If ever there is need to confirm the stereotype that midwesterners are “nice folks” Le Butcherettes bassist, Jonathan Hischke, would be the perfect embodiment – amiable with a warm smile and a willingness to engage every stranger he meets no matter how drunk they are. He is the poster boy for their fabled down home friendliness and strident work ethic (he’s been on tour seemingly non-stop with Le Butcherettes after coming off a hiatus with his last band, Broken Bells). Not that any of that is a bad thing, in fact it’s great because it makes him the perfect foil for an interview filled with random questions, assumptions and interruptions by drunken and stoned well-wishers, and mostly because he doesn’t seem capable of rebuffing anyone who approaches him and he readily attempts conversation even where there really isn’t any need for one (you need only listen to this interview to understand what I mean).
Note: This interview was recorded outside Harlow’s in Sacramento directly after Le Butcherettes’ super exciting set. The background noise is overwhelming but then so was the entire show. So, this ought to demonstrate what you missed, or will miss if you don’t go see these guys in a smaller venue before they start selling out stadiums and Jonathan won’t be anywhere near you, which means you’ll miss out on a warm smile and even warmer hug (You want to be hugged by this guy. It’s like being enveloped in a double rainbow). Guaranteed great time!0