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2015 Music Issue: Donovan Wolfington's favorite things 

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New Orleans punk band Donovan Wolfington's How To Treat the Ones You Love (Topshelf Records/Community Records) blasts emotional, hook-filled pop-punk — growing out of growing pains, getting tired of getting high and learning how to love — alongside nostalgic '90s-inspired quiet-loud rock 'n' roll. The band (guitarists/vocalists Neil Berthier and Matt Seferian, bassist Alex Skalany and drummer Michael Saladis) recently wrapped a summerlong West Coast and Midwest tour and performs at The Howlin' Wolf Den Sept. 26 with Lovey Dovies and Silver Godling. The band also will play a "surprise" local album release show on Oct. 2 (the location and lineup will be announced that week) followed by a fall East Coast tour. Berthier tells Gambit about his favorite things from the road:

Favorite Guided By Voices songs:

  Matt is the aficionado. On this tour we've been listening to Do the Collapse. The song "Things I Will Keep" is up there. Classics for me are "Game of Pricks," "Echos Myron," "Gold Star for Robot Boy." There's a lot. They have a crazy discography. They have so many gems, but they put out so much material you never really know what you're going to get. Robert Pollard is kind of a badass.

Favorite snacks on tour:

  I like cashews a lot. Mike copped this salmon jerky at Trader Joe's that's to die for. Apricots are really good. I like Pringles a lot; that's one of my guilty pleasures. Once you pop you don't stop. ... Pretzels are good, but we rarely have them. Goldfish we run through too quick. ... Especially on the West Coast, there are so many long, ridiculous drives, you have to be there at a certain time, and you want to stop, but you kind of can't. If you stock up on snacks and eat stuff that's a bit healthy and filling, it's pretty good! I'm a slow eater. Everyone in the band will tell you that. I like to pick at stuff. Snacking really works for me. Mike will eat three huge sandwiches. ... There's really good barbecue in Texas, so we got that. We had In-N-Out gifted to us, so you can't turn down gifted In-N-Out.

Favorite skateboarding trick:

  As far as stuff I can pull: a frontside boardslide with a frontside shove out. I haven't done it in a while but it's one of my favorite things to do. ... I got into it really young. When I was 6 I started. I was into video games as a little kid, and I went to the arcade with my dad and won enough tickets to get a skateboard.

  I stopped when I came to college. New Orleans roads are tough to get around. That was kind of depressing. Once they built the park, I was back at it. ... I sprained my ankle when we were out in (Los Angeles). We skated at Venice Beach in the concrete park, the famous one. I did a 180 over this little thing and sprained my ankle and rolled it. I haven't had any crazy injuries from skateboarding — or none that made me not want to do it anymore.


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