To stir up some launch frenzy, over the next few weeks we interview the people who will be speaking and performing at DOAS’ Issue #4 ‘ANIMAL’ launch. We selected these folk to be a part of the reformatted launch program, as we felt they best represented our contributors: sassy, politicised and in-your-face.
For the final instalment of the launch interview series, we speak to Si, from the dark beauty that is Pony Face. Here’s when you thank this city’s broody skies for festering such talent. Lucky for you, they’re playing the DOAS launch tomorrow, Saturday 29 Oct 2011. See you all there…
How important is writing and literature to what you do as a musician? Do they cross over for you? Literature and music come together like a bass line and a beat—they enhance and embrace each other. You can have one without the other, I suppose, but there’s elements of either of them in the other, for instance you can hear stories, settings, situations and characters in instrumental bands like Dirty Three and Silver ray, God speed and Michael Nyman. There are also rhythms and percussion ascensions in Al Ginsberg, George Orwell.
What/who are your biggest literary influences? Can we hear any of them in your songs?
I hope so, that would be good. I rip off lines all the time, on the last album, I stole a good line from Rumble fish, it’s in the song ‘Devil’ and if you pick it you get a prize. On the record we’re in the middle of at the moment, there is a William Burroughs-ish mode— on the song ‘Disco cops.’ I didn’t notice it at the time, [but]re-reading Junkie, I noticed all these cool character names and this low-down swing groove that’s ominous and dangerous…there are similarities.
We are excited that you are playing at the launch of ‘ANIMAL’ – will you have any particularly animalistic overtones to your set on the night?
I’ve always wanted to have a tail.
Anthony (bass) has always seemed apish to me.
What is your favourite lyric, either of one of your songs or someone else’s, and why?
I enjoy misinterpretation, I think it is essential to art, and I’ve only recently been converted to putting written lyrics on album sleeves, but I suppose you can choose to read ‘em or not. Gillian Welsh’s words are choice cuts. I get a little more out of Revelator each time I hear it.
I have no idea what the story in ‘Gigantic’ by Kim Deal is about, but her voice is so seductive—no idea who or what she’s talking about. There are so many possibilities.
Most of the Pixies songs I have no idea what they are about…I love them, I don’t need to know what anyone else thinks they are about.
Favourite lyric this week is Obla dee obla da.