By Sam Coomes; self-portrait art by Sam Coomes on September 27, 2013
WHEN WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT AS A BAND
I still don’t think we are going to make it as a band.
THE HIGH POINT OF OUR CAREER
Meeting our musical heroes and finding out they dig the band; on the other hand, meeting younger musicians, especially if we dig their band, and finding out Quasi was important or influential to them.
THE LOW POINT OF OUR CAREER
THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US
Honestly, I don’t really remember anything that’s been written about the band.
WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GOT IT RIGHT
I don’t really care what journalists write about the band—I stopped paying attention to it years ago. I guess if it were a matter of preference, I’d prefer if they wrote about how great they think we are.
THE BEST SONG I EVER WROTE
Well, we have recorded well over 100 songs, maybe closer to 200, I don’t know. But still, I can’t play favorites with our children. That said, I kinda like “The Golden Egg” [from 1999’s Field Studies].
OUR WORST SHOW EVER
When I unwisely dropped two hits of acid the day of a show in Munich, Germany, and that night I couldn’t control my hands, which looked like two crabs scuttling across a distant beach as I moved them up and down the piano.
HOW WE'RE MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED
“The drummer for Sleater-Kinney and her ex-husband.”
HOW WE'D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED
A genuine rock-and-roll band; resistance fighters against the dehumanization machine.
Sam Coomes Picks 3 Quasi Records You Should Already Own
The first record we made that allowed us to get out and play for people around the world; our most popular record.
Around this time our popularity started to wane, and I remember thinking, “Do we clean up our act, hire a producer and reach out to a broader audience, or do we stay true to ourselves and live with the consequences?” We chose the latter, settled the issue permanently and that’s what this record sounds like to me. But, actually, American Gong is probably a better record to my ears, though I guess less pivotal.
All bands want you to listen to their most recent record, but in this case it’s beyond doubt that this album is the biggest statement in our 20-year recording history.
This article is from FILTER Issue 53