Published Jul 01, 2001Quasi singer Sam Coomes hails from Portland, Oregon. Their new album is called "The Sword of God"; they perform in Vancouver on September 20 and Toronto on September 30.
"Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock; "Remembrance of Things Past" by Marcel Proust; home restoration.
Mind-altering work of art:
Pre-Columbian Mexican art.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Butthole Surfers at the I-Beam in San Francisco in '87. All senses (hearing, sight, touch, smell) violently assaulted, but I liked it. They had to tone it down some after this (I don't think pouring vodka all over audience members & threatening them with a lighter could or should be a permanent part of a rock & roll show, but it was interesting at the time).
What has been your career high and low?
Playing on a French puppet show.
What should everyone shut up about?
I wouldn't know, since I'm never listening anyway.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
When I think of Canada I think:
Friends, border hassles.
What is your vital daily ritual?
Toast & coffee, first thing in the morning.
How do you spoil yourself?
What was your most memorable day job?
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
What is your greatest fear?
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Music is an ocean, sex is a mountain.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
Sometimes people do treat me as if I were a celebrity, which I'm not by any conventional understanding of the word, and I find that strange. Also, once I sat next to Ernest Borgnine on an airplane.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
I would serve E.M. Cioran Mexican food.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?