Douglas VanSant.

With a sound that combines surf rock and indie rock, The Flusters is a new local group that is winning over crowds of various ages after shows at The Hood Bar and Pizza, and a performance at Doo Wop in the Desert. For more information, visit Frontman and guitarist Douglas VanSant was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

I remember going to the Y-100 FEZtival in Camden, N.J., when I was 14. Ben Folds Five, Marcy Playground, Everclear, Fuel, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Green Day performed.

What was the first album you owned?

Nirvana’s Nevermind, of course. What else?

What bands are you listening to right now?

Dum Dum Girls, The Internet, Disasterpeace, Alex Cameron, Earl Sweatshirt, Perfume Genius, Kendrick Lamar, PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Rafter.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Anything produced by American Idol EVER.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Bjork. Kraftwerk, too … not too far behind Bjork.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam, Stevie B, or any freestyle, actually.

What’s your favorite music venue?

For large shows: The Gorge in George, Wash. For small shows: Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I’m fucked up homie, you fucked, but if god got us then we gon’ be all right,” Kendrick Lamar, “Alright.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Roy Orbison. I didn’t develop a friendship with my father until I was 30 years old. One of the first things we shared as friends was our love of Roy. He is a huge inspiration to me musically as well.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

“Who’s the most interesting person you’ve ever met and why?” while I’m having coffee and smoking cigarettes in a diner with Tom Waits.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The Nothing Song” by Sigur Ros.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Jeff Buckley, Grace.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Lake St.” by The Flusters. (Scroll down to hear it!)
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A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...

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