Published Feb 01, 2000Who are you?
I am Andrew Robinson, spazz-guitarist for numerous bands.
What are you up to?
Doing a business degree that will get me an ugly job in a big city, and gigging with my Good Kid pals.
Hometown and current HQ:
Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and St. John's, Newfoundland.
Marketing, clementines, Digimon, Grant Lawrence, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Stephen's new guitar.
Mind altering work of art:
Book: "Beware The Fish" by Gordon Korman. Music: "Daydream Nation" by Sonic Youth. Film: "Clerks" by Kevin Smith.
Most memorable/inspirational gig? And why?
July 1997, Glasgow, Scotland. I saw Yo La Tengo in a church. My family was in England. I wanted to see a show over there so drove all day to see it. Ira Kaplan is a spastic man! After the show I came up to them and told them I was from Canada. Georgia (Hubley) and James (McNews) laughed at me.
What should everyone shut up about?
Wet t-shirt contests.
Your greatest strength/weakness:
Greatest strength is honesty. Greatest weakness is honesty.
Your vital daily ritual:
Scratch my testicles?
The Smugglers and Days of our Lives.
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
Getting more dates with girls (or not).
Your most memorable day job:
I unloaded trucks at Canadian Tire. One time at work Monkey Bowman poured Javex on his pants and they turned pink. We all laughed at him.
Best/worst advice received:
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
My sisters (not that I'll ever need to).
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
"To Here Knows When" by My Bloody Valentine and "Teenage Riot" by Sonic Youth kinda stir my soul, but heck, I don't know.
What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed? And have you?
I'd find it hard to kick someone out of a band, because my band mates are always good friends. As for bed, me and my sister would sometimes share beds in hotels for swim-meets when we were young, and she kicked in her sleep. If I had the power, I would've kicked her out.
When I think of Canada I think
Home, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Thrush Hermit, CBC, Ernie Coombs The usual stuff.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Don't ask me.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
I saw people setting up a stage for a New Kids on The Block concert in Ottawa in 1991 (lame, but that's the best I could come up with).
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
At this very moment, probably studying.