Words and photos by Palina Prasasouk
John the Bastard just released their first full-length album, “A Lake Giant.” Writer and photographer Palina Prasosouk sat down with the group to get the low-down on their music and a few fun facts about the band. Listen to their music here. Congratulations, guys!
From top left, clockwise: Mike, Nic, Ryan, and Micah
Micah Sturdevant – guitar, vocals
Ryan C. Meier – bass
Nicolai Christensen – guitar
Mike Klein – drums
Q: Who is John the Bastard and why is he a bastard?
Micah: The name is a pun of John the Baptist. He’s a character, a personality of the dark side. He’s a bastard because he’s selfish. He flies solo.
Q: Do you have any other albums?
Mike: This is our first and our greatest hits album.
Q: How did you meet?
Micah: In college. Class of 2003 at Iowa State as botany majors except for Ryan. He was an English major.
Q: So, Ryan you’re an english major, did you write the lyrics to the songs?
No. I’m the bass player. Bass players don’t write lyrics. Micah’s the writer and it’s all these guys.
Q: If you could fight an animal what would it be?
Nic: Pachyderms, they’re mean and smart
Ryan: Eagles. There’s something epic about them. You could hide from them.
Micah: Elk. Wouldn’t you want to grab their antlers, bring them down and stab ’em.
What’s your favorite song on the album?
Ryan: I don’t even know what they’re called. “Flight of the Bastard”
Nic: I like all of them, but I really like playing “Blow to the Head”.
Mike: Yeah, “Blow to the Head”
Micah: Same song. It’s about public execution.
Q: What’s next for John the Bastard?
Ryan: Finding a practice space.
We’re on the compilation of Iowa artists that Dan from Fetal Pig
is making. It’s all done on 4-tracks.