Erik The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Erik The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Who are you?
Erik from the band Dillinger Four

What are you up to?
Getting ready for some touring. We'll be in Canada with Against All Authority in July and then in the U.S. with Avail & Leatherface in August.

Hometown and current HQ:
Minneapolis, MN

Current fixations:
Watching Mr. Show, listening to AC/DC, reading Preacher comic series, eating Vietnamese food.

Mind altering work of art:
All Kurt Vonnegut books

Most memorable/inspirational gig? And why?
Leatherface in Madison, Wisconsin last summer. We played also, but Leatherface is a band that I never thought I would see, much less play with. They had stopped playing for quite some time. They were amazing!

What should everyone shut up about?
Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, and all other forms of Shit-hop

Your greatest strength/weakness:
Strength: My ability to stay positive most of the time. Weakness: I'm a pushover.

Your vital daily ritual:
Coffee & cigarettes all day. Beer & cigarettes all night.

Guilty pleasure:
Shania Twain. I can't help it.

If I wasn't playing music i would be…
bored most of the time.

Your most memorable day job:
I've done my best to forget past day jobs. I worked with autistic adults for a spell. Anyone who's done that knows you never quite forget it.

Best/worst advice received:
Best: You're either in on the joke or you are the joke. You always have to have that in mind.
Worst: "You should get a ferret." Damn thing does nothing but bite me and shit everywhere.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for…
The Minneapolis Coalition for the Homeless

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
It doesn't take much. I'm easy.

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed? And have you?
Chronic lying. Our first guitar player had that problem. He didn't last.

When I think of Canada I think:
Too many coins. I can't get used to it.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
I have more trouble getting paid for sex. I ask my wife all the time but she always shuts me down.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
There was this absolutely wasted old hippie lady at a show we did in California a few years ago. She was chewing tobacco and the juice was running off of her chin. She was doing all these weird interpretative hippie dances while we played and tried to get me to go home with her after. It turned out she was Katie Mackaye, the black sheep sister of Ian Mackaye.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
My mom thinks I'm the best. She loves everything I do.