Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NXNE preview: White Cowbell Oklahoma (Q&A)

White Cowbell Oklahoma have been tearing up Toronto clubs with in-your-face party rock for more than a decade.  Expect nothing less at their upcoming NXNE show.

I had the chance to ask Clem from the band some questions about their music, and their, um, philosophy for life.  Check it out:

T.O. Snob: First off, thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me.  You’re playing the El Mocambo on June 18th as part of NXNE. For people who haven’t seen White Cowbell Oklahoma before what can they expect?
Wonder, surprise, amazement, shame, euphoria, swelling, leakage, blurred vision, dizziness, ringing of the ears, salvation, emancipation, a lifetime of blind allegiance.
T.O. Snob:  I saw you play CMW last year. Between the energy on stage and the angle grinder you gave even the Supersuckers a run for their money. Do you have any new tricks up your sleeve this time around?
White Cowbell Oklahoma employ a mixture of hard science and brown magic in everything they do. We grind every rock n roll angle with extreme determination and might. But we cannot divulge anything in advance. We want the shock to come suddenly, right to the soft underbelly.
T.O. Snob: What inspires a White Cowbell Oklahoma song?
White Cowbell Oklahoma are inspired by mediocre chicken, slippery situations, Dutch ovens, pornographic geography, Rocky Mountain Teutonica, and Mommy, What's a Funkadelic? But maybe we're giving it away little too much here.
T.O. Snob: You guys are sponsored by Jaegermeister. Exactly how much do you consume during a show?
That poisonous green elixir is the opiate of our massive. Sometimes it's like kryptonite to the moral majority's moral instincts. But the more the audience drinks, the less we get. So we've started bringing a backup supply. I'm kinda living on the edge by wearing a white suit so much. But it's fun to explain those dirty green stains everywhere. Some of it's not even Jager.
T.O. Snob: Where does the ‘Oklahoma’ part of your name come from? I mean why not White Cowbell Arkansas or White Cowbell Montana?
The name Black Oak Arkansas was already taken, so we had to move on. And Frank Zappa's estate has dibs on Montana. Oklahoma seemed a good and desolate place to set up. We'd read about it some dusty bowl books, so it was thus. Some small-town, blue-collar people in the Netherlands tend to think we're all Oklahomos when we go for after-gig drinks in local bars there. It's the western hats. Hats easily confuse the Dutch.
T.O. Snob: What do you hope to get out of this year’s NXNE?
Maybe we'll get a few free drinks and a sparkly laminate to chop up our baking flour. We love to bake. We're actually imposing an aggressive takeover bid of NXNE, SXSW and South West Airlines. We'll own them all by weeks-end. White Cowbell Oklahoma's public investors are just that powerful.
T.O. Snob: You have a reputation as a party band. How do you plan to celebrate a successful NXNE gig?
We're gonna steal the Golden Dogs' beer while they play before us. Probably we'll eat two different flavours of chips simultaneously. But it'll no doubt end with someone screaming at Jupiter from a nearby church tower, bottle of vodka in hand.
T.O. Snob: Are there any band’s you’re looking forward to seeing at the festival?
I play on stage-right during White Cowbell Oklahoma performances -- so I'm looking forward to finding out who's on stage-left. Maybe some nubile flesh will also suddenly appear mid-set. Speaking of nubile, young flesh -- Iggy & the Stooges are playing. That's pretty cool.
T.O. Snob: I noticed that there’s no Wikipedia entry for White Cowbell Oklahoma. If you were writing one, what would you include?
We're in the middle of composing a Wikipedia page for White Cowbell Oklahoma, but we currently have 11 completely different drafts. One has our origins in CIA-funded energy tanks deep beneath the Andes. Another describes us as ex-GQ models born into Luxembourg aristocracy. I don't know what to believe anymore.
T.O. Snob: If someone were to look at your CD collection (or iPod playlist) what would they find that would surprise them?
My wing of the White Cowbell Oklahoma Super-Mansion contains music primarily in the vinyl LP format (with a fair number of cassette tapes, reels and cartridges). It's the analog tower. But in it there's probably some Zamfir next to the ZZ Top. And Samantha Fox by the Faust. Right now I'm listening to Harmonia, but I think I may switch it to some shitty hair metal.
T.O. Snob: Thanks again for taking the time to speak with me.

NXNE performance:
Date: June 18th
Time: 11:00pm
Venue: El Mocambo

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