02/28/04 – 03/05/04

(This week’s answers provided by Carrie)

Q: If you were to write a score — vocals or not, your choice — to a book of your choice, which book would it be? And, please, no books already shit upon by Hollywood. That is, a title I would not be able to cheat on with a celluloid imitation. The next time I am in Portland, I will seek out your answer at Powell’s and buy a copy!

A: I would write a score to My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather.

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Q: Hey….this question is for Carrie…I was wondering what year your Gibson SG is? And how long have you played on it? Do you have any other guitars you play? I play bass, and just saved up for my dream bass….a 1974 Gibson eb3, and I love it…just wondering what you thought about yours?

A: I play a 1972 Gibson SG, which I bought about 4 years ago. I also have a 2003 SG Special with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. I own two Rickenbackers, one is a 330 from the 80’s and one is a 1957 1000 combo 3/4 length. I have a ’69 Fender Jazzmaster and a 1973 Guild S-100, which is shaped like the SG. This also has the Bigsby vibrato. For the last few years, I have been playing the ’72 SG at our shows. It’s relatively light-weight and I like its sonic versatility and its tone. Lately, I have been playing the Guild at practices, it’s louder than the SG and has a better clean tone. I think I’ll take this one along on the next few tours. The other guitars I use as back-up or for recording.

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Q: We received many questions about our stance on gay marriage:

A: First, I support gay marriage and am against a constitutional amendment that would ban it. I just did an extensive interview with Venus Magazine wherein we talked a lot about politics, including this very topic. You can read the interview in the current issue, and a brief portion of it can be viewed on their site:
www.venuszine.com

Currently, I am looking into having an organization at our upcoming shows that can provide literature on the topic of gay marriage. One web-site to check out is:
www.hrc.org/millionformarriage

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Q: Every time I listen to your song Buy Her Candy it makes me cry. A lot of people around me find that weird cause I am a 15 year old male. I just find it horrible that because I am a male that I am not allowed to show emotion and I am afraid that I will turn out like one of these people. Have you ever been made cry by a song?

A: There are many times in my life when a song has made me cry. Sometimes it is classical music, or a lyric that resonates with my own experiences or the experiences of someone close to me. Often, lyrics will feel particularly relevant to something going on in the world and they will describe it more eloquently and succinctly than any other medium. A few of these songs or artists are: “Part Company” by The Go Betweens, “New Slang” by The Shins, Randy Newman, Mirah, Eric Satie, Shostakovich, Mahler, Nina Simone, Catpower, Nirvana, and Husker Du.
Men, both young and old, do cry. Don’t let anyone tell you that they don’t or that it’s not ok for men to show emotion. It’s better to feel and to express emotion and be honest with yourself than to be closed off from everything. It is also more brave to cry and to let yourself actually feel things than it is to hide from your feelings.

This Q&A leads me to the comments from another male fan:

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Q: I was recently in Amoeba Records of Hollywood, CA, and while listening to your albums (despite already owning them), a corduroy-clad girl noticed my listening choices and without invitation decided to inform me I wasn’t someone “the band would recognize as one of their fans.” She said this with marked disdain, I thought. Huh.

A: The comment made by the corduroy clad woman sounds like the kind of prescriptivism and ignorance that enforces the idea that only certain kinds of people should listen to a band or have feelings about a band. Or, that art/music belongs to one group of people but not another. Just for the record, our music is for anyone that cares enough to listen.

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Q: I heard that you are bringing the bass player from Deep Purple on your next tour? After all these years, why a bass player, and why him?

A: Have you listened to Deep Purple lately? Ultimately, we just want a heavier sound.