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Author: Cheryl Wagner
Magazine: The Vox
Cheryl Wagner caught up with Stoo Odom, New Orleans ex-pat (now in San Francisco) and lead singer/ bass player of Graves Brothers Deluxe (Madrid??s Munster Records) and current bass prima donna for Subarachnoid Space (Relapse Records).
He was kind enough to take a moment between swilling swill at San Francisco??s Hotel Utah, touring, and recording for his latest project to do this e-mail interview for the folks back home.
You might remember him from his former projects ?± Thin White Rope (R.I.P.) and New Orleans?? own The Stumpgrinders (R.I.P.?). Stoo also used to go on archaeological digs in Mississippi and Louisiana for big ol?? artifacts. His mother is a Limey, his father knows German opera, and Stoo currently enjoys the pleasure of receiving spiritual guidance from the lovely daughter of Anton Szandor LaVey (seriously).
CW: How long did you live in New Orleans? You were an electric bass player when we first met. Did your time spent here in New Orleans influence your decision to pick up the stand up bass?
STOO: I??ve had a New Orleans mailing address for about ten years of my life, most notably the first five. I never really left, being up I-59 for a while and returning constantly, even though it??s from San Francisco these days. My time spent walking down Magazine Street past the New Orleans Music Exchange prompted me to pick up the standup. Other subconscious regional factors? Maybe.
CW: What do you miss most about living on old Foucher Street?
STOO: The ever-changing skyline of big rusty grunting things on the River. The low-pressure system that popped me out of the womb at Touro Infirmary.
CW: Is it the heat or the humidity?
STOO: The humanity. Raw, stinking humanity.
CW: How many hours of forced labor do you think make for a humane work week?
STOO: How much time do you spend washing dishes?
CW: What bands do you like to see live nowadays?
STOO: Favorites of the past year: Ray Brown, Suicide, Rovo.
CW: What are you reading these days?
STOO: Discarded 1970s high school yearbooks, threats from the IRS, abandoned notes on the sidewalk, screwy xenophobic science texts from about 1620 to 1950.
CW: Any plans to move back home to New Orleans or Mississippi in the immediate future?
STOO: ?¨Immediate?Ć and ?¨New Orleans?Ć? What are you thinking? I will be back eventually. I am something like a 9th generation Louisianian and cannot forsake my destiny.
CW: How are you enjoying being on a European label? Does that make you a musical expatriate? A Euro Fag?
STOO: Maybe it makes us con artists. Europeans wish they were as screwed up as we are.
CW: Do you think the government is allowing agribusiness to poison us with chemical fertilizers and hormones in the food supply?
STOO: Ever seen a Slim Jim Extreme?
CW: What??s it like being on the same label as GG Allin?
STOO: Can??t say we??ll be spending any time with him. I??m more excited about label-mating with Screamin?? Jay Hawkins, Suicide, and Las Ultrasonicas (Mexican chick hardcore!)
- Cheryl Wagner