(Rob Stangle thinks speaking in third person is something that should be reserved for the pompous or The Incredible Hulk. As such, that common practice found in most bios, will be abandoned.)
How To Avoid Art is a string of words that doesn’t really make sense, but “How To Avoid Art” lacks punctuation, and as such, the insertion of a comma, question mark, or colon changes the meaning completely. Originally intended as self-deprecating humor, it now yields a fuller meaning: there is no way to avoid art - it's all around us. Created things point to a creator the same way that design implies a designer. Art is completely unavoidable, but is can also be found through abstraction and dissonance (as found in the music).
From supporting World Vision to time spent behind the scenes, people are the end goal. Music can occasionally touch people in a way that words reach for. Lives matter and How To Avoid Art is stationed to reach the people that may have been overlooked. If a deep theological concept is heard from a pulpit, that's great. If the same concept can be heard by people not in that setting, but in one almost hostile to it (through a familiar medium), even better. That's the sole intention, but to do so artfully.
Live on Crosswalk (WTHU)
"A Night With How To Avoid Art"
Live on Remnant X Radio
"Revolution - Indie Industrial With Special Guest How To Avoid Art"
Live on Remnant X Radio
Museboat Show Answers
Diane Fasching (Fasching Radio) SPECIAL
(Skype interview with French translations intermixed between songs)
ROBEX LUNDREN INTERVIEW
What´s the name of your band?
How To Avoid Art
How was the band formed?
Equipment started piling up and it seemed to be silly not to use it.
Can you tell about your band?
It's a blend of thrash/punk and electronic as well as other elements thrown in as necessary. I wanted to merge Kraftwerk and Metallica in the 80s and this an outworking of that thinking.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
All band members (past and present) came directly from their mothers (with the help of their fathers).
Rob Stangle (who is writing this, so "I" will replace third-person locutions as they seem so pompous) is an engineer from Maryland (USA). I also do everything else...percussion, guitars, vox, etc.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?
There's a quick way and a long way. The quick way to to ask "Are you familiar with The Carpenters?" (nearly everyone will say "yes"), to which the response is "Well, it's nothing like that."
The words "electronic", "industrial", and "metal" all conjure up different meanings for different people. One person's "metal" might be Bon Jovi and another's might be Slayer. You need the person's point of reference and from there you build a model.
From what others have said, my sound is "metal, gothic, dark, intense, EBM/EDM". All of which I agree with in part.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?
What year was the band started?
Best/worst gig you've played?
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future?
What are the plans for the rest of the year?
What do you work with outside of the band and the music?
I'm currently retired. I like illusions, effects, and street magic...so I work with playing cards. I love toys. I'll buy just about anything with the Alien from Toy Story, Ewoks, Ultraman, Boba Fett, and super robots (Mazinger Z, etc.). I ran a online toy store for 10 years in the 90s and still have a room full of stock - that was fun, but time consuming. I might go back to that if engineering doesn't take off.
What would you do if there was no music?
How important are your fans?
I love people. They are of the utmost importance.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
One person, Christina Edwards (an amazing person), was able to use my the How To Avoid Art logo shirt as a springboard for sharing the gospel with a stranger. Nothing can top that.
How often do you rehearse?
How often is never?
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?
The remix of Joe Gilder's song "Better This Way (Romans 6:11 Mix)" and "Sons of Hell (Blind Guides Remix)".
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen?
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing?
Misplaced hope and/or credulity.
I have always had other sources of income, and music is nothing to bank on. Those that put all their time and and trust in making music for a living are facing a high probability of disappointment.
Personally, money would be nice, but people are far more important to me. Dr. Norm Geisler wrote in one of his books about a hierarchy: God above people and people above things. With money being a thing, it's very low on my list.
Do you have any webpages?
There are other pages out there which a quick google.com search will reveal.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?
Describe your show, visually and musically.
How do you view the music industry of today?
What advice would you like to give other bands?
What are the biggest obstacles for a band?
What is best/worst with playing the clubs?
How would you describe your sound in one sentence
What is your favorite crappy instrument?
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band?
Do you have anything to add?
Thanks for this opportunity!
I would encourage people to look into the Christian worldview. I have a background in apologetics and in my research, the Christian worldview makes the most sense of the most data. All other religions are a system of "do this", "do that". Only in Christianity, is the work already done by Jesus on the cross. He death ensures eternal life for those that follow Him. Get a Bible and read John.
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