The Blank Tapes could be anyone—even you—as long as Matt Adams is there.
Would it be fair to call the Blank Tapes a one-man band?
Well, recording it's a one-man band. It's my music. Shows, I have different band members all the time. I have a pretty set band in San Francisco and a pretty set band in Orange County.
Do you move back and forth between Orange County and San Francisco?
Right now I'm living in Costa Mesa, and I'll probably be down there for a few months. Before that I was in San Francisco for about a year and a half. For the most part I stay in one place and visit the other place. Right now I need to record the next album and it's a little easier in Orange County.
Mostly it's because of space. I don't have any space in San Francisco. Moving into my friends' living rooms and setting up my stuff didn't work as well as me having my own space like my parents' garage or whatever.
Do you see continuing to move back and forth between the two areas?
Yeah, but I don't like to spend so much time in Orange County. I mean, I spent my whole life there, so I'm trying to branch out and see some of the West Coast and other places.
Your music is a bit folky. How does that go over in OC?
Folk rock and indie rock have become more popular than they were a few years ago. So more people seem to like me now than they did a few years ago. It's also because I've developed a bit over the years.
Is touring pretty easy when you're the only essential member of the Blank Tapes?
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Definitely. When people don't expect a certain band you have a lot of freedom to do whatever you want and whatever works for you. I really like that freedom. Right now I'm driving to Santa Barbara with Matt McCluer and we're going to have to try and find some drummer at the show who will be willing to wing it with us and just rock out without having heard our songs. Sometimes stuff like that is a disaster and sometimes stuff like that is a lot of fun.
Who are your favorite Orange County locals?
Matt McCluer, Alan Siegel, Jason Medina and Ghost Town Jenny. My favorite venue was the Ogle Street house I was living at with Matt McCluer. We called it the Club House, but other people called it the Hippy Compound. It was a great environment. We could throw parties all the time and have our friends' bands play. My dad owns the property. It was because of him that we were able to stay there. He bought it for the sole purpose of tearing it down and rebuilding. In the years that it took for him to get all the paperwork done and get all the permits he let us live there and party and wreck the house.
THE BLANK TAPES PLAY WITH RED GIANTS, WHISKEY CHANGE AND DIRDY BIRDY AT NATA'LE COFFEE, 2801 W. MACARTHUR BLVD., SANTA ANA, (714) 668-9094. FRI., 8 P.M. ALL AGES. CALL FOR COVER; AND WITH MATT MCCLUER AND THE BROOK LEE CATASTROPHE AT OPEN BOOKS, 144 LINDEN AVE., LONG BEACH, (562) 499-OPEN. SAT., 8 p.m. ALL AGES. CALL FOR COVER. VISIT THEBLANKTAPES.COM AND MYSPACE.COM/THEBLANKTAPES FOR MORE INFORMATION.