Nick Lutsko, Danimal Planet will ‘burn down’ The Camp House

Authored By seanphippster

Two local favorites will figuratively attempt to burn down The Camp House Friday night.

Danimal Planet and Nick Lutsko are teaming up for a tribute to the music of Talking Heads as an after-party following the Nightfall concert series in Miller Park.

Each band will perform a set of original music, followed by a combined set of Talking Heads songs. Festivities begin at 10 p.m., with the Talking Heads tribute set to begin at about midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance. Click here for more information.

This will mark the first show back for Danimal Planet since much of their equipment was stolen. In a Facebook post, frontman Dan Pinson said, “This is our first show in a minute or two, and it’s a bit of a homecoming, if you will, after everything that happened earlier in the month, so I hope to see all your smiling faces this weekend.”

Lutsko-who released his album “Etc.” in March-took some time out of his vacation to talk with about the upcoming show. He spoke about his love for Talking Heads and Danimal Planet, how the music has influenced him, and what fans can expect to hear at the show. 

Can you tell us about your relationship to Talking Heads and how that music influenced you?

My introduction to Talking Heads was watching “Stop Making Sense” at a friend’s house in eighth grade. The image of David Byrne in the giant suit really stuck with me. I was captivated by his whole persona. I started buying their records in high school and realized how unique they were. Their lyrics, song structure, Byrne’s vocal delivery, instrumentation, production, etc. … are unmatched in all arenas. I have a great appreciation for their evolution from album to album, as well. Any artist that can keep its audience on their toes is doing its job. That’s something I strive for as a songwriter and a performer. David Byrne continues to do so to this day. His most recent record with St. Vincent is phenomenal, and the live show is even better.

Tell us about your partnership with Dan Pinson. He’s become known as one of the best all-around musicians around town.

One of my favorite things about Dan: He is hands down one of the best bassists in Chattanooga-he can hold his own with any of the greats out there. Yet when it comes time to perform his own stuff, the drummer takes over bass duties and the music is still miles above most everything else coming out today. He’s an animal. The band is top-notch, as well. It’s been a great pleasure getting to collaborate with these guys. We definitely intend on doing more in the future.

What can we expect at the show? Puppets?

My puppets and I will lead a parade from Miller Plaza to The Camp House around 9:15 p.m. Danimal and I will each do a set of original music before both bands take the stage for an hour of Talking Heads songs … We’ll have some obvious nods to “Stop Making Sense” but will also be putting our own spin on a lot of the songs. T.J. Greever (Glowing Bordis, The Communicators, Up With the Joneses) will also be taking the lead on a few songs. David Byrne will not make an appearance.

What is your favorite Talking Heads song to perform as an artist? 

That’s a really tough question. I already had this conversation with my band, and we agreed it was impossible to pick one. All of these songs are so fun to play. My old band, Infinite Orange, used to play “Burning Down the House” a lot. It’s a classic. I will say “Crosseyed and Painless” is a personal favorite of mine, and I look forward to taking the lead on it … Come and find out!