Monday, February 18, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH GOGOL OF ULTRAPTERODACTYL

Ultraptérodactyle: THERE ARE NO LAME DINOSAURS! Period.

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Who are you wearing?

Chuck Taylor hi-tops, a thrift store shirt that makes me look like Ben Gibbard and this awesome blazer from the same thrift store that has what seems like a bullet hole in it. There were a lot of police buisness cards in the pockets also. Maybe it belonged to this awesome action hero cop who died in a shootout or something. That's what you have to look like to be a garage punk gentleman these days: like it's not a look you pull off, it's something you turn into.

Favorite and worst dinosaurs?

I was going to go with the pterodactyl for obvious reasons. Last week I read about this awesome Asian T-Rex they just discovered that was covered with feathers, so I may have to reevaluate my original opinion because it just sounds too great. For the second part: THERE ARE NO LAME DINOSAURS!!!! Period.

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How many drummers is too many drummers?

After playing with two drums for a while I can confidently say two (sometimes, one even). If you're ever tempted to play with two drummers at the same time, don't do it, there are no cars/van/truck/cargo ship big enough to lug the gear around. So we don't do that anymore, the two drummer thing. Life is so much easier as a three piece.

Are you The Dirtbombs of Montreal?

Nope, I'm a white French Québécois, I have ZERO soul. Contrary to The Dirtbombs, our covers are not the only worthwhile thing in our set. Actually, I was hoping to be Montreal's Terrible Feelings/The Muffs.

Favorite thing about being a band from Montreal?

Eeerm...good bagels, I guess. Now that I think about it, the omnipresence of noise bands: people are so used to ear deconstructed music, you hardly have to tune your guitar ever, even if you're playing darkish power pop. Also, good bagels.

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At what show did you hurt yourself the most?

When I fell off a bass drum and broke my tail bone (kids, don't stand on a bass drum, no matter how cool it looks - it's round and slippery), it was a total bitch, it hurts way less to break a rib, when I tripped on my fuzz pedal (damn you Big Muff, why are you so big!!!!). That's the only highlight to having a concussion: they don't hurt very much, they're more confusing really. Throw in a bad back in there, somewhere.

How emo are you?

I want to say «not at all», but that would be a lie. I wrote most of Ultrpterodactyle's songs when the girl I was living with left me. So most of our songs are about heartbreak and all that stuff. My bass player is the ex in question (I hope the irony is not lost on her). So to sum it up, I play heartbroken college rock songs, with my ex, while being in pain. I'm so emo, it's kind of depressing. At least I'm not into eyeliner and nail polish (yet?)

Cutest thing someone told you after a show?

That I was an hybrid of Jello Biafra, Claude François and Morissey.

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Best way to kick someone out of your bed in the morning?

Ask them to marry you.

Favorite Ramones member?

Phil Spector.

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