For Baltimore rockers Big in Japan, having a live show known for improvised music is both exhilarating and nerve-racking.
"The best part is not knowing what's coming next and actually having it turn out to be something transcendent," said drummer Mike Lowry. "The worst is not knowing what's coming next and everybody just crashes and burns and knows it." But lately, there's been a reliable aspect to the band's shows. Celebration singer Katrina Ford has been the band's vocalist for several gigs, including Saturday's free show at Creative Alliance's Residents Open House (event starts at 7 p.m., show at 9). "It's great," Lowry said of playing with Ford. "She's an amazing talent and an amazing person." Lowry, 36, who was born and raised in Charles Village and now calls Bolton Hill home, chats with b about his favorite underrated drummer, his love of "Law & Order" and more.
Worst pet peeve? Forced laughter
What's on your iPod?: John Barry, Ennio Morricone, Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield
What song are you hating/loving right now?: I'm loving 'You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles
Last concert/gig you went to?: The Slowdown!
Your worst habit?: Smoking
Most underrated drummer working today?: Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings
Last movie you liked/disliked?: Last movie I liked was "The Interrupters."And the new Muppet movie. Last movie I disliked was the prequel to John Carpenter's"The Thing." I don't really know why I was expecting to not be disappointed. I mean I guess the filmmakers kind of cared. The end was sort of cool.
Last video that made you snort with laughter?: The Doritos ad with the guy and the great dane. Loved that great dane. Really any commercial that has an animal acting like a human. Especially dogs.
TV shows you can't get enough of?: "The Golden Girls,""Breaking Bad,""Game of Thrones,""Law & Order" (especially "Criminal Intent" and the original, but I will take whichever one of the three franchises are on).
Favorite book you recently read?: "The Big Knockover," by Dashiell Hammett
Musician/band you idolize?: Steve Strohmeier. Guy's a champion.
Last great meal you had?: Short ribs that my Mom made. She's a great cook.
Food you hate?: Eggplant
Favorite place to get a drink?: Idle Hour
Favorite and most loathed fashion statements?: I am the absolute last person in the world who should be judging other people's fashion. I don't understand the question and I wont respond to it.
Favorite quote/saying?: "All I know is, this Lo Pan character comes out of thin air in the middle of a g--damn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him!? With *light* coming out of his mouth!?" ["Big Trouble in Little China"]
Favorite thing about Baltimore?: It's home.
AS TOLD TO JORDAN BARTEL, B