Sara C. Montgomery The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Sara C. Montgomery The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Sara C. Montgomery fronts Toronto-based band the Co-Operators. Their debut album, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" is on her own Whiskey Sour Records; email [email protected]

Current fixations:

Weegee, Wavelength, Georges Strand, Postage Stamp wine, the Coen Bros. oeuvre the life and works of Jim Thompson, Archer Prewitt's "White Sky," Crooked Fingers.

Mind-altering work of art:

"Distain," Bartolomeo Manfredi; "That Which I Should Have Done I Did Not Do," Ivan Albright; "Girl With Cat," Balthus; anything by Gerhard Richter.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Last Canada Day, Rhume tour final show in Toronto. We just completely lost it, the closest I've come to absolute rock'n'roll. Furry animals met their doom and stacks were blown.

What has been your career high and low.

High: Pecola covering one of my songs. Low: the height of the limbo bar, baby.

What should everyone shut up about?

Protesting summits. You don't have to travel to smash the state. Do it at home every day. It's fun.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:

Friends of the Dodo and Carrier Pigeon support group. Let it never happen again.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?

Putting it all on black eleven.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?

Saying no I won't try that.

When I think of Canada I think:

Trying not to play a show during the playoffs, breathtaking geographical beauty and the best bands in the world.

What is your vital daily ritual?

Kiss my honey. Feed my cat. Good strong coffee.

How do you spoil yourself?

Riding my bike through the back alleys late at night half cooked.

What was your most memorable day job?

Simulating asphalt for the amusement of the rich.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:

Wishing I was playing music and emulating Jacques Cousteau. Ah the deep!

What is your greatest fear?

That clowns and mimes will take over the world... what? They already have? AAARGHHH!!!!

If you had a superpower what would it be?
Playing guitar like Charlie Christian.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?

Charles Mingus "Black Saint and Sinner Lady."

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?

Some days you want a soft slow country song, others you want hard fast rock and roll, though I'd hate to imagine what the coital equivalent to free jazz is, perhaps and orgy of midgets?

Strangest brush with celebrity?

Serving Fred Frith lunch at a local restaurant and being introduced to this genius as a good guitarist.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

D Boon and I'd serve him Jesus and Tequila.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?

She hopes that I'll be as beautiful, sophisticated, artistic and intelligent as I think she is.