Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Untitled Interview #6: Starring Alex Maas (the Black Angels)

Keeping in the spirit of (still unofficial) Black Angels month, I'd like to offer the second installment of the Untitled Interview, this time with the man with the hypnotic howl, Alex Maas. In my humble opinion, there are few vocalists out there with even a fraction of the sound and fury that comes out of this gentleman's mouth. His voice is exceptionally powerful and utterly unmistakable. And one thing I noticed whilst seeing them at the Rock'n'Roll Hotel a few weeks ago, despite the astronomical heat inside the venue and his voluminous beard, Mr. Maas didn't seem to break a sweat. Which only indicates just how cool he really is. Further evidence can be heard on every song where he opens his mouth.

Les Enfants Terribles: How the hell are you?
Alex Maas: Heavenly.

LET: What was the last song you listened to?
AM: The X-Files theme.

LET: For your money, who is/was the best Austin band ever?
AM:

LET: Playing music is ___
AM: Heaven on earth and our religion.

LET: What album most made you realize that you wanted to make music?
AM: Abbey Road.

LET: Beatles or Stones?
AM: Beatles.

LET: What're your top 5 albums?
AM: In no specific order but this week it is the Velvet Underground Nico album, Spacelines or The Perfect Prescription by Spacemen 3, Os Mutantes by Os Mutantes, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, and Dr. Octagonecologyst by Dan the Automator and Dr. Octagon.

LET: Favorite non music-related movie?
AM: "No Country For Old Men." ;)

LET: What city or venue would you like to play, but haven't yet been to?
AM: The largest venue in Tokyo.

LET: Half-full or half-empty?
AM: Half full, fool.

LET: Apart from your band, which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
AM: Conrad from, Possesed by Paul James

LET: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
AM: "Oh shit, where is all my stuff?"

LET: The greatest record store in the world is:
AM: Waterloo Records vs. Amoeba.

LET: What's the longest flight you've ever been on?
AM: 14 hours.

LET: Shaken or stirred?
AM: Shaken not stirred.

LET: What was your backup band name, in case the Black Angels was taken?
AM: The Shiny Boots of Leather.

LET: If you weren't in a band, you'd be:
AM: Wasting my time.

LET: Best song ever written?
AM: "The Stranger" by Leonard Cohen.

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