Shaun Cowan The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Published Mar 01, 2002Current fixations:
Lately I've been obsessed with fuckin' Mini Wheats! I eat them every morning and I when they go on sale I buy a lot, then worry about the store selling out. Plus, as always I am obsessed with seven-inch records and everything about them.
Mind-altering work of art:
There are two artists that impress me lately, Linas Garsys (check out the etching on the B-side to the new Hope Conspiracy seven-inch!). He's been dong a lot of stuff for Bridge 9 Records lately. Also, Scott Sinclair and all his artwork for Hot Water Music.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
This year, 2001, has been amazing for shows. Some of the good ones were Champion, Reach The Sky, Affront, Darkest Hour, Death By Stereo. As for the past, Ten Yard Fight final show in Boston with Bane, In My Eyes & Reach The Sky. Amazing.
What has been your career high and low?
Um... career? I got promoted to assistant manager at HMV this past summer. That was pretty cool. I don't want to speak about the lows.
What should everyone shut up about?
People should shut about a lot of things. For instance, if you didn't listen to metal in the '80s, then don't try and look like a leftover loser from the Sunset Strip. I got news for you, you look really pathetic in your new Mötley Crüe shirt.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
A fund to pay off my long outstanding debts. Oh, but I guess I would help out the homeless as well.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
I like my obsession with music, but I hate my quick temper.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
If you fuck up my record collection, or get fingerprints on them, or don't respect them... you might as well get the fuck out!
When I think of Canada I think:
Of the long, empty highways and how I was stupid enough to hitchhike from one end to the other while sick as a dog. I also think of hockey and Stompin' Tom!
What is your vital daily ritual?
If I don't get my morning Mini Wheats with a few cups of coffee, I get so fuckin' angry! Plus, I need to check my email and hear some youth crew.
How do you spoil yourself?
I buy records, zines & books. And if I got money then I will pick up some Stewarts Cherry cola to drink while I listen to my new records.
What was your most memorable day job?
It's a tie. Punk Rock Subway, because the owner was cool and let me get away with a lot. I told a lot of people to "fuck off" at this job. The other, and it wasn't really a "job," I roadied for Megalo back in '94 (I think?) as they toured the States.
If I wasn't playing music I would be:
My dream is to travel around the world buying records, because in my dream I have endless amounts of cash. Otherwise, I would be working a shit job trying to get money to travel and buy records.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear, besides my stupid fear of putting my head under water, is of someone breaking into my basement apartment and stealing all my music. I would find the fuckers and kill them.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Whatever the superpower is, hopefully it would help me in my quest to not have to work. And hopefully it would help me obtain rare records, like Judge "Chung King Can Suck It," and the Project X seven-inch with the Schism zine.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
When I get tired and go to my room I take off my pants so I can go to sleep, does that count? Otherwise, throw on some youth crew hardcore and I'm ready to go.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Nasty, dirty, angry, screaming, throbbing, powerful, emotional, sweaty, amazing, a release, seven-inches & twelve-inches, "one-two-three-GO!" Am I talking about sex or music, or both?
Strangest brush with celebrity:
Once while I was in Cambridge, I was record shopping and realised Henry Rollins was looking in the bins next to me. All day at different record stores I would run into him and we would nod at each other. I felt like I had to find the good records before he did.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
I would like to sit around and have dinner with Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds) and Ray Cappo (Youth of Today). We would discuss straightedge and they would tell stories from back in the day. I would serve them my ass exploding vegi-chilli, with some cherry colas.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
My mom is so rad! I'd like to think that she's happy that I'm paying my rent and working at a job I like. She's just happy that I'm not a junky or something.