Catching up with Hush Sound’s Greta Morgan

Courtesy PhotoThe Hush Sound is touring and making new music after a break of several years.

Fans of idiosyncratic indie outfit The Hush Sound, dormant since 2008, can rejoice. After two albums with spinoff combo Gold Motel, frontwoman Greta Morgan reteamed with childhood chum Bob Morris for a new reunion tour and album. It started when they played their native Chicago last year. They sold out two nights, had fun, and decided to try playing other major cities to “see if there are people who still care.” The response was overwhelming. Morgan says the group feels lucky, and has reconnected as “calm, thoughtful, grateful adults.”

Last time we spoke, you had just discovered you were distantly related to Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend. What happened?

I mentioned it to my publicist, who knew his publicist, and then I connected with him and we’ve become really good friends. And I live in L.A. now, and his sister Emma, who’s my age, has become one of my best friends. She’s this comedic actress who put out a book, sold a TV show to NBC, and lives a mile away, so I see her almost every day.

Are you dating filmmaker Eddie O’Keefe?

Yeah. He has two features going into production now, one called “When the Street Lights Go On,” about two girls getting murdered in a small town, a ?coming-of-age story about the two guys who loved these teenage girls. Then there’s another one called “Shangri-La Suite” that I’m doing the music for. It’s about a couple that meets in an insane asylum.

So you’re not above calling in a few soundtrack favors?

Yeah, right! I’ve done music for two of his short films, and it’s been really fun working together. So I think we’ll continue doing that.

Are you also offering music lessons in L.A.?

Yes, as a way of supporting myself. I kind of started by accident, because there’s this vocal teacher in Chicago who charges a nice chunk of change for lessons. And she’s been training all these incredible singers who didn’t know how to write any of their own material. She didn’t know who to send them to, so she sent them to me. So I started doing it, and it was so fun and easy. And whenever you can get paid to do what you would do for free, it’s great.

You’re also doing music for TV commercial.

A lot in the last few years, like Crayola and U.S. Bank. These aren’t bragging rights. To make ends meet in the modern music world, you need to look through every avenue you possibly can.

The Hush Sound

  • Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.
  • When: 8 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $13
  • Contact: (415) 885-0750,

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