Perfect Porridge

Interview with Jim Fairchild of All Smiles (formerly Grandaddy)


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)

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