POP QUIZ: STOO ODOM – THE GRAVES BROTHERS DELUXE

Clockwise from upper left: Willy the Mailman, Allison Lovejoy, Stoo Odom, Marco Villalobos. (photo: oliver ferrasci)

BAND NAME: THE GRAVES BROTHER DELUXE
MUSICIAN:  STOO ODOM – BASS & VOCALS

BAND MATES:
WILLY THE MAILMAN – GUITAR & SAX
MARCO VILLALOBOS – DRUMS & GYRATES
JAI YOUNG KIM (OF SECRET CHIEFS 3) – KEYBOARDS

MY MOM WANTED ME TO BE A…
… specimen of perfection, just like I am now.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I think what I love most about what we do is meeting people all over the world that do stay true and don’t settle. We’ve met them in Mexico, Japan, Europe, and Kansas. We’re good to each other and there’s enough of us to make a real difference in our global mess.

WHAT DO YOU HATE THE MOST?
I don’t hate anything about what we do. But my liver has registered some complaints.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU EVER SAW?
My dad owned a nightclub in New Orleans, so I couldn’t tell you what my first concert was. The first life-changing concert I ever saw was probably Sun Ra at the New Orleans Jazz Fest some time in the early 80′s. They waged war with their horns, from free jazz to “Zippity-Doo-Dah.” Jaws were on the grass.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO BUY EQUIPMENT?
I hate to say it, but I think eBay has become the best place for equipment. There are some cool places (e.g. Rocker Guitars) in San Francisco.

WHEN ARE YOU GOING INTO THE STUDIO?
I’ll be working on a bunch of soundtrack music when we get back from tour. We’ll probably do some Graves Brothers recording later this year.

WHEN IS YOUR NEXT SHOW?
Our next show is in 90 minutes at Plush in Tucson.

WHEN DO YOU GET A CHANCE TO CHILL?
We do not chill. We are in Arizona and the van’s AC is fucked up.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE SOMETHING ELSE?
I was an archaeologist once. I was a swamp tour guide once. I could return to swamp tours with great glee.

IF I RULED THE WORLD FOR A DAY I WOULD…
Put ecstasy in the water supply in Israel & Palestine. Dissolve the concept of money. Give all religious fanatics their own homeland somewhere and issue passports to none of them. Take all world leaders to the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. Eat at Rayner’s Catfish House.

THE WORST BAND IN HISTORY IS…
Probably Rush. Yeah, make that Rush. Geddy Lee guards the gates of Musician Hell, singing along with a theremin played by a three-headed dog.

THE BEST BAND OF ALL TIME IS…
The Thai Elephant Orchestra:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Elephant_Orchestra

THE BEST BAND I’VE HEARD LATELY IS…
Contenders so far from this tour: Paperplanes, Insect Surfers, Thee Swank Bastards, The Mission Creeps.

WHY DO YOU DO THIS?
I have no choice. I stopped once for several months and became violent. Won’t do that again.

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
I saw an 80-year-old man in Mississippi shout “Don’t be a pussy!” at his too-cool hip-hop grandson once. That might be our message to the people. No matter how screwed up and decrepit you get, stay true to your convictions and don’t settle into the placid evil of mass culture.

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