Published Mar 01, 2002Current fixations:
Blake by Peter Ackroyd, Dinosaur by Dinosaur Jr., From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, Wendy Under Stars by Odds, Stanley Cup Hockey 1993 SNES, Moonsocket by Moonsocket.
Mind-altering work of art:
Pussy Galore's Corpse Love, Stooges' Fun House, Leonard Cohen The Favourite Game, Anything by Greil Marcus.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
Eric's Trip Show in Toronto August 2001. The band was late and everyone was anxious, some were drunk but when the band hit the stage. Me and my friend were leaning on Rick's monitor right at the front. It was very emotional to hear all those songs again.
What has been your career high and low?
High: Playing for people.
Low: Having a garbage bomb explode on me while working at an anonymous donut shop. This is why we double bag people, and animals too.
What should everyone shut up about?
Dick Clark's age. Isn't it obvious that he's found the fountain of youth on American Bandstand.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
American Indian Movement.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
Dislike: Shyness. (Scratches head...) Does that make sense? Is the world shaped like a cumquat?
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
Refusing to play the instrument they originally played. Our drummer went from playing drums to guitar and refused to play drums anymore. It was the sad end.
When I think of Canada I think:
A country that mocks themselves better then anyone else can.
What is your vital daily ritual?
How do you spoil yourself?
Buying records. Recent purchase: the Clash's Sandinasta!.
What was your most memorable day job?
I read books for a friend of my parents (who is a teacher) and she'd pay me to read them and give her the synopsis. Easiest couple bucks I ever made.
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
Either living under a bridge or in my parents basement and writing the great novel that no one would read, and would be panned as self-indulgent, as most things/people are.
What is your greatest fear?
Fearlessness; sex without love.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
It would be the USSR and I would take Lenin from his tomb and use him as a giant puppet in my play: Comrade Don't Eat That Potato (Or Vodka can be good with Chicken Pox). It would get great reviews in the state run newspaper.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
The voices in my head.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
No, I listen to them both often through the walls.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
Mr friend's girlfriend is the goddaughter of Rob Halford, ex of Judas Priest.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
Lou Barlow and we would eat Hungarian Goulash and converse about the funnier points of home-recordings, the state of the Unyon and, of course, the evils of that bastard J Mascis.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Cleaning the house, dating, playing music quietly.