Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Untitled Interview #2: Starring Andrew Wilson (Die! Die! Die!)

It's no secret that I like my music loud, on occasion obnoxiously so. As far as I'm concerned, there are few better bands to blast at ridiculous and potentially harmful decibel levels than my dear Die! Die! Die!. I've been smitten with them ever since I saw the brash and brazen New Zealanders warming up crowds with their vitriolic post post punk for Wolfmother a few years ago. They won me over with their ability to grab you by the throat and not let go until they were good and ready. Aurally speaking, of course. The shatteringly shouty trio will be making yet another trek to the States to tour their sophomore album Promises, Promises later this month (album review forthcoming). For local readers, the tour stops in DC on March 25th. I hope to see you there. To tide you over, I corralled the voice of Die! Die! Die!, Mister Andrew Wilson, into answering some questions. Bon appetit.

Les Enfants Terribles: How the hell are you?
Andrew Wilson: I am very good. I am excited to leave NZ again and go back to the USA!!!!

LET: What was the last song you listened to?
AW: "What Kind of Monster Are You," by Slant 6.

LET: For your money, who is/was the best New Zealand band ever?
AW: Probably the Clean or the Skeptics or the Gordons or the Coolies.

LET: Playing music is _________.
AW: Annoying.

LET: What album most made you realize that you wanted to make music?
AW: Nirvana – Nevermind.

LET: Beatles or Stones?
AW: BEATLES BY A MILLION MILES.

LET: What're your top 5 albums?
AW: I can’t answer this.

LET: Favorite music-related movie?
AW: True stories.

LET: What city or venue would you like to play, but haven't yet been to?
AW: Moscow.

LET: Half full or half empty?
AW: Half full.

LET: Apart from your band, which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
AW: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm HDU, the Coolies, Sets of 57, Tapeman.

LET: The greatest record store in the world is:
AW: Records Records in Dunedin.

LET: How many people have you injured with your mic stand? Or, how often do you injure yourself onstage?
AW: I have never injured anyone. I never injure myself.

LET: Please explain scarfies (either the 1999 movie Scarfies or the phenomenon itself):
AW: The movie is better than scarfies in real life. Dunedin students are horrible pieces of work on a whole. Real rugbyhead munters. I was back for 2 days yesterday and got called all manners of names.

LET: What's the longest flight you've ever been on?
AW: 49 hours to space.

LET: Shaken or stirred?
AW: Shaken.

LET: Best song ever written?
AW: Most songs by the Beatles.

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