5 Questions For: Silas Price of Fomosurfer

One of Lowell’s more eccentric bedroom pop figures is Silas Price, the live keyboardist for quirky fuzz-rock goofball Inspector 34, a frequent collaborator of noise-pop artist Idol Brain, and as the mastermind behind irreverent synth-rock project Fomosurfer. Through both outfits he has been known to apply his adeptness with the ivories to any number of unconcentional and unorthodox sounds. Clearly he knows his way around an instrument with keys, but can he weave his way around…


1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

A mysterious songwriter from Brattleboro, VT named Chris Weisman returned from a years-long silence this year and put out TWO new albums with THIRTY songs each! They are both amazing but “Everybody’s Old” in particular is constantly playing in my soul.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

I’d like Fomosurfer to share a bill with other local noun-verbers, e.g. Tundrastomper, Landowner, etc, and maybe we’ll get Sinbusters to reunite for this one or something.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

Love to bike. Love to hike. Great ways to get some exercise in and see new places at the same time. Two birds with one stone. Love it. I’m also into meditation but pretty reliably bad at it.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I’d like to see people take themselves a little less seriously! More bands that exist for only a few months — play a bunch of shows, maybe even record something, and then break up, leaving a whisper in the memories of those who were there. A little more experimentation and freedom and impermanence.

5. What album in your collection have you listened to the most in your life?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Chris Porter)

In all honesty it’s probably Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants. It was the first album I ever heard from what’s now my favorite band, way back before I could really fathom what music was, or what songs were. It’s stuck around for so long that I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve given it literally a hundred thousand spins.

– Lilz Martin