Malcolm Flanigan is the vocalist for the band Hollowed Bones, whom I affectionately refer to as Hollowed Boners sometimes. He’s also a pretty sharp photographer. You may have caught Hollowed Bones when they played at ROTA last year. Either way, here’s what Malcolm had to say to our Five Questions…
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Malcolm Flanigan, and I play in Hollowed Bones out of Rome, NY. I don’t live in or near Plattsburgh, but it was great the one time we played there. I hope to go back sometime soon.
2. What does DIY mean to you?
To me DIY means not needing some big company to validate your music projects legitimacy. It means doing it yourself, or through other DIY resources. It also means the community working together to do things itself and all the people helping eachother. It stirs a lot of feelings inside of me. I think it’s great when you look at DIY from different angles (like, musically for example). It means everyone can do it (or try).
3. Why should people choose the DIY method?
Well, it depends what you mean. I think music wise, because it’s easier and because you’re free to do what you like with your music and the shows you play. You’re also not made out to be this person who’s better than other people because you’re in a band, or because you book shows. That doesn’t mean you’re not important to your music scene. It also shows that communities can solve their own problems by themselves. It’s sort of a way to get away from these big companies, and become more independent.
4. What do you want to get off of your chest right now?
I don’t do homework nearly as much as I should
5. Are there any people, places or ideas that you think folks should know about?
Bands: Brown Sugar (from Buffalo), Tenement (from Wisconsin), and H100s (from Ohio)
Books: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut