second, Graham Nash’s “Songs for Beginners” album is bumping. Specifically “I Used to be a King.”

Any tour plans in the works? Coming to Minneapolis?
We start touring with Menomena next week. No plans for Minneapolis right now, but we’re open to invitations.

All Smiles : “Moth in a Cloud of Smoke” (mp3)