Brett Sova. Photo by Andrew Hannigan
We sent some questions over to Brett Sova, the man behind Axis: Sova, and he answered them for us:
PGH Music Report: Are you comfortable with the labels typically applied to your music? Garage rock, psych rock, garage-psych…
Brett Sova: We don’t talk about that too much. Labels are useful for categorization, but often mis-assigned. Meaningful to some, meaningless to us.
PMR: Do you think it’s accurate to say there’s been a renaissance, or at least renewed interest, in psychedelic rock over the past few years? Why might that be?
BS: It seems like assigning that label to bands has been trendy for a while. Psych music really lies in the 3rd eye of the beholder.
PMR: How was it opening for Ty Segall (and Wand) on tour?
PMR: Do you have to adjust at all, from opening at sold-out theaters to headlining smaller clubs and bars?
BS: Not much, we bring the same number of amps and wear the same clothes.
PMR: Talk about your gear a bit. What kind of guitar do you play? Do you have any influences that your fans might not expect?
BS: A Telecaster custom
PMR: Do you still consider this to be a solo project?
BS: That’s a bit of a grey area right now. I definitely dig playing with this band.
PMR: What have you been listening to lately?
BS: Steve Hillage, Steely Dan, Clipse, ZZ Top, Sweet.
PMR: Lastly, you played Pittsburgh in 2013, at Brillobox w/ Purling Hiss. Any fond memories from that show or your time in town? Anything you hope to do or see this time around?
BS: Just playing! We look forward to playing again.
— b. conway