The Be Loud Sophie Foundation is holding its annual event at The Cat's Cradle this weekend. It's the sixth year for the benefit and this time it features music from Chatham County Line, The Old Ceremony, a special performance from local super group Preeesh!, who has put together a set of songs from Joe Jackson's iconic first two albums, plus lots more. The organization supports adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals.
Eric Hodge recently sat down with Rob Ladd and John Plymale of Preeesh! to discuss the event.
On the formation of Preeesh!:
Rob: "I sort of blurted out 'Well I could just get some friends, and we could just play a bunch of cover tunes' as a joke, sort of. Everyone, happy they didn't have to think about the bands anymore, said that would be a great idea."
On Joe Jackson's lyrics:
Rob: "...now, when I've come to find out that Joe is maybe gender non-binary, when he says a lyric like 'Until the day that I can be out dancing with my partner, those happy couples ain't no friends of mine,' 40 years ago..it's a whole new world lyrically."