Singer Brittany Howard is about to take the stage in front of a packed New York crowd, but she simply wants to talk about her newfound fervour: angling. Gravely, the frontwoman and guitarist for indie-pop agitation the Alabama Shakes, who is famous for her gut-wrenching recitals that depart seamlessly from squawking to cajoling, has gotten so immersed in the play that she even jam-pack her Sage-green 7-weight baton when the band tours.” We don’t even drink no more ,” she tells me.” I go fishing. That’s what I do. I go to a town, find a piece of sea and I go fishing .”
It seems only right that we should be discussing tying tent-flies, given that we’re moving in New York’s Hudson River. We’re inside the World War II-era aircraft carrier, the Intrepid, which has been docked along Manhattan’s west area for the last 35 times and has become an breath and room museum. As we chit-chat about the importance of net and release, hundreds of sailors are coming aboard for the launching of Fleet Week and the annual Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum concert that the band is headlining.
While the crowd is tightening up with an motley of rum-and-ginger brew cocktails, the band is taking it a bit slower. The four principals aren’t large-scale boozers but Howard and the group’s other vocalists warm up their vocal cords with a brew of hot water, lemon juice, sugar and some whiskey. In knowledge, she sips from a beaker of it on stage, extremely. What kind of whiskey does she like to use?” Whatever don’t incense too bad ,” she tells.” I don’t want to get heartburn before I go up there .”
In fact, most of her bandmates actually skip chewing heavy dishes, like pasta, before they play-act. The exclusion is bassist Zac Cockrell.” I’ll chew a whole banquet and go on stage ,” he brags.
After the show is a completely different legend. Most of the time the band will find a neighbourhood eatery and found a family meal on the bus as they manager to the next town. Sometimes, they’ll going to see a eatery if there’s both day and enough concern.” Usually, I go to bed ,” Howard acknowledges.” That’s what I’m looking forward to. But if I have the energy, yeah, I’m going to go out .”
Tonight, they’re praying nutrient from New York’s trendy Chinese restaurant Red Farm. In particular, the establishment’s savory duck and unique take over the conventional eggroll, which it fills with pastrami from legendary Katz’s Delicatessen.” Two orders please ,” Howard jokes.
In between stops, the band declares to stocking its tour bus with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Lunchables and LaCroix sparkling water. Although, Howard acknowledges to still missing the steak-and-cheese torta from her beloved Sabor Latino Taqueria in their hometown of Athens, Alabama. The secret to its deliciousness:” They have their own bread recipe ,” she divulges.” It’s the eat that stirs it .”
But Howard is already looking forward to the journey to their next concert venue.” I’m agitated to go to Connecticut ,” she replies.” I adore Connecticut because there’s good fishing. We drove through it[ before] and stopped at a Dairy Cream and I was like this is my homeland .”